1. Favorite childhood book?
I inherited my father's old copy of The Little Lame Prince
by Dinah Maria Mulock Craick and absolutely adored it. You can even read it online these days, right here on GoogleReader
. There isn't one clear answer for me to this question, so here's the first that came to mind. :) 2. What are you reading right now?
Nothing! I've been unable/unwilling/uninterested in reading since I had my kidney surgery. I'm too focused on the swing from mental stillness to reading/writing astrology reports and back.3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None, currently.4. Bad book habit?
I judge books by their covers.5. What do you currently have checked out from the library?
Nothing! I returned about ten I Spy books for Graeme last week, though.6. Do you have an e-reader?
No. I'm a purist.7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time with fiction and a few at a time with non-fiction.8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I read more YA than I used to because my friends read (and write) so much in the genre. 9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?):Smoky and the Feast of Mabon
, a pagan children's book by Cat Valente and W. Lyon Martin (illust.) broke my heart. I'd waited for months
to see that book come out and found it to be almost incomprehensible, poorly illustrated and entirely uninspired. 10. Favorite book you've read this year?
I was most inspired by A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship With Nature
by James William Gibson.11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
To a certain extent, I'm pretty adventurous but I won't continue to read anything I don't enjoy in some way. My life's too short to waste leisure time with things I don't like.12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Spiritual, self-help, history, anthropology, biography, YA, female-driven sci-fi, distopian13. Can you read on the bus?
No, I'm too busy trying not to miss my stop!14. Favorite place to read?
Propped up in bed with a plate of bread and margarine.15. What is your policy on book lending?
I'm wary about lending my books out because I'm so particular about the condition I keep them in. Spine creases and paper crinkles make me cringe a little, so if I'm going to lend a book, chances are very good that I'll just give it away entirely.16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
It has happened in extreme circumstances, I guess, but I can almost always find a piece of scrap paper or *something* to mark my pages with.17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
In certain textbooks, books I was analyzing for class, or inspirational books--I have.18. Not even with text books?
Yes! Especially in textbooks.19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. Though this isn't much of a competition.20. What makes you love a book?
Lovable, inspiring characters and a sense of escapism.21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I'm reading through something that seems relevant to someone I know, I'll often mention it to them once I'm done.22. Favorite genre?
Science fiction with female leads.23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Hmm. I guess I wish I read (and enjoyed) poetry more.24. Favorite biography?Black Elk Speaks
. Does that count?25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes! I love books, especially, that are geared towards counseling issues.26. Favorite cookbook?
While it fails, utterly, in being vegan I am captivated by a cookbook that Tasha Tudor illustrated that has such a celebratory, traditional charm called New England Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook: Receipts for Very Special Occasions
from 1968 by a Mary Mason Campbell.27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
One inspiring book I read was called God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi
by Rabbi Jamie Korngold.28. Favorite reading snack?
Sourdough bread with margarine.29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Hype didn't ruin it but Breaking Dawn
, the forth book in the Twilight series, was really bad.30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don't read professional reviews.31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I think it is important to give an unbiased opinion of a book, particularly if a review site has nothing "AAAAA+! Great!" reviews for something I hated. I'm stymied now by knowing a few published authors and understanding how devastating and painful a harsh review can be to them.32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
French or Ancient Egyptian33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Probably my physics textbooks. ;)34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
Something on potty training? I don't know. I don't get intimidated by books.35. Favorite Poet?
...see #23...36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
As a child, I maxed out my limit every week. Now I'm down to about 10 and they are almost all children's books for Graeme.37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Sometimes. The most recent was Laurell K. Hamilton's Flirt
that my husband brought home thinking I'd read while I was convalescing. I knew I didn't have the stomach for anymore of her bad writing trip! :D38. Favorite fictional character?
Scarlett O'Hara39. Favorite fictional villain?
Damon from the Vampire Diaries40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
Usually just guidebooks or histories of the place I'm visiting.41. The longest I've gone without reading.
I think I'm in one of those phases right now. It has been a few weeks since I had the mental focus to sit down and read something longer than a newspaper article.42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The Bible. I tried to be a good Christian as a child, really tried to read it every night before bed, and would start at the beginning of the Bible about every year but I never got much past Exodus.43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
I'm extremely distracted by books in need of further editing.44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Black Stallion45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Can't think of anything!46. The most money I've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
$400-$50047. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never! I may start reading the first page, but I never jump ahead or flip through and randomly read a passage.48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Bad/nonexistent editing, unkind or immoral main character, gratuitous sexual content49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I used to have my library carefully alphabetized before most of our books and bookshelves went into storage. I'd love to do that again. :)50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
The half of me that likes simplicity loves to give them away. The pack rat voice, however, wants to keep and alphabetize them all into a grand home library!51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
The Harry Potter series. When something is universally loved, I get suspicious. I'm sure they're enjoyable, but I've been avoiding them deliberately.52. Name a book that made you angry.
Joanna Campbell's The Wild Mustang
.53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
We were forced to read Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon
in high school and it became my favorite book! :)54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?The Forest of Hands and Teeth
and its follow-up, The Dead-Tossed Waves
. I expected a lot more from such an interesting pitch.55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?