Category: Questioning Katie

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? 



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!


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!


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?



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!)


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.

wedding cake

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?*




Jul 28

Questioning Katie: What’s Your Patronus?

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Greetings Bookworms!

I’ve been feeling uninspired and unconnected lately. I don’t have good reasons as to why, I just do. It makes me think that I ought to change things up a little blog-wise, so I thought I’d take a page out of Reddit’s book. Only not really, because Reddit is easily the meanest corner of the internet. But! They do feature AMAs (Ask Me Anything!) and those are the most fun. I thought I’d try an AMA on for size, only I’m not famous so nobody probably cares. Therefore, I’m going to interview myself, at least for today. I’d LOVE for y’all to submit questions for me in the comments or in email or wherever. You are welcome to ask ANYTHING. Bookish stuff, personal stuff, hypothetical stuff (I especially love hypothetical questions). I also reserve the right NOT to answer a question… Because I’m making up the rules and it’s important to me that there are loopholes so I can cheat the system. Sooooo…. Let’s do this, shall we?


QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your Patronus? (Submitted by ME.)

I have given this question waaaaaaaaaay too much thought, which is precisely why I asked it of myself. If you’ve never read Harry Potter, don’t tell me because I’ll probably cry. But on the off chance some of you exist, a Patronus charm is an animal manifestation of your joy that can fight off soul sucking dementors and occasionally carry messages. A very useful charm, the Patronus. A spirit animal, if you will. OBVIOUSLY, penguins are extremely important to me, but I was concerned that your standard Adelie or Magellanic or even Emperor penguin wouldn’t be fierce enough to fight off a dementor. I knooooooooow Hermione’s patronus is an otter, so obviously extreme cuteness is among a dementor’s weaknesses, but a cutesy penguin still didn’t feel quite right. That’s when I read an article about these big-ass prehistoric penguins. This mamma jamma was 5 feet tall and FIERCE. Meet my Patronus, Penguinsaurus Regina (she’s a lady.) Cower in fear, all ye dementors! You have no power here!

Any of you Bookworms have anything else you’d like to ask me? If you don’t contribute questions I’m going to continue to interview myself, and I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Fire away, y’all. I’m listening.

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