Books have recommended their reader to me before. I also find you can learn more about a person by looking at their bookshelves – And if someone doesn’t have any books on their bookshelves, that must say something too, although I’m not sure what… But sometimes it’s just nice to answer a few questions to give a quick overview of a persons tastes and bookish quirks.
So here, dear reader, are 55 bookish questions I’ve answered, taken from a very helpful questionnaire over at The Literary Lollipop . Hope you enjoy!
1. Favourite childhood book: Tim and the Hidden People Series by Sheila K. McCullagh – this showed me reading could be fun and enjoyable.
2. What I’m reading right now: Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women To Fight For An Education by Jane Robinson
3. What books I have on request at the library: Willoughbyland: Englands Lost Colony by Matthew Parker, Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power In the Badlands of India by Amana Fontanella-Khan
4. Bad book habit: Forgetting when my Library books are due back.
5. What I currently have checked out at the library: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
6. Do I have an e-reader? No.
7. Do I prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? One book at a time.
8. Have my reading habits changed since starting a blog? No.
9. Least favourite book I read this year: (Fiction) The Radleys by Matt Heig and (non-fiction) Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library by Chris Paling
10. Favourite book I read this year: (Fiction) Hide Me Among The Graves by Tim Powers and (non-fiction) A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai
11. How often do I read out of my comfort zone? More often than I did before as I’m trying to complete the Dewey Decimal System Challenge
12. What is my reading comfort zone? Fantasy and Social Sciences.
13. Can I read on the bus? Yes.
14. Favourite place to read: Anywhere I can sit down and not be interrupted.
15. My policy on book lending is: it is vital for all communities (I love the library!)
16. Do I dog-ear my books? Never.
17. Do I write notes in the margins of my books? Never.
18. Do I break/crack the spine of my books? What is with this line of questioning? And no, it broke on its own.
19. What is my favourite language to read? English, as it’s the only one I’m fluent in.
20. What makes me love a book? So. Many. Things.
21. What will inspire me to recommend a book? That I loved it or think someone else might.
22. Favourite genre: Fantasy
23. Genre I rarely read (but wish I did): Biography
24. Favourite Biography: Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand
25. Have I ever read a self-help book and was it actually helpful? Not sure if The Art of Asking; Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer is meant as a self-help book but if it is – yes and YES.
26. Favourite Cookbook: 1 Mix, 50 Cakes: Create 50 Kinds of Cake from Just One Basic Mix! by Christine France
27. Most inspirational book I’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
28. Favourite reading snack: No food near the books!
29. A case in which hype ruined my reading experience: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
30. How often do I agree with the critics about a book? Non-fiction – often, fiction – less so.
31. How do I feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Honest
32. If I could read in a foreign language, which language would I choose? Japanese – hello manga, light novels and all the Japanese authors not translated into English yet.
33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe – A book from 1784 with 875 pages
34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: Gormenghast (trilogy) by Mervyn Peake has been on my shelf for 18 years. I’ve only not read it as I’m worried I won’t like it as much as the 2000 TV series.
35. Favourite Poet: Christina Rossetti
36. How many books do I usually have checked out from the library at any given time? Six-eight – I like having options.
37. How often do I return books to the library unread? Very infrequently.
38. Favourite fictional character: Just one? Impossible (the others would get jealous.)
39. Favourite fictional villain: (See answer to No: 38)
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: Paperbacks
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: A few months, I was very unwell and unable to read.
42. A book I could/would not finish: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Just no.
43. What distracts me easily when I’m reading? The needs or wants of those dearest to me.
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation: The Golden Compass.
46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I do not recall. You have no proof.
47. How often I skim a book before reading it: Never – spoilers!
48. What would cause me to stop reading a book halfway through? Figuring out most of the plot and predicting the end.
49. Do I like to keep books organised? Yes.
50. Do I prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Keep if enjoyed, donate if not.
51. Are there any books that I’ve been avoiding? Not actively.
52. Name a book that made me angry: (Fiction) The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick
53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: There should be no guilt in reading – only pleasure.
Feel free to ask more questions in the comments – I may even answer them!