Tuesday, 26 September 2017
The Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag
One of my favourite things to do is read. My favourite holidays are the ones where all I do is read. My record on this front: 21 books in 3 weeks. And yes, the kids did get fed. At the time I was reading to review for my dear friend Rel, over a Relz Reviewz. When I began my degree I had to give that away, and a teaching career seems to be at odds with the time required for reading and reviewing as well. I've certainly slowed down my reading pace. Except during holidays where I am away from my computer and the internet. So, here's a tag about all things bookish...50 questions, here we go:
1. What was the last book you read?
"Enemies Among Us" by Bob Hamer
2. Was it a good one?
3. What made it good?
I enjoy books that are about law enforcement, and this book is all about that.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
If someone enjoyed books with a law enforcement theme, then yes.
5. How often do you read?
Every single day, usually right as I hop into bed. As I mentioned, on school holidays and weekends, any time of the day is a good time.
6. Do you like to read?
Yes, it's like air to me. I have to read to stay sane.
7. What as the last bad book you read?
Hmmmm, a think a few years ago I was handed a book to review that was a US political setting, which usually I love, because "The West Wing" is one of my favourite TV series. I can't remember the title, and wouldn't name it if I could. That wouldn't be fair to the author, and the readers who did enjoy it.
8. What made you dislike it?
It just didn't grab me, and the writing wasn't brilliant.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Nup. Never even dreamt that it would be a good idea.
10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
Absolutely! Every book I read has some part of it that I keep with me. Some significant books include Mary DeMuth's Defiance Texas trilogy, Charles Martin's When Crickets Cry and the O'Malley series, by Dee Henderson are all standouts. But there are so many more.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
No. There aren't enough minutes in my day. I didn't even know what it was until just recently.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
Obviously not, LOL.
13. What's your favourite book?
I really actually can't answer that. My book shelves are brimming with excellent books that I have adored. Anything by Charles Martin is a treat. Also, as a debut author Dorothy Adamek writes absolutely exquisitely. I don't tend to pursue historical romances (although I always end up enjoying them), but I have been known to pester Dotti to finish the next book in her trilogy.
14. What's your least favourite book?
Anything non-fiction or study-related. A sure cure to my insomnia!
15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device?
Physical books, all the way.
16. When did you learn to read?
I remember choosing readers when I was in Prep and Year 1, so I guess when I started school. I began devouring books when I was 8yo.
17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?
The Harp in the South by Ruth Park
18. What is your favourite book series?
The O'Malley series, by Dee Henderson
19 What is your favourite author?
Charles Martin, Dorothy Adamek, Lisa Samson, Chris Fabry, Terri Blackstock, Robert Lipurlo, James Rubart, Tosca Lee....oh let's face it, I could name all the authors of the books I possess!
20. What is your favourite genre?
I'm partial to speculative fiction (The 13th Tribe is my favourite in that genre), I love good fantasy, and then anything you put in my hands will be happily accepted.
21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Every time I open one I go wherever my characters are.
23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Any book that has an ending that leaves you wondering.
24. Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
I don't know...I haven't come across that problem!
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
A standard 300-ish page novel takes about 6 hours
26. Do you like when books become movies?
Yes...if it's done well.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I don't know whether ruined is a good description, but lots of times the movie is quite different from the book and I have to remind myself the movie is good, in and of itself. If I'd never read the book I would enjoy the movie.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
29. Do you read newspapers?
30. Do you read magazines?
Even more rarely.
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
Magazines. I only read papers more often because of proximity. They're on the staffroom table.
32. Do you read while in bed?
Every single day.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
No...that is not a comfortable place to read. That is also not the point of being on the toilet....
34. Do you read while in the car?
Only on really long trips, and only for a short time.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
No. I don't take baths. The last time I had a bath I was in labour with my nearly-20 year old!
36. Are you a fast reader?
I think so. I guess it depends on who you're comparing to.
37. Are you a slow reader?
I don't think so ... see above.
38. Where is your favourite place to read?
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?
No, not usually.
40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Yeah, pretty quiet. When I get into bed I always shut the door so I can't hear the TV, because that is distracting.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My Dad was my Sunday school teacher when I was in Grade 3, and he gave me Elizabeth Gail and the Mystery at Johnson Farm by Hilda Stahl as my end of year prize/gift. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a book until we moved to PNG 3 months later. We had no TV, so I gave reading a go. I've never looked back.
42. What is the next book on your list to read?
Where the River Ends by Charles Martin. I cannot even wait! My current book needs to get finished up!!! And since we're on the topic of Charles Martin being next up, I am also impatiently cooling my heels for the 12th of October, when The Mountain Between Us comes out in cinemas here in Australia. The book was magnificent so I know I'm going to love the movie. Even if it doesn't follow the book as closely as I always want them to. I mean really, an evening with anything from the hand of Charles is well worth the time!
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
See Question 41 - about 8yo.
44. Who is your favourite children's book author?
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
My book club got to interview Charles Martin about 10 or so years ago. He is the most lovely southern gentleman. He was just delightful, and we asked him all kinds of questions, which he answered thoroughly and graciously.
46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Jen Hatmaker and Shauna Niequist (the two exceptions to my non-fiction avoidance)
47. What book have you reread the most?
I don't really have time to reread...too many books not enough time.
48. Which books do you consider 'classics'?
I don't really think of books as "classics". The ones people consider as classics are often ones I don't tend to enjoy.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Since I read almost exclusively in the Christian market, I'm probably not a very good person to ask.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I like my books clean, and I'm inclined towards that standard for my students as well. There are plenty of excellent books without them needed to be filled with potty language and adult content. Those points can be made without taking the reader right down into the gutter. A skilled author can tell their story and not fill the reader's mind with trash.