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1. Which book would you consider the best book you’ve ever read and why?
I have to say Frankenstein. I actually devoted a number of years of my life to studying Romanticism, and Mary Shelley in particular, and I do really love that book. It comes at a crucial juncture in literature and just does everything I want it to. Plus, I'm such a sucker for that tortured antihero, the Creature. I feel for him a lot.
2. Are you an Austen person or a Bronte person?
Austen. Though I did like Jane Eyre, Heathcliff really bothered me. Austen's novels you can just read over and over.
3. Are there any genres you will not read?
I don't think so... one thing I did was form a book club that reads one non-fiction book a month that is written by a woman. In this way I have weaned myself onto reading non-fiction and I quite enjoy it. I have never really gotten into popular fiction... it's not that I won't read it, I just don't.
4. Are you a fast or slow reader?
FAST. Especially with my fanfic habit, I read literally thousands of words every day.
5. What was your relationship with books like as a child?
All the books, all the time.
6. Are you the type of person who will read a book to the end whether you like it or not, or will you put it down straight away if you’re not feeling into it?
I try to read to the end. With certain kinds of books I only read a page or two a day (meditative, religious, or philosophical books). Some books I will pick up and read the ending first and then read backwards. The most recent book I dabbled in was Byzantium Endures by Michael Moorcock. Fun title, interesting back cover, boring inside. No dice. Back to the "little library" it goes! (Had recently scored a really fun Moorcock short story compendium from the same source!)
7. Have you ever despised something you have read?
Yes. Novelizations of movies I like, or authorized novels, can infuriate me. This is why I read fanfic instead.
8. Do you prefer to read first person or third person?
I mean, first person can be very fun. I do read memoir, so that is nearly always first person.
9. Are you for or against multiple narrators in the same book?
10. Bookmarks, dog ears or leaving the novel open and face down to keep your spot?
I do all the things, but I hate to break the spine!
11. Do you prefer to read at a certain time of day?
ALL THE TIME.
12. Do you need to finish a book before you can move on to the next one, or will you have multiple books going at once?
13. How do you choose which book to read next?
the blurb, or, I go seeking a book about a particular topic or by a particular author.
14. What is your favorite childrens’ book?
Ozma of Oz; The Cricket in Times Square; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; Winnie the Pooh; I am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry;
15. Do you agree that Jane Eyre should be considered a feminist novel?
no; though I do think the Bronte's thought of themselves as feminists
16. What’s your favourite of Shakespeare’s plays?
17. Do you know any poetry by heart?
Terrible at remembering poetry; never stops me trying!
18. Did you enjoy the Hunger Games?
19. E-reader or traditional book?
20. Do you read in the bathroom?
yes; I have a whole basket of bathroom books that I swap out
21. Ideal reading position?
22. Hardcover or paperback?
paper (not enough room for Hardcovers)
33. Nicest edition or cheapest edition?
24. Do you prefer happy endings or sad endings?
HAPPY. I HATE SAD ENDINGS. :P
25. Do you enjoy concepts in books to be concrete or abstract?
No one understands this question. I do think the best books usually have an unstated theme that rises above the narrative.
26. A book you studied in school and ended up loving?
Moll Flanders. Surprisingly riveting!
7. Classics or modern literature?
Getting a PhD in literature ruined me for most fiction. Fanfic is my preference now.
28. Thoughts on adults reading YA?
YA is just a publisher's distinction. Telling a good story doesn't have an age range.
29. Have you ever read a book in another language?
I read a little French and a little Hebrew .... I try to read verses in the Bible in their original languages, but I certainly haven't read the whole thing that way!
30. Have you ever written your own book?
Yes, several times. :D