Booking Through Thursday: Meme of Reading Questions

Here’s this week’s good stuff from the lovely Booking Through Thursday.
My answers appear in plain old font, and the Booking Through Thursday original stuff is in italics. I got this from Lorette’s blog and couldn’t resist adopting it for all of you.
1. Favorite childhood book?
anything with Nancy Drew in it
2. What are you reading right now?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe – 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think by Laura Vanderkam – The White House Doctor: Behind the Scenes with the Clinton and Bush Families by Connie Mariano – Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde – Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are by Daniel Nettle
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
I swear: I wilted upon seeing this question. Am pulling up my very long list to see if I can bear typing it. Here goes, titles only: The Murder Room At Home The Widower’s Tale Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. Rescue Bitter in the Mouth The Cheapskate Next Door How Pleasure Works Block by Block to Beautiful Quilts Mad Men Unbuttoned The Hanging Tree The Last Boy Making Our Democracy Work News to Me Morning Miracle Topgun Days The Report Loco Motive Gotta Have It The Girl Who Played with Fire The Last Olympian The Fiddler in the Subway
4. Bad book habit?
I usually have too many books on the go at the same time. At the moment, my soul feels pure as the driven snow: only 6 books in active status.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
I’m skipping this one. Too many books to name! I’ll get to them… or I’ll read the first few pages and return them straightaway.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Please see #2 above for evidence of my response.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
The Witness by Sandra Brown
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Fairly often, due to genre study assignments, book club choices made by others in the club, and my own need to challenge myself to read the stuff I don’t gravitate toward
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Narrative nonfiction, baby! Also general fiction—often the literary stuff—and mysteries. And more nonfiction. And mysteries. And lately, romance novels all day long.
13. Can you read on the bus?
Yes, unless the road is really curvy
14. Favorite place to read?
This here kitchen table
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I don’t do it. Ever. They don’t come back, people!
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Dear heaven, stop this heretical speech!
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Please see #16.
18. Not even with text books?
OK. So I’m guilty, after all. Heretic here.
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
20. What makes you love a book?
Great characters that I’d like to know; smoothly flowing writing; a great narrative voice if told in first person
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Usually if I can’t put a book down, it becomes a book I recommend. The un-put-down-able factor usually is the stuff listed in #20.
22. Favorite genre?
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Science fiction
24. Favorite biography?
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Hell, yes. I love that stuff!
26. Favorite cookbook?
The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
28. Favorite reading snack? Chocolate
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (though probably I would have detested it even if there hadn’t been hype)
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Maybe 50% of the time
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I feel like a barracuda. But sometimes honesty requires it.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
The Bible (I survived the begats!)
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (simply because it’s huge)
35. Favorite Poet?
Edna St. Vincent Millay
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
About 1/3 of the stuff I check out
38. Favorite fictional character?
Nancy Drew
39. Favorite fictional villain?
I don’t think I have one. I’m a good girl to the core.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Recently published mysteries in series I love, nonfiction about a bunch of topics, some general fiction, and probably a couple of travel guides because I believe in being an edumacated tourist. I usually take about 1 ½ books per day, resulting in a suitcase that usually weighs too much—so I have to unpack books and transfer books into my carry-on right there in the terminal in front of people who get to see my pj’s and worse as I root around for the books.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Maybe part of a week, while at an overscheduled summer camp (poor benighted young reader)
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
That Eat, Pray, Love thing
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Somebody talking to me
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The English Patient
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I must be easy to please; I can’t think of one. Though often I avoid seeing film adaptations if I really love the book.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I’ve blocked the memory.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
If I skim it, I don’t also read it.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Mainly because I don’t care about the characters. Also, if the writing is so darn trite that I feel ill. Also, if the author baldly states something he just tried to represent symbolically.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I adore it.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
If I buy a book, I usually keep it.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Yes, but I’m also avoiding thinking about them. (Does this count? I’ve been refusing to read The Help just because everybody’s reading it and loving it. I’m ornery that way.)
52. Name a book that made you angry.
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
There are too many of these to name. Usually I don’t finish them. Usually I’ve read a review and thought, “That sounds like something I’d really like.” And then I don’t.
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Us Weekly

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