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The meme: is a book meme, stollened from laurenmitchell.
The meme: is a book meme, stollened from laurenmitchell.
- The worst reading experience that you have ever had?
I simply could not read The Catcher in the Rye. This is not an uncommon response to it, of course, but it was just- gah. It was enough to make me turn a new, pristine, freshly-delivered copy, from the new set that we and we alone were entrusted with before any of the troglodytes in the lesser English classes, that didn't even have names and student numbers recorded for them, as a case study in projectile motion.
I could not bring myself to read the book, or even to read summaries, and instead blagged my way through with some tripe about context, intertextuality and rubric. To this day, I am convinced that the syllabus awarded marks based solely on the presence of words such as 'context', 'intertextuality' and 'rubric'.
For that matter, I am also convinced that those responsible for said marking have no idea what 'rubric' even means, but knew it made me sound smarter than them. So there we have it: you can pass exams by making the markers feel just a little bit dumb.
- The best reading experience you have ever had?
This is mostly only by comparison to things that were otherwise happening, but I happened to first be reading Sabriel at a time when someone who was then significant was- I do not wish to be euphemistic, and I do not wish to be factual.
So, to discover one of my now-favourite books on the tiny sci-fi and fantasy shelf of the university bookstore on a particularly nice Autumn day was happiness stamped on dead trees.
- Which book has affected or influenced you the most so far?
I like the 'so far' in this question. And, um, I've got nothing - every book I've ever read has affected or influenced me somehow.
- Have you ever read a book that you got really scared of?
When I was significantly younger than I presently am, I developed a habit of reading the stories of Howard Phillips Lovecraft at three in the morning, despite knowing that this was, for me, a bad idea.
- What do you use as a bookmark?
Receipts! You get one with every book purchase, they're right there with the book, and they're convenient when you read the first, um, seven chapters on the way home to the other eight books you're reading at the time.
- When do you usually read? At home, work, while cooking, in the morning, noon, afternoon, before you go to bed...?
I don't really have a usual time for reading; it's all a matter of whim, really, which is probably why I have a large and wobbly stack of books that I'm currently reading. Consequently, I like to have a book with me nearly all the time.
- Do you remember the first book that you read?
No, but I do remember some drama at school when I was in kindergarten and my parents had to explain that they hadn't done the teach-your-child-to-read work they sent home, because I already could.
The earliest book I can remember reading at the moment was Mr. Busy, on a family holiday when I was 5. This was not the first book I read. It wasn't the first book that I kind-of-sort-of coerced them into buying for me.
- Which do you prefer - paperback or hardcover?
I've mostly stopped caring so long as I can shelve them - the book is a compressed vegetative wrapper for the text. Mostly. I'm not sure when this happened, but I think it may involve librarianism. I do like for series to match, but that's somewhat difficult to do, especially with long-running series like the Dresden Files.
- What are you currently reading? What page are you on?
In no particular order:
- Swashbucklers of the Seven Skies / Chad Underkoffler. I'm reading parts of the PDF as the mood strikes, but waiting for my dead-tree copy to come to properly read through.
- The Pastel City / M. John Harrison, p. 110.
- Gentlemen's Blood / Barbara Holland, p. 203.
- Ilario / Mary Gentle, p. 94.
- Star Wars on Trial / David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover, p. 341. So far, guilty on all counts.
- Living Next Door to the God of Love / Justina Robson. ...and the receipt seems to have fallen out.
- Dark Alchemy / edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. It's a short story anthology.
- Extremities / Kathe Koja. Also an anthology.
- Moral Minds / Marc D. Hauser, p. 312.
- A Lion Amongst Men / Gregory Maguire, p. 17.
- Serenity Found / edited by Jane Espenson. An essay collection.
- Neptune Noir / edited by Rob Thomas. The Rat Saw God and Veronica Mars one, for those of you who remember that other, less talented Rob Thomas. Also an essay collection.
- So Say We All / edited by Richard Hatch. And, hey, more essays.
- Do you ever leave "a mark" (deliberate and/or not deliberate) in your books? For example, write in them, underline quotes, coffeemarks or food crumbs and etc.
No. Noooo. Nononononono. Except my roleplaying books are full of page flags, and I do write in my librarianism texts.
- Does the title, amount of pages and the cover affect you when you are considering a specific book?
Sometimes. I bought Devices and Desires, by KJ Parker, because I liked the textured cover. I remember thinking that a book with a textured cover was either very good, to merit a textured cover, or very bad, to distract the potential buyer. (It was very good.)
Also, remember that thinner, taller books will fit more if they're standing on a shelf. (On the other hand, shorter books will fit more stacked horizontally.)
- Do you ever browse through to the last pages in order find out the ending?
No, but when buying non-fiction I will delicately push the covers aside and run my fingers through the index. (This is what learning reference teaches you.)
- Has knowing the ending of a book (example, through spoilers or a movie) ever made you decide whether you will read the book or not?
"...and then Buffy staked Edward. The end." might make me read Twilight, but it's more likely to make me buy a t-shirt.
- Is there a book that you have read more than five times?
Not that I can think of. With random looking up of details, there may be roleplaying books I've read all of more than five times, but I don't think that quite counts.
- Have you ever been in an accident where the book was the cause? (for example, almost getting hit by a car when reading while walking, or having stacks of books falling on you from a bookshelf...)
Books don't kill people. People who interrupt you in the middle of books kill people. (Typically themselves.)
- Do you sell/give away your books or do you keep them, even though you don't like one of them?
Weeding - there's a name for disposing of books you don't like - is a necessary evil and frees up space for newer, better books.
- Do you have some kind of book system, where you write down what you are reading, have bought, will read, will buy and etc?
One day, if I have far too much free time, I will fix my old computer, install an ILMS, and code beautiful, perfect MARC records for all my books. And all my books in electronic formats. And then my DVDs and music, just because, and maybe my other digitally stored TV and films.