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splits_thesky ([personal profile] splits_thesky) wrote2011-11-09 04:42 pm
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HEY KIDS. Have a meme!

1. Favorite childhood book?
…oh god, meme, you are already killing me. Um, probably The Phantom Tollbooth?? I mean, or, like, Baby-sitter’s Club books, buuuut (I am also purposefully leaving picture books out of this, because otherwise answering this question would be INSANE).

2. What are you reading right now?
Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
The Queen of Cool, by Cecil Castellucci. ….yeahhhh, ways you can tell I am nervous about beginning a career with animals! …also, ways you can tell I have a soft spot for girly YA lit.

4. Bad book habit?
Buying too many books I’m going to read “eventually” and then…not reading them.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
None! But I DID just return Birds, Beasts, and Relatives, by Gerald Durrell (totally overdue. SHHHH)!

6. Do you have an e-reader?
No. And I know, they aren’t evil, books are books, blah blah blah, but – I’d miss my paper books too much. Also, I mean, I can’t be constantly staring at a screen all day (computer, TV, phone, etc), I get headaches.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time, I feel like I get better ~immersed~ that way.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really. …I guess now I get more recs I’m likely to read (but that’s just, like…from the internet)??

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Oh, none, man. I mean, some I didn’t OMGLOVE as much as others, sure, but I enjoyed reading all of them.

10. Favorite book you've read this year?
Um, probz either Throne of Jade, by Naomi Novik, orrrr The Colour of Magic, by Terry Prachett.

11. What is your reading comfort zone?
Comfort zone? Yeahhh, uh, girly YA lit. But also fantasy with a lot of action in it!

12. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Honestly, as long as a book sounds interesting, and/or comes with a glowing recommendation (and sounds like something I’ll be into), I’ll give it a shot.

13. Can you read on the bus?
As long as there’s not TOO MUCH noise, probably (when I used to commute to school, the train was a great reading place!). …oh, also, as long as I don’t get motionsick. Because…I do, sometimes.

14. Favorite place to read?
Um, anywhere that’s comfortable, honestly. When I was at school, in the winter months, I used to love the Starbucks in our university tech center, because I could get a coffee and a scone, snag a comfy chair, and just sit and absorb myself in the book.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Only to people I trust, and even then, I generally keep pretty close tabs on where my book is hanging out (and to make sure people don’t fold the cover back too much, or write in it, or dogear the pages messily, or…).

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Oh, haha. Um, only for books I own, and even then, only really neatly (…I like my books to show that they’ve been read and loved, though, so I don’t MIND dogearing, or breaking the spine, or anything like that. …yes, I am hypocritical in my Book Treatment Rules, whatever).

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

18. Not even with text books?
I used to underline lines I liked, in poetry textbooks? But only if I knew I was keeping the book, after (partially because I HATED buying used books people had already written in).

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I’m only fluent in English, sooo. I mean, I guess I could muddle through in Spanish?? But…it would be pretty terrible going.

20. What makes you love a book?
Relatable characters, hilariously over-the-top *~*DRAMA*~*(/hilariously over-the-top dramatic characters), action scenes, fantasy elements, the potential for slash.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Um, elements of the above.

22. Favorite genre?

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Non-fiction historical.

24. Favorite biography?
Uh, well, it’s kind of a semi-fictionalized autobiography, but: My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

26. Favorite cookbook?
Um, I guess How To Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman by default, since it’s the only one I actually own. It has some good stuff in it, though!

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Uhhhh. idk, man, I like to read books where people ride dragons and have magic fights (and/or real fights, sometimes) and get really homoerotic on the open seas…??

28. Favorite reading snack?
None, really, because then the book gets messy (case in point: my copy of The Secret Garden, which still has Flamin’ Hot Cheetos fingerprints on it). Also, I mean, then I only have one hand to hold the book! Which is a lot less comfortable, okay.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience
…none, really.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t really read reviews…?

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Okay, if the book blows. Though I try not to just be like, “THIS SHIT SUCKS”, outright.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Latin. Yes, I mean, I took a couple courses, in college, but that only makes it MORE frustrating, that I can’t read most stuff in Latin.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Probably Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke, if only because it was SO EFFING LONGGGGG. I kept reading and reaaaaading and THERE KEPT BEING MORE.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
The Count of Monte Cristo. See above (though, also because I did try reading it once, years ago, got bored about 50 pages in, and stopped).

35. Favorite Poet?
Shakespeare. Though Sammy Taylor Coleridge is a close second.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
3 or 4, I guess? More often than not, these days, I just buy my books, though.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
I don’t (unless I was using them just for reference), I just renew them and/or keep them past their due date.

38. Favorite fictional character?
HA HA HA, WHAT DO YOU MEAN, CHARACTER, SINGULAR. Ummmm I guess Mia Thermopolis, from The Princess Diaries series (yes, shh)? Or Carmen Lowell, from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books (SHHH I SAID). …currently, though, probably John Granby, from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire books. Oooh, or Rincewind, from the Discworld books! ….OH NO WAIT, SCRATCH THAT, THE LUGGAGE, FROM THE DISCWORLD BOOKS. BOOM.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
….MEME Y U SO DIFFICULT. idk, if this category could be expanded to Graphic Novels I Haven’t Actually Read But I’ve Seen the Movie Adaptations Of, um, most of the Evil Exes from Scott Pilgrim (Lucas Lee, Todd Ingram, Roxy Richter. …I guess that’s not actually “most”, is it. uhhhh). But as it is…idk, I tend to like characters that aren’t so much evil as just sort of, like – irritating? And fabulous, while they’re doing so. Like, if this was a movie meme, I’d say Sharpay Evans, from High School Musical.

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
…the books I’m reading at the time? It doesn’t really differ, for vacations.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.
I’m generally always reading SOMETHING, but I think there was a period of about a year or so where I was definitely reading less than usual. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that was around the time I was reaaaaaaally heavy into fandom and the interwebz. …I was reading fic…??

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Well, The Count of Monte Cristo, but that’s only for now! IT WILL BE COMPLETED.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Too much noise.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Off the top of my head, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Welllll, in that vein, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I mean, it wasn’t bad, per se, it just – idk, didn’t live up to my expectations for the Narnia movies, particularly because it’s also my favorite Narnia book.

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I have no idea. $40-something??

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I read a little preview, if I can, on Amazon or Google Books, to see if it’s something I can see myself getting into. If it’s just something off the shelf, I’ll just open to a random page somewhere in the middle and read a bit of that, quickly.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I’m actively trying to read it, multiple times, and keep finding myself finding other things to do/REALLY not wanting to. I figure, if I’m having to force the experience, it’s probably not worth it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Nope. I mean, books in a series go together, but…that’s about it.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
Keep, though if it’s something I: a, never read, or b, haven’t read in YEARS, and don’t even want to anymore, I’ll donate it.

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
The Count of Monte Cristo??

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The second half of Brideshead Revisited. Allllllmost threw that shit across the room (…the only reason I didn’t was because it was a library book, honestly).

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
Uhhh, none, if I don’t think I’ll like a book, I generally don’t read it. Unless it was for school, I mean, and then this category would be HUGE (starting with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, which we read in eighth grade – I think I was the only person in my class who actually liked it, but, man, IT IS SUPER GOOD).

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
Brideshead Revisited, judging by the amount of people out there who freaking LOVE it. …also, in the same vein, anything by Jane Austen (idk, guys, my mom keeps telling me I’ll LOVE her books! But…I don’t).

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
…girly YA lit.

I probably left out a TON of books I've read/I love, but this was just sort of off the top of my head meme completion, soooo.

...idk, my internet presence has been kind of spotty these days (even on Tumblr! GASP, SHOCK AND HORROR, I know, right), but I miss LJ ~most of all~. So here is me, making an effort!

In rl news, I just sent out an internship application this morning (...yes, just one. LOOK, okay, it took me a MONTH to get this one together; the other ones are GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT)! WISH ME LUCK, OMG.

Also, my family from Seattle (brother, sister-in-law, two nephews) is coming to visit soon, for Thanksgiving! I AM SO PSYCHED, YOU GUYS - like, more than I thought I'd be, even. I mean, obviously I love them all, and love spending time with them, but, like...idk, you know, you just get a little sick of your family, after a while, and the babies are kind of a handful...
But idk, guys, I am SUPER PUMPED. I think it's probably because I've been busier at work, these days, and also, for the past week, my mom's been in India (for my cousin's wedding), so I've been holding down the fort, and IT IS TERRIBLE, EVERYONE NEEDS SOMETHING ALL THE TIME (lulz, Hufflepuff I am not). ...also, I miss my mommy. So I think I'm just really excited for, you know, relaxing at home, with everyone there - like, uh, these days I am mostly just talking to my pets...? - and then, also, like, we generally do exciting things with the kids, like hit up museums/the zoo/aquarium, or bake things, or do arts and craft-y projects, or...idk, fun, low-pressure stuff. Sooooo yeah.

Oh, and, speaking of things I'm excited for, the Quidditch World Cup is this weekend! SO PUMPED, OMG. [livejournal.com profile] bohemu and I went last year, too, and it was AMAZING AND EPIC, and this year promises to be even AMAZINGER AND EPICER (...shhhh). I've already got plans to go, both days, totally obnoxiously decked out in Gryffindor apparel (thaaaank you Pottermore, for VALIDATING MY LIFE \o/), and we are going to watch some awesome games, hear some awesome commentary (HOPEFULLY; the commentators from last year were hilarious, and we will die a little inside if they aren't back this time), listen to some awesome wizrock bands (there are a whoooole bunch playing, but Harry and the Potters have my heart forever), and, you know, probably have some awesome fun-time booze-times at some point.

OH, ALSO! I totally forgot to mention this before, BUT! About...a month ago, I guess?? I got my hair cut! I mean, like, CUT cut - it was around shoulder-length, before, and now it's pixie/boy short. I like it a lot! It's a LOT easier to manage (hello, super-thick, super-curly hair), and I can still do things with it (...well, I mean, less things than before, but still!), without feeling like I HAVE to (...because otherwise, before, it used to just be EATING MY FACE), etc, etc. Plus, now I look a lot cooler, imo.
I will try to remember to take some pictures to show you guys! I mean, I have some pictures of me, since I've had it cut, buuuut they're not great, for showing off my hair. So I will try to take some new ones (NOTE TO SELF: REMEMBER TO DO THIS)!

ummmmm, so yeah! NOW I AM GOING HOME (lulz, I'm currently at work. Not actually working, obviously! WOOPZ).

[identity profile] peridium.livejournal.com 2011-11-09 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
The Phantom Tollbooth will forever have a huge place in my heart. I'd also definitely recommend The Count of Monte Cristo! It's long but really engaging and fun once you get into it.

I want to see your hair! :D

[identity profile] peridium.livejournal.com 2011-11-10 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah, I'm morally opposed to abridged versions. I DON'T DO THAT SHIT. You can do it!

I will look forward to it!

[identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com 2011-11-09 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, one, I'm so doing this meme. Two, THE QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP LOOKS SO AWESOME. Have a ridiculously good time, holy crap. And your hair sounds really cute! I'm keeping mine super short too, it's like, how did I go all those years without realizing how easy it'd be to wash my hair if I only had a few inches of it?! But yes, yes, take pictures!

[identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com 2011-11-10 02:49 am (UTC)(link)

But I heard Count of Monte Cristo IS AMAZING... if you get through half of it! Also, Jane Austen, :/ *shakes fist at gender roles*


QUIDDITCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Yo, I was expecting ONE of my shirts to be here by now, but I guess not. Whatever, I have back-up plans for outfits. <33

DUDE, UPLOAD SOMETHING FROM HALLOWEEN! Also, I was showing my mom Halloween pictures of us and being like, "I WANTTTTT THAT HAIRRR." And she was like, "Go with her to wherever she went, then!" So... in April, or thereabouts, I guess, that'll be our thing?

[identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com 2011-11-10 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Dude, I have enough books of my own! HEY HEY YOU SHOULD GET ON GOODREADS.COM, TOO.



The ones I showed you! I know the hipstery Ravenclaw tie one shipped a while ago, and I didn't really expect the attributes one to be here, but I was hoping. I WOULD WEAR MY CARPENTER SHIRT BUT IT IS THE WRONG HOUSE COLORS.

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[identity profile] xfirefly9x.livejournal.com 2011-11-10 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
I guess now I get more recs I’m likely to read (but that’s just, like…from the internet)??

IKR? I keep getting recs but have nooowhere near enough time for them all. But they all sound awesome and I wanna get through them.. and.. it's like some weird kind of torture. *sigh* lol