I know you were incredibly disappointed that I didn’t quite finish my Bookish Q&A a while back, so I’m picking up where I left off. I can feel the excitement radiating through the internet. Tangible thrills, y’all.
22. Favorite genre: This is a tough question for a dabbler like myself. I do enjoy a bit of everything, but I think historical fiction elements tend to run through a lot of my favorites.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): I’m not one to think, “Man, I wish I read more self-help books” and then not read any self-help books. I don’t read self-help books because I just plain don’t wanna!
24. Favorite biography: I really dig memoirs as opposed to full on biographies. I like them funny, so Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson are some of my super favorites (reviews).
25. Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)? Oh, number 25. You should see number 23. Actually, when I was in high school I did read a book on getting in touch with my own psychic powers. I’m even less psychic than Professor Trelawney, as it happens. Although I am uncannily good at guessing the sexes of unborn babies. I have a significantly better than 50/50 average.
26. Favorite cook book: My mother-in-law made me a cookbook for my bridal shower. It’s a binder that includes all the family recipes. It’s pretty much the only cookbook I use (well, that and the cookbook my sister-in-law used as her wedding favors, but there’s a lot of overlap there.) I’m not much of a cook, but I can make a mean apple crisp. Oh, and I’ve managed to perfect the cream caramels by sheer force of will. Candy is finicky, but I can do it… With a digital candy thermometer. And low humidity.
27. The most inspirational book you’ve read this year: I think I’m going to give it to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (review). It made me feel good about humanity and gave me all the warm fuzzies.
28. Favorite reading snack: Is it weird that I don’t typically eat while I read? I mean, I love to eat (so, so much!) but I’m bad at multitasking when appendages are involved. I sometimes read while eating on my lunch breaks, I guess, but that’s not so much a snack as like “oh, I’m going to eat this soup now because I’m the kind of person who eats a lot of soup.”
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Hmmm… I wouldn’t say the hype necessarily RUINED anything for me, but The Goldfinch (review) and We Were Liars (review) didn’t live up to my expectations. I didn’t hate them, they were just a bit of a let down, you know?
30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? LOL! Ooooh critics. Um, pretty rarely, I think. Traditional critics tend to favor literary fiction of the stylistic variety… I’m much more a story/character reader, so I find a lot of critical darlings to be a snooze-fest. Plus, you know, I unabashedly love oodles of books that are NEVER going to win big impressive prizes. If I want to love a romantic series whose plots rely heavily on kidnapping and time travel, I’m going to do it with no apologies! (Seriously, there is SO MUCH kidnapping/captivity in the Outlander series. I don’t even care.)
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Well, you know, I really love being an asshole, so… No really. I don’t like giving negative reviews, but I’m not going to lie and say I liked something if I didn’t.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be? Ooooh good question! Realistically, I stand the most chance of being able to read in Spanish as I studied the language in school, but since we’re playing hypotheticals here, I think it’d be nice to read in French.
33. Most intimidating book I’ve ever read: Speaking of French, I think Les Miserables is the most intimidating book I’ve ever read AND liked. Amazing.
34. Most intimidating book I’m to nervous to begin: I’m a whole lot of intimidated by The Count of Monte Cristo for some reason. I think it’s the sheer size of the thing, but I have a feeling it’s a book I’ll enjoy.
35. Favorite Poet: I don’t really like poetry as a general rule… Unless it’s Emily Dickinson. I love that crazy broad.
36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time? Since I do the majority of my library-ing digitally, I typically only take out one book at a time.
37. How often do you return books to the library unread? Rarely. The whole one book at a time thing really helps with that.
38. Favorite fictional character: Good gracious, I feel you’ve asked me to choose a favorite child! I am far too attached to far too many fictional characters to answer this, I’m sorry!
39. Favorite fictional villain: Oooh tough call. I’m really quite fond of The Hound from the Song of Ice and Fire series.
Whew! These surveys are intense and I’m STILL not done. No worries, kids. You’ll see a part 3 one of these days, I promise. What about you, Bookworms? Pick a question, any question. I want to know your thoughts.
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