Goodness! Another blog-tag of sorts! The lovely Girl With Her Head in a Book nominated me for a Liebster Award and I was quite honored and set to work at once. It's always fun for me to answer these kind of questions, so here goes:
1) How do you feel about print books versus e-books?
I am a strictly print book girl. I feel like screens are present in so much of our lives and we don't need to convert good old fashioned reading to a screen, too. Okay, so that was harsh, but I do love that lovely scent of paper and ink. Sigh...
2) Which words or plot points automatically make you decide not to read a book?
Hm...These are fabulous questions! The old, old story of girl meets train-wrecked boy and proceeds to rescue him. Ugh. Oh! Oh! And the still more annoying storyline of so-and-so is in a coma in the hospital and the people around him realize come to realize important truths about themselves. Gah. Actually, Hallmark-ey heartwarming stuff always makes me gag.
3) What is your first 'bookish' memory?
Sitting in a huge library with my dad. I have no idea where my mom or my brother were, but we were sitting in front of a fish-tank reading...I can't remember what.
4) Do you find that you read books which are more by male or female authors?
I scanned my bookshelves and found that I tend to read books by female authors more than male authors. I had no idea which I read more of until I saw this question.
5) Where's the strangest/most unusual place that you've ever read a book?
I read books in some pretty strange places. I think the funniest is sitting with the car parked in the driveway, reading. I have also read in a hot, unfinished attic in August (can't remember why).
6) Do you read in any other languages than English? How do you feel about translated fiction?
I read Spanish (took several years of it) in a halting way. I have never attempted novels. One day, I was in the library and picked up Amelia Bedelia in Spanish. It was brilliant! All of that word-play done with totally different words when translated to English! I think that translated fiction has to be handled very gently, with plenty of poetic license on the part of the translator in order for the book to be enjoyable.
7) How do you feel about Reading Challenges eg. Goodreads challenges?
I love reading challenges! They also make me feel good because I read such a copious amount of books. I finish those challenges lickety-split.
8) Do you often read books that you feel you 'ought' to read rather than ones that youwant to read?
This is the reason I refuse to be in a serious book group. I will read academic books because I feel that they are stuff I, you know, kinda need to read, but the majority of my reading is my choice. Reading is, after all, a hobby and hobbies should never be about doing things you dislike.
9) If you could pick one fictional character to be your friend in real life, who would it be?
Oooo...Jo March from Little Women! I think that she would be a good friend. I am much more Meg March-ish in personality, but a great many of my friends are of the Jo March persuasion. I think that more steady personality combined with a spunky, stubborn personality works very well.
10) Which author would you most like to meet and why?
Jane Austen. There's a reading challenge currently going on called Austen in August. I'm participating in it (in a disultry way) and after reading all this stuff about her, I really want to meet her!
11) What do you like best about blogging?
That daily act of sitting down and writing. It's a rhythm that I love. I also love all of the reading/bloggy connections that I have made in such a short amount of blogging time. I can see why there are bloggers that write for years and years and never get tired of it.
1. EverydayHas@ http://everydayhas.wordpress.com/
2. countrygirlsread@ http://countrygirlsread.wordpress.com/
3. Desperate Reader @ http://desperatereader.blogspot.com/
4. Jennine G. @ http://livingawritinglife.blogspot.com
5. Michelle F. @ http://newhorizonreviews.blogspot.com
6. Books as Food @ http://booksasfood.blogspot.com
And here are my questions:
1. What is the first book you remember reading?
2. What is your favorite genre of reading?
3. What book character do you think you are most like?
4. Are you part of a book club/group? How do you feel about book clubs?
5. The most annoying book I ever read was…
6. Did you like reading in school?
7. Where is your favorite place to read
8. If you could pick one fictional character to be your best friend, who would it be?
9. Do you read seasonally? That is, do you read lighter, beach-read books in summer and heavier books in winter?
10. Can you listen to music while reading? If so, what kind of music do you like to have as background noise?
Thanks for nominating me, Girl with Her Head in a Book! I had fun writing this. Any of you readers who I missed are welcome to chime in in the comments or on your own blog post.