19 Questions…

I ran across this list of book-related questions and thought it might be fun to fill out so you can learn a little more about me!  How would YOU answer some of these?  Let me know in the comments!

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
The books that I’ve owned the longest are “Jane Eyre”, “Emma”, and the “Bell Jar”, all from high school English classes (complete with highlighted quotes inside).

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current Read: “Family Tree” by Barbara Delinsky
Last Read: “Bake Sale Murder” by Leslie Meier
Next Book: “Mini Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella

3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
Anything by Candace Bushnell – I can’t get through any of her books.  Also, “Love in the Time of Cholera”.  I bought it and tried reading it and just couldn’t get into it.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I keep wanting to read the Stieg Larsson trilogy, but I keep finding other books that I would rather read first.  I’m sure I’ll get around to them eventually… probably once they’ve lost their popularity.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
I don’t think I could actually save any books – what’s the point of buying it if you’re not going to try to read it right away (or as soon as you get through the rest of the pile you have waiting)?

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I never skip to the end.  It’s much easier to not be tempted when you have a Kindle and can’t flip through pages.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I typically don’t read them unless there’s an interesting story incorporated with them.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?
I don’t know if I could pick.  There’s always positive and negative features of each character and their situation.  I can’t even think of one off the top of my head right now!

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
The bulk of my reading has occurred since my fiancé and I have been together so they all kind of tie back to him, somehow.  Nothing specific, though.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
The only one I can think of is “Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City”.  I couldn’t find it for sale in the US so I bought a used version online originally from the UK that had a British Red Cross sticker on it.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Not particularly.  I’ve loaned books out before if I think the person will like it, but that has lead to me not getting many of them back that I wanted to eventually read again one day.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Does my Kindle count?  I always take it with me on trips and sometimes to work if I want to read during lunch!

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
I actually hated all reading in high school.  I went through a phrase where I didn’t read for fun from probably middle school to after college.  I’ve re-read some of my high school books (see question #1) recently and enjoyed them.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
I don’t think I’ve found anything in a book.  Most of the books I buy are new.

15. Used or brand new?
Following up on the question above, I prefer new (or as new as possible) because I like the crisp pages and I hate when the spine is cracked or creased.  I’ve been buying some used books lately for money saving purposes but I won’t buy something that is in bad condition.  A used book with stains grosses me out.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I’ve actually never read any Stephen King books.  I think they would give me nightmares.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Wow, that’s a hard one.  I saw the movie version of “The Notebook” first and was disappointed in the book.  Otherwise, I don’t really care for movie versions of books.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
I had to turn off “Message in a Bottle” because it was so off from the book and made me mad.  The “Shopaholic” movie was also really dumb (although I loved the books).

19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
My mom.  She’s the one who got me reading for fun again by letting me borrow “The Guardian” by Nicholas Sparks.  I was hooked after that.  We have the same taste in books.

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