Thursday, November 06, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 353: A Book Meme

Borrowed from a recent Sunday Stealing . . .

1. Favorite childhood book?
So many: The Secret Garden; Caddie Woodlawn; Sophie & Gussie; Why Can’t I Fly?; the Trixie Belden series . . .

2. What are you reading right now?
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham, which is actually quite good.

3. Bad book habit?
Buying more, even though I’ll never get through all those currently residing in Mount TBR.

4. Do you have an e-reader?
Not one of my own, but do have one on loan from a friend (she has four).

5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time. On the rare occasion I have more than one going, one is usually a collection of essays or short stories.

6. Least favorite book(s) you read this year (so far)?
Emma by Jane Austen; One Hundred Years if Solitude; The Swiss Family Robinson

7. Favorite book(s) you’ve read this year?
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins; The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux;

8. Can you read on the bus?
Yes, I can read in a moving vehicle and frequently do. It's also one of the reasons I became the navigator in our group, as a few of my friends get motion sick and I don't.

9. What is your policy on book lending?
I rarely lend out books, and only to one or two people I know will take care of the book and return it in the same condition as when they borrowed it.

10. Do you ever dog-ear books?
NO. That would be a sacrilege! I always use a bookmark.

11. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Occasionally I will make a mark by a word I want to look up, or quote I want to copy, but only in pencil. When I was in college, I would also sometimes make notes in the margins (again, in pencil), particularly if it was for the one class where we were allowed either our notes or the book, not both.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
By comfort zone, I assume the questioner means which genres do you normally read. Which would be romance, mystery, YA, and the classics -- with or without paranormal elements.

13. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
Not very often. I am not fond of horror, science fiction or memory/biography, so when I read something in one of these genres it's usually for a group read.

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colleen said...

Don't lend me a book. I read with a pen in hand! The only book I never want to read is 50 Shades of Gray. I'm trying to think of a book to bring when I visit my elderly disabled mother that I can read out loud to her. Hans Christian Anderson?

Alice Audrey said...

When I was reading a couple hundred books a year I frequently had two or three going at the same time. Now I always have one, but rarely two.

CountryDew said...

Great list. I liked Swiss Family Robinson, though it has been many years since I read it.

Heather said...

Colleen: I confess, I also sometimes edit as I read. HC Anderson is always a good choice for reading out loud.

Alice: Reading multiple books at one time was the hardest part about taking multiple lit classes at one time in college. It was especially fun when they were in two different languages.

Thanks, Anita! There were some things I liked about SFR, but overall I did not like it as much as I thought I would.

Jennifer Leeland said...

*raises shame filled hand* I'm a dog ear person. My father was properly appalled but it's a happen I can't break.
But I don't write in my books.
And I'm not a big fan of Emma either.

Jennifer Leeland said...

Habit. Not happen. LOL! Missed that.

Heather said...

Jennifer: LOL -- don't you hate it when you find a typo after you've already hit "publish comment"? Glad I'm not alone in disliking Emma. ☺

Lea said...

Interesting list!
I've always loved to read, and before I retired I worked in a library. My favorite authors - Dick Francis and Maeve Binchy (both deceased). I'll read just about anything except Horror and Supernatural, but I prefer mysteries.
I have six books checked out of the library now
"The Beekeeper's Ball" Susan Wiggs (reading now)
"Stuck on Murder" Lucy Lawrence
"Death of a Kitchen Diva" Lee Hollis
"Blossom Street Brides" Debbie Macomber
"Starting Now" Debbie Macomber
"Footprints in the Sand" Mary Jane Clark
Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog.