Friday, November 30, 2012

Questions about Books and Reading

I almost forgot that, way back in June Sandy of Somewhere Only We Know tagged me with some book related questions. I started answering them, saved the draft, and then forgot about it. Well, better late than never, right?

1. Do you read the Acknowledgements written by the author in the back of the book?
Yep. I read the dedication page too. And I try to guess who that person might me. Sometimes authors make it easy (To my wonderful husband...) but sometimes it's like a little mystery.

2. Did you start blogging because you love writing and perhaps want to be a writer, or just for the genuine love of books?
I started blogging because I enjoy writing. My first blog came about when a message board I took part in started hosting blogs. Then I moved to Blogger and started over. I deleted the first blog (and I'm no longer part of that message board either).

I didn't realize that I was supposed to have a "niche" back then but this blog has gradually become more about books and reading than I originally intended. Books are one of my passions and I enjoy talking about them, adding to my "to be read" stack, and seeing what other folks are reading.

3. What is your favorite genre?
Hmm...probably mysteries. I go more for the "cozy" type rather than the blood and guts type.

4. What's the first book you remember falling in love with?
Little House in the Big Woods. Still my favorite Little House book.
The first book that I read to myself and fell in love with was probably Anne of Green Gables. My grandparents gave me a set of all the Anne books when I was around 10. I still have that set. I loan them to my ten year old, but she has to give them back. And I had to buy her a copy of Anne of Green Gables. Mine is cracked, worn, and much loved.

5. What kind of music do you like?
I love almost all music. No rap, no hip-hop, very little techno. Other than that, I love almost anything. The stuff I'm most likely to listen to: Big Band, movie soundtracks, and Bluegrass inspired stuff (Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers) Post Thanksgiving through New Years I'm all about Christmas music.

6. Do you create a playlist in your head for books you read?
Not really. But for the novel I'm writing, I've tried to think about what music certain characters would listen to.

7. Do you prefer happy endings to books or not so much?
Yes, I'd say I prefer happy endings. Sad endings are OK (and sometimes that's the only proper way for a story to end), but I wouldn't want to read all sad stories all the time. And ambiguous endings generally just annoy me. I want to know what happens!

8. Do you prefer series or stand-alone books?
I love a good series. Like I said, I want to know what happens. With really great characters I also want to know what happens next.

9. Do you develop character crushes? If so, which characters have you developed crushes on?
Oh my, how much time do we have? OK, first ones that come to mind: Gilbert Blythe, Peter Pevensie, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley, Henry Tilney, Captain Wentworth, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Peter Wimsey, Ramses Emerson...And just in case you're worried, trust me, none of these literary heroes has anything on my own Prince Charming. I could write a story with a hero based on him but people would think it was too fantastic to be true. He's that awesome.

10. Do you partner with your local bookstore/library?
Not sure exactly what this means. I love our local library. The librarians know us and they like us. (This is important. Mean librarians are ridiculous. Librarians should be good, sweet, guardians of knowledge, can I get an Amen?) Philip has given several programs at our library, so I guess that's like partnering with them.

I do not, alas, have a local bookstore. I buy books at our library sale, online, or at the thrift store.

11. Is there a genre/theme/characteristic that you see repeated in your reading that's beginning to annoy you? 
Present tense. It worked for The Hunger Games but the conceit is really starting to wear thin with me.

So, if you feel like answering some book related questions (or if you just need some free Blog fodder), rather than tagging 11 people, here are a few questions I have for anyone interested:
1. Do you give books as gifts?
2. If so, what's your favorite book to give?
3. Have you kept a beloved childhood book and, if so, what is it?
4. What's your first book related memory?
5. Have you ever read a book I recommended?
6. Are you a Hardback or paperback loyalist?
7. Do you have any book related pet peeves?
8. Is there a classic book you feel like everyone has read but you?
9. Is there a popular modern book you refuse to read?
10. Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage? (Jane Austen's house, Mark Twain's house, etc?)
11. Do you stick with a book to the bitter end or do you bail if it's not clicking with you?

I'd love to see your answers so let me know if you play along!
P.S. Thanks for tagging me, Sandy! Sorry I didn't get around to this sooner.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

1. Depends on the occasion. I have given baby books at a baby shower and the kids get books at Christmas sometimes.
2. I guess I answered this.
3. I have the Sugar Creek Gang books that mom read to us growing up. Not bc I just loved them, I just ended up with them. I tried reading the first one to Hannah and Ryan but they weren't interested yet. mom reading to us
5. I don't think so. preference
7. I don't read enough to have pet peeves about it.
8. Just about everything.
9. 50 Shades of Grey
10. No
11. I bail more often than not. I'm beginning to think I have book ADD. I rarely read a book to the end.

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