JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Meme swiped from sealwhiskers's LJ

1. Favorite childhood book?

Like most avid readers, far too many to count. But one that I'll still re-read as an adult and never tire of it is Sheila Braine's The Princess of Hearts

2. What are you reading right now?

Far too many things at once, as usual. The dodo and the solitaire, by Jolyon Parish; the new revision of The principles of knitting, by June Hiatt; Practical cataloguing, by Anne Welsh and Sue Batley; The compleat Ankh-Morpork, by Terry Pratchett; "Migraine" by Oliver Sacks; and The science of Discworld IV, by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen. Current bedside book (which is always a re-read so that I won't stay up all night to find out what happens next) is Tom Holt's May contain traces of magic
Plus I'm on a vague mission to read all the novels from Barlowe's guide to extraterrestrials that I haven't read before (recently crossed three off the list, which got me to the 50% mark)

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

Nothing for a while ... have so many owned books in my very tall to-read pile that I just don't dare right now.

4. Bad book habit?

The aforesaid reading too many things at once

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

See answer to question #3

6. Do you have an e-reader?

A Kobo Aura

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

Gotta have one in progress for every mood/mental state.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

My habits as such haven't changed, as I've always had a wide range of interests and a lifelong tendency to have multiple books on the go. What is different is that I get to learn about many excellent-but-not-well-known authors and titles via online friends that I might not have discovered on my own.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

Nothing comes to mind ... it's been a good reading year so far.

10. Favorite book you've read this year?

Tie between Cherry's Protector and Cook's Wicked bronze ambition. Just because they're each long-awaited volume fourteens in series that I'm addicted to.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

A few times per year ... I'm in a profession that requires me to have a broad knowledge of what's out there.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Quite broad, actually. Science, technology, handicraft, arts, sociology, history, biography, folklore, graphics, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, humour, historical fiction, suspense, horror and lots more that defies categorization. Not overfond of "bestseller" types, romances, business or politics, but I do dabble in those areas from time to time, just to keep in touch with the genres.

13. Can you read on the bus?

I'm physically capable of it. But my daily commute ride is too short to bother trying.

14. Favorite place to read?

Comfy couch, armchair, bed.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I'll do it. Have lost a few books this way, and had others damaged but folks who don't respect books or their owners don't get to borrow again. Special and irreplaceable volumes only get loaned to those who've proved their trustworthiness; my friends can all be trusted with any one of my treasures.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?


17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Never in books I read for the joy of reading. Textbooks that I owned are the only exception ... I've always considered a form of partically preprinted notebook rather than "book" books.

18. Not even with text books?

Yes (see above)

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English. I can still manage some French though, sadly, I've become rather rusty at reading that language fluently.

20. What makes you love a book?

Quirkiness. Makes me think. Entertains me. Contains wit. And is written in natural language rather than a pompous variety.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

The qualities in my answer to #20 cross-referenced to the interests and tastes of my friends. Plus my personal "addictions" are liable to get pushed just for the fun of pushing them.

22. Favorite genre?

My greatest tendency is towards science fiction and mystery because I find those two genres are most likely to go off in new thinking directions. But I really like a little of everything.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Suspense. Most novels of this type fall flat for me because I find their situations overcontrived. But once in a while there's a gem ...

24. Favorite biography?

Gordon Sinclair's autobiography Will Gordon Sinclair please sit down is an old, old favourite ... always re-readable.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

I've only ever seen a couple that even vaguely intrigued me; at work I have to fight a strong urge to catalogue the majority of them as fiction.

26. Favorite cookbook?

Edna Staebler's Food that really schmecks. A Canadian classic that's as much fun to read for the storytelling as it is to cook from.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

I've been inspired to quite a few things by my recent reading. But, I suspect, not in the way this question means.

28. Favorite reading snack?

I rarely snack, period; wasn't part of my upbringing (eating was something we did at meals, not in between them). A mug of hot chocolate or black chai is a welcome reading accompaniment in winter though.

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

Honestly can't think of anything. I never read something simply because it's on a bestseller list or widely advertised ... a book has to appeal to me on its own merits to get me to try it out.

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

Rarely read criticisms or reviews. After all, if I've read the book and decided for myself if I like or dislike it, why do I care what some stranger thinks of it?

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I'll state that I personally didn't like a book if asked. But I won't claim my opinion is a universal truth ... no matter how dreadful a book seems to me, it'll have fans somewhere.

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

Spanish. Specifically old Spanish. I'd love to be able to read Arturo Pérez-Reverte's "Alatriste" novels in the 16th-century version of the language that he writes them in.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?

Well it took me three months out of my teen years to force myself through a skinny little Harlequin romance that I felt obliged to read because it was a gift from my grandmother. So that, according to her, I'd be reading "something worthwhile" instead of the Dumas, Hugo, and Fleming I was addicted to at the time. Grandpa, on the other hand, added to my James Bond collection.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?

Can't imagine such a beast. If I want to read something, I read it.

35. Favorite poet?

Don't really have a favourite poet, just random favourite poems.

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

When I'm active, anywhere from one to as many as I can carry. Just depends on my mood and what catches my eye.

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

Not often. Usually because life interfered with my getting to it before I ran out of renewals rather than lack of interest.

38. Favorite fictional character?

Rosie Tanner from Tom Holt's J.W. Wells novels. A.k.a. Mr. Tanner's mum. She's an intelligent, devious, lecherous, shapeshifting goblin and any scene that contains her is guaranteed to be the absolute opposite of boring.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Lightning Lady

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?

Old favourites by Terry Pratchett, C.J. Cherryh, or Tom Holt ... I can re-read those a zillion times, anywhere, anytime.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.

Whatever is the longest night's sleep I've ever had. My mother took storybooks to the hospital when she went into labour so I was read to on the day I was born and every day after until I could read for myself. Which I've done every day since.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Volume one of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" would be the most recent ... couldn't develop any interest in plot or characters.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?

Very little ... growing up sharing a bedroom with two younger sisters forces one to develop excellent ignoring and focusing skills at an early ages. If I can be distracted from my reading by anything less than natural disaster or physical attack then the book isn't grabbing me.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

The mid-seventies "Three Musketeers" and "Four Musketeers" scripted by George Macdonald Fraser. The only disappointing part was Raquel Welch's cheesy "Hollywood historical" hair and costumes contrasting so badly against the rest of the cast's authentic garb and appearance (and that was down to her demanding creative control over both as part of her contract)

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Is one I've never actually seen: "Beast master". Considering that Andre Norton's original novel was a science fiction piece about a Navajo war veteran who'd worked with an animal scouting/sabotage team "retiring" to his family's ranch on another planet and the movie promos were for a magical fantasy featuring an overmuscled blonde, blue-eyed male bimbo in a Tarzan get-up, why would I want to? (Somewhere around here I probably still have my letter from Norton telling me how she'd exercised her option of having the production company NOT mention her name in the credits or publicity because she didn't want anybody associating the thing with her writing)

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Well, not in a bookstore as such, but I got a personal invoice from work for a little over $270.00 at the end of this May due to a bunch of my more expensive prepub orders happening to be released that month. Most visits to the comics shop tend to be pricey too, but that's because I don't get up there too often and thus tend to be picking up new volumes for several series at once.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

I'll do it with some nonfiction ... art books, palaeontology books, knitting or sewing technique books ... just to get a feel for them and it's not like they have plots that can be spoiled. I never ever do this with fiction.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

Boredom. Realizing I don't give a damn about the characters or plot or how either turns out.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

I'm a cataloguer. Not only organized, but classified? ;-)

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?

I'm extremely selective about my book buying (decades working among the "candy" will do that to a person), so the majority of my purchases are things for reference or entertainment reading of the type I know I'll re-read. The non-re-readables get given away.

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?

Romance and romantic suspense in general ... these genres have never appealed to me. Politics, get-rich, and self-help books.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

I've seen so many of those in the course of my job that they tend to blur together. Most recent trend in these are "economics" books that describe improvement in the standard of living in other countries as threatening to the "American way of life." (in an everybody-else-deserves-to-exist-in-grinding-poverty-except-the-western-world tone)

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?

I always expect to like books I read voluntarily ... that's the whole point of reading.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?

A piece of professional reading. The original print edition of the RDA manual, which is the new industry standards for what I do for. Considering that I taught myself MaRC by reading the manual from cover to cover (and enjoying it), it was perfectly reasonable for me to figure I'd do the same with these new standards. Absolutely unreadable ... the thing is a garbled mess that makes the worst political BS ramble you've ever heard/read seem like a model of clarity and conciseness. I was later happily vindicated when the Library of Congress committee that was reviewing the manual prior to changing over to the new system flunked it for failing to achieve both the "written in plain English" and "ease of use" requirements and recommended delaying changing over to the new system until both deficiencies were rectified (that was two years ago ... most of the manual has now been rewritten and LC started officially using RDA on March 31, 2013)

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Old Mike Shayne mysteries, from all incarnations of Brett Halliday (the pseudonym was used and the novels written by four different authors) and Leslie Charteris' Simon "The Saint" Templar novels.
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