Bookish Questions, Part 2

Bookish QuestionsHere’s part 2 of those bookish questions we started answering a couple weeks ago. We originally found this awesome get-to-know-you-through-books survey on Disquietus Reads and the Notebook Sisters.

28. Favourite reading snack?

Kim: How about all the snacks? 😉 LOL. But really, probably roasted, unsalted almonds. My fave!

Cyn: GOLDFISH. and fruits all types.

Jackie: I don’t eat snacks while I read. I drink a lot of tea though.

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

Kim: Hmmm, I’m not sure a hype was the reason my reading experience was ruined. Sure I may pick up books that have some hype, but I never think that means the book is going to be a surefire insta-love. The only one I can think of was the Selection series by Kiera Cass. It starts off okay and just didn’t really wow me.

Cyn: The last one that really killed me was probably The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. People were raving that it’s the vampire book that’ll get you back into Vampire Books! Unfortunately me and book did not get a long. (This is my rant)

Jackie: I never really had a bad experience with hyped up books because I usually end up enjoying them a lot more than I thought I would. The one book that I did end up being disappointed because of the hype was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

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

Kim: And by critics, do we mean other bloggers? Lol. I don’t really check. It happens though that I won’t always agree. (See above answer to question 29.)

Cyn: Same question a Kim, haha. I don’t really read “critics” review, but compared to other bloggers I usually am in the same boat for the most part (at least with the bloggers I tend to follow), but of course there’s always the books that just don’t.

Jackie:

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

Kim: I feel bad about it. I try to be diplomatic about stating clearly why I don’t like a book, but I also like to try and include at least one good point, if possible. However, I know that not every review I write will be a good review.

Cyn: I feel kinda bad sometimes (especially when the author’s nice), but at the same time I actually love writing negative reviews because they’re a bajillion times easier to write. I do try to be reasonable when writing negative reviews (and try to mention who it might be better for).

Jackie: I don’t usually give negative reviews. I try to look on the positive side of things, even if I end up really disliking the book a lot.

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

Kim: Japanese! There was this awesome jdrama awhile back that was based on a book. I even got the book (in Japanese) to entice me to learn. Hasn’t worked out yet but one day!

Cyn: I bought a Japanese manga about Shin-Chan when I was in Japan years ago, hoping that I could get my Japanese high enough that I could read it one day. (Unfortunately my Japanese skills have been going down hill /sadface)

Jackie: Definitely Japanese because there’s a lot of book to drama adaptation (and all those mangas) that I want to read.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve read?

Kim: The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. It was such a departure from what I normally read that it was intimidating.

Cyn: In general books by Haruki Murakami. The metaphysical-ness is intense.

Jackie: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I wanted to like it because hey it’s by the woman who wrote Harry Potter and I’m a big Harry Potter fan; therefore, I should read it. The genre is something I never would venture reading on my own if it weren’t for the fact that J.K. Rowling wrote it in the first place.

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

Kim: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I’ve heard great things about it, but I’ve also been warned about reading it since it’s such a long book. Definitely not something easy to pick up.

Cyn: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It’s a brick.

Jackie: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. It’s the only John Green book I haven’t tackled yet and I’m afraid that I would be disappointed because I’m not too big of a fan when 2 people co-write a book.

35. Favorite poet?

Kim: Shel Silverstein! Because I’m a child. Obvs.

Cyn: (Me too, Kim) Shel Silverstein is the man.

Jackie: Never was into poetry.

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

Kim: I try to limit myself to 1-3, but then it’ll magically explode into 12+. I’m not sure how that always happens.

Cyn: Just depends on how many books I had on reserve come in and random books I pick up.

Jackie: I usually check out 5-ish. It really depends if the library gets new stuff and it’s on my TBR list. I can go a little crazy, but as long as I have an extra tote bag I don’t really have a limitation.

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

Kim: Sadly pretty often. See above answer to question 36. LOL.

Cyn: lots ):

Jackie: Too many times to count.

38. Favourite fictional character?

Kim: WHY MUST YOU ASK ME TO PLAY FAVORITES??? Haha, if I had to pick one right now it would be Darcy Lewis from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in general Cinder is near the top of the list with Percy Jackson. ;D

Cyn: (EXACTLY KIMMMMMMMMM!) I’m terrible at picking favourites. Everyone in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer? Drunk heroes from historical romances?

Jackie: There’s Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series, Dee from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, and yeah there’s just too many favorites to list them all.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Kim: Yzma from Emperor’s New Groove. Hands down. I know, I know. That’s a movie. But she’s so great!

Cyn: Victor of Vicious! He’s both villain and hero.

Jackie: Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I can’t wait to read her side of the story in Fairest.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

Kim: Um. Whenever I have to sleep or work? Even if I’m not reading a book, then I’ll be reading manga, fanfiction, or graphic novels. Basically, I’m always reading. Even when I’m watching shows I enjoy, I’d still rather be reading. Haha.

Cyn: A day or so. I’m always reading a little bit (even if it’s just re-reading favourite parts in books, haha). I usually read before I go to bed, so I rarely go with out reading.

Jackie: Maybe a day…? These days I have way too much time on my hand so I’m always reading. Even if it’s only a paragraph.

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

Kim: The Elite by Kiera Cass. I just couldn’t do it. The MC was so wishy-washy with her love life and the supposed bigger conflict was more of a tease than anything else. People seem to really enjoy it, but it was not my cup of tea.

Cyn: Hmm, there was that werewolf book …it had a purple cover. My mind has gone blank. Thorn something? Is that the second book, Thornhill?! Yeah, just couldn’t do it…

Jackie: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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

Kim: Other books. LOL. And Twitter. Twitter is so good at distracting me.

Cyn: Probably T.V. …or other books, haha.

Jackie:

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

Kim: Catching Fire. It was my favorite book in the trilogy, and I think they did an awesome job translating it to film.

Cyn: The Princess Bride! It’s brilliant.

Jackie: The Princess Diaries. It’s what made me read the series in the first place, though I was highly disappointed when the sequel didn’t follow the book’s storyline. But, the movie sequel was good in it’s own way. I enjoyed Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Mia and triple points of seeing Julie Andrews’ acting.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Kim: Percy Jackson. Because really? Those were some amazing books, but those movies were awful adaptations.

Cyn: Yes, Percy Jackson. Book sooooo good. Movie so disappointing.

Jackie:

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

Kim: $100ish? I had gotten a gift card as a gift one time. So many books!

Cyn: ???? Probably $60-80 online one time.

Jackie: $70-ish…?

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

Kim: Skim? Sometimes I’ll read the first few pages in a bookstore to see if it catches my attention enough to buy it. But that’s it. I’m not sure I understand this question. LOL.

Cyn: I don’t really skim a book before reading. I do sometimes skim when I’ve started reading it and I’ve gotten bored of it.

Jackie:

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

Kim: If I’m unable to connect with the characters or the plot. If I find it feels like a chore to read the book, then I will just put it aside. I have so many (potentially amazing) books to read that I don’t have time to spend on books I’m not enjoying.

Cyn: Just the feeling of “urg, I can’t handle you anymore”, usually due to super annoying characters (or reaaaallly terrible plots).

Jackie: Those ridiculous FEELS that just keep popping up all over or the characters are doing stupid things and I’m sitting there feeling too embarrassed for them.

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?

Kim: Yes! But my organizational system changes from time to time. Mostly because I have no space for anything anymore and I rotate books out occasionally. Haha. Right now it’s a mess, and I have newer books just piled up in front of my bookcase. (And all over the house, wherever I can find space.)

Cyn: Yuppers. Alphabetical by author’s last name, than title of book, dropping “the’s, And’s” etc. But I’m thinking of reorganizing because my books don’t line up as nicely on the bookshelf, haha.

Jackie: Yep. It makes things so much easier to find if you want to read a particular book. Drives me crazy if I can’t find a book I’m dying to read or reread.

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

Kim: I like to lend people books. Depending on how much I enjoyed the book, I might want to keep it for rereading purposes. But yeah. I’m a bit of a book hoarder. Haha. It’s kind of an issue. (See above answer to question 49.)

Cyn: Keep all the books! Unless I really disliked it I guess. I just gift people books if I want them to read it.

Jackie: Keep them. I love it when my relatives and friends walk into my room and they go omg your room is like a library.

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

Kim: Avoiding … No? Honestly, I don’t know. LOL. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” strikes again.

Cyn: Joining Jackie with The Raven Cycle. I know everyone loves it and I really should check it out at some point, but I just can’t seem to get going. And that series…with the Bad boy and the girl and all the companion books and everyone loooooooves them and I can’t for the life of me remember what’s it called now…I’m pretty sure I even have the first book (but it’s at home so I can’t check it…). I should just stop trying to answer these questions until my brain wants to work properly… sorry peeps.

Jackie: The Raven Cycle series, The Throne of Glass series, too many series that is not on my TBR list because I keep glancing at them thinking maybe I should read them just to see why people rave about them.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

Kim: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Aside from the atrocious nickname the guy gave the MC (What kind of nickname is pigeon? Seriously???), I was pretty okay with the book up to a point. Then it all went downhill. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! She gets out of a potentially abusive relationship, but ends up going back to him?? And that’s ~true love~?? Enough so that she tattoos his name onto her skin, and get hitched at 19. END SPOILERS. END SPOILERS. -cough- Yes. I have a lot of rage towards this book. Didn’t stop me from reading it from the guy’s perspective though. And somehow that didn’t make it better, I still ended up raging from the same point onwards to the end.

Cyn: That I can think of off my head…The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Pretty sure I’m a bit of an oddball when it comes to this book, but Tana just drove me bonkers.

Jackie: Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. No logic whatsoever.

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

Kim: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Pretty much didn’t think Nicholas Sparks would ever appeal to me before this book. So it was nice to find one I liked.

Cyn: The Help by Kathryn Stockette – Not that I didn’t expect to like, but rather I had almost no desire to read it, so when I ended up really enjoying it, it was a nice surprise.

Jackie:

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

Kim: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I kept getting recommended that book. But it was so hard for me to get into. Then I just didn’t feel very invested in the characters enough to want to keep going with the trilogy.

Cyn: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine – It sounded it so cute but it just didn’t live up.

Jackie: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I found it too philosophical for my taste.

55. Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?

Kim: Nora Roberts. I’ve pretty much read everything by her (except her JD Robb stuff), and I always look forward to her new reads or just rereading her older books. They’re beautifully written romances. Good character development, well thought out plots, and a romance to melt my heart. Basically, the best. 😉

Cyn: ALLLLLLLLLLL MY HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS. I love them. Especially Julia Quinn.

Jackie:

Author: Kim

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0 Replies to “Bookish Questions, Part 2”

  1. I was a little disappointed in The Winner’s Curse as well. I was so excited when I finally got my hands on it and then it wasn’t as bad-ass as I was expecting.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

    1. Oh, that’s sad to hear! D: I haven’t picked it up yet because I’m scared the hype is making it seem more awesome than I’ll find it.

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