55 quirky questions for readers, part 5

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 fifth (and last) set. Aren’t you glad?

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: That would probably be the years before I actually knew how to read.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish: “Mr. Darcy takes a wife” by Linda Berdoll. That was unbearable, but at least I learned a new word, “betwixt”, lol.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Not much. Even though I prefer reading in silence, I am able to read when there is chaos around me if I have to.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel: Probably the BBC mini series of “Pride & Prejudice”, “Misery” and “LOTR”.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation: Don’t know where to begin, but I was very disappointed about “Needful things”.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I don’t know. I don’t buy many books in one go, so it probably wasn’t very much.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? I don’t skim but often read the first two paragraphs. They will tell me right away whether a book is for me or not.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? If the plot went into a direction I definitely don’t like. Or (that happened once) a character that I liked got into a situation that made me cringe. I couldn’t go on reading about the embarrassment and stopped right there.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Not particularly. I like a bit of disorder.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Usually I keep them. If I didn’t particularly care for a book I might swap it.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? If you mean specific books, not many. I can only think of “The Lost Symbol” which I wouldn’t read if it was the only book left in the world. I wouldn’t read any Christian fiction or horror books that are gory.

52. Name a book that made you angry: It’s not a book but a series. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton really made me so mad. In fact mad enough to start this blog. I never liked Anita Blake to begin with, but when the series that started out quite interesting turned into porn with the help of a stupid device called “ardeur” I got mightily pissed of..

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Can’t think of one. As superficial as it sounds I only start a book if I think I will like it. If I already think I won’t like it I won’t bother.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: I suspect one of them will be “The Shipping News”. I’m on page 13 (have been for a long time now). Just not at all what I expected. Don’t think I will finish it. Another one I tried to read years ago and DNF because I found it boring is “A heart so white” by Javier Marias. Maybe I would think differently now, though. I should start to re-read it, I suppose.

55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: Oh, no! Reading is no guilty pleasure, no matter what you read (unless maybe you are a regular reader of Perez Hilton).

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  1. How long have you gone without reading since you know how to, though? I can’t think of a day I didn’t read myself. But there must have been some, like on a group holiday or so.

    Rikki, please try and persevere with The Shipping News a little longer! I loved it myself. Maybe it isn’t for you, but try a little more before you decide…
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    • Judith, no idea, but I’m sure there can’t have been long periods without reading. I always read. Maybe a few days during a holiday, like you say, but even that is rather improbable.

      Oh, I won’t give up on the Shipping News yet, but I can’t say I enjoy reading that style at all.


  2. Rikki, I think it’s interesting the way you choose your books. Reading the first couple of paragraphs. I often find in any book I read that I almost never enjoy the first paragraphs. I feel uncomfortable with the book until I am a few chapters into it. It’s the whole business of adjusting to new characters and a whole new plot…it’s kind of like getting used to a new pair of underwear. I always have to read an overall synopsis in order to get an idea of whether I will like it or not…admittedly, even this method leads to disappointment sometimes.


    • True, sometimes the first paragraphs can be misleading. I’m not choosing all books that way, but if I come across a book with a blurb I like in the store I do. If I don’t like the first paragraph, then I give up. I might miss out on some good stuff that way, though, I know.


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    • Lol, Bella, so is mine. I wouldn’t even know of that Hilton fellow if it wasn’t for him…:)


      • Ugh…yet another embarrassment in American culture. I can’t stand him. I hope the world doesn’t think we’re all a bunch of jerks that think we are awesome. I have a feeling that that’s what most of the world thinks though. :-/


        • And wouldn’t that be a pity and possibly as small minded as other prejudices? There are wonderful things about the USA even though there are crappy things as well (any country that is inhabited by human beings is bound to have a mash-up of the good and the bad I would think).

          I would say that US magazine at the hairdresser’s or on the plane is my “guilty” pleasure. It’s the only place I allow myself to read those magazines, haha! And I am getting a kick out of the fact that both of your husbands read Perez, that is hilariously (not a word) fantastic. I’m sure plenty of men read it and never tell a soul (unless their wives blast it on a blog), lol!
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          • Carin, I don’t think he is embarrassing for the US. Just someone who obviously knows what a lot of people want to read about. If he’s making a fortune with that, more power to him, but I wouldn’t read it myself.

            Wallace, I agree, there are good and bad things everywhere. But Carin is right when she says that the reputation of the US has gone downhill in the last few years.

  4. Love these questions made me think…. and kinda nice to know I am not the only one who just goes with the flow with my reading..

    I am able to read when there is chaos around me if I have to.

    I can too and my mom is always amaze by it…

    These really made me think…

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  5. #44 – You are back in my good graces Miss LotR. I love those movies even if they changed some things and left a lot out. I think Peter Jackson did a fantastic job with the series.

    I think people who can read in chaos are amazing. I have to have absolute silence when I read. I often plug my ears and mouth the words while I read at the doctor’s office. I’m sure I infuriate people, but it’s the only way I can read when I’m there. I’m definitely not asking them to be quiet though–it’s not a place for quiet for sure.


    • Actually I think Peter Jackson is a genius. The things he changed made the film better than the books which are tedious sometimes. I have seen the films countless times with every audio background commentary there is and get never tired of them.

      Haha, I’m sure the patients give you the evil eye.


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