I found this list of 55 questions online a while ago (I can’t remember where) and it’s been in my drafts for a while. I love talking about reading habits, so here we go…!
Please share if you’ve filled out the questions too!
1. Favourite childhood book?
I had many, but one that always stuck was James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. I must have read that a dozen times.
2. What are you reading right now?
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None as we speak.
4. Bad book habit?
I work in a library. I like to think I have none. /hollow laughter
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
A bunch of books that I borrowed for the Odyssey read-along 🙂 Samuel Butler and the Odyssey, Butler’s The authoress of the Odyssey, and Lattimore’s translation. Sadly I haven’t got around to reading any of them… Also some books for my sci-fi&fantasy course: Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Adventures in Wonderlan and Through the Looking-Glass.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yep. I’ve had my dear Kindle for 3 years now and I love it! I use it far more than I ever thought I would.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Confession: I like reading several books at once.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really, although I enjoy participating in reading events, so that is reflected in what I read (one month of Japanese literature, taking my time with the Odyssey, a month of LGBT, etc). I love ‘theme months’, dedicating a month to reading one type/genre of book!
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
10. Favourite book you’ve read this year?
Tough one! I read a few really good ones. The best is definitely Rebecca (loved that one), but my favourite is Ask the Passengers.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I’d like to say I do this all the time, but the truth is… I don’t really. I’d never touch a down-right romance or erotic novel, for example, and I steer clear of chicklit. I even avoid a lot of YA unless it also falls into my favourite genres (see next question).
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Sci-fi/dystopia, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, literary fiction, magical realism…
13. Can you read on the bus?
Local: no (they brake too much). Otherwise, yes… if the driver is good.
14. Favourite place to read?
On my couch (I’m not exaggerating when I say I got my comfy couch specifically for the purpose lol) or in bed.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I lend books to my parents, my close friends from book studies, my book club friends and my colleagues. Because I can trust them all to take good care of a book 8)
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Are you the devil?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Yes, in text/reference books.
18. What is your favourite language to read in?
English, but Dutch will do.
20. What makes you love a book?
I need to feel emotions. It has to move me, make me laugh, make me cry, make me think, even make me angry.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
… and then if the book moved me in any way, I am likely to recommend it. Touching, mind-blowing, plot-twisty…
22. Favourite genre?
You’re making me pick one? Impossible. I refer you back to my earlier answer: Sci-fi/dystopia, fantasy, historical fiction, classics, magical realism, literary fiction.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
I wish I read more graphic novels. I’ve been meaning to start Sandman for a really long time, but…
24. Favourite biography?
Not a big fan of biographies.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
I’m just going to consider cookbooks self-help 😉 Yes.
26. Favourite cookbook?
The Just Bento Cookbook!
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Krabat, but not for the reason you’d expect. It’s the first full book I’m reading in German and it’s going really well. So I am inspired to pick up more books in German (if they were originally written in German).
28. Favourite reading snack?
I don’t snack much (but drink litres of tea), but if I have to pick one: anything chocolate-y, especially chocolate Easter eggs or chocolate ‘pepernoten’.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Divergent, again. But also The Lovely Bones (such a disappointment).
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
About fifty/fifty? Critics do make me look at books differently and I often agree with them, but it doesn’t always change how I feel about a book.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
No problem, although I still try to lift out some positive points (i.e. ‘I really didn’t like this book, but people who like x will probably like it’).
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
I can 😉 Almost everything I read is in English, which isn’t my mother tongue… I’d love to be able to read in Spanish though.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
A book I read a little while ago, Forbidden Colours by Yukio Mishima.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Lord of the Rings. I know, I know…
35. Favourite poet?
I’m not really into poetry.
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
One or two.
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Quite often haha.
38. Favourite fictional character?
So many characters from the Harry Potter series. I grew up with them and we became friends.
39. Favourite fictional villain?
Voldemort from Harry Potter. He was creepy. He was serious. People died. And his motivations for doing what he did, well, we even see those in the real world and that’s scary.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Classics because I usually only bring my Kindle and many classics are available for free as e-books.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
I can’t remember… Since I became an active reader, two weeks maybe?
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Catch-22. Same joke repeated three times every single page. Made it to page 60 or so and gave up. And Twilight because, well. Also see my recent Top Ten Tuesday!
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Cleaning… I can’t relax if I have some cleaning left to do 😐
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?
Not a film, per se, but I love the TV adaptations of Sarah Waters’ novels Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet, and the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. So true to the books, and all with the perfect ambiance. Yay BBC!
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. WHERE DID THE PLOT GO. I’d be surprised if anyone who didn’t read the book actually understood what was happening…
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?
Not a whole lot, to be honest. I read the blurb, and some reviews/opinions of people I trust (friends, mostly, on Goodreads). That’s it.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
When I feel the book is a waste of my time. There are so many books out there that I want to read, so I don’t want to waste time on a book I don’t enjoy.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes. I keep them on alphabetical order by author. But then I have different sections and a system and I don’t expect anyone to make sense of that 😉
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Depends. If the book was only alright and it’s not a super pretty edition that I would keep for that sake, I give them away.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Some of the sequels in series I’m reading. See my Break up, make up or keep up post. I’m mostly talking about the ‘make up’ part… the second volumes in The Kingkiller Chronicles, Fairyland and Mortal Engines Quartet in particular…
52. Name a book that made you angry.
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. The men in a lot of classic Japanese literature piss me off to no ends (sorry). It wasn’t a bad book, though.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I know, that’s terrible right? But from what I knew about the book before reading it, I really expected to dislike it.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The last book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, Mostly Harmless, because I adored the series. Or Divergent because everyone loves it. Theories of International Politics and Zombies because the idea is awesome, same with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. And I can go on. I hate it when books disappoint 🙁
55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
It’s a tie between children’s books and a nice straightforward detective novel by Agatha Christie.