I ran across this on Not a Punk Rocker. I enjoyed reading her answers, so I thought I would participate, too. It’s not as if I am working against a deadline today. Nope, I am not shirking my professional duties to write this post. Okay, so maybe I am taking a slight break. Yes, that is it. A break.
If you’re a long-time reader of A Small Press Life (and if you are, thank you!), you’ve probably wondered what happened to our own reader questionnaire series, [R]evolving Incarnations. Never fear. It returns this Friday.
Until then, there’s this.
Oh, and I’ve decided to do it backwards. Z to A, which is how my books are organized.
ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE): I am a late-night reader, so this is a pretty normal occurrence. It helps that I work from home and set my own weird hours.
YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE: You can read about my most-recent book shopping extravaganza here. I don’t think I’ve bought any since then, but I cannot be totally sure. Yes, I have a problem. Oops, okay. I was wrong. I purchased a book whilst on vacation, as well as this one in early August:
I totally have a problem!
X-MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR SHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.
WORST BOOKISH HABITS: If I think you are boring, or am uninterested in what you are talking about, I will start reading. Why, no, I was not raised by highly literate wolves.
VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN THE OTHERS: Nothing fiction-wise, as there are too many existing books on my must-read list. I am really looking forward to Chris Stein’s upcoming non-fiction release, Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk, which comes out on 23 September.
UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR: Obscure dead writers and, amongst the living, Kinky Friedman and Amy Sedaris.
THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS: Too hard. Too hard. Here are three out of the dozens that I luuurve:
1-The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
2-Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
3-The Outermost House by Henry Beston
SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN SERIES): I want to get back to book three of The Merlin Series by Mary Stewart. I liked the first two, and was excited to start the third. Then we moved. It’s here somewhere, along with an errant Heinlein book I started (and lost) at the same time.
QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOKS YOU’VE READ: I collect quotes, so this is another near-impossible question to answer. Enjoy this fab quote about reading:
PREFERRED PLACE TO READ: In bed or in my old, comfy reading chair.
ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: To quote Mr. Oscar Wilde: “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” I own 1,000+ books, and have read the vast majority of them 2-3 times. I’ve read some 5 or 6 times. Among my top picks: The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, any play by Henrik Ibsen or George Bernard Shaw, and all kinds of reference books.
NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN: Nine for my books; my husband has his own. I need to buy at least two more, as the overflow has spread throughout the entire house–except the bathrooms or kitchen. Have I mentioned that I love books?
MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF: The best cure for a book hangover is to read more books.
LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ: The longest novel I’ve read is probably A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys.
KINDS OF BOOKS YOU WON’T READ: Bodice-rippers, poorly-written or plotted books of any genre, and anything involving sexy-times with a dinosaur, wolf, or sea creature.
JUST FINISHED: Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. I’ve also been re-reading a bunch of old Nero Wolfe books, because I’ve had a crush on Archie Goodwin for most of my life.
IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE: Learning to read, of course! Or, rather, the exact moment that my family realized that I’d somehow learned to read even though none of them had actively taught me. I was three, and it felt awesome.
HIDDEN GEM BOOK: A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys and Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.
GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE: Back when we were still dating, my husband talked me into reading Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein. It’s totally not my normal cup of tea, but I loved it so much that I immediately agreed to read Glory Road. That was a great decision, too.
FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL: None. All of my literary crushes have been on grown men.
E-READER OR PHYSICAL BOOK: I love books. I love their tactile qualities, their aromas, their heft in my hands or on my lap. However, I do own a Nook (and have the Kindle app on my laptop). E-readers definitely have their place, but I will never stop buying actual books.
DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING: Tea (especially Victorian Earl Grey, English or Irish Breakfast, and Lady Grey) or water. If it is past 5:00 pm and I am feeling relaxed, then I will have some Scotch. Neat.
CURRENTLY READING: A biography of Van Gogh, a few books about silent movies, The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl, and some Shaw. Always some Shaw.
BEST SEQUEL EVER: I’m not big on sequels, but I think the Hermux Tantamoq Adventures by Michael Hoeye and the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer are fantastic. The later books hold up to the originals.
AUTHOR YOU’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM: Hard to say, but Anthony Trollope and George Bernard Shaw probably top the list. Oh, and Rex Stout for my Archie Goodwin fix.
I had fun! Let me know if you decide to participate, so that I can read your answers!