Musings From A Bookmammal

Sunday Stealing–It’s All About Books This Week!


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I haven’t participated in the Sunday Stealing meme in ages, but how could I resist it this week? All the questions are about BOOKS! Ready? Let’s go!

1. Favorite childhood book? It’s a tie between Charlotte’s Web and Harriet the Spy.

2. What are you reading right now? I’m about half-way through the new novel by David Nichhols called Us. I’m reading an advance copy on my kindle—it’ll be released on Tuesday 10/28. It’s about a British family who go on vacation through Europe right after the wife tells the husband that she wants to leave him. Not exactly the carefree trip that was originally planned!

3. What books do you have on request at the library? I’ve got 15 books on the hold list right now.

4. Bad book habit? I’m not sure there’s any book habit that’s bad—but I buy A LOT of used books. I mean A LOT of them. I recently bought a new bookcase so I could keep all the used books I’ve bought but haven’t yet read in one place.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? A ton of new releases on my hold list all came in at once, so I have a whopping 16 books checked out right now. Two are finished and waiting to be returned—the rest are clamoring to be read! Luckily my library loans books for 3 weeks and you can renew—but only if no one else is in line for the book. My library also doesn’t have a limit on the number of books that can be checked out at once.

6. Do you have an e-reader? I’ve had a kindle for almost four years, and I just ordered the new Kindle Voyage. I use my kindle mainly for digital ARCs and sometimes for library books. I always prefer a “real” book!

7. 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, but right now I’m only reading one. That’s rare for me.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? YES!!! I’m reading many more new releases because I keep hearing about them from my blogging buddies!

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?  I just did not understand all the hype about the novel We Were Liars. I think I’m the only one in the world who didn’t like this book, but I just didn’t get it.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? That’s a tough one! I’ve read a lot of great books this year. I’ll narrow it to two favorites. Favorite nonfiction: The Boys in the Boat—about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team. Favorite fiction: The Paying Guests—a psychological thriller set in post WWI London.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I’ve been getting better about this since I started book-blogging. There are so many blogging buddies out there whose opinions I’ve grown to trust, so if one of them loves a book I’m pretty likely to give it a try, even if it’s one that I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I prefer realistic, contemporary fiction, and narrative nonfiction.

13. Can you read on the bus? I haven’t ridden a bus in ages, but since I can read in the car, I’m sure I could do it.

14. Favorite place to read? The big blue overstuffed chair in my office/library. It’s especially my favorite pace to read when one or both of my cats join me there!

15. What is your policy on book lending?  I will loan out my books but only if asked—I don’t offer to lend because I think it puts the lendee in an awkward position if they don’t really want to read it.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? If it’s my own book and there’s no bookmark available, I will dog-ear—but it’s not my first choice.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Yep! But again, only in my own books, of course.

18. Not even with text books?I’ll take this to mean did I ever write in my textbooks—YES—highlighting, notes, the whole thing.

19. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?  I actually wasn’t too sure about The Paying Guests (see #10)—I’d never read anything by Sarah Waters before, I haven’t read much fiction set overseas in the early 1920s, and I didn’t know much about the plot. But I’m so glad I took the plunge and picked it up!

20. What makes you love a book? I love a book when I am invested in the characters and find myself thinking about them even when I’m not reading the book.

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.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing–It’s All About Books This Week!

  1. I just heard about The Paying Guest this week and now here. I need to get my hands on this! With the exception of your use of the library on a regular basis, we have answered our questions fairly similarly! Though, I am a voracious lender!

  2. Fun meme! I haven’t seen this one before. The Boys in the Boat was excellent and I just started The Paying Guests yesterday… so good already.

  3. I’ve put other Sarah Waters books on hold at the e-library! I’ve got to pick up the boys in the boat, both of my parents recommended it to me.

  4. I’ve heard good things about “Us.” Are you enjoying it? We have the same bad habit. I’ve not found a used book sale I can resist and I will even buy boxes of them at auctions.

    • It’s pretty good–although the narratve keeps moving between the present and the past and it took me some time to get used to that. I’m going to try to finish it in the next day or two.

  5. I know what you mean by having to buy an extra book case.

  6. Excellent meme!

    I never write in my books! Never never never!

  7. I’ve been reading Sunday Stealing entries for the past half hour and you are the FIRST who admits to using the library. Good for you. Shame on the rest of us.

  8. Holy cats–HOW did I forget Charlotte and Harriet? And now I’m thinking about The Mixed-Up Files…–I recommended that one to a patron (adult male, former Army dude) at my library who ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

    So . Many . Good . Books!!!!!!

  9. Great questions! I’m really wanting to read The Paying Guests. It looks so great. We Were Liars was definitely different. I enjoyed it but I had already been burned with super high expectations for AJ Fikry which I enjoyed but wasn’t book of the year so I think I had fairly low expectations for We Were Liars.

    • I felt similarly about AJ Fikry–I liked it a lot but there was no way it could have lived up to my expectations after all the hype. A good book but not “OMG this is the best bookish book EVER!” 🙂

  10. Another fantastic post.

    I love the questions and your answers.

    Thanks for sharing.


  11. How does this meme work? I would love to participate.


    • This meme is a lot of fun–the only reason I don’t participate as much as I used to is because I’ve stopped blogging on weekends for the most part.
      The logo at the top of this post will link you to the meme–questions for each week are usually posted on Saturdays. Then you just answer them on your own blog and enter your link–and then visit the other participants! Easy! Go ahead and give it a try!

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