Booking Through Thursday

I got this from Lorette‘s blog and couldn’t resist adopting it for all of you.

1. Favorite childhood book?
This might feel a bit rude, but: every time someone asks me to name just one book of anything, I’d like to answer “You don’t read much, do you?” because to me that’s an impossible question. I read a lot, so I have many favorites and loathed books and characters and settings and…

Anyway, I loved the Pippi Longstockings and Pekka Töpöhäntä books.

2. What are you reading right now?
Peters’ Lord of the Silent and Dumas’ the Three Musketeers.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
I’m not sure what “on request” means? Do you mean on a waiting list or ordered from another library further away? Anyway, none.

4. Bad book habit?
I buy too many books and then take a long time before I read them.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Peters’ Lord of the Silent. I don’t use library as much these days as before and usually use it for comic books.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope. I read ebooks on my laptop.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Several. Usually one audio, one print, and one ebook. I’ve just finished my current audio and ebooks.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really. I might be more analytical about why I liked or disliked a book.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
I’ve been pretty lucky and selective because I haven’t really come across anything I actively disliked. Geraldine McCaughrean’s “The Questing Knights of the Faerie Queen” was a disappointment because I didn’t realize that it was abridged.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
You don’t read much, do you?;) I adore everything so far I’ve read from Elizabeth Bear so “Hell and Earth” and “Dust” were awesome. I also really liked Stacia Kane’s “Unholy Ghosts” and I’ve just finished listening to the sequel which was even better. Oh, and Kirsten Imani Kasai’s Ice Song was great, too!

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not often.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I realized last week that it’s adventure and excitement: fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, historical mystery, historical fiction. Not horror, though.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Yes, as long as I know the way and don’t have to look for the place to get off.

14. Favorite place to read?
My apartment.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I don’t lend favorite books.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Yes.

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

18. Not even with text books?
When I need to take notes from text books, I write them on a notebook so that I can find them later. The notes aren’t much use when they’re on a library book with the next client…

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
Finnish, my mother tongue.

20. What makes you love a book?
Great characters doing exciting, adventurous things in a great setting. Preferably in a society which is not modeled after the modern Western one. Alas, those are surprisingly hard to find outside of history books.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If someone asks for a recommendation.

22. Favorite genre?
Fantasy and sci-fi.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
There are genres I don’t read but none that I wished to read.

24. Favorite biography?
None.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
I don’t think so.

26. Favorite cookbook?
None.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
What do you mean by inspirational? A book that inspired me to do something else than get the next in the series? None.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Chocolate, of course.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
DaVinci Code.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read professional critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I try to highlight the good in the book but I’m honest. If I don’t finish a book, I don’t write a review.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Hieroglyphs, Latin, Ancient Greek. Oh, and I already read in one foreign language: English 😉

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Bear’s Promethean Age books have a lot of references to myths and historical people and places, and I feel like I don’t get even half of them.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
War and Peace

35. Favorite Poet?
None.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
From 0-2.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Rarely.

38. Favorite fictional character?
You don’t read much, do you? 😉 I have loads of them. Many of them aren’t even main characters: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Cordelia Naismith, Aral Vorkosigan, and Elli Quinn. Amelia Peabody from Elizabeth Peters’ books, Robin Hood, Morrolan e’Drien and Aliera e’Kieron from Steven Brust’s books, Benedict from Roger Zelazny’s Amber, Shadow, Mist, and Donya from Anne Logston’s fantasy books, sir Lancelot and sir Gawain when written right… I could continue for a quite a while.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
You don’t read much, do you? 😉 Dracula, Moriarty, Prince Regal from Robin Hobb’s fantasy trilogy, the Kif from Cherryh’s SF books. Although I have to admit that my very favorite villain are from movies, TV, and comics: Darth Vader, the Terminator, Spike (from Buffy), Magneto (from the X-Men comics, the movie version is close but not the same)…

I read a lot of series books and the villains do pale there in comparison to the regular cast because the villain is often only in one book.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Unread ones from my to-read-pile.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
When I sleep, of course. 🙂 About a couple of hours, probably. Even when I watch TV or movies, I read subtitles.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Iain Banks’s “Consider Phlebas” where people were literally eating their own shit. I was gagging so hard I couldn’t continue.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
I’m actually easily distracted. Speaking, loud noises, drilling from the street…

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
You don’t watch many films, do you? 😉 The Princess Bride, the Minority Report

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
All of the Dracula films that I’ve seen.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Probably around 50 euros.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I often do that with non-fiction but not with fiction.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
See answer 42. Otherwise, predictability and being boring.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Sort of, yes. I don’t have the space to organize them properly.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I’d like to keep them but because of the space problem I usually have to sell them or put them on BookMooch.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
All the genres I don’t like such as horror, self-help books, celebrity books…

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Don’t remember.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Shakespeare’s plays.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Banks book. Everyone keeps saying he a great SF writer.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
I refuse to feel guilty about reading books.