Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let the questioning commence! I’m not bothering with the rules because I’m a rebel like that. If y’all wanna know them, visit the aforementioned pages and learn ’em. I’m just here to answer questions about books, because I like questions, and I like books. ^_^
And so, without further ado…
1. What are your top three (3) book pet peeves? a) I really hate it when an author has a… reason… for writing a book, and that reason overtakes the story. I mean, it’s all well and good to espouse one’s ideals subtly here and there within a story, but it’s quite another when I’m being hit on the head over and over again with the same “message” when I’m supposed to be reading a fictional tale. Especially when I didn’t buy a book in that genre. For example, if I buy a paranormal romance book, I don’t want to be blasted in the face with overt Christian messages about how great the Christian god is, and how wicked werewolves are. I mean, come on, seriously? That’s like the exact opposite of what the genre is all about! Okay, one can be a werewolf and Christian too, but don’t go writing a paranormal romance and then go on and on about how wicked the paranormal part of the world is. If I wanted that, I’d buy a book that was written specifically for Christian audience. Same for feminist messages. Sure, write a book with a “strong female lead” but don’t tell me about how great and strong she is over and over again. It’s freaking annoying.
b) Which brings me to my next peeve… I really hate it when there’s too much exposition in a book. Especially when that book is part of a series. Like, okay, I get it, not everyone will read every book in the series, but for goodness sake, do we need three pages of exposition about why the world is the way it is in every single book? No. No we don’t. Honestly. It’s not only annoying, but it’s insulting to your fan base. And for crying out loud, just let your characters be themselves without explaining how they got where they are. There’s no reason to give their background in every blankity blank book of the series. Let them grow organically without the flipping exposition and god forsaken soul searching. A little soul searching is well and good, but every single book? *sigh*. It makes the characters look like they can’t make simple decision without some deep introspection — Oh, no, I wore high heels instead of flats to my big dinner with the romantic lead! What will that mean in the long run? I’d better stop everything and think about this… It’s annoying. I can’t even tell y’all how many series I’ve stopped reading because of all of this… need to explain on the author’s part.
c) I honestly and truly can’t stand that people think all books are sacred tomes which need to be treated as holy relics. They’re not. Especially nowadays where books — even printed books — are produced by the millions. I write in my books all of the time. I also tear printed books apart with impunity. They are not sacred. I’m sorry. They’re not. Maybe back in the day when they were copied by hand and there were precious few of them to go around, they would be considered sacred, and something to be treasured and cherished. But nowadays? No. Libraries destroy books every day — even hundred year old books — because they don’t have room for them. I love me some books. I do. I love that I can pick up a book from a hundred years ago and read someone’s thoughts as if they just wrote them down. There’s a magic to that. But honestly, it doesn’t matter to me if those thoughts are in the pages of a physical book or a digital book, so long as the words are the same. To me, it’s not the books that are sacred, but the stories they tell. Books are — like everything in this world — ephemeral.
2. Describe your perfect reading spot. My perfect reading spot is anywhere I have a book (or kindle, or phone) in my hand. I’m not picky.
3. Tell us three (3) book confessions. a) Well, I told you one up above… I don’t think books are sacred. I guess that’s not really a “confession”. But that means I write in my books — like any book is up for me writing in it. I also “dog ear” my books when I’m reading them. I don’t care how old or new the book is, down come the corners. Unless I’ve borrowed it of course, then it will remain fresh, new and free of scribblings and bends. I don’t vandalize other people’s property.
b) I’m a junk food junky… meaning I like mind candy — dime store novels as they used to be called. My mind candy comes in the form of paranormal romance. It used to be straight on romance, but it kinda shifted to paranormal romance. Give me werewolves, witches, and magic and I’m good for a quick read. I also like manga. Yep, Japanese comic books. I love ’em. Especially the romance ones. Call me a sucker for romance. I’ll even read the ecchi manga if the story is good. And some of them have a remarkably good story, despite the prominent display of boobs and butt. I also like books about language, so there’s that. ^_^
c) I don’t really care that much about grammar (anymore). Oh, if the message is lost or if the grammar is god-awful I’ll stop reading, but a typo here and there? or a misplaced comma? or — heaven forbid — they use a word that’s “not a word”. I don’t care. Grammar is where a bunch of people got together and said, “This is the way it should be.” and lo and behold, that’s the way it was — for a short time. It changes. It’s changed within my lifetime. So, I don’t care. If I understand what the author is saying, I’m good. If I have to keep going back to try and figure out what that sentence meant, then we have a problem.
4. When was the last time you cried during a book? I was reading a manga about… oh three weeks ago… and one of the characters confessed their love, and the way it was done… I just teared up and… yeah. Sometimes it’s the good things that make you cry too.
5. How many books are on your bedside table? I have a Kindle on my nightstand. It can hold upwards to 1,100 books. I have well over 200 on mine. It’s one of the things I like about my Kindle… way more room on my nightstand for books, and I don’t need a light to read them.
6. What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading? Whatever I’m hungry for. It doesn’t matter. If a book has my attention, I won’t put it down. I’ve been known to cook then eat something all while reading a book. Seriously. I don’t have a favorite snack for any occasion, and reading is no different.
7. Name three (3) books you would recommend to everyone. Yeah, not to be difficult, but that’s not happening either. Everyone is different, and I don’t have any one book I would recommend to even everyone I personally know — let alone everyone I meet. Books are subjective. What one person enjoys another would not. An example: I like science fiction, my husband likes science fiction, and so does a friend of mine. And there are many books that we’ve all read and enjoyed, but there are many books that the two of them liked that I couldn’t get into, and some books that my friend and I liked that my husband just… didn’t. And some books that each of us though were the bee’s knees that the other two thought were not that great — or downright bad. And I know that even if I could chose one of the books that all three of us enjoyed, there are people out there that abhor science fiction, so I couldn’t recommend that book to them.
8. Show us a picture of your favorite bookcase or bookshelf. I collect and read old grammars, school books, and cookbooks. I’m talking old — like from the 1400’s to the 1930’s. Most of my collection right now is digital, but some of them are actual books. I do like both, you know. I’d love to collect more, but this is what I have right now — I actually have more but these look nice on my mantle.
9. Describe how much books mean to you in just three words. Books are magic.
10. (Added by Embeecee) Who was responsible for your love of books? A parent, a teacher…or were you born that way? My mom. As much as I dislike my mother (long story), she is responsible for my book reading habits. There were five kids in our house, and we lived in a four bedroom house. She stuck all three boys in one room, us two girls in the other — of course, she had the master bedroom, and the fourth bedroom she turned into a library. That’s how much she loved her books. Of course I could read at a very young age… my mom told me I was reading way before I entered school — she claims that I spontaneously learned to read. I dunno if that’s true or not, but I don’t remember ever learning how to read. I remember reading a birthday card about my sister and I turning two… (too small, too late, too something… but now you two are two… something like that. It was a long time ago. We turned 51 yesterday.) I’ve been reading since then.