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Book Questionnaire

I saw this questionnaire done by Amber on Just Your Typical Book Blog (who got it from a friend on Facebook) and thought it looked fun. Some of these were difficult for me to answer!

What do you think?

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
I immediately thought of my TBR shelf so the longest one that has been staring me in the face is The Friday Night Knitting Club. I keep thinking I'll read it (and the other two books with knitting in the title), then I pick something else.

On my I'm Keeping These Books Forever bookshelf, it's got to be the Blackberry Farm books that my mother had when she was a child.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
The last book I read was The Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. I am currently reading the graphic novel (and authorized story) of Nelson Mandela and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. And I'll be reading Trash by Andy Mulligan next.

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
This is an easy one: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And, telling me to read the first 150 pages then I'll like it is not going to convince me.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 
War and Peace by Tolstoy. It's been on my to do list since high school and I'm now 45. I should just come to terms with the fact that it isn't gonna' happen.

5. Which book are you saving for "retirement?" 
I don't have a book that fits into this category. But, I do have books that I save until summer (my current read, Shantaram and Columbine by David Cullen).

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Like Amber, I used to sneak a peak at the last paragraph, but I don't anymore

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I love the acknowledgments in a book and read them in whatever order they come in the book

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I'll be brave and say Hermione from the Harry Potter books. She is pretty, smart, interesting, and saves people's lives. I wish I was as brave as she is

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books remind me of my friends in junior high. They all read them and I didn't. I felt so out of it.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Hmmm. I don't have a good story for this one, so sad.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Definitely, I do it a lot now that I am reading so much

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
I don't think I have one that has been to a lot of places with me since I read a book in a few days.

13. Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad ten years later? 
To Kill a Mocking bird. I didn't hate it in high school, but I certainly didn't appreciate it. I read it last year and thought it was wonderful.

14. What is the strangest item you've ever found in a book?
 A baby photo

15. Used or brand new?
I'll take any sort of book, as long as the used version isn't gross and all yellowed

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I am sure he is a literary genius, but horror books just aren't my thing so I've never read one.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Yes, I have a tough time reading Jane Austen, but I love the BBC adaptations!

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I can't think of one that should NEVER have been made into a movie (I assume that's what celluloid is). But, like most of us, I usually like the book better.

19. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
I can't think of any.

20. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?
I don't think I ever agree with anyone 100% but bloggers who usually hit the mark: Aths from Reading on a Rainy Day, Bonnie from Bonnie's Books, Swapna from S. Krishna's Books, and others


Athira said...

I am so convinced that I will hate Dragon Tattoo, that I'm not planning to read it at all.

War and Peace. I hear you. Let me add Lolita and Anna Karenina also to the list. Some day!

And I love to read acknowledgements too! We are such awesome nerds!

And yay for having me on #20!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--So glad that I am not alone on the Dragon Tattoo issue!