Bibliophile Questions

Melanie, over at Sparks… answered these questions yesterday, and I said I would give them a try. I’m still sick y’all. This cold is like, “Okay, I’m done… Ha! Just kidding!”  And it’s driving me crazy. And it’s not just a cough this time, it’s the whole shebang — stuffy nose, runny eyes, blah blah blah. Anyway, I didn’t come here to bitch about my cold, but if my answers get a little murky, you’ll know why.  Melanie’s answers are linked above (and there you will also find unanswered questions in case you want to give these questions a try).

The first set of questions comes from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith so of course go check out her blog and answers as well. So, here we go:

1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?  Yep, all of the time.  Once someone gives me something, it is mine to do with as I please, and I don’t hold on to anything. If someone is a friend of mine, they will know that, and if they get upset by me giving away something they’ve given me, well, they didn’t know me very well, did they? I try not to give things back to the person who gave them to me, but my memory isn’t all that great, so it’s happened occasionally.  The only book I wouldn’t regift is something I like an old grammar or dictionary, because I collect those. But if it’s like, a novel or contemporary book? Yeah, in a heartbeat.

mantle books

These, I keep

2. Have you ever claimed to have read a book when you haven’t? Not that I can recall… Why would I?

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?  It’s possible. I mean I’ve borrowed and lent a lot of books. I never lend a book that I expect to get back, and I never borrow a book without letting the person who lends it to me that I have a bad memory and they might not get it back, so they may never see their book again. That policy saves a lot of hate and discontent.

302644. Have you ever read a series out of order? Yep, all of the time.  I read the fifth Harry Potter book, then the fourth book before I read the first Harry Potter.  There’s also this paranormal romance series… hold on, let me look it up… Blah, I can’t find it. It was popular a few years ago, but it was about a witch with a vampire roommate… wait! (Google search). There it is. It was called the “Hollows Series” and there are thirteen books in it plus a few short stories (that I don’t recall reading, but I might have). I can’t even tell y’all what order I read them in, but it wasn’t from book one to book thirteen.  Eventually, I did reread the entire series and things kinda fell into place, but it was interesting to read them out of order too.

5. Have I ever spoiled a book for someone? Not intentionally. But here’s the thing, dear reader, I one of those people who just don’t care if I know how a story ends. I will flip to the back of a book and read the ending of a novel because I’m curious. And yes, I will continue reading after I’ve read the end because I’m curious as to how the story got there. People can tell me all about the latest and greatest movie, and I will ask detailed questions. I just don’t care.  And it’s because I have that mindset, that I honestly and truly don’t know what constitutes a “spoiler” to most people. I mean, some people don’t want anything spoiled for them and for some, they simply don’t want to know how the story ends. So yeah, I’ve spoiled a book for people, but it wasn’t my intention. I was simply talking.

6. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book? Yep. Because some people take description, exposition, and flashback to a whole new level. If it doesn’t advance the story, it doesn’t need to be in the story. Writing 101.

7. Have you ever bad-mouthed a book you actually liked? Not that I recall. Why would I ever want to?

And the next set of questions also come from Teresa at the Haunted Wordsmith.  Melanie answered them on the same post in her blog, and in the interest of, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” so shall I. 🙂

1. Author you’ve read the most books from.  — I’ve read a lot of series. A lot of them. I can’t even go back over the 40 some odd years of time that I’ve been reading books and remember which author I’ve read the most from. The most recent though, I suppose, would be a toss up between Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and the aformentioned Kim Harrison.

drama of willow

I’m bad at these type of questions

2. Best sequel ever.  — I have no answer for that.

3. Currently reading — I am between books at the moment.

4. Drink of choice while reading. — Whatever’s in my cup.

5. E-reader or physical book? — Both. I like both. There is no either/or for me. I like them both.

6. Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school  — Wow, there are a lot of them… but I didn’t really date much in high school. I just hung around with a lot of people and in the evenings, we just kind of… kept hanging out together. I had no interest in dating really until I was my junior year, then I dated mostly outside of my peer group (we lived on a Navy base). I never made it to my senior year because over the summer I met my first husband and got married. So there’s that. As for fictional characters, most of the guys in the books I read are either vampires or were-people of some make or model. They’re overbearing and obnoxious. I wouldn’t put up with that for a moment, not even in high school.

7. Glad you gave this book a chance. I’m trying to remember the name of the book, but it’s an older one (from the early 1900’s). It’s part of Literary canon, but I hadn’t heard of it. It’s… escaping my memory right now, but it started out sloooowww and actually turned out to be pretty interesting.  Edit — I remembered the name… Lorna Doone

8. Hidden gem book — There’s this old romance novel that I picked up in the thrift store. I can’t remember the name of it. It’s probably around here somewhere. It was actually pretty good.

9. Important moment in your reading life — When I first learned to read? I don’t remember that moment, but learning to read unlocked everything that came after it.

10. Just finished 

11. Kinds of books you won’t read — Westerns. I just don’t like ’em.

12. Longest book you’ve read — That would be Sacajawea by Ann Lee. I read it in high school. It was a huge book and clocks in at over 1300 pages.

13. Major book hangover — Wha…?

From the old house

14. Number of bookcases you own  — In this house? about two. And they’re small ones at that. Goes to prove that we’ve never been comfortable in this house.  In our last house, we had four or five huge bookcases — floor to ceiling and they were double shelved (some of them). and about three or four little bookcases. That’s not counting the other media cases in the “storage” room.

15. One book you have read multiple times — Pardon me while I giggle. ^_^  I’ve read so many books multiple times. It’s actually my habit to finish a book, flip it over, and read it again, to get any parts that I might have missed the first time. Those authors I mentioned above? I’ve probably read their entire series at least three times (except any new releases). I know I read Sacajawea probably three times when I read it because it was huge and I knew I’d missed some things.

16. Preferred place to read — Wherever I have a book (or e-reader) in my hands.

17. Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read. — There are too many to pick just one.

Image result for wtf did i just read18. Reading regret — There was this book I picked up that was supposed to be a murder/action/romance and turned out to be a Christian murder/action/romance. Now, I’m okay with a book being overtly Christian in nature because writers have their message, and they want to convey it. That being said, the message should at least be well written, and this was not. The romance and mystery subplots were stricly by the number, they did not go well together at all. The action sequences were amusing at best, and mix in the overt Christian message… it was jut a mess. The only reason I slugged my way through it is I wanted to see how the author could possibly justify pinning the murder on the person she pinned it on. And it was just as awful as I thought it was. I totally can’t remember the title, but it’s one book I regret making myself read to the end.

19. Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)I don’t need to finish anything. There are a few series that I simply didn’t like the way the author was going and stopped reading. I’m under no obligation to finish them at all. Even if there’s only one book left.

20. Three of your all-time favorite books — I don’t have favorites, even if there are three of them.


First book of hers I read

21. Unapologetic fan-girl/boy for — I’m totally not trying to be rude here. I’m not! But tone is difficult to convey in text. I just don’t understand the whole “fan” thing. Like, I used to pretend to be a “fan” of the San Francisco Giants (baseball) because I lived near San Francisco, and I like baseball, but the team changes every year or so. It’s not the same team.  How can I be a fan of the franchise when the team changes? That totally doesn’t make sense to me. Same with books. I mean, I like some authors… Mercedes Lackey for instance… her Heralds of Valdemar series is the first series I’ve ever read… and I loved that series to death.  Hmmm. She might actually be my “most read author” since I’ve read a lot of her books. Ha! But there are some books of hers that I absolutely hate. And some books of hers that are… okay. And some that I really like. I don’t read everything she writes and say, “Wow, that was great! You’re the best author evah!” Even some books in the same series of hers will be good and others are pretty awful. And if I go back and read some of the books that I liked when I was twenty, I probably won’t like them as much now. Because my tastes change. You know? And I’m that way about any author, some books will be good, some bad, and others will fall in the middle. No one churns out a perfect book every time. But there are some Mercedes Lackey fans who will hear no ill word against her. And that’s what “fans” are. I can’t do that.

22. Very excited for this release more than all the others — I don’t keep track of new releases, for books, movies, or television. It’s just something I’ve never done.

Newton dog-eared his books too

23. Worst bookish habit — I’m one of those people that turn down the corner of the book to mark my page. Yeah, I said it. I dog-ear my books! I don’t care who knows it.  Actually, like Sir Issac Newton, I don’t consider books as sacred tomes to be cherished and kept pristine until the end of time. They are tools like any other thing in our possession, to be used until they fall apart and then replaced.  Yeah yeah, we can take care of our tools to make them last longer, that’s true, but I’m not going to handle everything in my life with kid gloves just to keep them around for a few minutes longer. Books are made to be read, not displayed on bookshelves. I read them. I dog-ear them when I’m done so I’ll know where to start reading them again when I pick them up. I also write in my books. And, I also cut books up and use them as crafts. Yeah! See the little hearts hanging from the ceiling in this picture? Made from books. I am a monster. Listen, dear reader. There are an abundance of books in this world. Libraries burn them every day to make room for new ones (google it if you don’t believe me).  Book stores are going out of business, and no one wants anyone else’s used books. When the written word was being painstakingly copied by hand to make a book, or when the printing press was in its infancy, that’s when books were cherished possessions to be held onto and passed down from generation to generation. Today? Today one single story is printed by the billions. Folding down the corner is not heresy. It’s really not.

24. X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book — No can do. My current bookcase has been purged and only 10 books. The tenth book, however is called: Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project

25. Your latest book purchase? Our Domestic Birds by John H. Robinson  (That’s a Gutenberg press link, I “purchased” it through Amazon, both are free). It’s a book about poultry, and it’s kind of interesting.

25. ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) — I think it was this one: Fire Touched.  I read it all the way through the day it came out. I didn’t like the next book as much, so I didn’t read it in one sitting. But this one, I liked.

8 thoughts on “Bibliophile Questions

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I wish more people would take books and keep them. They ALWAYS give them back. I have too many books by the hundreds.

    The Hollows (Kim Harrison and yes, 13, but she wrote one more – a prequel – which I guess makes it 14) is my all-time favorite modern fantasy series … right up there with Jim Butcher’s “Harry Dresden” series which I’m re-reading from the beginning.


    1. Willow Post author

      I thought you were giving me a “cold yet admiring stare” and I wondered what I wrote to deserve a cold stare. hahahahaha! That’s how muddled my brain is right now. It took me hours to write that blog post. Hours!



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