Thursday, August 26, 2010

Giving up (BBT) Book Meme



If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?

I cheat and read the end. ^_^ If the end is as bad as the middle/stuck point, then I won't bother to read it all the way through. Generally, if there is too much backstabbing-betrayals-religion points, I quit. I don't bother to read it all the way through, because it's a) annoying, b) painful to keep reading, c) a waste of time when I no longer care about the story. It's for this reason that I generally don't read war books or conspiracy stuff. It's just a headache for me.  (I will read a mystery/fantasy story, where the world may be at war, but when it's a side story like that, it doesn't bother me).


And...since I missed last week and the meme looked like such fun... ^_^

1. Favorite childhood book?
The Boxcar Children, Book one!

2. What are you reading right now?
 Nothing. I've finished up my reads for school, so I can start without a lingering plot bunny in the back of my head

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None at the moment.

4. Bad book habit?
Will take them anywhere with me.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing. It's a school week.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
I use one on my pc.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Depends on how many are currently unread at the moment I feel like reading. I generally read one at a time, but if it's really good, I'll read several.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
No, not really.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
W(?) by James Patterson. Too generic.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Daniel X.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I have no idea.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
As in?

13. Can you read on the bus?
No. I've never been on a bus.

14. Favorite place to read?
By a window, in a corner.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Don't do it. It isn't worth it. *poke* seriously, I guard my books. I'll gladly lend a copy, but never my originals. If you want to hang around and read it though, I'll let you. :P

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No. See below.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
NEVER! Books are like chocolate. You treat them nicely.

18.  Not even with text books?
NEVER! (see above!)

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English.

20. What makes you love a book?
A good "saying" or line by one of the characters that makes sense for me during the moment in my life when I'm reading it.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
The humor factor and who lived/died in the end.

22. Favorite genre?
Mystery!

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Fantasy.

Favorite biography?
I don't like biographies. Can't get through a first chapter.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes. It's fun!

26. Favorite cookbook?
Don't use 'em.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
My Utmost for His Highest.

28. Favorite reading snack?
I don't snack. I could get messy fingerprints on said book.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Twilight. Harry Potter. Night World. Maximum Ride.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
  Rarely. :P

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
It's my honest opinion. I won't lie.


32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Japanese!

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
don't remember.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Outliers by M. Gladwell.

35. Favorite Poet?
Robert Frost.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
About twelve. My record was twenty-one.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Rarely. Maybe a handful of times.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Ezra from Fairy Tail-no, wait, that's manga. Um, book-character, I'd say Kate O'Malley.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Veronica from the Saddle Club.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
A Nancy Drew favorite and old grade school lit book.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A week.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Virtual War. The plot sucked. 'nuff said.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Nothing. I can read a blue streak through anything and even keep up a conversation. Just don't expect me to remember what I was telling you.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Count of Monte Cristo!

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. Just plain horrible!

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Not sure, but at least over $50? I remember buying some hardcover special editions. Do textbooks count? ^_^

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Whenever I'm buying one. I'll skim it before I buy it.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
See Answer above for original BBT.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
According to size yes, otherwise my bookshelves would look horrible.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep 'em! I keep all my books. If I give you one, then you'd better understand how special you are. :-p

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Anything Star Trek related. I can read Star Wars, just not Star Trek.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The American Girls series with Addy Walker. I didn't like any of them and I especially hated the very first book. I liked the other girls though...

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Little Princess and The Three Investigators series.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Francine River's "Redeeming Love"

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Nancy Drew Yellowbacks--the original twenty-five.



2 comments:

Abel said...

I usually look for a review of the book, depending on what it is about the book that's bogging me down. If it's language, sex, or things similar to what you mentioned I'll just put it down, but if it's the style, wordiness, or pace, then I'll look around at review sites to see if it ever culminates into something worthwile.

Sara Harricharan @ Fiction Fusion said...

Hmm-that's a good point. Usually when I've made up my mind about a book, a review doesn't do anything from me, unless it's a personal opinion from a very good friend. Thanks for reading BBT! ^_^