Tuesday, July 29, 2014

55 Questions About Books and Reading (Part 2)

See Part 1 HERE.

28. Favorite reading snack?

I have a sweet tooth when it comes to reading snacks. I like cookies, ice cream/milkshakes, and anything chocolate. As far as drinks go, I like hot chocolate and tea.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

The Maze Runner. It didn't meet the high hopes I had for it. :P And, like I said before, I couldn't get into The Book Thief.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

It depends on who's reviewing the book.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

As long as you don't tag the author when you share it on Twitter or something along those lines--I hated TERRIBLE BOOK by @AuthorOfTheBook. Check out my review! = NOT OKAY--and the review is well thought out, I'm okay with it. But if you write, "this book was just plain teribul and i dont need 2 give any more explunassion," that's not a good review. You need to have a reason for disliking the book, you can't just bash it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

Portuguese, I guess, since my parents both speak it fluently.

35. Favorite poet?

Erm, I don't really read poetry. Not exactly my thing. But I think spoken word poetry sounds really cool. :)

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

When I was younger, 30+. Now, I usually limit myself to five or so (usually less).

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

Ha ha, a lot. Tons of times. There aren't enough days in the week to read everything I want to get to!

38. Favorite fictional character?

Hermione Granger. :)

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Voldemort, Bellatrix, and Umbridge.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

Maybe a week? Usually because of book hangovers or being super busy with real life stuff.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Recently, The Alchemyst, The Book Thief, and Ender's Game. Also couldn't finish Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Not much, but if people try to talk to me when I'm reading, obviously that's annoying.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

The "Harry Potter" movies, "The Fault In Our Stars," the "Hunger Games" movies, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and "The Help."

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

The "Percy Jackson" movies. *bangs head against desk*
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Maybe 50 dollars.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Before reading, never. While reading it, I'll sometimes skim ridiculously long and most of the time pointless descriptions. This is the one thing that infuriates me with the Mortal Instruments series. There's a reason why those books are such beasts! They could probably be cut in half if she didn't take the time to describe the exact texture, smell, and history of the curtains in Clary's room, or something along those lines.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

If it's boooring.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Yes, though I often reorganize it for a brand new, shiny system. At the moment, my TBR shelves are organized alphabetically.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Um, keep them. Definitely keep them. (Unless I have duplicates, then I'll give them away on my blog.)

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

The Twilight books, just because there are so many other books I'd rather be reading. But I really want to form my own opinions on them so I can talk about them with my blogger friends and actually know what I'm talking about. 

52. Name a book that made you angry.

Catcher In the Rye. Holden was such a whiner. I wanted to smack him.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

The Host by Stephenie Meyer. (Thanks for the suggestion, Kirsten!)

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Blah, blah, blah. Such a mediocre book.

55. Favorite guilt-free pleasure reading?

Um, all of my pleasurable reading is guilt-free. ;)

Your turn! Feel free to answer some or all of the questions on your blog/in the comments.


Anonymous said...

YES! I absolutely agree with you about negative reviews. As long as the reviewer gives constructive criticism and isn't like HEY AUTHOR PERSON COME CHECK OUT MY TERRIBLE REVIEW OF YOUR BOOK, I think negative reviews are OK. I mean, we're not going to love every book, but rational reasons for disliking a book are much better than "LOL this book sucked sooo much!"

Skylar Finn said...

I can't believe I forgot to put The Help as one of my favorite film adaptions! I loved that movie SO much.

I didn't get into The Maze Runner that much either :/ Even though the ending was kinda brilliant...the characters were flat.

Tara Therese said...

I was just thinking of The Maze Runner yesterday! Too bad you didn't really like it. I think I will still try it, though, just to see what I think of it.

I feel really bad about giving negative reviews when there's a large possibility the author will read it. That is the worse. At the same time, I don't want to lie.

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl Yes, yes, yes! Agreed!

@Skylar Finn I know! And it took forever to get there. :P I didn't have enough faith in the author to continue with the series, because the majority of the first book was just so boring.

@Tara Therese I definitely recommend giving it a chance. :) A lot of my blogger friends really like it, so you might, too.

Yeah, that's the tricky thing about bad reviews. There's a fine line between being harsh and being honest.

Boquinha said...

36. That's because the books are longer! :P

43. I've probably been guilty of that. (sheepishly blushes)

I will say The Book Thief had a good ending and was overall fine once I finished it, but yeah, what a slog! Maybe it's like The Maze Runner? Good ending but not worth the read to get there?

49. Did NOT know that. Funny. Quirky.

55. Good for you!! That's healthy.

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Very true!

Well, you do it sometimes. But you usually catch yourself when you do it (most of the time).

Ugh, there was no way I could've gotten through that entire book just for the ending. Not a chance.

Ha ha, really? Yeah, I change it all the time. I've recently just changed it to shortest books to longest ones. That way I can pick a book based on how much time I have in between two ARCs.