Both Emily at The Gnoming Librarian and Stephanie at Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork tagged me for the Book Blogger Test almost a month ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to do anything about it. The Book Blogger Test is a series of questions you answer to help other bloggers get to know you. Then you tag a few other bloggers (four, maybe?) It sounds like fun, and I enjoyed Stephanie’s and Emily’s answers, so I thought I’d give it a try.
What are your top three book pet peeves?
At the moment? Unnecessary or contrived love triangles, terrible copyediting (including typos and continuity errors), and just plain bad writing.
Describe your perfect reading spot:
Curled up on the couch, or in bed. No, wait, those are where I actually read (along with anywhere else I can sit down with a book.) My perfect reading spot? Either a wide, comfortable chaise in a gorgeous and elegant private library (think British country mansion), or a wide, comfy porch swing in a gazebo, surrounded by trees and gardens and with a fountain or stream nearby (and not a single bug. Hey, this is fantasy, right?) Why wide and comfy? There has to be room for me and a cat, of course!
Tell us three book confessions:
- I sometimes read the back of the book before I actually get there.
- I don’t like books which end badly. I want happiness, or at least hope.
- I still read children’s books. Not just YA but MG and even picture books, if they’re really good.
When was the last time you cried during a book?
Um… let me check Goodreads. In early May, when I was re-reading Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Mongtomery. (I’ll avoid spoilers, but there are two events that always make me cry.) I might have teared up slightly over one or two since then, but that one had me weeping.
How many books are on your beside table?
Right now, just 2, not counting some that live there permanently. (My nightstand has a shelf as well as a drawer.) I’m currently reading Mercedes Lackey’s Blood Red (from the library), and An Uncivilized Yankee by V. V. Wedding. Two weeks ago, there were about 6 books on my nightstand, 4 of which I was in the middle of.
What is your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?
Tea and scones. Or anything chocolate.
Name three books you would recommend to everyone:
There are so many amazing books! But here are three I’ve recommended a lot because they have really wide appeal:
- The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Laurie R. King)
- The Harry Potter series (J. K. Rowling)
- All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase:
This is only one of two identical bookcases in our living room that house my hardcover SFF collection. Lloyd Alexander through Madeleine L’Engle are on the matching bookcase; more L’Engle through Tolkien on this one. Some of the Robin McKinley’s are signed, as are a number of the Tamora Pierce books.
|SFF shelf #2. Photo © K. Pekar|
Write how much books mean to you in three words:
Reading is life.
What is your biggest reading secret?
Besides that I sometimes read the ending first? Because I already confessed that. (grin)
I guess my biggest reading secret is that I’m not sure I could live without books — and I mean that literally. I get cranky and out of sorts if I don’t read every day. I’d rather steal half an hour from sleep than go without reading at least a few pages. And I re-read books a lot when I’m feeling stressed or sad. Slipping into a familiar story is like pulling the covers over my head; it makes the bad stuff go away for a little while. After my family, books are probably the most important things in my life.
TAG, You’re It!
I’m tagging the following wonderful bloggers. You don’t have to participate, but if you would like to, just cut and paste the questions from this post and put in your own answers. And have fun!