mywitfailsme answers 25 questions about her reading habits and history.
- Did you start learning to read in school or at home? At home, I was 2 grade levels above my classmates when I started kindergarten.
- Were you told bedtimes stories when you were younger? I don’t I was. It’s not something I remember happening.
- Do you prefer paperback or hardcover? E-books actually. With my hands and wrists, I can’t handle the weight of paperbacks, let alone hard covers. If I’m reading a hard cover, I have to have the book sitting on a surface like a table.
- Do you prefer borrowed, used, or brand new? Used and brand new. I hate borrowing books because of having to return them.
- List a book you’ve read more than 10 times. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- List a book series you’ve read more than 3 times. The Neanderthal Paralax by Robert J. Sawyer
- List a book/series you liked the film adaptation of. While it was airing, I really enjoyed FlashForward on ABC.
- List an author you’ve recently discovered. No one new recently. Have just been sticking with old faves.
- List a book/series you wish you had more people to talk about it with. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. It was an AMAZING fantasy series, with superb world building and characters.
- List the author you’ve read the most books by. Just by default because of the expansiveness of the Dragonriders of Pern series; Anne McCaffrey
- List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and liked. None, I’m not a big fan of any classic literature. I always get bored part way through.
- List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and didn’t like or didn’t get. I’m just going to place Lord of the Rings here, even though there are many, many others.
- List a book that a lot of people seemed to like, but you didn’t. The Poisonwood Bible
- List a book that a lot of people seemed to dislike, but you did. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
- Do you read book introductions or synopses before or after you read the story? I read synopses before I read the story, and introductions after. I usually on’t care what the author has to say about writing story until after I’ve taken it all in.
- List a book you’ve read that had one of the best surprise endings. Ummm, I wouldn’t say it was the best surprise ending, but I was absolutely shocked and horrified by the ending of Bunny Drop. It is one of those series, I choose to ignore the ending and pretend the first arc ended the series.
- Do you leave notes in margins or leave the book pristine? In fiction I leave the books pristine, but if I’m reading something “scholarly” or non-fiction I tend to notate the books.
- Do you prefer dogears or bookmarks? Dog-ears. That way no matter where I am, I can just mark the page without having anything else around.
- Do you remove the dust jacket when you read? When I was younger I used to, but I regret it now. So many of my books are missing the dust covers because I’d take them off while I was out somewhere. Now if I have a hard cover, I just tape the dust cover on so it doesn’t slide around.
- Do you prefer to read in one sitting or take breaks? It really depends on what I’m reading. If I’m really into something, it is one sitting. If I’m not so into it, multiple sittings.
- Do you prefer to lounge (in bed or on a sofa) or sit while reading? I like to sit, unless it’s bedtime, then I’ll lounge.
- List a book/series that wasn’t as great the second time around. Well, maybe not the second time around but by the time Deathly Hallows came out, I didn’t enjoy the Harry Potter series as much. I haven’t reread it since then.
- Have you ever read a book and imagined specific people (actor, friend, family member, guy at the bus stop) as some of the characters? If so, which book and which person/people? No, I never have. I always thought it was weird when people did fantasy castings of books, or imagined real people as the characters.
- Has anything interesting ever happened to you in a bookstore or while buying a book? I was talking with one of the owners, and he nearly named the shop after one of my favourite books.
- Do you reread to relive or to remember? Usually to remember. Books always lose their magic if I try to relive them.
Me: I never knew FlashForward was based on a book! I’m going to add that to my list. I’m also going to add The Fionavar Tapestry; it sounds very interesting.
I’m quite the opposite, I have dust jackets for books I can’t find.
What was the book the shop was almost named after?
Yes! Flashforward was based off of the the book by the same title. Written by Robert J Sawyer, who is my favourite sci-fi author. I have read everything he’s written except for his newest novel and the series about sentient alien dinosaurs because it’s hard to find.
The bookshop was almost named after World of Wonders which is a sequel to Fifth Business.
The Fionavar Tapestry was just released in ebook format in the States a few weeks ago. otherwise it’s a huge omnibus novel or 3 regular sized novels.