Thursday, February 23, 2012

Abducted by Andrea's Questions!

One of my best friends, Andrea over at the Overstuffed Bookcase, asked some random book questions on her blog on Monday. So now I wanted to write a real quick post answering her questions! 

So, let's get started...

1. Have you always been a huge reader or is it something that happened recently?

I have always loved reading and writing, but I was never as committed to it as I have been recently. 

2. Can you pinpoint one book that solidified your love for reading?

I'm always embarrassed to admit this, but when I was younger I became obsessed with the Lurlene McDaniel books. She wrote all the series about young kids that were dying these tragic deaths in very romantic ways. I was a very emotional kid so I devoured these books! Of course now, I almost refuse to reread them because I don't want to be forced to realize how pathetic I really was. I will be reading Prey by Lurlene McDaniel soon, but that book has nothing do with kids dying of cancer or anything, it is about a teacher sleeping with her student... so Yay!

3. Do you prefer series or stand alone books?

Stand alones! Definitely! I will read series but I try not to read them until all of them are out because I am not a patient person and I don't like waiting! 

4. Do you write in your books and/or dog-ear the pages or do you like to keep your books looking brand new?

I LOVE writing and underlining in my books! I love for my books to actually look like they have been read! I will not, EVER, dog-ear pages though! I know that sounds weird, but I just can't do it, it feels wrong to me! 

5. What fictional world would you love to live in?

Well, I do love the idea of Narnia, but I'm not crazy! I need technology! I need plumbing! So, I'm going with the world of Harry Potter! Not only do they use all kinds of lovely magic at Hogwarts, but when they go into the muggle world they have electricity!

6. What book are you most looking forward to reading this year?
I don't know... I am excited for the next in the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. 

7. Do you have to read to the end of a chapter or can you set the book down at any point?

Okay, you guys are about to discover how anal I really am! I am obsessed with how many pages are in books, I don't know why, I just am. So, sometimes, yes I do have to get to the end of a chapter before putting a book down, if we are just talking about putting it down to go to the bathroom or get something to drink. But when it comes to putting a book down for the rest of the day, I have to read until I am a certain number of pages from the end. For example if the book is 273 pages long, and I've just started it, then I will try to read either 23 pages that first day so that I have 250 pages left, or I'll read to page 73 so that I can go to bed knowing that I only have 200 pages left. For some reason I have to have those whole rounded numbers of pages left in a book. Crazy right? I know I know! Please don't judge me!

8. Describe what you are using as a bookmark in your current read.

I use whatever I have lying around. In one book I have a Hufflepuff book mark Kate sent me. In another I have a paint sample card from when I was trying to decide what color paint to paint my living room. In another I have the top half of a Chinese restaurant menu I got in the mail.

9. What book would you absolutely never want to be made into a movie or a TV show?

I don't think I have one. I usually get really excited about the prospect of my favorite books being turned into movies, even if they end up being terrible.

10. Do books easily make you cry or do you hardly ever shed a tear while reading?

I'm a cryer! Trust me it does not take much to get me bawling!

11. What book have you recommended the most?

I'm pretty sure that it would have to be The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. I love that book and I'm on a mission to have everyone I know read it! But I am trying to scale back on how hard I am pushing it because I don't want to cross a line. I'm not saying it is the best book ever written, I'm just saying that for the concept and the way it is written, that it is amazing! 


Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

Thanks so much for answering my questions, Courtney! I knew a few of your answers already, but it was cool to hear the other answers!

You and I have talked somewhat about the whole page number thing, but I didn't realize you liked to have those nice round numbers left in a book! I always look at the total number of pages in a book, and then divide it by 2 so I know where the halfway mark is, then divide that by 2 to see where 1/4 of the book is, and keep dividing if it's a large book. I try to read at least 1/8 of a book in a sitting, unless it's really big and then I'll have to read 1/16.

I'm loving David Levithan and I definitely want to read The Lover's Dictionary, so you don't have to worry about pushing that on me! But we can talk about it at length once I read it! ;)

fakesteph said...

I love series, it's the waiting that I enjoy (kind of). I can't wait for Black Heart (although there was nothing like waiting for a new Harry Poter). Number 7 made me smile. And number 10 is absolutely true.

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books said...

I answered these questions, too! (The post is here) Andrea asked some great questions. I was OBSESSED with Lurlene McDaniel's books when I was younger! My mom was kinda worried since they were all about cancer and people dying haha.

I laughed at question 7, it actually reminds me a lot of how I am when filling my car with gas! I can't just stop when the dollar amount is anywhere, I have to push it to either $.00 or $.50 of the dollar...I have no idea why. I have a few other number-related quirks too, but that's what immediately came to mind.

Also, The Lover's Dictionary is a great book! So unique in its concept.

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Bittner, I'm not quite as anal about page number, but I do sometimes similar things. Even with the Kindle, although there it's about percentages (I have to have 10% done when I'm first starting a book, unless it's really long). And I'm glad you're using that Hufflepuff bookmark!!

Have you seen the new Odd Thomas book???? I can't wait for it to come out!!!!

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