Bookish Questions, Part 1

Bookish QuestionsThrough Disquietus Reads and the Notebook Sisters, we discovered this cool get-to-know-you survey about our favorite things: books! With the three of us, we thought it’d be fun to answer them to share our book loving history with y’all. There are a total of 55 questions, so expect a part 2 in the future!

1. Favorite Childhood Book?

Kim: I have to pick just one?! Since I’m a rule breaker, I’ll instead tell y’all about some of the series I loved in my childhood. Haha. I was so typical, but I adored Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew, and Sweet Valley High. (Outside of Harry Potter, of course.)

Cyn: I don’t even know. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman was a favourite! All the Gail Carson Levine boooooks! Harry Potter! Oh and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr & Eric Carle. Because I totally add this book memorized after I got it as a gift for finishing first grade. And the Magic Treehouse series and the likes of those (:

Jackie: There’s too many to list! Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Babysitter’s Club, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wayside School series by Louis Sachar, and Roald Dahl’s books.

2. What are you reading right now?

Kim: I’ve started Crewel by Gennifer Albin, I’m halfway through Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and I think I might start An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir soon. LOL. I don’t know how to just read one book apparently.

Cyn: School’s been killing me but I’m planning on starting Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever! (Kim: Do itttttt. Read it soon!) And also I kinda started Prodigy by Marie Lu. Recently I just finished a few romance novels (The Accidental Countess, Darling Beast) and Legend!

Jackie: I’ve picked up reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) again after a long break from it.

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

Kim: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. Though, I keep forgetting to pick it up, so it’s possibly not there for me anymore. ):

Cyn: Nothing at the moment ): New city, so still working on finding the closest library etc. But the library totally was my best friend and I would have like the max request, ha.

Jackie: I have nothing on hold since currently I have too many books to catch up.

4. Bad Book Habit?

Kim: I can and will just stop reading a book in favor of fanfiction, even if I am enjoying the book. Oops?

Cyn: I skip to the end sometimes 😐 (just to check and make sure it’s worth continuing, you know what I mean).

Jackie: One of my bad book habit is taking a peek at the end first especially if the book is too long. I want to know if my OTP ends up with each other or not.

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

Kim: Nothing!

Cyn: The last was I think some mangas (The Wallflower!)

Jackie: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philopot and My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Kim: I used to have a Kindle (named Sycamore) until it decided to reject life. Now I read off the iBooks or Kindle app on my iPad.

Cyn: Kindle! and my Kobo, but I share that with my sisters so that they read. Not sure how I ended up with two ereaders…

Jackie: My B&N Nook Simple Touch.

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

Kim: Hahahaha. I want to read one book at a time, but there’s just so many to choose from that I end up reading several at once.

Cyn: Don’t really have a preference, but I usually end up with many. Usually of different genres, haha.

Jackie: I try to read one book at a time, but I read two at most (one from my ereader and the other is a physical book).

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

Kim: Not really? I’m still as selfish a reader as ever. Post-college, I never want to be forced to read again. So I no matter what my TBR may be, I just go with my whims for what I will read next.

Cyn: Yup a bit, because I have to time-manage a little more (for ARCs etc). But I always make time for the ones I really want to read!

Jackie: I don’t think my habits have changed, except I find myself reading less because nowadays I’m more of a mood reader than hey let’s go for that one because it has romance in it. I’ve been a little more pickier.

9. Least favorite book you’ve read so far this year?

Kim: Love You Forever by Robert Munsh; legitimately, I do not understand how this is a popular picture books people get. It’s so creepy! There are so many better choices when you want a sweet, loving picture book for a parent to read to their child. This should not be a thing. (Sorry, Cyn! Even if I don’t like it or understand why people like it, I’m of the opinion that at least people are reading to their kids. After all, people will like (or dislike) what they want. :D)

Cyn: (first of all – Kim! whaaaaaat noooooooooo! Love you forever is schweeeet. Robert Munsh rules, haha)  Hmm, probably Royally Lost by Angie Stanton – I gots no time for whiny teenagers who don’t appreciate seeing the world (More ranting at my review!).

Jackie: Defy by Sara B. Larson…I really didn’t like the main character at all plus I couldn’t stand the love triangle.

10. Favorite book you’ve read so far this year?

Kim: ARGH. Tough question! I’ve read so many good books this year. But, in the end, if I had to choose one it would be Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. My go-to recommendation for anyone who wants an AMAZING fantasy series to read.

Cyn: This is a mean question. It’s like asking, “Cyn, what’s your favourite pie you’ve eaten this year?” – answer: many. But I guess if I really, relly had to pick, it’d probably be Cress by Marissa Meyer. And Romancing the Rake by Tessa Dare for romance novels.

Jackie: I can’t decide on a favorite, but I was surprised how much I loved Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan.

11. How often do you read outside your reading comfort zone?

Kim: It depends who recommends the book to me. On my own, I don’t normally venture too far outside my comfort zone. But I will on occasion take recommendations. I don’t always love them, but it’s nice to see what other people think is good.

Cyn: I’m terrible at it. Not because I don’t want to, but I don’t really have time. I’m all for it though if it’s recommended to me by someone I trust.

Jackie: If it’s a popular book, if someone close to me has read the book and said good things about it, and if I’m familiar with the author’s other works I will read it.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Kim: I love YA fantasy. I used to only like urban fantasy, but these days I’m very much into the high fantasy thing.

Cyn: YA! Of basically every genre (except the really sad ones. I don’t do well with tears). And Romance. I love romance. I’ve been on a historical romance binge read for like two years now.

Jackie: YA. I’m not picky, but as long as there some kind of romance attached to it, I will read it.

13. Can you read in the car?

Kim: Yup! I can read anywhere.

Cyn: Definitely. I can read in a car, on bus, in a train. I can read on the subway, a boat or a plane!

Jackie: I get car sick, but if I can’t stand not having something to do I’ll end up reading.

14. Favorite place to read?

Kim: I mostly read at work at my desk, but I love to read cuddled up under my blanket. Warm and cozy!

Cyn: Anywhere that’s comfy with sunlight.

Jackie: In my bed…so comfy.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

Kim: Love it! I have so many books, please borrow some is usually my policy. Unless they start coming back ruined, then no more.

Cyn: My sisters made me checkout cards (like the library use to use!) so I could keep track of my books when they get lent out, ha. Basically I’m all for sharing my books, but they better come back in the same shape I gave them to you, or no more for you.

Jackie: Please do not dog ear on my books and to return them in the pristine conditions that they were otherwise you are banned from my collection. But, feel free to borrow them so we can fangirl together.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

Kim: After the elementary school library warning us about the dangers of dog-earring books, I found it abhorrent to do such a thing. Lol. I’m super picky about making sure my books stay amazing now.

Cyn: Noooooooooope.

Jackie: Yes when I was little because dog-ear pages looked so cool and I only did this in library books. Then, as I grew older I get horrified at the thought if my books had dog-ears.

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

Kim: Textbooks. But that’s it. I also never have to keep those… So yeah. Lol. I don’t like to mark up my books.

Cyn: Only textbooks and books for school.

Jackie: I wrote in them. It’s nice to see what’s written. For regular books I only started to write in my books recently because I have no paper to write on. They are written in pencil so I can erase them later.

18. Not even with textbooks?

Kim: Just textbooks.

Cyn: All over the freak’n place.

Jackie: Wrote in textbooks all the time.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

Kim: One I can understand, which (currently) limits me to English.

Cyn: English. Because it’s the only one I can actually read in and get me anywhere.

Jackie: I wish I can read in other languages like Japanese because some of them have been turned into television dramas that I have watched and loved, but sadly I must choose English – the only language I can comprehend.

20. What makes you love a book?

Kim: Good plot and well-rounded characters. Something I can connect with easily and read without feeling like I’m forcing myself.

Cyn: Great characters. If I really like the characters (are invested in them), I’m more likely to trudge through  a book with a weak plot. But if the characters are annoying,  even if the plot amazing, it’s a bit more iffy. But interesting plots definitely help.

Jackie: If it gives me the feels and also an interesting plot line.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Kim: If it’s a book that I found myself flying through.

Cyn: The one that I just love so much and would feel like your life would be better if you had this book in your life, ha.

Jackie: If I think it suits the person’s taste.

22. Favorite genre?

Kim: Fantasy!

Cyn: probably Sci-fi/Fantasy and romance!

Jackie: Contemporary and romantic comedy.

23. Genre you rarely read but wish you did?

Kim: Thriller. I read a lot of James Rollins, but that’s it. And his books remind me more of a secret agency and Indiana Jones crossover than anything else.

Cyn: I don’t read Thrillers that much.

Jackie: I rarely read Science fiction because I don’t get the whole aliens wanting to take over the world thing most of the time.

24. Favorite Biography?

Kim: Haven’t read one!

Cyn: Does Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain count? Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants is pretty fun, too.

Jackie: No specific title, but I used to borrow books about classical composers.

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

Kim: Nope!

Cyn: How Not to be a D*ck by Meghan Doherty…it’s sort of like a self-help book I guess, haha. I don’t even know.

Jackie: I don’t think so.

26. Favorite Cookbook?

Kim: Anything Pioneer Woman. I adore her recipes and her blog.

Cyn: my mother’s? – which is less of a book and more pieces of paper with recipes (if I’m lucky – because something about Asians and never writing down recipes).

Jackie: Don’t have one.

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

Kim: The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. It was so philosophical. I felt this need to think deeper on my life and life in general. It was great.

Cyn: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson! Go forth and change your life a little!

Jackie: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I loved how the main character wrote all these love notes to the boys she’s had a crush on and then it was accidentally sent. Makes me want to keep a time capsule of letters after I read this.

Author: Kim

Everything can be made better with a good book or some relaxing knits. 😀 Find me on IG @kimberlyh12 or on Twitter @enervated.

0 Replies to “Bookish Questions, Part 1”

  1. Love your answers .. except Kim (kidding). Love You Forever is one of my favorite books. I used to read it to my son when he was little and he’d want me to read it over and over. I get choked up just thinking about it. It’s not creepy.

    1. Haha, no offense taken. I’ve seen so many people buy and love that book. While I don’t understand the appeal, I’m happy that people get it since that means they’re taking the time to read it to their children. (Fostering a new generation of readers!) There is a wealth of amazingly adorable and touching children’s books out there that even if we don’t all agree on a favorite one, there is something for everyone. 🙂

  2. Mistborn! Ember in the Ashes! Grave Mercy! (Sorry, I get excited about amazing books!)

    Great survey! I’m so glad y’all decided to do this post! I love surveys and lists so much.

    Also, I feel less ashamed about SVH now that I know lots of other people read it 🙂

    1. LOL. I totes understand. I almost did that with your survey too. Or, well, I tried not to.

      It was funnnn! And fun to see how my co-bloggers responded. 😀

      SVH was staple for many females readers back in the day. It’s popped up a few times recently, so now I’m so tempted to revisit those books. (If I only had time to … Haha.)

  3. This was just fabulous! And omg, I grew up on the EXACT same books! Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Laura Ingalls Wilder…and Cyn, Catherine Called Birdie is AMAZING. I think I read it for school, actually, but I loved it. Such a spunky kid. ^-^
    Can’t wait for part 2!!

    1. You guys make me want to check out that book. Especially since I heard news that Lena Dunham wants to make Catherine Called Birdie into a movie.

      1. You should! It’s a really quick read. I’m so excited she wants to make it into a movie, haha.

    2. Catherine, Called Birdy totally just cracked me up!

  4. Totally approve of BSC, SVH and Nancy Drew. Those were staples in my library. AND WAYSIDE SCHOOL OMG.

    WELL OF ASCENSION. Just finished. MIND. BLOWN. I’m starting Ember as soon as I finish Hero of Ages.

    READ MORTAL HEART NOW IT’S BETTER THAN SCHOOL AND GOOD GRADS AND ALL THINGS.

    I need to read The Silkworm but the first book was so slow I know it will take me forever.

    You guys and this post are so awesome!

    1. I’ve started Mortal Heart!
      Thaaaaaaaaanks!

      1. Goooooood! Read it!

    2. I keep pausing while reading WoA. I need to finish though. D: It’s just I’m afraid to now and what? THE FEELS. Don’t want this to end…

      From what I’ve heard, The Silkworm was better than the first book. 😀 So hopefully it won’t take as long to read.

      Aww, thanks!

  5. Cyn..omg I cannot believe you skip to the end..LOL I never peak..LOL

    1. Haha, Cyn’s a rebel. ;D

  6. I loved Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High as a child! Those books got me interested in reading.

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