Thumbs Up Tuesdays

Dead Trees and Silver Screens hosts a meme each Tuesday called Thumbs Up Tuesdays. She said:

I started this meme because I believe that bloggers should celebrate each other. Sometimes as a blogger, you put your heart and soul into a post and you get no feedback or recognition.

Each week, she chooses a blog and writes three positive things about it. Today, she chose mine. I had no idea until I received a comment telling me about it. I was so surprised! And, I loved everything said in the post:

  1. Super cute layout with cute cartoony characters. Plus she has a Dumbledore quote at the top. Can’t beat that.
  2. She separates her personal posts from her book posts, making it easy to find what you are looking for.
  3. She does a great job of recognizing other book blogs for the fun things they do.

While I think this meme is such a great idea because I’m all for sharing the blog love with my fellow bloggers, I don’t think I’ll become a regular participant. I just feel like I already participate in too many memes, and I’m still kind of trying to find my way in this book blogging world. I wanted to share this on my blog, though, to:

  • Say thank you for thinking of me today. It totally made my day!
  • Give others a chance to find out about this meme so they can participate if they want to. Go check it out on her blog.

What I Like About You

What I Like About You is a tag created by Roxy of Keeping Up With Roxy’s Books that answers some questions about other bloggers to help spread the blogger love. Everybody can do it. Just answer the following questions!

  1. Name the blogger who first left a comment on your blog. I started my blog so long ago that my first comments just came from friends and family members. None of them had blogs yet. I was the first out of the group.
  2. Name a blogger who has the cutest button. I don’t really keep track of buttons. I don’t like to clutter my sidebar with them so I never pay attention to them.
  3. Name the blogger who blogs about a lot of things other than books. Brodi Ashton blogs about the struggle she had with getting published, the joys of getting a book deal, and many more things. Her blog is a ton of fun to read because she presents things in such a unique and hilarious way. I highly recommend her blog (and book Everneath) to everyone!
  4. Name the most creative blog. Brush Up On Your Reading is such a creative blog. I love that Nina and her pet monster ARGH talk about books. They often have different opinions and talk about why they think the way they do. It makes for a really fun discussion.
  5. Name the blogger with the prettiest blog design. I really like Emily’s Reading Room. Her design is modern and fun, yet simple and clean. I’m all about uncluttered blogs. The more cluttered a blog is, the less likely I am to frequent it because it’s hard to read and takes forever to load.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! Let’s spread the blogger love!

Book Answer Game

I thought this sounded like a fun idea!  Froggarita is hosting it over on her blog.  Answer the following questions with a book you’ve read.  Try not to use the same book twice:

  1. Describe yourself: Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard
  2. How do you feel? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Describe where you currently live: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (one of our city’s historical buildings caught on fire last night)
  4. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  5. Your favorite form of transportation: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  6. Your best friend is: Kimberly by Jack Weyland (one of them, anyway)
  7. You and your friends are: Matched by Ally Condie
  8. What’s the weather like? Sunshine by Robin McKinley (that doesn’t mean it’s not cold, though)
  9. Favorite time of day? Night by Elie Wiesel (I didn’t use the obvious one there, did I? Ha!)
  10. What is life to you? Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan (sometimes, anyway)
  11. Your fear: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  12. What is the best advice you have to give? You Are Special by Max Lucado
  13. Thought for the day: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson M.D.
  14. How you would like to die: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  15. Your soul’s present condition: Post Mortem by Patricia Cornwell (after the semester I’ve had)

More Reading Questions

I found this on It’s All About Books.  Suey found it from Booking Through Thursday.  It’s very similar to the last tag I did; but, it does have some different questions so I thought I’d join in.

What is your favorite childhood book?
I wasn’t much of a reader when I was a child.  However, I loved when my dad would read My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett to me.  I also loved Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

What are you reading right now?
I’m going through my reread of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I’m almost done and then I’ll reread Catching Fire so I’m ready for Mockingjay on Tuesday! I know I’m cutting it close.

What books do you have on request at the library?
If I don’t have the money to buy a new release, then I’ll usually get on the wait list so I can read it. But, I don’t have any on request right now.

Do you have any bad book habits?
I don’t think so.  I’m usually very nice to my books.

What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing.

Do you have an e-reader?
No, but I’d like a Kindle.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I read one book at a time.  However, because it’s taking me so long to get through The Fellowship of the Ring, I have put it aside to reread The Hunger Games.  But, I don’t read them concurrently.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Nope.  The only thing that has changed is how I review them.  I used to just say that I liked or didn’t like a book.  Now, I go into the details of why I like or don’t like a book.

What is your least favorite book you’ve read this year (so far)?
I haven’t read a lot this year, unfortunately.  But, I guess if I had to choose, it would be The Left-Handed Book by James T. deKay.  I didn’t hate it or anything; I just enjoyed the other books I’ve read more.

What is your favorite book you’ve read this year?
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not very often, but I have been trying with The Lord of the Rings.

What is your reading comfort zone?
I love young adult (YA) because they’re clean.

Can you read on the bus?
I’ve never tried, but I can’t read in the car so I doubt it.  I can read on a sailboat, though.

Where is your favorite place to read?
The bathtub

What is your policy on book lending?
I’m very cautious with who’ll I’ll loan my books to.  And, I don’t loan my Twilight Saga books to anyone because they’re signed.  I also don’t loan my Harry Potter books to anyone because I experience separation anxiety.

Do you ever dog-ear books?
The thought repulses me!

Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
I did in The Hobbit because it’s a paperback version and I thought I was going to take a class this summer that would make me analyze the death out of it.  Prior to that, never.

Not even with textbooks?
Textbooks aren’t real books. Writing in them doesn’t count.

What is your favorite language to read in?
I’ve read a few books in Spanish and French, but it’s hard for me to follow sometimes.  I feel like a kid in grade school again.  I have much higher reading comprehension in English.

What makes you love a book?
A fantastic story, amazing characters, and good writing; however, most of the time, I do prefer story more than prose.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?
See the answer to the previous question.

What is your favorite genre?
I love YA, clean romance, fantasy, and mystery the most.

What genre do you rarely read (but wish you did)?
I’m not sure there’s an actual genre that encompasses all the classics, but I wish I read more classics.  I’m trying to implement a two-classics per year rule.

What is your favorite biography?
Both of the biographies I’ve read (that weren’t mixed with fictional elements) were inspirational and I don’t think I can choose between them.  The first is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  And, the other is Night by Elie Wiesel.

Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, three: Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips, Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson MD, and Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard.

What is your favorite cookbook?
I don’t cook from a cookbook very often.  I normally cook from family recipes (if I cook at all).

Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Night by Elie Wiesel

What is your favorite reading snack?
I try not to eat when I read.  Otherwise, I’d overeat.

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I’ve never had a book ruined by hype before.

How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Not very often because they’re looking at literary elements and I primarily look at story.

How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don’t mind at all.

If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
I have no desire to read in a foreign language, even though I love languages.

What is the most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

What is the most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
There are many.  I can’t name just one.

Who is your favorite poet?
I don’t have a favorite poet.  I don’t like poetry because I don’t get it.

How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Two or three

How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
A few times only because I’ll renew the book so I can have more time.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series

Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Voldemort from the Harry Potter series

What books are you most likely to bring on vacation?
I’ll bring the current book I’m reading and the next in line.

What is the longest you’ve gone without reading?
If you count my childhood and the time I was in junior high and high school, then years.  If you count from the time I found my passion to read, then a couple of weeks.

Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward and the first book in the Psy/Changelings series by Nalini Singh

What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
My husband, the TV (sometimes), and loud noises

What is your favorite film adaptation of a novel?
This is a hard question because I’m very nit picky about movies that were books first, but I’d have to say the newest version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because it followed the book so well.

Most disappointing film adaptation?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

How much is the most you’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
If you don’t count textbooks, then around $100.

How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I only skim books that are too intense for me and I need to know if everything’s going to work out.  However, I force myself not to skim the last book in a series.  I want to be surprised from beginning to end, even if I’m hyperventilating during the entire process.

What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
The only reason I’ve stopped reading a book since I found my passion to read is extremely graphic sex.

Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, not only in physical form, but on the Internet too.

Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I keep them unless I didn’t enjoy the book so I can reread them.

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Most of the paranormal romance novels that my friends read because they’re too racy.

Name a book that made you angry.
Only scenes in books have made me angry.  I’ve never had an entire book make me angry.

Name a book you didn’t expect to like but did.
Freshman for President by Ally Condie, My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter, and The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Name a book that you expected to like but didn’t.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  It’s not that I didn’t like it; I was just disappointed by it.

What is your favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Twilight Saga

Reading Habits

I saw this Q&A at Bibliobabe and I had to join in because it looked too fun to pass up.  If you’ve posted this too, leave a comment with a link to your answers.

Do you snack while you read? If so, what is your favorite reading snack?
I normally don’t snack when I read.  I have a fear of getting food or crumbs on my books.  And, I snack enough other times that I really shouldn’t snack when I read.

What is your favorite drink while reading?

Water.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read? Or, does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I never marked in my books until last semester.  My teacher taught us to annotate our books so that we could pick up the themes and connections better.  I still don’t like to mark in my regular books, but it’s a must for my textbooks now.  I might use Post-it notes in my books from now on because I really want to see how much more I’d get out of a book if I paid attention to certain things.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book open?
Bookmarks.  I don’t like the idea of dog-earring my pages.  It makes me cringe.  I have about 20 (or so) bookmarks that I cycle through depending on my mood.  Right now, I’m using a magnet bookmark that says, “All the wonders you seek are within yourself.”

Do you prefer fiction, non-fiction, or both?
I prefer fiction, but I have read a few non-fiction books.  Non-fiction books can be good, but it really depends on how dry they are.  I hate encyclopedia-esque books.  They’re just too boring to me and I don’t want them to turn me off of reading.  Maybe, I’ll appreciate them someday.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I have to read to the end of the chapter.  I hate stopping in the middle.  I will stop if I absolutely have to, but I don’t like it.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I’ve never done that to a book.  Besides, I’m very easy to please.  Although, I did want to scream when I first read the Great Dog Snog in Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.  I was so angry, but thankfully, my friend Anna encouraged me to keep going and I was happy I did.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
I used to and then I stopped.  However, I’m getting back in the habit again because it’s necessary to keep up in my English classes.

What are you currently reading?
Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador’s Gate by KSR Kingworth (aka Karey Shane).

What is the last book you bought?
I bought five books on Saturday thanks to an awesome coupon I had for Borders.  I bought Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy, and The Lovely Bones.

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I read one book at a time.  I can’t read more than one because I like to be immersed into the world I’m reading about so jumping from world to world doesn’t allow me to do that as well.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
Yes and no.  I love to read any time of the day, and I’ll read anywhere.  However, I love to read in the tub because both are so relaxing.

Do you prefer series or stand-alone books?
I tend to read series, but I like both.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  They’re awesome books and I think everyone should read them.  Not only are the stories interesting and fun, but they have great social morals too.

How do you organize your books (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)?
I organize my books alphabetically by author, then alphabetically by series name, then chronologically in series order, and finally alphabetically by title for stand-alone books.