Thursday, January 30, 2014

55 Book Related Questions

Earlier this month Jillian at Covers and Ink answered these questions on her blog, it looked really fun but this was the first I've had a combination of remembering, having time, and having a free posting day so that's why it's taken so long! Feel free to join in on your blog or answer some of the questions in the comments! I love learning more about the reading habits of my blogging friends!

1. Favorite childhood book? Haha this is rather hard to answer! There were different times when different books were my favs but some that come to mind as ones I read several times are The Runaway Princess and Captive Treasure by Milly Howard, and the Annie Henry Series by Susan Olasky. I also really enjoyed the Dear America books and the Royal Diaries, my favorite of which was Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine, France, 1136.

2. What are you reading right now?  Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley, Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson, A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox, and You're Going to Be Okay by Holley Gert

3. What books do you have on request at the library? None

4. Bad book habit? The only thing I can think of is that I tend to read so many that I can forget a lot of things about the ones I've read.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? None unless you count my sister's collection which I'm borrowing about 9 books from!

6. Do you have an e-reader? Yep! I have a Kindle Fire!

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I enjoy both! Sometimes it's nice to just focus on one book at a time and other times it's fun to mix it up! I usually at least have one fiction and one non-fiction going at the same time!

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I've definitely branched out a lot more, trying new authors and genres. Before I started reviewing I could only get a few books a year so I was very selective. I also read more now, I used to get about 100 books read a year now I usually get over 200!

9. Least favorite book you read this year? Well I've loved all the 15 books I've read so far this year but the only one that got four stars instead of five was With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot!

10. Favorite book you've read this year? Haha! All but one book I've read this year got five stars! I would definitely say the Julie Lessman books (all of them) were my favorites!

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? On occasion. I have a pretty wide comfort zone so there aren't too many books outside of it. I'm usually willing to give most books a try!

12. What is your reading comfort zone? As previously stated it's pretty large, for the most part if it's Christian I'll give it a chance, except for Amish! I'm not a huge fan of thrillers but I'm willing to try them if they sound good enough!

13. Can you read in the car? It varies! Most of the time it's fine but occasionally there will be stretches of time where I get carsick when I read. Reading on my kindle seems to work better in the car than an actual book!

14. Favorite place to read? I typically read on my bed, but when I'm at my sisters' place I enjoy reading on their couch too!

15. What is your policy on book lending? My family and friends know they can borrow a book when they want. Sometimes they return them bent which makes me really sad but it doesn't stop me from lending!

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? NEVER

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

18. Not even with text books? Nope!

19. What is your favorite language to read in? English.... 

20. What makes you love a book? There are so many factors and I'm not overly hard to please! Great characters are a big part!

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I loved it then I'll recommend it! My sisters treats my collection like her personal library so I'm always recommending books to them!

22. Favorite genre? Yeesh...I have several! I have the most of Historical Fiction so I'd probably say that's my fav though close seconds are Romantic Suspense and Young Adult!

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Hmm can't really think of any!

24. Favorite biography? Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? I read Christian living but I don't view that as self-help so I'm gonna say no.

26. Favorite cookbook? Pillsbury's The Complete Book of Baking

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Fiction: Julie Lessman's books. Non-Fiction: You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth

28. Favorite reading snack? Chocolate chips or cracker are usually what I snack on while reading if I snack at all. It's more common that I'm drinking tea!

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. Can't think of any! The only "hype" I usually get is from blogging friends who have similar taste so I usually agree with them!

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? I don't really pay much attention to critics and make my own opinion!

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I'm not going to lie and say I liked a book when I didn't but I always try to find some good and sandwich the bad between the good. I also try to keep those reviews shorter. There is no reason to bash a book just because you didn't like it! I usually state that it wasn't for me and recommend reading other reviews!

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? German. I'm 3/4 German and know a bit of the language!

35. Favorite Poet? I don't read poetry!

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? We rarely go to the library...

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread? Quite often!

38. Favorite fictional character? This is next to impossible but some that come to mind are the O'Conners and their spouses from Julie Lessman's O'Conner series, Luca, Lia, Gabi, and Marcello from the River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren, the Archer brothers from Karen Witemeyer's books, the McKenna siblings and their significant others from the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey, the Novak brothers from the Wings of Glory Series by Sarah Sundin, Miranda, Matthew, and Blaze from Made to Last by Melissa Tagg, and I really need to stop before I go on forever!

39. Favourite fictional villain? I really don't like villains, so I can't think of a fav!

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading. I think the longest solid time was two and a half weeks which was this past November when I read only three books all month!

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. There have been quite a few but the first that comes to mind is Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? People having conversations around me, my brain just automatically starts listening in!

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Either the Lord of the Rings movies (including The Hobbit) or The Hunger Games movies!

45. Most disappointing film adaptation? Love Comes Softly Series

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time? I rarely shop at bookstores since I do most shopping online but the most I've spent was probably around $30

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Never, I hate spoilers!

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? Several things but the biggest ones are head-hopping, too much description, redundancy, language, and inappropriate content. Sometimes I just stop if I'm just not enjoying the book.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes! I am very particular about my books and right now they are are alphabetized by author.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them? Unless I absolutely did not like a book, I keep it!

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding? Not that I know of! Sometimes books are ignored due to review requirements but I don't think I've avoided any books!

52. Name a book that made you angry. I'm having a little difficulty remembering but the thing that makes me the angriest is when the bad guy is a family member especially a father!

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did? City of the Dead by T.L. Higley

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't? Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? All of my reading is guilt-free and most of it is pleasure reading but my two favorite things are rereading favorite books and reading new books from my favorite authors!


Grace said...

I enjoyed reading your list. :-) Especially liked your answer for what your favorite language to read with is, lol.

Dawn Janis said...

Fun list. :)

Abbi Hart said...

Grace- :) haha!


Jillian said...

Ooh, I'm glad you decided to post this, Abbi! I loved reading your answers!

Abbi Hart said...

Jillian-Thanks for posting it-I had such fun!

Aerykah said...

Nice list, Abbi! I liked the language answer too -- I would have a hard time picking between German, Russian & Gaelic. (I didn't know you were 3/4 German... I'm 1/2 German. Ya learn something new every day, huh.)
I think I'm going to have to work on a similar list for my blog... Might take me a little while, though.

Abbi Hart said...

Aerykah-Yeah my mom is full-blooded German and my dad is half German! That's so cool that you have German in you too! I look forward to seeing your list!

Brooke @ i blog 4 books said...

What a fun list of questions!

Abbi Hart said...

Brooke-Yeah I had a lot of fun answering them!

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