Bookish Q&A: Fin

November 18, 2014 Q&A 16

My Darling Bookworms,

I am FINALLY finishing this giant bookish survey. I think it’s better in small pieces. I mean, if I got bored writing it, y’all would be bored reading it, right? So. Without further ado, we’re wrapping things up today. Wahooooo!

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: It’s pretty rare that I re-read books, so it’s hard for me to list things I’d take on vacation. I mean, those I do re-read I’m so obsessive about that I’d miss out on my trip, you know? I’d probably try to pack something on the lighter side- happy comfort reads would be lovely I think. Maybe a Fannie Flagg.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: I really don’t know. I mean, there have been times in my life when I’ve gone through lighter reading periods, but these days reading is part of my bedtime routine. If I do nothing else I read a few pages before going to sleep.

42. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? It depends on what I’m reading. There are some books that I will dive so deeply into nothing short of an atomic blast would get my attention. That said, sometimes it’s hard for me to read when the TV is on, particularly if it’s something amusing. (Football games are easy for me to read through. Not a sports gal.)

43. Name a book you could not finish: Ooooh the shame. I couldn’t finish 1Q84 and have avoided all Murakami since then.

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44. Favorite film adaption of a novel: Fried Green Tomatoes. The book and the movie are a lot different, but I adore them both.

45. The most disappointing film adaptation: Great Expectations (the 1998 version.) The soundtrack was PHENOMENAL, but holy crap. What made them think it would be okay to change Pip’s name?! It’s kind of a major plot point, yo!

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I am really not sure. I mean, if I spent a lot at any one time it probably included gifts, and those shouldn’t count against me, right?

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Not often. I’m not opposed to spoilers as a general rule, but if I want to read a book, I just read it.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it? I do most of my reading before bed. I typically stop reading once I get too sleepy to carry on, but if I’m crashing after two pages several nights in a row, it’s just never going to happen.


49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Pfft. I don’t think anybody would ever accuse me of being organized. I actually offered to loan out a book recently only to discover I have no idea where that particular book is. Soooo… Yeah.

50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away? Since I started blogging, I’ve had a lot more books coming in. I keep my hands on my old faithfuls, but the new stuff I try to put back out into circulation. I “loan” them and often lose track of where they are… See previous question for an example.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? No, not really. If i don’t want to read something, I just don’t read it. I don’t go around actively avoiding it.

52. Name a book that made you angry: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (review). I couldn’t put it down but I absolutely despised every. single. character.


53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Confession time. When my mom first pitched Outlander to me, I thought it sounded ridiculous. Clearly, I was the most wrong I have ever been.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (review). I love love loved The Thirteenth Tale (review) and was soooooooooo disappointed in Bellman & Black. It really bummed me out.

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading: I like the occasional romance novel. Smutty, cheesy, improbable? Sometimes it’s just the ticket.

It only took three posts, but I’m finally done with this survey! I’m going to do a happy dance now. But how do y’all feel about this? Do you prefer bite sized survey posts, super long ones, or do you wish I’d never do another one? Inquiring minds. 

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16 Responses to “Bookish Q&A: Fin”

  1. Jennine G.

    For a survey this size, I liked it in pieces much more! Easier to focus and think on the specific questions given before another set came out.

  2. Charleen

    I think breaking it into pieces was perfect. 10-15 questions is a good size, anything longer than that and I probably would have started skimming.

    (Oh, and a huge frickin’ AMEN to #54. I still get sad thinking about it.)

  3. ThatAshGirl

    Just a few notes…..
    1. I’ve totally dropped like $200 in a book store in one shot. All for me.
    2. My books are totally in alphabetical order, and then series order within a particular author (I have OCD and worked at a book store, I can’t help myself).
    3. Book I’ve abandoned….Life of Pi….don’t judge me.
    4. Book that made me angry….Uncle Tom’s Cabin…I almost threw it in a lake.
    5. Guilt free pleasure reading….I love me a good historical romance.

    And I also don’t skim. I usually know if I’m going to read it based on the cover summary. If i’m on the fence I’ll check out a non-spoillery review but no skimming of the actual book. I have a friend that will read the first page and the last page while still in the store. Makes me want to scream.

      • ThatAshGirl

        Double points if that Historical Romance has a dude in a kilt on the cover. Although the joys of eBook readers is that it’s easier to hide the trashy covers when reading in public.

        I tried. I was working at the book store when it won all of it’s awards back in the day and OMG I tried. But 20 pages of him talking to a bird was just too much.

        • Words For Worms

          Hahaha!!!! YES!!!! One of the best things about e-books is indeed the hiding of the cover. Nobody knows if I’m reading Jane Eyre or The Rogue Scotsman and the Kilt of Infinite Sensual Wonders. (I just made up that title. How do I copyright it?)

  4. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    I like that you broke this survey into three parts!

    And I love Murakami, but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to tackle 1Q84. If you DO want to try him again sometime (and it’s totally cool if you don’t!), Norwegian Wood or Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki would probably be better places to start.

  5. Sarah @ Sarah Says Read

    Murakami – I’m with ya. I read Norwegian Wood by him and it was not my jam in SO many ways. I don’t really get the love for him.

    Also, GREAT gifs 😀

  6. Elizabeth

    I’m not alone on 1Q84!! Thank the lord. The only other book I’ve struggled with this much was The Silmarillion (which I WILL finish one day), and that was just a density issue. This book makes me SO. ANGRY. It turns out one of my other friends is reading it right now and he made me promise to finish it instead of just putting it down after the first 50 pages…but It’s been 4 weeks and I’m only 250 pages in haha. I just don’t think I’m going to make it (or that it’s really worth trying that hard).

    I was so disappointed by Bellman & Black! I’d waited anxiously for years for Setterfield’s next book, and this definitely was…not my thing. I’d joked before that I could read her writing about anything because her words are beautiful…but I guess I was wrong haha. I did like the bits about the rooks, but the story itself ugghhhh. I really hope that she writes another book. I worry because it took so long between books before and this one did not get the reviews her last book is, and I can only imagine how crushing that would have felt :-/

    …ok now I’ve depressed myself.

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