Monday Meme

Thomas at My Porch posted a meme last week that I enjoyed so I decided to copy his . . .

1. A favorite childhood book?
Smoky: The Cow Horse by Will James. I was into horse stories and I read and reread this book many times. 

2. What are you reading right now?
Sharpe’s Escape by Bernard Cornwell is the tenth Sharpe book by Mr. Cornwell that I have read and can’t seem to stop . . .

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Sharpe’s Fury by Bernard Cornwell

4. Bad book habit?
Forgetting to renew books from the library and/or turning them in late.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Sharpe’s Escape by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes, but I am noticing how much I avoid it because I just like real books better. I have barely downloaded anything except for some free classics and some Agatha Christie books. What a waste of money for me.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not too much, and I don’t write about every book I read.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer. This book was well written and interesting but very depressing. Reading about religious zealots who murder remind me why I like to read Christopher Hitchens’ writings.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The first book I read this year was The Help by Kathryn Stockett and it is my favorite. I might have to get the audiobook and listen. I hear that a movie is being cast.

The Help
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not too often. Sometimes I am surprised by what I like. I can read everything from classic literature to James Patterson. 

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I enjoy historical fiction or literary fiction or biography and memoir more than most nonfiction or any other fiction I call “fluff.”

13. Can you read on the bus?
I can read on the train, but I don’t work on the train line anymore and have to drive. Taking the train was an awesome time for me and lasted about 3 years until my company changed locations. I read every day to and from work when I had a seat or if I wasn’t sitting with someone from work. It was lovely getting to and from work with little stress.

14. Favorite place to read?
I like to read in my office at lunch. My computer is handy to look up anything. I also like to go to the SMU library and go into the older stacks where I am surrounded by really old books. 

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I borrow and lend. Some I don’t care if I ever see again. I don’t lose anyone’s books that I have borrowed and always return them, albeit slowly.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Rarely. 

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Never. 

18. Not even with text books?
I always thought about resale value with textbooks and was always annoyed with other people’s highlights and notes in used books.

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

20. What makes you love a book?
A good story that I can’t get out of my mind for the whole time I am reading it and that I think about for a long time afterwards.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
I will recommend a book if I personally enjoyed it or if I think someone else will gain some enjoyment. If someone asks me for something to read, I usually have a recommendation or stack to share.

22. Favorite genre?
Historical fiction.

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

24. Favorite biography?
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. I learned so much about Ben and his story, especially about his overseas travels.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Of course! 

26. Favorite cookbook?
I don’t have a favorite cook book. I do use recipes from Lean Bodies Homestyle Helpings by Dr. Cliff Sheats and Cathy Coker more than most of my others. Those church cookbooks made to raise money always have some good recipes.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Angel Time by Anne Rice. I usually can’t put down Ms. Rice’s books and her new character Toby O’ Dare is quite interesting. I know she is working on a sequel and can’t wait to read it. 

28. Favorite reading snack?
Popcorn.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?I
I try to read the actual book and then read reviews about it. Of course that cannot happen all the time. Most of the critics can tell if the a book will be worthy of reading or not. However, there are exceptions. Usually I have forgotten what the critics say by the time I get around to reading a particular book.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I tend to only review books that I really like and want to share, a flaw of which I am aware.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
The Baltimore Catechism

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Ulysses by James Joyce

35. Favorite Poet?
Shakespeare

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Two to four. I am really getting into having books sent to my library instead of driving all over town to another branch. 

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Many times. If I buy or borrow a book that is more interesting to me then I return whatever I checked out. 

38. Favorite fictional character?
Right now it is Richard Sharpe, a soldier under Lord Wellington in the Napoleonic wars, created by Bernard Cornwell.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Javert in Les Miserables.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Mystery fluff like Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington, Ed Eagle, and Holly Barker books. 

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Probably a couple of months.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Kim by Rudyard Kipling.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Cats that wail until their needs are met.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
My Sister’s Keeper based on the book by Jodi Picoult

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Maybe around $70 for books all for me and not gifts.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Not too often. However, I read all the pages before Chapter 1 such as the copyright info and dedications.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I am not enjoying a book or see no redeeming value and don’t feel like I would miss anything by stopping. 

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Not presently, it would seem. Normally, I am very organized. 

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I like to keep the ones that I especially enjoyed or have gotten signed by an author. I am annoyed when I let someone read a signed book and they never return it to me. I donate or give away all the others.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Not purposely avoiding, but there are so many classics I have not read.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Janet Evanovich. That Stephanie Plum can be funny at times and in small doses. 

  4 comments for “Monday Meme

  1. August 23, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    interesting, denise.

    hmmm, never thought about having a snack while reading… usually i read in bed at night.

    i’m gonna have to check out this bernard fella.

    i can relate to 43.

    and i MUST read the help.

    happy week!

  2. August 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Thanks, Pam. Bernard is cool.

    http://www.bernardcornwell.net

    Where’s Digit?

  3. August 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    53 and 54 are as they should be. I think it is interesting that you read all the front matter before reading a book. I realized I don’t. Usually a few pages in I flip to see when it was published if I don’t already know.

  4. August 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Thomas, actually a high school history teacher of mine got me into the habit of reading the front matter and I just got into the habit and can’t stop.

Thanks for the comments . . .