Category: Q&A

Aug 21

Questioning Katie: Book Universe

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Hidey Ho Bookworms!

Aren’t discussions fun? I realize I’ve been abysmal at replying to comments lately, but I am SO loving reading all your thoughts on these crowd sourced interview questions. Let’s continue, shall we? Today’s question comes from Jancee at Jancee’s Reading Journal (thank you darling!) If you had to live in the universe of one book or series, but it was a permanent move, which universe would you choose? 

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My answer to this question is super obvious and cliche. It’s also honest because if the Harry Potter universe actually existed, I would want to go to there. I’m not entirely sure how this whole transfer thing would work, but I’m going to operate under the assumption that I would have magical powers if I were to enter this universe. I don’t know if Hogwarts offers classes for recently discovered 32 year old witches, but if they did, I’d be sorted into Ravenclaw and suffer the shame. This is MAGIC we’re talking about, guys! Any sacrifices would be worth it. On the off chance I got no powers, I’d hop into the HP universe anyway. As long as I could get a job at the Ministry in muggle relations I’d be cool. I think Arthur Weasley and I would get along like a house on fire. It would be a little awkward explaining to him that I named my car after his wife, but I’m sure he’d be okay with it once I showed him all the buttons and things. At least my house could get hooked up to the floo network for my commute. How amazing would that be? Free travel to London any time I felt like it? Access to wizard sweets and pranks? The chance to meet Hermione?! Yes indeedy, I am so in.

What’s your book universe of choice, Bookworms? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Aug 14

Questioning Katie: What Constitutes a Spoiler?

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Howdy Bookworms!

It’s time for some chit chat, Words for Worms style. I’ve been collecting questions from y’all over the last few weeks because I’m a big cheater face and I’m all about having you hit me with writing prompts. Thank heavens you beautiful bookworms are willing to keep giving me material!

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Today’s question comes from the delightful Jenny at Reading the EndAt what point in a book does information about the book become spoilers if someone tells it to you? Like if someone dies in the first chapter, is that a spoiler? Third chapter? Middle? (This is a selfish question because I do not understand how human brains comprehend spoilers, but I am trying to learn so I don’t accidentally spoil things for people.)

This is SUCH a good question. If y’all don’t read Jenny’s blog you probably should because it’s fabulous, but she’s the type of reader who revels in spoilers and, as her blog’s name suggests, reading the end of books before she reads the middle. There is no hard and fast rule to figuring out the perfect level of spoiler tolerance. I mean, on one hand you have the Jennys of the world where virtually nothing is a spoiler simply because their enjoyment of a book isn’t hindered by knowing the outcome in advance. At the other end of the spectrum, there are people who are so fiercely spoiler averse that they won’t even read the synopsis of a book on the jacket. Pretty extreme, right? I mean, how do you know if you want to read something if you don’t even have an inkling as to what it’s about?

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Personally, spoilers only bother me when there’s a big mystery to be had or when it’s part of a major series I’m invested in. Like, I’d have been REALLY upset if someone hit me with Harry Potter spoilers for the last few books, but of course that was nearly impossible to do as I purchased the books immediately upon their release and holed up until I finished reading them. I’ve totally been guilty of oversharing plots in the past, so I’ve adopted a simple rule. If the publisher revealed it in their blurb, I’m not going to feel guilty about “spoiling” anything. Do publishers sometimes reveal too much? Maybe? But if it’s THAT easy to find at least it’s not MY fault. Guilt absolved. (My Catholic roots are showing, aren’t they?)

What do you think, Bookworms? Where do you fall on the spoiler tolerance spectrum?

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Aug 06

Questioning Katie: What’s With the Penguins?

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Howdy Howdy Bookworms!

I’m braving another edition of Questioning Katie even though the internet thinks I’m bonkers. That’s right. The day the post in which I announced I’d be interviewing myself went live, Skype saw fit to show me ads for schizophrenia medication. I’m rather offended that the internet thinks I’m significantly more severely mentally ill than I actually am. Way to be a jerk, Skype. I wasn’t hearing voices, I was just lonely, OKAY?!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the fun. I’m answering a question today from an ACTUAL PERSON. (Thank you for submitting questions!!! I’m going to answer one a week until I run out, which I hope is never, because I do not want to prove Skype right!)

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Today’s question comes from Heather AKA Capricious Reader: Why penguins?  

The penguin thing goes back quite a long way so my memories are all misty and water-colored,  but I believe the obsession can be traced to a third grade project. We had to make a diorama of an animal habitat out of a shoe box. (Is this still a thing children do?) I decided to create a penguin diorama for two reasons. First, I found a wax penguin mold a rama that my household had acquired at some point from the Brookfield Zoo. Second, I knew that a penguin’s habitat would require snow which meant I would get to play with cotton balls and glitter. GLITTER! After the project, things sort of snowballed.

My dad let me pick out a Valentine’s Day stuffed animal later that year and I chose a penguin with a top hat perched on a stuffed iceberg (it was DARN cute. Also, my dad is a giant softie.) I found myself inexplicably drawn to the Chilly Willy the Penguin segments during my morning cartoon fix. I started taking books about penguins out of the school library (because books.) People started to catch on, and it just sort of happened… Then one day I woke up and had a pair of sparkly penguins perched atop my wedding cake.

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I really wish I had a photo of the diorama that started it all, but back when I was a kidlet, the cameras and the rolls of film they required were reserved for birthdays, Christmas, ballet recitals, and other big events. Everyday school projects weren’t considered photo worthy because the people who made Instagram probably weren’t born yet. (I have not verified that statement, I just assume that all brilliant internet people are younger than I am.)

At this point in my life, the penguin thing feels like an integral part of who I am. How old is a kid in third grade? Like 8? The vast majority of my life has been spent entrenched in penguiny goodness. I get texts and notes and messages all the time from people who see penguin items and think of me. I mean, how cool is that? People see an adorable animal and they think “KATIE!” I like to think it means that people have a mostly positive association with me, but I can’t be sure. Penguins do tend to poop wherever they feel like it and they can be a little rude with the pecking… Maybe I ought to rethink this…

Got any more questions for me, Bookworms?! Ask me anything*!

*Within reason. There are some questions that you probably REALLY don’t want to know the answers to, you know?*

 

 

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May 27

Getting to Know You: Armchair BEA Intro

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Greetings Bookworms!

It’s time for my favorite virtual book nerd gathering that coincides with an actual convention since ever. Pull up your armchairs folks, it’s time for Armchair BEA. Book Expo America is going on in NYC and those of us stuck at home are going to party like it’s 1999. Crank up the Ricky Martin and live la vida loca with a bunch of book nerds on the internet! I’m going to kick things off by answering five questions off of the official Armchair BEA questionnaire. Shall we?

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

Allow myself to introduce…myself. I’m Katie. I’ve been blogging here at Words for Worms for nearly 3 years now (my blog is a threenager! No wonder it’s been so tantrum-y lately…) I live in the part of Illinois that isn’t Chicago. The middle part. With all the corn. I got into blogging after watching some friends having a ball in the blogosphere and realizing that nobody in my real life cared much about what I was reading.

2. What is your theme song?

This is SUCH a good question! Over the years, I’ve had a number of songs I’ve referred to as my theme song. I’ve been known to insert my name “Katie” into any number of songs in place of “Baby,” so I can make pretty much any song about me. If I have to narrow it down to a single song, though, I’m going with “Kate” by Ben Folds Five. I’ve never gone by Kate, always KatIe, but I love the image of seeing daisies in my footsteps.

3. What book are you reading right now?

I’m triple dipping, y’all. I’ve got The Dog Stars by Peter Heller going as an analog book, Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith on my kindle, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn in my earbuds.

4. Share your favorite blog post on your blog.

I’m a huge fan of my Literary Love Connection posts. Snaponine, Scarcliff, Minurtagh, Arigo, and Jeanster Valprynne are the greatest fictional celebrity couples that never happened.

5. Share a photo of your bookshelf. Don’t mind if I do:

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May 14

Ten Bookish Questions

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Hi Ho, Bookworms!

It seems I’m perpetually out of blogging juice these days. I hope it’s a temporary condition. I’ve got all these ideas, just no time to get them out of my brain. In any case, I saw this bookish survey on Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity a few weeks back and it sounded like fun, so we’re going to play the survey game. Wahoo!

I borrowed the graphic from Trish too.

I borrowed the graphic from Trish too.

1. What time of day do you typically read/do you prefer to read?

I do the vast majority of my reading in bed before I go to sleep. Audio books I’ll listen to whenever I have a chance throughout the day or on my commute. You can tell how busy I am by the ratio of eyeball reading to ear reading… Eyeballs have been losing the battle lately. Multitasking is where it’s at for me right now.

2. What is your strangest book related obsession?

I don’t feel like any of my book obsessions are particularly strange. I mean, yeah, I’ll have an animated conversation about all things Harry Potter with, well, just about anyone anywhere, but that’s not strange so much as enthusiastic. Plus, there are tons of Potterheads. Same goes for Outlander. And Alice in Wonderland. It’s not weird. My ultimate nerd out book passions all have pretty big fan bases, so at least I’m in good company.

3. Like which author do you wish you wrote?

I admire anybody who can write fiction well. I just don’t have it in me to create a cohesive story, which is part of why I love fiction so much. As far as non fiction, I love David Sedaris and Cheryl Strayed.

4. Who do you think is the most over-rated author?

I really just don’t get Nicholas Sparks. I read one of his books once and it just wasn’t very good. I don’t get how he got so ultra famous. Wait. Yes I do. Ryan Gosling. It’s all about the Gosling. Mmmmmm….

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5. What do you think is the most over-rated book?

Dude. Moby Dick is the worst. I know, I know. Classic, genius, blah blah blah. I had to read it in high school and I hated every second of it. Not a fan, Ishmael. Not a fan.

6. Which two authors would you like to see go head to head in a word-off (like a dance-off)?

Oh my gosh. This is the best! The problem is that if I picked two of my favorites I’d be super torn about who I wanted to win. I think it would be HILARIOUS to listen to Jenny Lawson and David Sedaris have a slam poetry battle, though.

7. I’ve always wanted to read The Lord of the Rings in a cabin in the mountains or Nora Roberts in an Irish inn or The Woman in White in an abandoned asylum. What book-location pairing do you wish for?

Dude. I wouldn’t want anything to do with an abandoned asylum. That is how ghosts happen, yo. I’d love to crack open a copy of Outlander while lounging in a circle of standing stones in the Scottish highlands. Hubs and I have a “sucked back in time” loophole.

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8. Describe your bookish self in three words.

Enthusiastic, voracious, nerdalicious. (Nobody said they had to be REAL words.)

9. Name one of your favorite characters and what you would do with him/her if you had one day together.

Hermione Granger. Hands down. She would show me all sorts of fun magic things and we’d talk about books. Then she’d have to wipe my memory, of course, but it would be the best day I’d never remember.

10. If you had one extra day in the week, that nobody knew about and didn’t count, what would you with it?

Ooooh! A secret day! I waaaaaaaaaant it. I’d spend it riding my unicorn, chatting up my penguin pals, and apparating to ALL THE PLACES. An imaginary day deserves imaginary activities, no?

Talk to me Bookworms! Answer some questions. I want to know all about you!

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Apr 20

20 Questions (Because I am Ill-Prepared to Discuss Books Today)

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Howdy Bookworms!
I’m running behind blog wise so I thought I’d tackle the super fun 20 questions game I saw Jen at The Relentless Reader complete a while back. Everybody loves 20 questions, right?!
20 Questions About Me:
 
1. HOW TALL ARE YOU?
5’3 and a half. The half inch is very important to me. I typically round up and tell people I’m 5’4 because it’s weird to claim the half inch when you’re over the age of 9.
2. DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT?
Hmmmm. I’m actually really good at hula hooping. Not like, circus caliber hula hooping, but I’m pretty confident I could win a contest at a company picnic.
3. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST BLOG-RELATED PET PEEVE?
Like that I do or that other people do? I’ve been so awful about reading other blogs recently that I can’t even think of complaints. How about this? I spent my evening working on a post that I didn’t realize I couldn’t post until next week anyway? That’s kind of annoying. But really, I think we’re all winning, because me interviewing myself is highly entertaining. To me.
4. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST NON-BLOG RELATED PET-PEEVE?
Personal space. Lately this has been bugging me at the gym. Like, I am going to sweat and be repulsive and I really just want a three foot radius so I don’t have to worry about bumping into people. Invasion of my space (even though I KNOW I’m not entitled to it, especially when a class is full) just bugs me. Or, like, during the running track of BodyAttack there are always a couple of middle aged dudes who feel the need to run super fast and like try to win. There just isn’t any “winning” in running laps during an aerobics class, okay? Nobody is impressed!
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5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
I don’t know that I can claim a favorite song. Is that bad? How about “our song?” My husband and I claim “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot as “our song” because it’s the least appropriate and least romantic song ever. Of course, I secretly think that “our songs” are “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits (because it’s pretty), “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson (because it’s adorable), and “True Companion” by Mark Cohn (because I’m a sap and attended far too many weddings.)
6. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ETSY SHOP?
Oh that’s easy! My pal Lily (who also writes a blog, It’s A Dome Life) has a FAB Etsy store full of hand painted jewelry and art. It’s amazing.
7. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND YOUR FREE TIME WHEN YOU’RE ALONE?
Reading, obviously. I also like to soft-shoe dance in my kitchen.
8. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?
Nacho Cheese Doritos are my dietary kryptonite. I can’t keep the darn things in my house because I can’t just eat a few chips, I eat like half the bag. It’s highly detrimental to my quest to keep my pants fitting.
9. DO YOU HAVE PETS?
Nope. Unless you count my husband. But he’s like a super clean pet who is really fond of windex, so…
10. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS?
Ha! No. That I cannot tell you. All time favorites are super impossible. I can give you two that I love though. Will that do?
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11. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT?
I looooove EOS lip balm and ELF eyelid primer. Because APPARENTLY I only like beauty products by companies with three letter acronym names beginning with “E.”
12. WHEN WERE YOU LAST EMBARRASSED?
Oh heavens. It happens all the time. Actually, I tripped rather spectacularly last night on a stroll through my neighborhood. Thanks to my cat-like reflexes I was not injured, but it wasn’t my most graceful moment.
13. IF YOU COULD DRINK ONE BEVERAGE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Water. I’m so freaking boring. I just really like being hydrated, okay? And this is the rest of my life we’re talking about!
14. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
Mary Poppins. I usually turn it off before they get to the bank, though, because it used to scare me. Besides, all the best parts are at the beginning. The chalk painting? The floating laughter tea party? The dancing penguins?! Awwww yeah.
15. WHAT WERE YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL? PROM QUEEN, NERD, CHEERLEADER, JOCK, VALEDICTORIAN, BAND GEEK, LONER, ARTIST, ETC?
Hmmm… I was pretty nerdy, pretty broody, and I took ballet lessons. An enigma wrapped in a mystery swathed in very large pants was high school Katie.
16. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE?
I am SUCH a chicken. I get sweaty palms when I think about uprooting from my current surroundings. It’s not because I’m just THAT in love with Central Illinois, but I don’t do change particularly well.
17. PC OR MAC?
I always had Macs growing up. Hubs still uses a Mac for most things (esp video things) but I do most of my blogging and whatnot on a PC.
18. LAST ROMANTIC GESTURE FROM A CRUSH, DATE, BOYFRIEND?
This isn’t the most recent romantic gesture, but it’s come up a couple of times recently and it bears mentioning again. For my 30th birthday Hubs took me to meet a penguin in real life AND bought out the whole penguin encounter so it was just the two of us and the penguin. It was pretty great.
19. FAVORITE CELEB?
Amy Poehler. She’s my spirit animal. (I am keeping Jen’s answer because it is perfection.)
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20. WHICH BLOGGER DO YOU SECRETLY WANT TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH?
Oh man. This is a tough question. Mostly because I actually met and became friends with some of the bloggers I admire most (Filing Jointly and Pocketful of Joules, I’m looking at you!). That, or I was friends with them before the whole blogging thing even happened (Quirky Chrissy.) There are a ton of book bloggers I’d love to pal around with whom I’ve yet to meet, but I feel like putting that level of creepiness out on the internet would be weird. They’re not famous per se, they’re just awesome.
Talk to me, Bookworms. Anybody else feel like over sharing? I’d love to know more about you! I also want to know if anybody wants to secretly be Best Friends with me. I’m open to the idea. You really can’t have too many friends. 
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Jan 08

Bookish Fun: Memory Challenge

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Howdy Howdy, Bookworms!

Sarah Says Read is always doing the fun stuff, at which point I jump on the bandwagon. I’m basically Sarah’s groupie. She did this memory challenge a while back and I stored it away for a day when I needed something to write about. The rules to this challenge are simple. I’m supposed to answer the questions in the graphic below WITHOUT CHEATING. That means, of course, no internet searching and no bookshelf glancing. It’s all about what’s floating around on my noggin.

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1. Name a book by an author called Michael: The Map Thief by Michael Blanding (I really hope I’m spelling that name right. I reviewed it here.)

2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover: Uuuuh… Does Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire have a dragon on the cover? If it doesn’t, it should.

It's the UK version, but I'm still counting it!

It’s the UK version, but I’m still counting it!

3. Name a book about a character called George: He and his brother never got their own book, per se, but Fred and GEORGE Weasley are the best.

4. Name a book by an author with the surname Smith: The Ark by Annabel Smith! (Annabel is lovely, BTW.)

5. Name a book set in Australia: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (The Ark, too, but I feel like I shouldn’t keep double dipping.)

6. Name a book with a month in the title: A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve.

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover: I am so bad with cover art. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (review) or The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman, maybe? There are knives in the titles, there should be knives on the covers!

2 for 2, even though I had to pull ANOTHER UK cover.

2 for 2, even though I had to pull ANOTHER UK cover.

8. Name a book with the word “one” in the title: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (review)

9. Name a book with an eponymous title: Eponymous? That means named for a person, yes? Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (review).

10. Name a book turned into a movie: Ha! Name a book that HASN’T been turned into a movie, more like. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg is my favorite book-to-movie adaptation, I think, despite it taking oodles of liberties.

Well, that was fun. How good are YOUR memories, Bookworms? Are you as hopeless with cover art as I am?

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Nov 18

Bookish Q&A: Fin

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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.

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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.

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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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Nov 07

Bookish Q&A: Stuck in the Middle

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Helloooooo Bookworms!

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).

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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.”

You can bet I'd take pains to follow procedure.

You can bet I’d take pains to follow procedure.

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.

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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.

thehoundWhew! 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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Oct 24

Bookish Q&A: Because You Wanted to Know More, Right?

Q&A 24

Howdy Bookworms!
Today’s post is brought to you by the incomparable Sarah from Sarah Says Read. She completed this survey and I decided that it was necessary for me to do the same, except I got lazy and only completed a portion of it. Rest assured that I’ll eventually finish the project. I really like interviewing myself. Ready???
1. Favorite childhood book: It’s tough to remember having a favorite book as a kid. I mean, are we talking picture books? Chapter books? Adolescent books? Childhood can be long and complicated. I remember there being some purple book with an owl on it that was my favorite as a wee one. I have absolutely no idea what it was called or who wrote it. So, uh, my favorite childhood book was “that one purple book with an owl.” Good enough? Good. Let’s carry on…
2. What are you reading right now? Right now, I’m reading ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King for The Fellowship of the Worms. I’m not scared… yet…
3. What books do you have on request at the library? I’m not sure. Let me go and check (please hold as I clickety click on over…) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
4. Bad book habit: I tend to get waaaaaaaaaay too emotionally involved with fictional characters. I’ve been listening to audio book versions of the Outlander Series (because I wanted to relive it, natch. Swooning over Jamie Fraser never ever gets old) and I find myself tensing and getting upset as things happen to the characters. I know exactly how things turn out, but it stresses me anyway. I’m the same way with Harry Potter re-visits. Actually, if a book doesn’t get me overly involved with the lives of the characters, I probably don’t much care for it.
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5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? I actually managed to get ‘Salem’s Lot from the library. It was pure luck that it came available in time for the readalong.
6. Do you have an e-reader? Indeed! I have two, actually. I use my Kindle Paperwhite (OMG how I love it!) for the majority of my reading. The backlight makes my world go round. I kept my old Kindle, though, and I use that as a loaner so family and friends can enjoy some of my digital copies of books. That’s the drawback to digital reading, I think. Difficult lendibility.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I have recently discovered that I can read several books at one (maximum of three). They must, however, all be in different formats. I can have a Kindle book, a physical book, and an audio book all going at once, but not multiple books in the same format. My brain would explode.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I read a LOT more. I mean, I always read a fair amount, but I’m chewing through 100 books a year. It’s pretty crazy, actually. I’ll also admit that I stress about reading more than I used to. I like having things to tell y’all about. If I’m not reading ALL THE THINGS I worry I’ll run out of material. Really, though, my Bookworms are so cool, you probably wouldn’t mind if I wrote limericks. Now that I think about it, maybe I should be writing more limericks… As odes to fictional characters. Mmmm Jamie Fraser, there are so very many things that rhyme with “red”!
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9. Least favorite book you read this year: Oooh. I don’t love being negative, but since you asked, survey. I listened to the audio version of Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman. I didn’t even like it enough to blog about it. I couldn’t decide if it was an intentional ripoff of Wuthering Heights or simply an ode to the classic, but since I didn’t care for Wuthering Heights either (review), it did nothing for me.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year: Holy cats, it is SO hard for me to pick favorites! I’m going to go with my (mostly arbitrary) Goodreads ratings and list out my 5-star books thus far. (Again, the arbitrary-ness of my star ratings cannot be overstated.) Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend (review), Ready Player One (review), Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (review-ish), Headhunters on My Doorstep (review), Slammerkin (review), I Am Livia (review), Frog Music (review), The Chaperone (review).
11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone? Oooh tough question. I am a fairly eclectic reader, so it’s hard to define my comfort zone. I certainly have some books I consider comfort fiction, but that’s certainly not all that I read. I guess I really push it to the “there’s a good chance I’ll hate this” limit once a month or so?
12. What is your reading comfort zone? When I feel the need to read something comforting, I tend to choose Southern Fried Fiction. Fannie Flagg, Beth Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen- these ladies always make me feel better about the state of the universe.
13. Can you read on the bus? I can, but I’m not in the habit of riding the bus. Living out in the boondocks, as I do, makes public transit inconvenient at best.
14. Favorite place to read: My bed. Perhaps not my favorite activity that takes place in the bed, but it’s up there on the list. (Top of the list is sleeping, you filthy minded Bookworms, you!)
A Katie asleep in her natural habitat. Note penguin PJs and obnoxious husband wielding cell phone...

Wake sleeping Katies at your own peril. Photograph sleeping Katies also at your own peril.

15. What is your policy on book lending? I’ve loosened up on this a lot over the years. Since I started blogging I find myself in possession of a lot more books. If I wasn’t cool with lending them out and sending them into circulation, I’d be buried.
16. Do you dog-ear your books? I don’t have super strong opinions about dog-earring. Sometimes I do, but not if I have a bookmark on hand. I’ve got a lot of fun bookmarks, so I don’t do a lot of page bending these days.
17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books? Nope. I don’t know why, I don’t have any particular objection to margin notes, I’ve just never done it. If I feel the need to take notes, I usually open a draft of a future blog and jot down really useful comments like “WTF?!” or “This better not be the twist!”
18. Do you break/crack the spines? Oh yeah. Sometimes it can’t be avoided. I mean, have you ever read a chunkster? I challenge you to get through some of those bad boys WITHOUT cracking the spine.
19. What is your favorite language to read? Dothraki. Just kidding. I only read English. I’m depressingly mono-lingual.
20. What makes you love a book? Oh that’s a tough one. I saw a discussion on River City Reading that talked about three types of readers: those who read for language style, those who read for the plot, and those who read for characters. I can confidently say that language ranks the lowest on my list. I like a prettily constructed sentence as much as the next girl, but that’s not what blows my skirt up. What makes me love a book is a combination of fun plots and great characters.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I really like to individualize my recommendations based on who is asking me. I will demand that virtually everyone on planet earth read Harry Potter and Outlander, but I do like to take into consideration what the seeker likes, you know?
Alright, I’m throwing in the towel on this survey, for now anyway. Any of you gorgeous bookworms care to tackle some of these questions? 
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