55 Reading Questions

Following on from Ian Sale

1 Favourite childhood book? Define childhood…? Probably The Hobbit. As I got older it was Wyndham’s The Chrysalids and then when I was doing my O Levels, Brave New World by Huxley.

2 What are you reading right now? Religion and the Decline of Magic by Keith Thomas and I’m just finishing Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of Fairy Tale, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

3 What books do you have on request at the library? Mostly graphic novels but also Adam Robert’s By Light Alone (finally) and Madeleine Roux’s Sadie Walker is Stranded. Also The geek manifesto : why science matters by Mark Henderson, which I got the library to buy as they didn’t have a copy.

4 Bad book habit? Ordering too many from the library or buying them when I’ve already got too many to read.

5 What do you currently have checked out at the library? Books for work on contract law and information literacy, 5 graphic novels including Cinema panopticum. A book on iPhone apps, cos I’ve got an idea. The aforementioned Thomas text, Pure by Baggot, Anagrams by Moore (my next read), The coincidence engine by Leith and Nothing to envy : real lives in North Korea by Demick.

6 Do you have an e-reader? No, but I plan to buy an iPad, Galaxy Tab or Nexus 7 later in the year.

7 Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Always reading a fiction and a non-fiction, plus usually a graphic novel for if I’m too tired or had a glass or two of wine.

8 Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Not really, although maybe I’m experiementing a bit more.

9 Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Dull!

10 Favourite book you’ve read this year? Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar

11 How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I try to a couple of times each year. I read The Invention of Morel last year, and my next is Anagrams.

12 What is your reading comfort zone? Science fiction, modern/urban fantasy.

13 Can you read on the bus? Yes, but I rarely use them (cost).

14 Favourite place to read? Bath, not the city…

15 What is your policy on book lending? Happy to…

16 Do you ever dog-ear books? Rarely.

17 Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Never.

18 Not even with text books? As a student I did.

19 What is your favourite language to read in? English

20 What makes you love a book? Being taken away to somewhere new and inventive and magical with characters I like, and learning a little about myself and others along the way.

21 What will inspire you to recommend a book? Knowing the potential reader.

22 Favourite genre? Science fiction

23 Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Magic realism

24 Favourite biography? Naturalist by E O Wilson

25 Have you ever read a self-help book? Yes. To qualify – not like a stop smoking or a diet or you can find healing through angels, but something like, Small Business for Dummies, when I was self-employed.

26 Favourite cookbook? The internet.

27 Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Tough one. Not many books would come under that concept. Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town got me listening to a few old favourites again.

28 Favorite reading snack? n/a

29 Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. None, really. I’m a bit Gaimen blind, but I didn’t like Anansi Boys.

30 How often do you agree with critics about a book? Often.

31 How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Not a problem.

32 If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Japanese.

33 Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction by Brian Boyd.

34 Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? The Tin Drum. A good friend’s favourite book.

35 Favourite poet? Andre Breton.

36 How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? When I worked there, usually 30 or so. Since I left, 15 to 20.

37 How often have you returned books to the library unread? Often. Sometimes I get a non-fiction, have a look and then buy it, returning the library book unread.

38 Favourite fictional character? Impossible to answer. Too many from Matthew Swift to Gully Foyle to David Strorm to Lyra to Bernard Marx.

39 Favourite fictional villain? Randall Flagg

40 Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Something I haven’t read before.

41 The longest I’ve gone without reading. Couple of days at most.

42 Name a book that you could/would not finish. Nothing springs to mind, although I know there has been quite a few books.

43 What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Falling asleep?

44 Favourite film adaptation of a novel? No Country For Old Men.

45 Most disappointing film adaptation? The Golden Compass.

46 The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? No idea. £50 at a guess.

47 How often do you skim a book before reading it? Only non-fiction, when I loan a copy before buying.

48 What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? I wouldn’t get that far. My rule is 100 pages or 20%. I’ve got to be engaged. I wouldn’t finish anything just cos I felt I should.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes. But I often reorgnise them too.

50 Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Keep. Or take them back to the library.

51 Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? No. Unless you mean the Harry Potter and the Discworld series, which I have no intention of every reading.

52 Name a book that made you angry. City at the End of Time by Greg Bear. One of my favourite authors writing a very dissappointing story with forgettable characters.

53 A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Had very few expectations but turned out to be brilliant. One of my all time favourites.

54 A book that you expected to like but didn’t? Dracula. Dull beyond belief. Give me a Hammer Dracula anytime.

55 Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Any Robert Rankin.


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