My Reading Life Blog Tag

       For today’s post, I have come across a book blogging tag. I can’t seem to find the same page again, but if I can find it, I will make sure to link the page in a future post. I have left the same formatting besides the graphics. This seems like a rather long list to not have any visuals, but that’s just what happens when a Luddite first starts blogging. Hope you enjoy getting to pick my brain about my reading habits. I’d love to hear some of your answers in the comments.

 

  1. What was the last book you read?

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

  1. Was it a good one?

It was excellent! Immediately after reading it, I would have classified it as very good, but 30 minutes later after explaining to my best friend why it only very good, I realized I was much more passionate than I had realized and worked out a few things about the structure that I hadn’t immediately realized.

  1. What made it good?

The unique format, the portrayal of a character of color dealing with the repercussions of a flawed justice system, and the fact that the narrator is both reliable and unreliable. This book really opens up the options for discussion.

  1. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes and I think it would make a great book to study in high school and in college Sociology classes.

  1. How often do you read?

Almost every day. I even keep an eBook on my phone so that I can read when I only have five or ten minutes to spare. I also listen to audio books when I am at work.

  1. Do you like to read?

I am in love with reading.

  1. What was the last bad book you read?

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

  1. What made you dislike it?

I just couldn’t make myself care about the narrative. I only read eight chapters. I don’t like the author’s writing style, character development, dialogue, or plot. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I am not the target audience. The book read like it was intended for a mostly male audience.

  1. Do you wish to be a writer?

I am a writer! But I suppose this means an author, and yes, this is one of my biggest dreams. I’m currently working on a children’s book and have plans for a few other projects stewing in my brain.

  1. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

Great Expectations, Little Women, Lolita, Wuthering Heights, The Book Thief and anything by Maya Angelou, particularly when I hear her read her own work.

  1. Do you read fan fiction?

My first introduction to fan fiction was in the late 1990s and I read a little bit of work based on “The Pretender.” I sure loved me some Jared as a teen. None since then.

  1. Do you write fan fiction?

No, I am more interested in referencing great works within my own work. I have a little bit of a fascination with intertextual dialogue!

  1. What’s your favorite book?

Classic: Great Expectations

YA: The Book Thief

Current: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. What’s your least favorite book?

Any book from The House of Night Series

  1. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device (like a kindle)?

Physical books are my favorite. I love to hold a book, the smell of the pages, the action of turning crisp pages. Despite this, I really am a fan of eBooks. I do about a fourth of my reading on them.

  1. When did you learn to read?

I could read some before kindergarten but it was probably first grade before I could read by sounding out my words rather than from memorizing lists of words. #isupportphonics

  1. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Northanger Abbey (Gothic Lit class in college)

  1. What is your favorite book series?

Harry Potter of course!

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Charles Dickens

  1. What is your favorite genre?

Classics, Historical Fiction, and Literary Fiction

  1. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books.

From stand-alone books: Estella Havisham from Great Expectations

 Death in The Book Thief

  1. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

For me this is a necessary consequence of reading a truly great book.

  1. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

  1. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

Twilight

  1. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends on what else I have going on, but with work and school, I tend to need about three two hour sessions for a good size book.

  1. Do you like when books become movies?

Initially I get really excited, but more times than not, I am disappointed. In my experience, however, it is YA books that are most disappointing while adaptations of adult books seem to maintain the right atmosphere and intention despite the changes.

  1. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, and Cirque du Freak are the worst adaptations I’ve ever seen. Also, I’ve never read the Vampire Academy series and that movie still offended me because it was so poorly made.

  1. Which movie has done a book justice?

BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Lolita with Jeremy Irons and Dominque Swain.

  1. Do you read newspapers?

Not really. If I do, I read the comic strips, horoscopes, obituaries and work the Sudoku and crossword puzzles. I’m surprisingly bad at the latter.

30: Do you read magazines?

I used to love magazines, but it seems that I never picked up the couple of subscriptions I was paying for. Now I only pick up some writing related ones in the airport for a flight.

  1. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines.

  1. Do you read while in bed?

Every.Single.Night

  1. Do you read while on the toilet?

Yes! That’s the only way I finished my Introduction to Derrida. Currently, I have a book of poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley at the ready in the loo.

  1. Do you read while in the car?

Yep! I do not get motion sickness. I have even been known to read on the swings as a child.

  1. Do you read while in the bath?

Yes, at least once a week.

  1. Are you a fast reader?

Yes.

  1. Are you a slow reader?

Well this seems like a worthless question. See above.

  1. Where is your favorite place to read?

Either in my overstuffed recliner in my bedroom or by the pool.

  1. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

It is easy for me to block out most noise and people talking, but sounds from a television really bothers me while I read. This is unusual because as a teenager, I could concentrate better while studying if I had the background noise of a TV.

  1. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

No TV then I’m good. If I can hear the one from the living room, I listen to music with earbuds.

  1. Who gave you your love for reading?

A combination of my Mother and my Grandmother. There will be a post devoted to this at some point. Both persons were/are very influential in my reading habits.

  1. What book is next on your list to read?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  1. When did you start to read chapter books?

Probably around the age of seven. I think I was around this age when I received Little House in the Big Woods for Christmas.

  1. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Roald Dahl and Kathryn Kenny (Author of Trixie Belden Mysteries)

  1. Which author would you most want to interview?

Jane Austen

  1. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

A.S. King

  1. What book have you reread the most?

Little Women, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or Wuthering Heights

  1. Which books do you consider “classics”?

In general I suppose the books that comprise the literary cannon, although I can see how this is VERY problematic. Also, I often find them the most useful in highlighting the problem of non-inclusivity. As far as modern books go, I think that any book that has lasting appeal and universal themes can be considered a classic. Examples include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Book Thief.

  1. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Some classic in order to continue the cultural conversation, however, I think a greater emphasis should be placed on more diverse authors and characters. In addition to being more inclusive they are often times the books that kids WANT to read. To some extent I feel that children have a right to help select their school reading material.

  1. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I can’t think of any that should be banned from all schools, although some books are more suitable for different age groups. For instance, I do not believe that The Catcher in the Rye would be harmful to a middle grade reader, but rather that it wouldn’t be as understood, and probably not as interesting. I would always rather err in favor of content too mature than to restrict themes and situations that children can use to help them make sense of the harsher aspects of reality. This is especially true in an educational setting. It is better to approach difficult or mature topics when there can be conversation and education, versus being wrongly informed by other children.

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