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Monday, August 29, 2011

20 Questions: Book Blogger Style

So… I just found this awesome bookie-questionnaire over at Leeswammes’ Blog, who got it from Bookworm with a View, who got it from Helen’s Book Blog, who got it from Just Your Typical Book Blog, who got it from a friend on facebook.  Got it?  Good!  ;)  And it looked like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d give it a try!


1. Which book has been on your shelf the longest? 
Well, back home I still have some of my very first favorites—Bread and Jam for Francis and The Three Billy Goats Gruff—I come from a family of avid readers, but weirdly I had trouble remembering anyone actually reading *to* me, when I asked my mom, she said it was because I was very independent and wanted to read by myself, just like them…Hence, my first books were audio books that I read to myself as I turned the pages. *smile*  But out here, my oldest book on the shelves would have to be Alanna:  The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce—I started reading her books in either middle school or high school, and have been rereading them ever since—wherever I go. :)

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? 
Currently:  A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
Lastly:  A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
Nextly: A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin (just guessing) ;)

3. What book did everyone like and you hated? 
Thus far, I haven’t been able to get into any Jane Austen books, but most people seem to like her, so I’m not giving up yet…yet…

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? 
Jane Austen books. ;)

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”  
Hmmm…  I can’t really think of anything—there’s so much I want to read, but I usually pick books up as the whim strikes me; there isn’t anything I’m really “saving.”

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end? 
First page FIRST/Last page LAST.  ALWAYS.  Sometimes I’ll check an appendix, or something, but I NEVER skip ahead...Reading the last page, or skipping ahead, just feels like cheating (myself?).  I will admit that for the second and third Game of Thrones books, I skimmed over the chapter lists at the beginning of the booknormally, I wouldn't consider that cheating, except instead of chapter names, Martin lists his viewpoint characters...I can breath a little easier knowing that if people are still narrating chapters toward the end of the book, that they're still alive...at least for the time being...

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? 
Sometimes I’ll go back and read them after I’ve finished the book, but usually I skim them.  However, I’d never say they’re a waste—For an author, I imagine getting a book published is like winning their Oscar, or Tony, or Grammy—And this is their chance to give that thank-you speech everyone always has in the back of their head in case they win something amazing, so definitely worth it!

8. Which book character would you switch places with? 
Lately I’ve been in an adventurous mood, feeling very Alanna/Kel-ish from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books…but I also wouldn’t mind being a sassy/smart/quirky/romantic heroine, like Winifred Wolfe’s Meg from Ask Any Girl, or Jean Webster’s Patty from Patty Goes to College and Just Patty.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? 
I think most books remind me of where I was when I was reading them, and what I was doing…grade school (Ramona, Rent a Third Grader, The Great Brain, Where the Red Fern Grows, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry) middle school (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Sweet Valley, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Thoroughbreds), high school (Sweet Valley, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Tamora Pierce, Jack London, The Yellow WallpaperThe Lottery, Sunset Island), car trips (Papa Married a Mormon), college (Harry Potter, Frankenstein, Dracula, Wuthering Heights, Beowulf, The Monk, Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Helen Gurley Brown), summer (Tom Clancy, Robert Jordan, The Black StallionNarnia), a New York subway (Agatha Christie), east coast (Harry  Potter, Agatha Christie, Coffee, Tea, or Me), road trip west (American Gods), camp (Mark Twain, John Muir, Harry PotterTwilight)…

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way. 
...Ok, well, there was a book that was coming out, and I was absolutely dying to read it.  But this was back in April, and the book wasn't (isn't) due to be released until September.  :(   It was one of my favorite authors, and this book promised to top all of her others...Well, it just so happened that this particular author was going to be at a convention very close to where I live (*within driving distance*), and it turned out I was able to attend the very same convention.  *SQUEEEEEEE*  Also, I keep in touch with the author, so we were going to meet up!!!  *SQUEEEEEE*  And she was actually presenting, so I made triple sure that I'd be able to attend her session!!!  Well, the third thing I noticed upon entering the session (besides two of my favorite authors), was a golden halo surrounding a certain as-yet-to-be-released-ARC.  Ok, maybe there wasn't a golden halo, but I swear that book was staring at me during the entire session.  *sigh*

Well, at the end of the session, I officially introduced myself to the two extremely amazing authors...and somewhere along the conversation, I kind of half-jokingly/half-dead-seriously asked my new author bff if she had any plans for a certain ARC.  Well, as it turns out she did.  It was her very only one, and of course the conference was still running a few more days...but like I said, it was her very only one.  *sigh*  I had known it was a long-shot, and I know that authors don't get a ton of ARCs, so aside from a couple *wistful* glances, I don't think I pestered her (too much) after that.  But then...she asked me if I could read it in one night (and retain its pristine condition).  Could I!??!!?!?!?!?  Are you frackin' kidding me??!??!?!?!  This book was a little longer than her previous works, but I am nothing if not an excellent reader, and I accepted immediately, with *extreme* (gushing) gratitude.  Thankfully back at the hotel room, my sister (the luckiest person I know) was occupied with several stashes of books that she had won throughout the day, and did not mind being completely ignored.

Well, I did stay up a *teensy* bit past my bedtime, but the book was SO AMAZING, I couldn't have put it down even if I hadn't been on a deadline.  *sigh*  It just oozed awesomeness.  But I returned, as promised, an immaculate copy.

The very next day, at a very swaggy author meet-and-greet, guess what I found in my swag-bag?  Yep (not the author's copy) but my very own ARC to have and keep forever!!!  And, since said author was there...I asked her to sign it for me, which she totally did, making it super-extra-awesome!!!!

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? 
A few times, usually something quirky or funny, generally second-hand and rare-ish, something to say “I was thinking of you.”

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
It’s very close between my Tamora Pierce books and my Harry Potter books… I take them both EVERYWHERE....I've had my Tamora Pierce books longer...But I did buy a set of the British version Harry Potter books while visiting Ireland, so they were with me in Ireland and the London airport, and I had to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and fly into Illinois, before driving them home to WI...They've both been to college with me, then to the east coast, and back across the country out to CA...I probably brought Harry with me when I went to the HP Composium in Florida...They've both been with me to camp...but I was rereading Tamora Pierce on my last road trip, which added NV, NM, CO, and UT...I had them all on my Nook, but HP isn't in ebook format *yet*, so HP stayed home...  As you can see, a *very* close call!!!!

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
 As for the hated part, I think only 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 8th grade and Pride and Prejudice in high school.  Jules Verne absolutely put me to sleep no matter how hard I tried to stay awake, and I still haven’t finished Pride and Prejudice.—It’s been over 10 years for both, but I’ve never been tempted to go back. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book? 
lol-Someone’s book report! ;)

15. Used or brand new? 
I’d love to be able to find used ebooks!!! ;)  I’m actually in love with slightly worn, older books… as long as it doesn’t cross into the sticky-mildew area, I prefer old-book smell.  But new-book smell is a close second. :)

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses? 
A little bit, or *A LOT* of both.  I’ve read some of his stuff that was *REALLY GOOD* (Misery/Green Mile) and some that were *just okay* for me (Cell)…But the fact that he’s written the sheer quantity that he has is just absolutely astounding.  I TOTALLY give him mad props for that!

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? 
I’ve seen *A LOT* of movies and read a lot of books, I enjoy them both, but I almost always <3 the book a little extra... [10 minutes later] It took some thinking… ;)  One of my favorite movies EVER is an Audrey Hepburn/Gary Cooper/Maurice Chevalier film, Love in the Afternoon.  When I saw that it was based on Claude Anet’s book, Ariane, I scoured the internet looking for a copy.  I finally found one, but I’ve never been quite sure it was even the right book, despite having the right title and author... And I never came close to finishing the book…And now that I think about it, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca was only so-so for me, but again, the book seemed different, and I never got into it.  *DING-DING-DING*  But I think the winner would be Mrs. Winterbourne—The movie is a remake and also based on the book, I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich—Both the book and previous movie were very film-noire/gritty crime novels that I couldn’t get into, but I really enjoyed the comedic interpretation of the story via Mrs. Winterbourne.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid? 
I stopped watching The Legend of the Seeker tv series after reading the books, the show had its quirky/fun parts—But the problem was it was that it was too different from the Terry Goodkind Sword of Truth books…and not different enough—It would have been a fun show on its own—but because it was based off the books, I knew what to expect and was disappointed/frustrated/angry whenever they changed it—Maybe someone will pick it up again, I think it could do very well if it had more of gritty-HBO-fantasy-vibe like they’re doing with George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question? 
Not exactly...but after reading Tera Lynn Child's Eye Candy, I did have some pretty candylicious dreams for a while...mmmmmm....

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? 
Real people:  My bff from middle/high school, Dana, and my bff from college, Angie.
Author-wise:  Tamora Pierce and Tera Lynn Childs always have great recommendations.
Blogger-wise:  Nafiza from Bibliophilic Monologues always seems to be reviewing either books I love, or books I’m craving.



Anonymous said...

Great answers! The most interesting is of course the one where you borrowed the ARC from the author. Amazing that she trusted you to bring it back - I mean, she didn't really know you.

Sounds like you and your sister had a great time - books, books, books!

nymfaux said...

@leeswammes--I'm so glad you found these questions!!!--this was so much fun!!!

and yes, the *ARC*--*giant grin*--I had been corresponding--chats/blog/facebook/twitter--all the usual forms of communication (*stalking*) the author for close to a year...so I didn't just show up out of nowhere--we *knew* each other, but this was the first time we'd ever gotten to meet in real life--but it definitely meant a lot that she would trust me!!!!--And I made sure to prove her right!!! :D

iamjen said...

oh my... had a great time reading this post. i havent met any author in my life so im jealous!!! wish i could meet my fave author Richelle Mead someday. Have you read her VA or Succubus books? those books make me happy. i bring VA whenever im on vacation.