Get To Know Me – As a Reader

I don’t want this blog to just be review after review. I would also like to include other book-ish content on here alongside my reviews wherever possible. So I had a thought of doing a little questionnaire on what I’m like as a reader. I came across a template on a site called “Stuck In a Book” for 55 questions about reading and I thought I’d give it a go. It’s probably been done on a lot of blogs but I feel like it would be a nice little break between reviews!

So here we go!

1. What is your favourite childhood book?

My favourite book growing up was not a single story but a Treasury. When I was about 6 and I was starting to really get into reading my dad bought me a copy of Roald Dahl’s treasury and it was my favourite thing ever. I’d read it over and over again and I’d never get bored of it. I still have it to this day and I still love it so much.

2. What are you reading right now?

At the minute I am reading a book called Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I’m about half way through at the minute and I’m quite enjoying it. It’s really different from storylines I’ve read in the past and it will be the feature of my next review!

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

I don’t have any because the council closed down my local library, which I’m still sad about. I tend to just buy books from Waterstones rather than traveling to the nearest library which is around 2 buses away from where I live.

4. Name one bad book habit that you have?

I have a habit of stretching the spine of my books by putting the book face down with the pages spread instead of using a bookmark when I need to stop reading for a minute or two. I annoy myself so much with it.

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

Returning to my answer for number 3, none.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

I have one somewhere but I really hated using it. I bought it just to try because I thought it’d be more convenient for space as I buy so many books, but I didn’t enjoy reading without an actual book in my hand. It just wasn’t the same for me.

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

I can only read one book at a time. I really would love to be able to read more than one book at a time but I can never focus fully on them and constantly confuse the storylines together. It just doesn’t work for me, but I’m so jealous of people that can.

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

I feel like since I started reviewing and blogging about what I’m reading, I actually pay more attention and appreciate it a bit more. I’ve found as well that I’m reading a wider variety of genres as well instead of just one type of book.

9. Least favourite book that you’ve read this year (so far)?

Ooo, this is a hard one for me because I don’t think I’ve read anything I’ve outright hated… I think the one that I least enjoyed just because I felt I really had to work to finish it was The Binding by Bridget Collins. It was by all means a really great book but it didn’t really grab me as much as others that I’ve read this year so far.

10. Favourite book that you’ve read this year (so far)?

My favourite book that I’ve read this year would have to be T’was the Night Shift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. I’ve loved both his books that he’s written and I do have a special place in my heart for NHS staff due to all they’ve done for me throughout my life. It was an amazing book to read exactly like his first one.

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

I’d like to say quite a bit. Every couple of months I try to buy a book which is a little out of the norm for me. I like reading new things and just expanding my knowledge and tastes. If I don’t get on with it, I don’t get on with it. But I do love trying new books, genres and authors.

12. What is your comfort zone?

My comfort zone for reading is probably either poetry or thrillers. They are my go to books for when I’m not sure what to read or if I’m in a slump. I tend to always enjoy them and find them easy to read.

13. Can you read on the bus?

I can. I do this most days while I’m commuting to work as it’s one of my main chances to sit and read uninterrupted. It’s something I’ve always done since school and college.

14. Where is your favourite place to read?

Curled up in a cosy corner with a lot of pillows, a blanket and a coffee.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I’m okay at lending books to other people. I only tend to lend books to people I’m close to so I know I’ll get it back, but I’m not super fussy or pushy about it. I don’t like lending books off of other people though, mainly because I just like to have my own copy, even if I don’t know if I’ll like the book.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

On some occasions I do but only in certain books and only if they’re mine. Most of the time though I do use a book mark. I much prefer it.

17. Do you ever write in the margins?

I’ve never written in the margins except for in school for English exams, there are some poetry books that I have highlighted certain sections but that is as close to a write in the margins kind of girl that I get.

18. Not even in text books?

I kind of answered this one in the previous question. The only book I ever wrote in was Of Mice and Men and we had to write in pencil so the teachers could erase the notes after our exams for the next students.

19. What is your favourite language to read in?

It’d have to be English because it’s the only language that I’m fluent in. I have tried reading French poetry as I do speak a little French and I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t be able to get through a full novel comfortably in French.

20. What makes you love a book?

I hate this question. I never have a specific answer. All I know is, a book has to grab my attention. I can’t love a book that I have to force myself to read. I need a book to force me to read it and that feeling of I can’t put this down, I must know what happens is what tends to make me love a book.

21. What would inspire you to recommend a book?

Mostly on how much I enjoyed it or if I feel it would match someone’s interests. I always ask a bit about the person and what they like to read before giving them a recommendation. Because I may love a horror book or a thriller but someone who only likes romance probably wouldn’t love that recommendation.

22. Favourite Genre?

I will always love a good creepy thriller.

23. Genre you rarely read, but wish you did?

I’d probably say classics. I love classics and I own loads but I don’t read them as much as I could or I would like.

24. Favourite biography?

I don’t tend to read biographies, I think the last one I read and maybe the only one might have been Nev Schuman’s and it was pretty cool. I enjoyed it.

25. Have you ever read a self help book?

I don’t know if it comes under the umbrella of “self help” but I did read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which is more about spiritual enlightenment. I did enjoy the first half of the book and then it got a bit more focused on religion which is where I struggled to connect with it as I’m personally not a follower of a religion. It was definitely interesting to read about a different way of looking at the world and at life, even if it wasn’t for me.

26. Favourite cook book?

I don’t have one. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a cook book. My other half does most of the cooking and even then we don’t use cook book recipes.

27. The most inspirational book that you’ve read this year?

I think the most inspirational book I’ve read this year was The Language of Kindness, A Nurses Story by Christie Watson. Again I have a soft spot for books like these and it really did move me and actually made me emotional. To the point where I actually considered going back to school to finish studying to become a nurse or doctor.

28. Favourite reading snack?

It’s a tie between flaming hot Cheetos and white fudge flips.

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

Twilight. I read the twilight books pretty late on in the whole hype of them and I’d heard so much about how great they were and I was surprisingly disappointed. I didn’t really get into them as much as everyone else did. They were good and they weren’t awful but I didn’t feel the excitement and obsession for the lack of a better word that other people seemed to have for the franchise.

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

If I’m honest I tend not to compare my opinions to other people’s because everyone is different, so I’m not actually sure how often this happens. I read so many reviews as well as write them myself but I tend to block out my opinions when I’m reading other people’s thoughts and visa versa.

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

I really hate giving bad reviews. Whether I like a book or not that book is still someones livelihood. I would never lie and give an amazing positive review to a book I hated but I’d never slate someones work publicly if I didn’t like it. Someone has sat and worked hard on it. Just because it’s not my cup of tea, doesn’t mean I should tear it apart. If I ever had to write a review where I had to state that I wasn’t fond of a book I’d always keep it professional and state that it wasn’t the book that was necessarily bad but that it just wasn’t for me. The next reader might love it. My opinion doesn’t rule for all.

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

I’d probably choose to be more confident in French. I can already read a bit but I’d struggle with a long piece.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

I’d probably say Wuthering Heights, not because it is necessarily an intimidating book or difficult to read but because when I first read it I was quite young and it was the first classic I ever read.

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

I don’t think there’s any book I’ve come across that I’m too nervous to read.

35. Favourite poet?

It’s got to be Charles Bukowski. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of reading his work.

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

Again, none. I don’t have the luck of having libraries near me anymore.

37. How many times have you returned books to the library unread?

Absolutely never. I used to take 4-5 books out at a time and they’d all get read at least once before they went back.

38. Favourite fictional character?

I’d have to say either Yelena or Janco from the Chronicles of Ixia Novels by Maria V Schneider. It’s my favourite series by far and is so, so underrated.

39. Favourite fictional villain?

It sounds really weird or really bad, I can’t decide which but I can’t actually think of any books I’ve read recently with a villain in… don’t judge me I’m sorry. Haha.

40. Books that you’re most likely to take on holiday?

Mostly likely, I’d take some easy reads like thrillers or a romance novel. More likely to be the thrillers I’m not a soppy romance kind of person.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

I think the longest would be a couple of days? I was in hospital and no one had yet brought me a book from home.

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

I really struggled to finish The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It wasn’t anything to do with the book or the writing per-say but more the subject matter of the book. It was quite triggering and upsetting for me. I couldn’t get past the first part of the book. It broke my heart.

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

Usually food. I can cope with noise and things happening around me but the minute that there’s food my concentration is else where.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

It has to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. While the film doesn’t show as much as the book does in the sense of what actually happened, it is still pretty true to the book and still manages to make me cry. The book is and always will be one of my strong favourites.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation of a novel?

It has to be Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I love that book so so much. It was one of my most read books as a teenager, so when I found out that it had been made into a film I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to watch it. However, it didn’t meet up to the book for me. I felt like all the things that made me love the book and all the emotions in the book were just missing from the film and it just felt flat to me.

46. The most money you’ve spent in a book store at one time?

I do a near monthly haul at Waterstones and I think one month I spent near a hundred pounds. But it wasn’t wasted. I read and loved them all.

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

I never, ever do this with a novel. I like to be surprised. I will read the synopsis and that is it. Sometimes with poetry if I haven’t read the poet before I will read two or three random poems from the book just to get a feel for it before I make the purchase but that’s as close as I get to that!

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

It’s very rare this happens to me. I like to make myself finish a book, even if I’m not enjoying it. The only time that I haven’t finished a book was The Lovely Bones and that was because the topic of the story was just too difficult for me to read. It really upset me.

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?

Yes. I have my books sorted by genre and series on my shelf so I know where everything is and it makes picking a book a bit easier for me.

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

I mostly keep my books after I’ve read them as I do like to re-read books again. However, every so often I do have a clear out of my shelf and I will donate the books that I don’t want to keep to either the local hospitals or charity shops so they can get some better use for those that need them more or those who may not be able to afford to buy books from a store.

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

Me? Avoid books? No.

52. Name a book that makes you angry.

I don’t think there is one that I’ve read yet.

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

Just One Year by Gayle Forman. I didn’t think I’d like it because it is a romance novel but I really did love it and the 2 books that followed it. It was one of my favourites growing up.

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

As cliche as it is, Twilight. I really thought with all the buzz and the supernatural creature undertone, that I would really enjoy these books but they just didn’t do it for me.

55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

I don’t think I ever feel guilty for ever reading anything. A book is a book and I love reading.

So that’s the 55 questions about reading, if there’s any other questions or posts like this that you’d like to see in the future please let me know in the comments. Also stay tuned for my next review that will be up next week!

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