To make up for the long hiatus I had from blogging, here’s another post which shines light on how much of a bookworm I am. Ever since classes ended around the last week of February, I took the time to finally get back to something which I really love: reading books. It’s been a really long time since I was able to read books for leisure what with school work and student organization responsibilities hounding me left and right. Now that I’ve officially graduated and am part of the unemployed population, I can finally get back to reading books at a leisure. For this year, I’ve pledged to read at least 50 books. Since I had a lot of time on my hands right now, I’ve managed to read a total of 26 books during just this summer to have a total of 29 books for the entire year. I’m still quite a way from my target of 50 books, but I’m hoping that this year will be a good one for me and that I’ll finally be able to reach that 50 book goal of mine My best friend, Tiff, who’s also a bookworm at heart made me answer this questionnaire of some sort regarding books.
1. Favorite childhood book?
- Goosebumps hands down. Especially the “Choose your adventure” series.
2. What are you reading right now?
- The Legend of the Five Rings: The Scorpion by Stephen Sullivan
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
- I don’t usually request books from the library since I only borrow books for research there.
4. Bad book habit?
- Does the tendency to skip really, really long narrations count?
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
- Doesn’t apply since I haven’t been to the library since graduation, if you count friends’ houses as libraries then I have Pillars of the Earth, David Gemmell’s Troy trilogy and The Legend of the Five Rings series.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
- Of course! I took to reading e-books back in high school when mom wouldn’t give me money to buy books.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
- One book at a time since I feel that I’ll just get confused with the different plots and forget some events/characters if I read more than one at a time.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
- Nope! My reading habits are still the same
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
- This is a tough question. Thus far I’ve liked the books I’ve read this year :-s Although I guess it would have to be Heat Wave by Richard Castle. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Castle (the tv series) however, I felt that the book was a disappointment since I was expecting wit, humor and action all rolled into one just like the tv series, but it wasn’t. I felt that the narrative was kind of dragging and there were a lot of typographical errors
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
- Definitely the Troy trilogy by David Gemmell. Best retelling of Troy thus far.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
- Rarely, I guess only when school requires me.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
- Romance, Historical fiction and fantasy genres would probably make up my reading comfort zone
13. Can you read on the bus?
- Yes, but I’m trying not to for the sake of my eyes )
14. Favorite place to read?
- At home on the bed or on the couch
15. What is your policy on book lending?
- Please return my book in the same condition as when you borrowed it. No dog-ears and no creases on the spine please
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
- No. Never, I always use bookmarks or any piece of card or paper on hand as bookmarks
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
- I only did this when our prof back in high school asked us to since she will be reading the writings in the margins of our assigned books for our book report. Otherwise, I like my books clean
18. Not even with text books?
- Textbooks are another thing altogether, those are the only books I write on )
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
20. What makes you love a book?
- Plot, characters, writing style. I have feel absorbed by the book
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
- If the book is really good and I was really into it
22. Favorite genre?
- Romance, Fantasy, Historical fiction
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
24. Favorite biography?
- I don’t think I’ve read a biography before
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
- Does Chicken soup for the Soul count?
26. Favorite cookbook?
- All of them I guess
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
28. Favorite reading snack?
- Bread and milk although I rarely eat while reading books since I don’t want to get any crumbs or stains on the book
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
- Harry Potter. I guess since I read the first four books and was so amazed that I expected the next three to be amazing, but I found the writing rushed and I think there was just too big a time gap between the fourth and fifth that a lot of things seem hurried and the mood so different.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
- I try to avoid those unless they really can’t be avoided
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
- The Historian since it was really thick and I wasn’t so sure if I was up to reading it since I wasn’t familiar with the author’s style of writing
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
- Pillars of the Earth. It was recommended by friends, but again I’m not sure if I’ll like the style of writing and therefore I’m unsure if I can finish the book. My problem is that I can’t read another book unless I finish the one I’m currently on
35. Favorite Poet?
- Shakespeare even though his poems are sometimes hard to interpret )
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
- School books around 3-5, when I was in high school and we had books for leisure, as much as the library would allow us
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
- None. I read the ones I borrow.
38. Favorite fictional character?
- I have a lot of favorites. I can’t pick one over the other, it would be unfair
39. Favorite fictional villain?
- Bayushi Shoju from Legend of the Five Rings: Clan War First Scroll The Scorpion just because I could actually understand why he did what he did (not to mention that I was actually rooting for him to win ) )
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
- Any book that I’m reading at that moment
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
- A year or so I think. I remember there was a time when my mom forbade me to read books because she says that books were affecting my school grades badly
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
- I almost didn’t finish The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and The Testament by John Grisham
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
- Friends suddenly chatting me up or a nice show
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
- Once in a while when I’m trying to get a feel of the book
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
- If the plot gets boring, if the character gets annoying or if I suddenly decide that I really don’t like the author’s style of writing (ie too much narration)
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
- Yes! By author and by the year they were released
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
- I tend to hang on to my books
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
- Chick Lit. I find the characters usually annoying and frivolous
52. Name a book that made you angry.
- Twilight because I got so frustrated with Bella, at how whiny her character is
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
- Heat Wave by Richard Castle
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
- Any book which isn’t related to school
What about you guys? Any bookworms out there who would like to share or recommend some books?