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Booking it eternally

From Booking Through Thursday:

What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

Wow, I haven’t booked for a while, and this is a fun question.

The first really long book I read was Gone With The Wind. I was maybe twelve at the time and I remember taking at least one break part way through to read a few shorter novels. Because the book is long, and Scarlett, kind of annoying. I’m really not all that wild about Rhett either.

In college, I booked through both Anna Karenina (long) and War and Peace (longer) relatively quickly. Maybe because there was going to be a test. Tolstoy fun fact: the man did know how to write a short story. Really.

More recently, I read the first two books in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m still tired from that. I read these on Kindle and I was all:

29%? How can I still be at 29%? I’ve been reading for hours.

Will I continue the series? Maybe. When I’m in the mood for epic fantasy and don’t mind seeing all my favorite characters killed off. I think it’s this last bit that keeps me away. Not that I think authors should never kill off their characters. It’s that I don’t trust Martin. I don’t want to get attached to anyone in the series, so I keep all the characters at arm’s length–which is no way to read a book.

As I mentioned, epic fantasy is a mood read for me. Now I need to add epic fantasy where I don’t mind all my favorite characters dying and the books are really, really long, kind of like the literary equivalent of running a marathon. 

That’s a very specific sort of mood. It may be a while before I pick up book three.

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Booking it loudly

This week on Booking Through Thursday:

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

I’ve spoken before about how much I love audio books. Yes, I know some people don’t consider this “real” reading. I. Don’t. Care. I’d be certifiably insane right now if I didn’t have them to listen to during the commute. (Don’t get me started on “drive-time” radio …)

1. I love being read to and reading aloud. In fact, I still read with Kyra and we’re planning on reading The Secret Garden this week. Actually she’s going to read it herself first, then I can read it to her. She’s convinced it will be that good. A few weeks back, when I had a horrid cold, I pulled the audio book from the car (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and listened to the rest of it while curled up in a chair with a cup of tea.

2. There is something very comforting about being read to. It’s a great way to decompress after work and survive the commute, so there’s that.

3. As I’ve mentioned, yes, I do read aloud and listen to books. I also do a listening edit on my own books. I import them to my Kindle, then use the text to speech function to listen while I follow along on the page.

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Booking it covertly

From Booking Through Thursday this week:

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

Shh. It’s a secret.

The answer is yes. I almost always have a book (or two) with me whenever I go out. If I don’t, it’s an oversight. I simply forgot to take one with me when I left the house.

And seriously, this is the beauty of the Kindle. Not only can I carry multiple books with me, I can also read them on the sly. No more cover angst for me. That being said, I often have a paperback, hardcover, or library book I’m reading with me that might be seen as a little odd. No, no heaving bosoms or Fabio covers ala old school romance.

But.

I’ve been reading middle grade books.

I sometimes wonder what other people think when they see me tearing through the pages of The Mother-Daughter Book Club, or The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet.

And speaking of mother/daughter and books. Last weekend, Kyra and I went on a driving adventure when Bob’s car broke down. She packed up a bag of at least seven books to take with her–just in case.

I’m pretty sure this is hereditary.

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It’s been a while since I booked

It’s been a while since I Booked through Thursday and this was too tempting to resist.

(Side note: I used the new link helper in WordPress. Why it only found some books and not others, I don’t know. But there you have it.)

1. Favorite childhood book?

I’m not sure how to define “childhood” re: reading. Do I answer The Lonely Doll? The Secret Seven? Trixie Belden? The Chronicles of Narnia? Jane Eyre, which I (first) read when I was twelve or so. See? This list is endless.

2. What are you reading right now?

Insatiable by Meg Cabot (audio book in the car)

The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White (on the nightstand)

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

Many. Take a look:

  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  2. The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee
  3. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
  4. The Duff by Kody  Keplinger
  5. Faithful Place by Tana French
  6. The good soldiers by David Finkel
  7. The Hunger Games Book 3 by Suzanne Collins (CAN. NOT. WAIT)
  8. Infinite Days by Rebecca  Maizel
  9. A kiss in time by Alex Flinn
  10. Matched by Allyson  Condie
  11. Nomansland by Lesley  Hauge
  12. The passage by Justin Cronin
  13. Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  14. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  15. Runaway by Meg Cabot
  16. The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek
  17. The talent code : [unlocking the secret of skill in sports, art, music, math, and just about anything] by Daniel Coyle
  18. The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
  19. War by Sebastian Junger

4. Bad book habit?

Buying and then not reading them, or at least not reading them for a very long time.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

  1. Insatiable by Meg Cabot
  2. I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells
  3. The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
  4. Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet by Jamie Ford
  5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Yes, a Kindle.

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

I usually have two going at a time, one in the car and one for elsewhere.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

No, they’ve changed since I started writing. I read a little less (a girl needs time to write after all) and I read more carefully, not to mention slowly.

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

Probably one (or two/three) books I judged for the Rita. And because I judged them for the Rita, I can’t tell you what they are. (You’re consumed with curiosity, aren’t you?)

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

Do I have list just one? In no particular order:

  1. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  2. What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell
  3. The Likeness by Tana French
  4. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

I try to do this on a regular basis. I think it’s good for a writer to do this.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Young Adult

13. Can you read on the bus?

Ack! No! Motion sickness! Motion sickness!

14. Favorite place to read?

Anywhere (relatively) quiet

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I give books away. If I need/want another copy, I’ll buy it.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

No, but I don’t have a breakdown when other people do.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Text books/books for research I might.

18.  Not even with text books?

See above.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English, although I used to be able to read in German and Russian.

20. What makes you love a book?

A combination of things–compelling character(s), a story that won’t quit, and a theme that speaks to me.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Probably the above, in #20.

22. Favorite genre?

Young adult. Ha. A cheat, since you can get anything in YA these days.

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

Historical nonfiction.

24. Favorite biography?

How about a memoir, which would have to be Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

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

Yes, I tend toward those that promise to make me smarter or a better writer. It’s a never-ending quest, really.

26. Favorite cookbook?

Bwhahahaha. That’s all I’m going to say.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Nonfiction: Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity was short and fun, with some good advice. I like a book with attitude. Outliers also had some interesting information. (See #25 where I’m trying to be smarter and a better writer.)

Fiction: See favorite books.

28. Favorite reading snack?

Tea.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Ruined? Maybe When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, which I enjoyed very much and think it deserves all the awards it has received. But by the time I read it, I was expecting it to also clean my house and make me coffee in the morning.

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

Meh. Totally depends. Many times I wonder if we’ve read the same book.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I don’t. Give them, that is. I do read books that simply aren’t for me, since I try to read widely (I think that’s important as a writer.) And I do analyze why a book didn’t work for me, but I generally keep those conclusions to myself.

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

I’d love to get back up to speed and read in Russian.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Anna Karenina–in Russian.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

All those big fat historical nonfiction books I have.

35. Favorite Poet?

Pushkin.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

A handful.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?

For audio books if I cannot stand actor’s voice, I hit eject and back it goes. Commuting is bad enough. Commuting with someone whose voice grates on you? No thanks.

38. Favorite fictional character?

Elizabeth Bennet

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Um, I can’t think of one. Maybe because I tend to think villain = moustache-twirling bad guy, and I like books with antagonists who: 1) are often redeemed, 2) relatable and human, if tragically flawed.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Whatever is next in the queue.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

I don’t know. I’m drawing a blank on this one. Probably when I was deployed to the Gulf, during that window of time when things were happening. I don’t think I read then.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Le Divorce. I got bored. I actually put it down at the 3/4 mark, right before the murder. That’s how much I didn’t care.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Kids’ TV programs. Oy.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

The A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. Really, how can you not love this:

On a related note, I also think that Bridget Jones’s Diary is a better movie than book (especially the last act, structure-wise).

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

I’m sure there are many, but I often avoid movies made from books I love. My son would probably say The Lightning Thief.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

A lot, especially around the holidays.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Not often. Plus, it’s really hard to skim an audio book.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

Boredom.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Since they’re not organized, I’m going with: no.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

I do have books that are keepers, but I also like giving them away, especially if someone really wants a book.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Like doubling back the way I came when I see them on the street … oh, wait. No. I don’t think I have. Except those exceptionally long historical nonfiction ones, that is.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

The Dark Side by Jane Mayer (Actually, I think this was an excellent book, it’s the subject matter that made me angry.)

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Interestingly enough, this one wasn’t working for me until the last fourth or so. I’m glad I listened to this one on audio, otherwise I might not have hung in there with it, but I’m glad I did.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

The last in a YA trilogy I was reading. I really wanted to like it, but it felt off to me from the first chapters. I finally hit eject and went to read a spoiler-y review and realized I’d figured everything (pretty much) without having to read the last book. Sigh.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

YA and now middle grade. I’ve been reading a lot in the Aladdin imprint of Simon and Schuster (market research). These are sweet, fun, fast-paced books and I’ve really enjoyed them.

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