55 quirky questions for readers, part 2

The Literary Lollipop created this fun quiz about your book habits. She says “Feel free to cut and paste the questionnaire onto your own blogs, or if you would like to add a question, please do so! Did I miss anything? Let me know! Change it around or leave as is… it’s up to you.”

I broke this up, because 55 long winded answers from me in one go will probably make you want to go to sleep. So here is the second set.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Hardly ever. I read for pleasure and reading out of my comfort zone makes me feel, um, uncomfortable. However, with Wallace’s experiment about that crazy book swap, who knows what I might be receiving. Already dreading it.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I can tell you what is outside my comfort zone, thriller, horror, lots of blood, contemporary modern fiction that’s in the bestseller lists, chick lit.

13. Can you read on the bus? NO!

14. Favourite place to read: My bed. That’s about the ONLY place I can read, too.

15. What’s your policy on book lending? I’m ok with it, but I need to keep track.

16. Do you dogear your books? Oh, yes.

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? No.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? Yes, Carin, I’m a book abuser. I can already hear her go *GASP* again, :-).

19. What is your favourite language to read?  I’m fine with German and English.

20. What makes you love a book? The books I love are all so different from each other that I can’t say. Small things can make or break a book for me. If something bothers me in an otherwise brilliant book I won’t “love” it and vice versa. Also it depends on the genre a lot.

Want to join and answer the questions? If you do, please, link me up!

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  1. **GASP**GASP**!!!! The horror! 😀 I actually answered you about the spine cracking over on my blog. One thing I am glad of is that you get that I'm not truly horrified and upset with you even though I'm just typing out a comment. I will admit that sometimes that can get lost when reading comments.

    You're killin' me here! Post them all! I'm dying having to wait 5 days until the end! Hehe!

    OK…so this is a little off-topic, but not really in some ways. How is it that European schools can manage to teach other languages with some level of fluency? It seems like almost all of the Europeans I know can speak reasonably good English or reasonably well in another language. I just read an article about how our schools are failing the grade with integrated native Spanish speakers and the kids are falling behind. Then when I read the comments it's basically people just irate that immigrants can't speak English fluently–and when I say "irate" I mean VERY irate. I really wish I could be a fly on the wall in European schools to see how it's done because you guys do it very well. What is so hard about teaching English and Spanish to make kids fluent in American schools? It's driving me nuts (but that is a whole other conversation).


  2. Carin, calm down! This is so funny. I think you are hyperventilating, lol. I made sure to take very good care of the Enchanted April because I know not everybody shares my lax attitude. Now I'm only waiting for some of your book sins to come to light.

    You think Europeans are especially good at foreign languages? I don't agree. Well, the Scandinavians and Dutch are good, admittedly, but come to Germany and you will find a lot of people whose English is not so great. At schoool I had English for 7 years with teachers who were no native speakers and at the end of those years my English was ok, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. My English only improved later when I mingled with native speakers from the US.


    • I actually wonder what the books will look like by the end. I kind of hope they look well-traveled because it would be cooler looking. I was a little extra gentle with my book as well–I tried not to eat food while reading it because who would want my greasy paw prints on their book?!! LOL!

      Yes, I absolutely think Europeans are better at teaching foreign languages! Even in Canada they have French and it seems like the French Canadians speak English fairly well (maybe the rural areas don't as much?). So it bothers me that we can't seem to learn other languages in the U.S. It bothers me even more that A LOT of people have the attitude of, "We speak English here. This is America!" I just don't see why it would be a bad thing to be bilingual. I'm telling you, it drives me nuts! If I have children, I want them to be bilingual. I also need to find a class to sign up for myself because it's a life goal…I'm going to learn another language!

      BTW, I noticed you have commentluv on here now. Was it not there before?


      • The attitude you mention is even more surprising seeing that so many people in the US are not necessary Americans and have other native languages. I don't know how many foreign languages I started to learn, but gave up on most of them again after a little while (the shortest I ever did was Japanese. Gave up after a few months, it was just too strange for me. But I love listening to it.). Our kids are raised bilingually and that works out fine so far.

        I had commentluv before but when I switched to intensedabete it was gone which I noticed yesterday. But on the intensedabet site you can acticvate it again. I'm still trying to find my way around it.


        • I think it's a really prevalent attitude here. The attitude is, if you come to America, we speak English here so learn it. I agree that people that come to live here should learn English, but living in a border state…hmmm…we are so close to most of the Spanish speaking world that I think we should learn Spanish and be fluent in both languages. I assure you though, I am in the minority of people that think this way.

          There are a lot of people here that hate that things are printed in multiple languages and want our government to declare English the national language so documents and such are only printed in English. I'm sure the grocery store exasperates these people because many products are now in English and Spanish. I like it. I love my Puffs con loción and my galletas!

          OK…so how do I ask you in German: "How do you say _____ in German?"
          That might help me brush up if I try to converse with you a little! I want to ask you, "How do you say cookies in German?"


          • OK, next week I'm starting my German lessons in my cover posts, but last week with that depressing book the onel phrase I could think of was "No more war!"…

            "How do you say … in German?" would be "Wie heisst … auf Deutsch?" or "Wie sagt man … auf Deutsch?". So your example would be "Wie heisst "cookies" auf Deutsch?" or "Wie sagt man "cookies" auf Deutsch?" (Literal that would be "What is … called in German?" or "How do you say … in German?"

  3. Shock, Horror, ****slowing looking at you with tthe evil eyes…**

    Spine Cracking and dogearing **** what next, what next****

    I always read outside of my comfort zone, especially when the reading mojo leaves me.

    contemporary modern fiction that’s in the bestseller lists, chick lit.
    – Agree, agree and agree again

    Love your number 20 answers – sometimes it's really the little things or even the big things that makes a book lose point with me..

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    • Haha, E.H., another one of the book police, lol. What next, you ask. I'm telling you, there is a question about eating while reading coming up and I am not the one who has – and I quote – "greasy paw prints" on my books….:-)

      You should join us and do the questions, too.


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  5. Okay, I see where the German lessons are coming in now! Nice!

    Rikki — I am a total spine cracker. I actually can't stand NOT cracking the spine because then it looks like the book has not been properly read, haha!


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