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Trust little_tristan to bring something delightfully bookish and distracty to the table. I am entirely here for that this morning.

1. Favourite childhood book?
The Westing Game

2. What are you reading right now?
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
The Reckoning by Jane Casey

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

4. Bad book habit?
I dog-ear at an Olympic level

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Oh dear. Well, here we go:

The Drowning House by Elizabeth Black
The River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw
Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City by Jeffrey L. Kidder
Marcia Muller and the female private eye : essays on the novels that defined a subgenre / edited by Alexander N. Howe and Christine A. Jackson
Old Louisiana plantation homes and family trees / by Herman de Bachellé Seebold

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes (Two, technically)

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

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I read more recommendations from friends.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far?)
A Darkness More Than Night, by Michael Connelly

10. Favourite book you've read this year?
Redshirts, by John Scalzi
The Drowning City, by Amanda Downum (favorite re-read)

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Rarely. Basically I'm dragged when necessary.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Everything except animal stories and epistolary novels.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Do you enjoy being thrown up on?

14. Favourite place to read?
My giant bed, covered in dogs.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Only to three people outside my house.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Hell yes.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No! *faints*

18. Not even with text books?
I'm much more fond of highlighters. Like 2-3 colors of highlighter

19. What is your favourite language to read in?

20. What makes you love a book?
A nice font (no brown ink on cream paper), pleasing paper choice, nice endpapers, sewn binding rather than glued, and I prefer cloth to leather covers.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I find a book that I know will interest someone I routinely talk books with. My book-rec genie powers are scarily accurate.

22. Favourite genre?
Crime thrillers.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Non-US history

24. Favourite biography?
Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs, by Brendan Mullen

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

26. Favourite cookbook?
The Soup Peddler's Slow and Difficult Soups: Recipes and Reveries, by David Ansel

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

28. Favourite reading snack?
I don't eat while reading, but Sea Salt Vegan Chips might change that

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The Professionals by Owen Laukkenen. Highly touted by publisher and my editor over at Crime Factory, both of whom, I suspect, were sorely disappointed by my reaction to the book. The book was exceptionally not good.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

For me there's a big difference between a bad review and a negative review. A bad review is: "This book sucked!" It's also: "This book rocked!" because neither statement contain objective information about the book. But I don't feel in the least bit bad about giving negative critical reviews, pointing out why I personally found a book problematic or lacking, citing examples from the text to support my thesis and drawing on comparisons with other works in the field to make my point.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Hebrew. I have like, a 3 year old's reading level right now. It's sad.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
House of Leaves? Does that count? Because I wound up not reading it.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
N/A. If I don't want to read a book, I'm not gonna. Life is too short.

35. Favourite poet?
Daphne Gottlieb

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Way too many

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
All the time. It's a function of how much time I have to browse in a library pre-checkout. And that's almost never enough.

38. Favourite fictional character?
Serge Storms

39. Favourite fictional villain?
Doctor Imposible, from Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
As many as I can carry, as it's unlikely I'd enjoy reading on an e-reader just because I'm on vacation.

41. The longest I've gone without reading.
Maybe a week. Fucking dayjob.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
So many. If it has a dog in it, I'm not likely to finish. If it has outright animal cruelty in it, there's a good chance I'll back over it with the car.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Dogs needing wees.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?
The Haunting

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The David Suchet version of Peril at End House made me throw things.

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Does Subterranean Press' website count? Or ebay?

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I totally cheat to find out about potential dog situations.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
See above, where I grab keys to the Subaru. Although I got halfway through Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook, and the two protagonists have to pretend to be married, for plot, and that is one of my least favorite devices ever.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, but no one understands the system.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
World War Z.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Charged with Guilt, by Gloria White. It's the 3rd book in a mystery series I really liked, but the author's depiction of a developmentally disabled person made my skin crawl.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
Drift, by Jon McGoran

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
The Treatment by Mo Hayder (vroom vroom!)

55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
All reading is pleasure, but when my brain wants to go doolally, which is what I suspect this question's really trying to get at, I bust out the inspirational romances.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
These answers are great. Thank you for writing it!
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed! Any chance you'll answer them in your journal?
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Sure, though your answers will be better than mine! (And, ugh, I'm healing from tendonitis from typing too much, so it might be a bit before I can do it. I think I have 14 books from the library right now and I can't believe I haven't read Amanda Downum's series. I have them all and they watch me from the shelf.)
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Guess who somehow got logged out and just inadvertently replied anonymously.
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ouch! (on both counts; also this has happened to me the last two times I've tried to respond to entries on your journal so the universe is definitely up to something).

I'll look forward to reading your answers once you're better healed. And how glad am I that someone else winds up with 14 library books at one time?
Jul. 9th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
House of Leaves isn't as long, or difficult, as it looks. (But it does have a dog in it.)
Jul. 9th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was fine with the multiple POVs (what with loving both stories of gritty L.A. and psychiatric hospital stories) and the overall haunted house plot but the minute I saw the Pekingese, I was gone. It's such a no-swimming area for me.
Jul. 9th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Soon I Will Be Invincible!
Jul. 10th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
"Henchmen. Don't get me started about henchmen."
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: "Henchmen. Don't get me started about henchmen."
I bought a new (not used) hardcover copy for $1 at Half-Price Books several years ago. I just read Austin (not Lev, his twin brother) Grossman's latest novel, You, which is good but could be better.
Jul. 11th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: "Henchmen. Don't get me started about henchmen."
I've been putting off reading You because it just doesn't sound as good as Invincible. It's still on Mt. TBR, just nowhere near the top.

Have you read Grossman's story Professor Incognito Apologizes? I adore it. It's very Invincible :)
Jul. 13th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)
Re: "Henchmen. Don't get me started about henchmen."
The thing about You is that it definitely could have been a capital-G Greater Novel than Soon I Will Be Invincible, but it feels a little rushed and too spare in the last fourth or so. I still appreciate its overall bittersweet tone, though.

I haven't! Thanks for the link.
People have levels. Engineering levels, generator levels. Hydroponics.
Jul. 9th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
The Westing Game!!
Jul. 10th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
ALWAYS. It was a toss-up between Serge Storms and Turtle Wexler for favorite fictional character.
Jul. 14th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
#17/18: You don’t write in margins but highlighting is okay? For me those two things go together like small dogs and big beds.

#23: Non-US History was totally my original answer! Then I wondered if it was really a genre, and got all confused and changed it to sci-fi because easier. You are my book-sister.

#28: They’re called Eat Your Vegetables, and they kind of taste like won tons. If they’re not available in your area, I’ll send you some.

#33: Does not count. You weren’t intimidated so much as justifiably disgusted. Very different.

#39: I’m going to have to read that, aren’t I? Throw it up at OLC, dude.

#51 We can totally forget it if you want. I know you said you’d follow, but I don’t want to drag you kicking and screaming through a giant swamp of NO!
Jul. 15th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
#17: Oh, the highlighting is just the tip of the iceberg. For textbooks where I need to know the material, I highlight key sentences as I read, then when I'm finished, I go back and write out the sentences in a notebook, constructing miniature outline-style articles that summarize the text.

#23: See, I have questions on your scifi answer, because I think we're in similar places with that genre. Non-US-history is one of those things where when you live in a country you only get the official, agreed-upon story of its history, and hopefully conversations make you start to question that story and read other texts. But doing all that means you wind up knowing barely anything about other countries. I am shamefully ignorant.

#33: Dear god it was a Pekingese in the book. A PEKINGESE. I ASK YOU. Maybe 33 should be that history of Louisiana homes. A fascinating topic but one written about by a racist author in 600 long pages. And that's just volume one.

#39: Not mandatory. You've already ducked once. I'm fine with it. If you'd like, read Grossman's short story Professor Incognito Apologizes and see if you like the style.

#51: I'm in it for the personal growth, baby.
Jul. 15th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
#23 You have to read Tiptree. I'm trying to get the boys into it by not telling them that the author was secretly a chick. I think Mark would like her. It reminds me of Firefly, without so many happy endings.

#33 Racist authors blow. Of course I just started reading What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation and the Making of Race in America, so I'm in that mood where everything blows. Except that book, which has a very sweet photo of The Lovings on the cover.

#39 I did sort of duck it, but seeing it on this list in so many different places is making me rethink things...

#51 It really is more world politics than zombies. Although a lot of celebrities get eaten. I'm looking forward to speculating with you re: who's being poorly disguised by the author. And my sister doesn't know it but she's about to receive the new expanded audio version from Amazon. I'm hoping to get her to listen to it and maybe join in.
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