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Book meme

A long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... I found this meme in theron09's livejournal. The kind of meme that's so long, you only do it when you're terribly bored. So, here it is...

1. Favorite childhood book?

"The Little Vampire" by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. We started reading it in school and then I got to read every book of the series because my aunt had bought them all for my cousins. My love for vampires started with Rüdiger and his family and hasn't stopped ever since.

2. What are you reading right now?

I'm re-reading The Return of the King, by Tolkien, in Spanish. I'm also reading The story of Martha, in English. I have another book un-finished, which is about Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy (in English)

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

At this moment, I have none, but I've had to request the books of "A Song of Ice and Fire" by GRR Martin because everybody wants to read them and they are hard to find, so the only way I had to read them was by making a request.

4. Bad book habit?

When it comes to books in English, I tend to underline all the words and expressions I want to remember because they're new to me or something like that. I also write in the margins of the page. I haven't done that in my Doctor Who book yet, but it's something I've done with the bSG book. I don't do that with my books in Spanish. My mother doesn't like it :D

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

The Return of the King, by Tolkien.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

No, and I don't think I'll ever buy one unless I win the lottery.

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

I've always read one book at a time but it's difficult for me to pay attention to something for long, so I sometimes start new books. It's what's happening right now. I started reading the BSG book, then I got my DW book, and then I felt the need to re-read the LOTR trilogy so...

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Certainly. I used to read more, especially when I didn't have Internet connection at home. But apart from that, not much.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

Let's assume "this year" means last year :D Well, I don't remember any "bad" book, but that's because my memory sucks and I haven't read much this past year. I can tell you there was a book I hated because it was beyond awful: The Night Watch, by Serguéi Lukyanenko. Don't bother reading his trilogy: it's the worst thing I've ever read.

10. Favorite book you've read this year?

The books of ASOIAF, by Martin. Terribly addictive.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Never. What for?

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Fantasy, vampires, some sci-fi,... stuff like that. I'm not very into history books or romance novels (apart from twilight, lol) or chick-lit or the like.

13. Can you read on the bus?

I can, but people keep telling me I shouldn't do that because I might feel sick, or damage my vision.

14. Favorite place to read?

At home, sitting on the couch by the heat :D

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I don't like lending my stuff to other people, not only books. No matter how careful they are, there's always a chance that the book gets broken, or maybe they lose them. But my friends or family don't usually like the kind of stories I read so I don't really have that problem.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

No, if I can avoid it.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

I've already answered to this above. Yes, sometimes. Of course there are books in which I'd never do that.

18. Not even with text books?

Text books, not text books,.. it depends on what book.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

Spanish, because it's my language :D And in English if the text is interesting and not very complicated.

20. What makes you love a book?

The story and the writer's style. I love it when I get hooked by the story and I can't think of anything else.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

I do it if I feel the story is really powerful and if I've felt really touched by it. That's something I've done with V for Vendetta (by Alan Moore), or ASOIAF,... or some book about the lotr. Then it's up to people to read or not (nobody usually does it)

22. Favorite genre?


23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

I don't know. Biographies, g.e.?

24. Favorite biography?

haha, I swear I didn't read this question before XDD I read one which I absolutely loved: Charlotte Brontë's biography, which amazingly led me to read Wuthering Heights (by her sister Emily) A very interesting life.

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

Yes. Totally useless.

26. Favorite cookbook?

anything by Jamie Oliver.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The story isn't very original but it's worth reading. It makes you think.

28. Favorite reading snack?

I can't eat while I'm reading a book.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

The Sword of Truth (The Legend of the Seeker) by Terry Goodkind. I had read some very good comments about it on the Internet but it was a huge disappointment. In fact, I didn't finish it.

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

Not very often. I'm too weird :D

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

If I really hate a book, I say it. I'm not going to stop from giving a negative review if the text deserves it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

I'd love to know more of English to read a lot of books in that language. Apart from this, I'd say Italian.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?

LOTR or the books of ASOIAF because they're huge =D.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?

Don Quixote. It's on my reading list but it's long and the style is old, which makes it difficult, imho.

35. Favorite Poet?

I don't like poetry.

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

In my local library, we can take out up to 5 books at a time. For me, it all depends on how many books I'm going to actually read, and how many I take out only because I want to learn something, like cooking books (I'm not going to read all the recipes!)

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

Quite often. Because I've taken out too many books or because suddenly I don't have time to read.

38. Favorite fictional character?

Edward Cullen. He was cheesy sometimes but overall I think he's a character with great potential. I've read the Twilight series only because of him.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Alexander Zalachenko, a.k.a. Karl Axel Bodin (Millenium, by Stieg Larsson) He creeps me out

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?

Dracula or Wuthering Heihgts, or even "the rough guide to the LOTR". Because they're small =D

41. The longest I've gone without reading.

A week, 2 weeks,.. I don't know.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

the first book of The Legend of the Seeker (the sword of truth). The writing style is too slow and I just couln't finish it.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?

Anything =D Unless it's a VERY GOOD story.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Until I get to watch "Millenim I" directed by David Fincher, I'll say LOTR.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Eragon (this was SOOOOO BAD)

46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

30€ in Amazon, mostly bsg books and one of Romeo and JUliet

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Mmm, sometimes. When it's quite long and I can't wait to know something. I did this when I read New Moon because Edward had gone and I needed to know if he was coming back (or else I would stop reading), and I've recently done that with The Hunger Games. when it's something I can't take out of my mind, I need to know. It's better for my mental health :)

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

When the writing style is too heavy, slow,... when the story doesn't flow... I give up.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

No. I'm a very disorganised person.

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

I can't buy every book I love so I usually take them back to the library :(

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

Can't think of any, right now.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

Eclipse, by S.Meyer. I HATED IT.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?

The Hunger GAmes, by S. Collins. SMeyer had written something on the back cover and I thought it would be similar to what she writes but I was wrong.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?

The Sword of the Truth

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

HP, LOTR,...

As usual, please forgive my grammar/spelling mistakes =)
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