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Musing Monday–Twenty Bookish Questions!

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

I’ve seen different versions of these questions floating around on various blogs over the past few months–and I picked 20 of them to answer today! Ready? Let’s go!

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1. What are you reading right now?   Some Luck by Jane Smiley—I haven’t read anything by Smiley in ages, but I did enjoy A Thousand Acres. I’ve got an ARC of her latest and am really enjoying it! It’s the first of a trilogy covering 100 years in the life of an Iowa farm family—each chapter deals with one year. This first book begins in 1922 and ends in the mid-1950s.

2. What books do you have on request at the library? Right now I’m on the list for 25 library titles. The first thing I do when I hear about a new book is check to see if my library has it. If they do–I put myself on the list.

3. Do you have an e-reader? Yes—I got a Kindle about four years ago and I just pre-ordered the new Kindle Voyager. My first choice is always “real” books, but I do love my kindle for traveling and for borrowing ebooks from the library.

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4. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I’m usually reading more than one book at a time—right now I have one nonfiction and one novel going. I’m often also listening to an audiobook as well, but I don’t have one of those going right now.

5. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? YES! I am reading so many more new titles because I keep hearing about them from all my blogging buddies! I have tons of backlisted titles on my TBR list, but this year I’ve mainly been focusing on newly published books. I’m still trying to find a balance between reading new and backlist books.

6. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? OK—I know I’m in the minority here, but I really couldn’t stand We Were Liars. I listened to the audio book on my drive to and from work and when it was over I felt like throwing something through the windshield.

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7. Favorite book you’ve read this year? Tough question—I think I’m going to save this answer for my Top 10 Books Of The Year list in December. It may take me that long to narrow it down—I’ve read a lot of wonderful books this year, and there’s still almost three months to go!

8. The most money you’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? I don’t know the answer to this—but I do remember that I received a $100 gift certificate to Borders from my parents when I finished my Masters degree—I hadn’t read anything for fun in so long and being able to go in there and get anything I wanted without even looking at prices was wonderful! That was about 20 years ago ( so $100 REALLY went a long way!) and I still remember how great it felt!

9. What is your policy on book lending? I only lend out books if asked—I don’t offer to lend because I think it puts the lendee in an awkward position if they really don’t want to read the book. I haven’t had any bad experiences (books being damaged, etc) with lending books in a really long time.

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10. Favorite genre? I prefer contemporary, realistic fiction to any other genre, but I do read outside this favorite area—more often now that I’ve been book-blogging.

11. Favorite biography? I LOVE Robert Caro’s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson—the fifth and final volume should be out in the next 2-3 years. The first four volumes are in a place of honor in a special spot on one of my bookcases. When the latest volume came out about a year ago I left work on my lunch break to go buy the hardcover the day it was released, because yes, I am that geeky!

12. Favorite reading snack Anything chocolate that can be eaten with one hand (leaving the other hand free for page-turning!).

13. Favorite Poet? Unfortunately I don’t read enough poetry to have a favorite poet.

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credit Karin Jurick

14. How often have you returned books to the library unread? Often. I don’t view checking out books as any kind of contract. If I get to them, great—if I don’t, I can always check them out again at another time.

15. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? I LOVED the movie adaptation of Ordinary People by Judith Guest—it’s one of my favorite films. I’ve probably watched it at least ten times and there are certain scenes that make me cry every single time.

16. Most disappointing film adaptation? I remember going to see the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web when I was a kid and being really angry about it—there were scenes added that weren’t in the book and none of the characters voices matched with what was in my head. Plus—Charlotte sang in the movie and the “real Charlotte” would NEVER sing!

17. Name a book that made you angry. I remember being very angry when I read Randy Shilts’ And The Band Played On about the early years of the AIDS crisis. So much got in the way of containing, preventing, and educating in those days. It’s one of my favorite narrative nonfiction books, but I still remember how sad and furious I felt when I read it for the first time.

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credit John Lidzey

18. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? I REALLY wanted to like Landline by Rainbow Rowell (I adored Eleanor & Park, really, really liked Fangirl, and enjoyed Attachments) but I just couldn’t get past the gimmick that she used in the plot. As I was reading it I kept thinking, “Rainbow, you are too freaking talented to have to resort to stuff like this!” I finished it, but I just didn’t care for it.

19. Do you like to keep your books organized? YES! I don’t alphabetize, but I do shelve my books by theme/subject matter. Plus I have one bookcase devoted to books I haven’t read yet. I would NEVER come home from the bookstore and just put all the books in one spot—they need to be shelved with the rest of their “family”.

20. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I’m a keeper! I love being able to see the books that I’ve read and remember where I was when I read them, or recall what I enjoyed. I guess that’s why I have to keep buying bookcases . . .

How about you? Do we have any answers in common? Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments below–or borrow the whole thing and write your own post! If you do, leave a link in the comments so I can visit and read your answers!

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Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

14 thoughts on “Musing Monday–Twenty Bookish Questions!

  1. Great questions and answers. I need to do that for a posts sometimes.

  2. What a great list of questions and answers. If I haven’t done this one yet, I’m going to plan on it. I also organize my book my subject/theme. I don’t keep all my books these days, as it just gets too hard to make room for them. We have no less than seven full bookshelves now, and I can’t trust anything I like to my basement. We had a flood one year and some of my books got waterlogged.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.

    • I’ve got nine bookcases right now and really don’t have room for any more. I did a big trip to my used book store with several bags of books recently after I did some weeding–but it doesn’t seem as though I gained any space! I think my books may be breeding at night . . .

  3. My books may look quite randomly shelved but I know what the system is – my old loved books are on a bookshelf of there own, many of the same authors here, another bookshelf is full of the larger proof copy books, ordered in themes as well as all non-fiction books by subject together. Like you I have a shelf (and the cupboard underneath but don’t tell anyone) that have my books that I’ve yet to read. Love these questions and answers 🙂

  4. Great questions and answers, it was so fun to read.

  5. Of course I had to steal this! 😉 I did have the questions this week and will save the others for another day I need inspiration.

  6. Ooh that’s a fun survey of questions to take. The reading one book at a time makes me laugh because what book blogger only reads one at a time? heh

  7. I feel the same way you do about question #5….I used to read tons of backlist and rarely any debut books. Since I started blogging, I’ve been reading more and more new releases and tons of debuts (some of my favorites of 2014 have been debuts). I actually want to work in more backlist stuff next year….I wonder if I can work that into a meme?!

    • Yeah–I feel like I’ve been ignoring some great backlist stuff, but I just can’t keep up with all the wonderful new releases! (What a good problem to have, right?!!)

  8. I’m so tempted by the new kindle voyager! My mom’s kindle recently died and I’m contemplating giving her my paperwhite so I can upgrade. We’ll see…

    • I went back and forth and finally just gave in and ordered it. I’ve got the old kindle keyboard which seems pretty clunky now–and I really like the idea of the new self-adjusting illumination on the Voyager.
      I say — go for it! 🙂

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