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Booking Through Thursday – Crappy Books

Do you ever crave reading crappy books?

A little late, but better late then never.  What makes a crappy book is very subjective.  I do read what I consider twinkie books, all fluff and no substance, whether they are cozy mysteries, badly written young adult, or paranormal/romance.  I don’t read those very often, but sometimes after I read a dense book, especially a dense non-fiction, I crave books with very little substance.  Sometimes I’m forced to read crappy books, i.e. when I’m traveling and I’m stuck with the selection at the airport bookstore (if they even have one).  And sometimes I read them when I’m taking public transit, because I don’t mind stopping in the middle of the book when I have to get off.  Therefore yes, I do read crappy books.  I think it makes me appreciate the good ones I find even more.

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Booking Through Thursday – First Editions

How about First Editions? Are they something special? Or “just another book” to you?

I don’t really care if the book is a First Edition or not.  Since I do read a lot of classics and older mysteries, I do try to look for an older edition, but it doesn’t have to be a first edition.  I just like buying used books as much as possible, mainly because I buy a lot of books (and I do mean a LOT of books), and because it is another way to recycle.  And some of the books I’m looking for have been out of print for so long, that I can only find used versions anyways.  I guess to me First Editions are just another book.  I love to read my books, and wouldn’t like to spend a lot of money to collect something that I would be afraid to read because it’s too valuable.

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Booking Through Thursday – Disaster!

You’ve just dropped your favorite, out-of-print book into a bathtub, ruining it completely … What do you do now?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I would never take my favourite out-of-print book in the bathtub with me.  Or anywhere near the bathroom for that matter.  I rarely read in the bathtub, mainly because after working over 2 years for a preservation unit at a library I know what water damage can do to books.  If any book of mine would get damaged in that manner, I would immediately take steps to dry it out and try to repair the damage as much as I can.  There’s only so much you can do for water damage, which is why I would never take the risk of anything like that happening to an out-of-print book.

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Booking Through Thursday – Giving Up

If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?

That’s a tough choice.   I hate, and I mean HATE not finishing a book.  There have been less than 10 books, I think, that I have not finished.  And even those, I’m pretty sure I skimmed to the end.  Yes, I know that life is too short to be wasting time reading books I do not enjoy.  But at the same time, I have to see how a story ends.  The only thing that makes me decide to stop is if I really cannot get into the book at all.  I can’t suffer through 300+ pages if the first chapter is torture.

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Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme

I really, really, really, really am trying to post these memes more regularly.  I absolutely love memes and when I created this blog it was my intention to post at least 3 a week, mainly because I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t neglect this blog.  I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to in the past few weeks because of three reasons: job hunting, spending more time outside, and construction.  Yes, you read that right, construction.  My building has been under construction since I moved in, almost a year ago.  And we’re talking replacing windows (which involves lots and lots of very noisy sawing and drilling), repairing the outside concrete walls (which again involves lots and lots of very noisy drilling), repairing the front steps (which again involves lots and lots of very noisy drilling), and replacing water pipes or who knows what under two levels of the parking structure (which involves breaking concrete with jackhammers).  See where this is going?  I’m about to reach a point of cracking pretty soon.  7 am!  They start the construction at 7 am, and end it around 6 pm.  Sigh…It wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t stuck at home during construction hours.  Or if I had neighbours that would respect quiet time after 10 pm, but the ones across the hall from my flat don’t seem to want to extend that consideration.  Apparently they can sleep through all the drilling noise.  So I’m spending a good portion of every day fighting headaches, and cleaning (oh yeah, I developed allergies because of all the construction dust).

Anyways, rant over.  I’ll try to be better about posting regularly, and since I skipped last week all together, I will start this week with a Booking Through Thursday Reading Meme, and then will move on to my regular Monday meme.  I also have several book reviews to upload, which will hopefully come within the next few days.

1. Favorite childhood book?
A book of fairy tales I was always reading with my great-grandmother.  Can’t quite remember if it was the Grimm Brothers or something else.  I still have the book, as my grandfather had it rebound 12 or 13 years ago, but the first 16 pages or so are missing, and so are the last pages.

2. What are you reading right now?
Trying to decide what’s next.  I just finished Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion Mysteries), and am currently debating on what to pick up next.  I am trying to finish a book challenge that will end on September 15, but I doubt that will happen (since I started in January of this year though, I will give myself until January 2011 as the challenge is supposed to be a yearlong challenge), so I may pick up a book for that challenge, or I may continue with my mystery kick.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None.  I used to use the library all the time growing up, and even during my early 20’s.  Haven’t borrowed any books from the library in the last few years because not only do I not have any patience to wait for the books  to become available, but I also pretty much end up buying the books anyway since I love to re-read.

4. Bad book habit?
I sometimes dog ear pages.  Yes, I know how bad that is, I worked 2 years for a preservation department at a library.  And I highlight passages, as well as write in my school books.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing.  See previous post about library reserves.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

No, and I don’t plan on picking one up either.  I love books-their smell, their feel, the way they look.  I wouldn’t get the same pleasure reading from an e-reader.  They are definitely practical for traveling, and for people that are limited on space, but I know that I would somehow find space for all my books.  Somehow.  I do buy e-books (stored on my computer) every once in a while, but I only do that for traveling purposes, and usually end up repurchasing a paper copy also.   I have to admit that I love, love, love the IPad, and will probably purchase that one, but not to use solely as an e-reader.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time.  Can’t really handle more than one at a time, unless one of them is non-fiction.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
The Magyar Venus (An Archaeological Mystery, #8).  I hated this book.  Almost to the point of hurling it across the room several time while reading it.  This one Galápagos, I hated just as much. Hated! I don’t usually feel so strongly about books, but these two had to be among the worst that I’ve read this year.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
I can’t decide between two, again. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Shadow of the Wind. I loved these books. Loved them! So hard to choose between them as the writing styles are very different.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I was definitely better at it this year.  I joined a reading challenge for two reasons: to help me read some of the books on my TBR shelf (which has not been a shelf in real life for years-more like a bookcase), and to help me branch out in genres that I wouldn’t normally try.  I think I’ve been doing pretty well the last few months.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Mystery, fantasy, horror, travelogues, history, books on books and classics.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Yes.  I can read almost anywhere, as long as there’s no construction noise.  That, unfortunately, I can no longer tune out.

14. Favorite place to read?
Outside, on my grandparents’ porch swing.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I will only lend to a couple of people because I am very particular about the condition of my books.  I will buy used, and not all of them are in perfect condition, but I hate lending a book out and have it coming back in pieces, or really damaged.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Yes.

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

18.  Not even with text books?
Mainly with text books.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
The original language of the author (if I can read it).  Otherwise, English will suffice.

20. What makes you love a book?
The writing style, followed closely by the plot.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
The enjoyment factor of the book, and then I only recommend books to friends whose reading habits I am familiar with.

22. Favorite genre?
Can’t pick just one.  See the reading comfort zone answer for favourite genres.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
History.  I really like reading books in one setting, or in a couple of days at the most, and lately I haven’t had enough free time to devote to history.

Favorite biography?
Don’t have one at the moment.  I really enjoy reading biographies though.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
No.  Not interested in picking one up either.

26. Favorite cookbook?
At the moment, 500 5 Ingredient Desserts.  I have a couple of Alton Brown cookbooks that I need to pick up, as well as an Indian food cookbook.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Memoirs and biographies are usually what I find inspirational.

28. Favorite reading snack?

Tea biscuits, or fruit.  I also love drinking tea.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Don’t have one.  I usually don’t pay attention to the hype, and try to read books after the hype has passed.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Don’t really read the critics, or let them influence my purchasing choices.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I only give bad/negative reviews if I really hate, and I mean HATE the book.  And then I don’t feel too bad.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
I wish my Arabic would be better.  I would also choose Hindi and Japanese, both of which I will start working on soon.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
None.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Again, none.  I don’t get intimidated by books.

35. Favorite Poets?
Mihai Eminescu.  In English, I love Yeats, Frost, Wordsworth, Keats, St. Vincent Millay, Pope, Poe, Shakespeare, Dickinson, and many many more.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
None.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
None that I remember.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Mr. Darcy.  =)

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Don’t really like villains.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Depends how long of a vacation I’m taking.  If I’m gone for 3 weeks to a month, then at least 8-10 books, a few from all the genres I like (with the exception of history-too big to tote around in my luggage).

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A month?  Maybe?  Can’t remember.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
There’s been a few.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
TV.  Construction noise.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Around $200.00.  My usual amount is around $70.00.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Only once before buying it.  Once I start reading a book, I usually don’t put it down till I finish it.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Bad writing.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, as I have a lot, if they were not organized I would never find a book I was looking for if they weren’t organized.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep them.  I’m a book hoarder.  Only if I know that I don’t plan to re-read them ever, then I feel comfortable enough to give them away.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
The Russian authors.  One of these days I’ll pick up Ana Karenina or War and Peace, but I’m not ready yet to delve into another depressing literature genre.  I got that enough with some of the Arab authors.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Several.  Don’t like thinking about them though.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1). I bought this before all they hype started. I also bought several other Scandinavian mystery books that I read before this, and I was expecting this to be just another one in that genre. I actually liked it more than I thought I would.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Too many to choose from.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Books on books.  Love them!

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Booking Through Thursday – Book Reviews

Do you read book reviews? Do you let them change your mind about reading/not reading a particular book?

Sometimes.  It depends on whose review I’m reading.  I have a couple of friends that have very similar taste in books, and if they read something and review it negatively, that usually makes me stop and consider whether or not that book is worth my time.  Considering the amount of unread books I have, and the amount of books that catch my attention and I usually end up buying anyway, I cannot afford to waste my time with something that I might not enjoy.  And that is especially because I cannot really leave a book unfinished.  Unless the book is really, and I mean really bad, I usually can’t stop reading it because it really bugs me not to know how it ends.

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Booking Through Thursday – Now and Then

Do you prefer reading current books? Or older ones? Or outright old ones? (As in, yes, there’s a difference between a book from 10 years ago and, say, Charles Dickens or Plato.)

I like reading.  Period.  I read pretty much anything, from any genre, and from any era.  I enjoy reading older books as much as I enjoy reading newer ones.  I’ve always loved classics because I loved history (and yes, I was a history major in college).  But at the same time, I love newer releases because I sometimes feel like I’m reading history as it is being made.  And because it’s a way to relax in this crazy busy world.  What determines what I’m reading is my mood.  This is why I like and read so many genres, I never know what will strike my fancy at any given time.

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