Twenty Bookish Questions

Posted 31 May, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 23 Comments

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Hi! I’m going to try and make it my goal to blog more regularly this week. Tomorrow is Inspiration on Monday and Thursday is my 8th Bloggiversary! Big stuff. I’m not sure if I’ll fill in the holes, but three new posts this week is better than my meager turnout lately.

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Twenty Bookish Questions

Back to the Bookish Business of the Day. I’ve been mentally formulating a post on bookish guilt (and by mentally formulating, I mean vaguely thinking about the topic every now and then), but since I have nothing more than “Don’t succumb to bookish guilt!” right now, I figured a good ole bookish questionnaire would help spark my blogging juices. Feel free to borrow (just as I borrowed from Katie at Words for Worms.   And she originally borrowed from Sarah Says Read who got them from…well, the rabbit hole is quite large, folks). I created the button above, but feel free to use it, too.

1. Favorite childhood book: 

Childhood childhood? I was a big fan of Seuss, the Little Mr/Little Miss books, and Robert Munsch (likely best known for The Paperbag Princess).

2. What are you reading right now? 

I just Finished Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn and am listening to In the Woods by Tana French. Next up is Misery. Join us for the #MiseryRAL!

Reading Right Now


3. What books do you have on request at the library?

That’s something you can do? Huh. Actually, recently I placed an Interlibrary Loan for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up. I don’t request books from the library often, though.

4. Bad book habit:

I dogear pages with passages I like. I’m also terrible at DNFing (did not finish) books but I did recently put away The Year of Magical Thinking at 50 pages in.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Whoever wrote this is a big fan of the library, huh? I did have a lot of books on hold/checked out during Comics in February…in February.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Yes! I have a Nook HD–I don’t think they make them anymore? I’ve read 25% of my book reads on my Nook this year. 42% if you exclude graphic novels. #booknerdalert

relaxing with a book


7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

I read very little compared to all you other bookworms (I’m at 28 books this year, including 8 graphic novels and 8 audiobooks). Because of this, it already takes me so long to read one book that I can’t imagine reading more than one. Though I do always have a physical book and an audiobook going. Sommmmmmmmmetimes I’ll have more than one physical book, but very rarely.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

They changed and then they changed again. My reading absolutely spiked until I crashed and burned. I found I was reading too much (I know, right? Is this even possible?). I’m much happier (as is my family) now that I’m not reading quite as much.

9. Least favorite book you read this year:

Hmmm. I didn’t love the audio narration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (narrated by Anne Hathaway). I also didn’t love The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. You’ll probably see the below picture a zillion more times throughout my blogging career.

tiny beautiful things


11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone? 

Probably not as often as I would like to, though my comfort zone is fairly wide. I read a lot of non-fiction (half my reading this year) and fairly diversely (over a quarter of my reading) but I would love to add more classics and that fancy “literary” fiction. I blame mommy brain.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

How’s this: Books that don’t make me think too hard but make me think at least a little.

13. Can you read on the bus?

I cannot remember the last time I was on a bus. Oh wait–it was a Greyhound and it was kind of scary. I can’t remember if I read anything at all. Generally I get carsick when I try to read, but I think I might be able to on a bus. I can on a plane, anyway. This seems like a truly random question.

14. Favorite place to read:

In bed. Incidentally this is also my favorite place to fall asleep while reading.

one more page


15. What is your policy on book lending?

Don’t do it! Just kidding. I lend books to my parents all the time because I know that they’ll return them. Otherwise…I have a mental tally of people who have stolen books from me via “lending.”

16. Do you dog-ear your books?

Yes. Not to mark my spot–I use a bookmark for this–but to mark passages. Which is kind of silly because sometimes I’ll read back through a page (maybe to find a quote) and have no idea what I liked on the page.

dogeared pages


17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?

I used to, but I can’t be bothered to keep a pencil with me. I’m more likely to write notes if I’m reading a classic. Otherwise I just dogear (instead of underlining).

18. Do you break/crack the spines?

I am a reformed spine-cracker. At one time I thought this mean that the book was well loved, but then I decided that it would likely mean a shorter life for the book. I don’t cry if it happens accidentally, though.

19. What is your favorite language to read?

English. This is also the only language I can read in.

20. What makes you love a book?

If it rips out my heart and makes me sob. :) You can keep your happy endings.

Book Hug GIF


Guess what! This survey actually has several more questions so I’ll be saving those for another rainy Sunday when topics are eluding me. Lucky you!!

I’d love to hear what your answers to these questions are! And also what you’re up to this fine Sunday.



23 Responses to “Twenty Bookish Questions”

  1. My reading habits have changed greatly since blogging. I try more different genres than I would have before. I’ve also fallen into the rabbit hole of reviews. Now it’s all about me. I plan on going to library tomorrow to see if I can get Misery. Plus a few for Natalie’s Mad Men Challenge (see her blog for April 27)

    I don’t read as fast as I used to, but I can read about two books at one time. I’ve also been using my Kindle Fire a lot more to read, which means more library books and more classics. When you’re ready to read a classic let me know. Maybe we can hook up a read-along or something.
    Enjoy your Sunday :)

  2. I’m getting your blog in Feedly. I struggle with subscribing and unsubscribing in it – I love its layout but don’t find it user friendly.

    My reading habits have changed since I started blogging – some days I think that’s a good thing; other days, I don’t.

  3. My book habits have pretty much done the same – severe increase followed by crash and burn, then a more moderate schedule. I’m happy with where I’m at these days.

    I can’t read on a plane. I just do audiobooks.

  4. I guess I have a love/hate relationship with what blogging has done to my reading habits. Hmm, that might be a good blog post ;-)

    Also,I finally made the molasses glazed chicken thighs you posted the recipe for last fall.. SO GOOD!

  5. I’ve never dogeared or written in a book. I take notes, and yes, it’s sometimes a pain to stop reading to go get a pen and paper. I have broken the spine of paperbacks, I think it’s next to impossible not to. And, I don’t loan books to anyone because I never get them back. I do however have my daughter and granddaughter come over from time to time to go through my books and pick the ones they want.

  6. I can’t write in books. I wrote in a cookbook once because I made a change in a recipe and I still don’t feel right about it. Tana French is an author I’m really wanting to try. I’ve heard such great things about. I love the Strayed picture! After DNFing both that one and Wild I finally decided she’s not for me but the picture is fantastic!

  7. “8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

    They changed and then they changed again. My reading absolutely spiked until I crashed and burned. I found I was reading too much (I know, right? Is this even possible?). I’m much happier (as is my family) now that I’m not reading quite as much.”

    I can really relate to this, Trish. I have to pace myself and vary the type of book I read so I don’t get overwhelmed with all the thoughts and feels. One year I read like over 200 books and I was so miserable about every one of them, lol. Last year I read less voraciously and liked-if-not-loved most of the books I read. Definitely a uniquely book nerd problem that I’m glad I’m not alone on! :)

  8. Don’t dog-ear, don’t write in books. I can read in cars and on planes and on buses although I find my attention span on all three to be severely short these days. My reading habits have crashed and burned this year compared to previous years. I think I am at pre-blogging pacing right now. I don’t necessarily like it, but I’m not forcing the issue either. I haven’t posted a review in two weeks, and while I have ton to write, I don’t want to. Does that make me a bad book blogger?

  9. I dog-ear passages I like too! It’s the only way I ever go back to them at a later date. If I write it down, I can’t even find where I wrote it.

  10. Just so you know, I follow your blog through Feedly and I haven’t had any problems. I hope that’s worth something.

    What did you think of Ella Minnow Pea? I had a hard time with it. I thought all the letters sounded the same. It was hard to keep track of who was writing. But, I thought it was a interesting concept.

    • Thanks for letting me know Jenni Elyse. Thankfully it’s only affecting some and I’m working on trying to fix it (not that I know how!!).

      I really liked Ella Minnow Pea but I absolutely agree about the character voices–they did all sounds the same with little to distinguish them from one another. I had to keep reminding myself who was who!

  11. Kay

    OK, first, be still my heart – you dog ear pages? Say it isn’t so!!!! I’m sorry. I just cannot think about that. I’m going to send you some little sticky tags, so you can stick them on the passages that you want to remember and won’t bend the pages. Books are people too! LOL LOL LOL

    Will be interested in what you think about In The Woods. I liked it a lot and have read it twice. Many had issues.

    And I pretty much get carsick, bus-sick, boat-sick, and am anxious on planes – so, sort of sick. I take Dramamine on all and am pretty much a vegetable. But, it’s better than the alternative, which is what used to happen when I was a kid. My mother bought stock in Dramamine, I think. She used to give it to my sister and brother too, even though they didn’t get carsick. ;-)

  12. Oh this looks fun – might have to see if I can get the answers put together in time for a post since I won’t be finishing my current book in the next couple of days.

    My feedly wasn’t updated so I resubscribed although I usually get here via your twitter links. I seem to rarely actually get to blogs through a reader any more.

  13. They don’t sell Nook HD any more and good luck finding a replacement charger if yours dies. I’m struggling now trying to decide if I should replace mine with a new Nook (because I do really like it), just download the Nook app on the iPad, or get an iPad mini and download the Nook app. Too many choices probably mean I’ll just one day find that my Nook has died and be forced to make a decision. Glad I’m not the only one that has so much trouble DNF’ing.

  14. 28 books this year so far sounds like plenty! You are on “on pace” for 70 for this year. (I know because that’s where I’m at and 50 Book Pledge’s site told me so! ;) )

    I feel like I did this survey before… I’ll have to look! LOL

  15. Love! I’m going to steal this and schedule it to post when I’m gone on my trip. Just what I was looking for! LOL!

  16. These are fun questions!

    I tend to mark passages with little slips of paper. It’s not great, but I find that stopping to write down quotes messes up the reading flow.