Questions about me

I found this quiz back at thesepaperwords and I thought it would be fun to answer these questions late in the night ;) So, here we go!

1. Favorite childhood book?

I think the books I enjoyed most reading was the series of “Die Olchis”.

olchis

It is about a kind of aliens that eat anything, even rubbish :’D

2. What are you reading right now?

I’m reading “The Rivers of London” by Ben Aronovitch.

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

Unfortunately, I don’t go to the library anymore :/ But I am thinking about getting a new library card at the big library in Stuttgart.

4. Bad book habit?

I often check out how many pages are left to read, especially if the book is a bit slow-placed…

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

Look at question 3

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Yup, and a tablet, and I sometimes read books there, especially when I travel, it can be quite handy.

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

I do prefer reading one book at a time, but I have no problems reading several at once, especially during the semester, because then I need an easy and light read compared to my uni readings.

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

Yes, definitely. I am reading more, which is a good sign.

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

Oh there are quite a few. Even from 2 of my favorite authors, J.K. Rowling and Paulo Coelho, namely The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Zahir.

10. Favourite book you’ve read this year?

Definitely A Game of Thrones!

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

If it is for uni, then quite often, although even then, I sometimes don’t manage to read everything, especially when the novel is so slow-paced and boring. And if the whole novel is being discussed during the seminar, then I automatically get spoilered and after that, don’t see any reason to continue reading :/ But most often, I read books from the genre I like.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia, Contemporary, Graphic Novels, Magical Realism, Classics as well, but not every classic. So pretty much anything and everything, except for historical fiction and horror. Thrillers might be okay sometimes, if they are not too disgusting.

13. Can you read on the bus?

Busses are an exception when it comes to public transportation. I don’t know why, but I am always so stressed out in busses, that I can’t concentrate on the book, because I have to pay attention to the road and the stops so that I won’t miss it :’D When it comes to long-distance busses, then it is no problem at all.

14. Favorite place to read?

On the one-seat sofa :D Or also on the train. Beach readings are also great!

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I am actually not too strict, I mean, the book shouldn’t be destroyed afterwards, and there shouldn’t be anything written inside. And I also want my book back soon, and not after 1-2 years.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

Not really. Maybe textbooks, but only if I really don’t have bookmarks at all. But that never happens.

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

No. Maybe the books for uni

18. Not even with text books?

Those are exceptions

19. What is your favourite language to read in?

I read in german and english. I don’t know which one I prefer, but reading in german comes more natural to me. But I also perfectly understand english books and usually prefer reading in the original language.

20. What makes you love a book?

Especially the characters. The writing style is also important, and also the originality of the story.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If the book covers many different topics and genres, that I am sure many people will love it. Or if the message of the book is so mind-blowing that it is crucial to understanding our lifes today (for example 1984 by George Orwell).

22. Favourite genre?

Look at Question 12

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

Thrillers, and maybe Science Fiction. Thrillers, because I know they can be super exciting and huge page turners, but often I am too afraid of the brutality and sometimes they are also mixed with horror. Then Science Fiction because that topic interests me so much, but nowadays, I think, the genre seems to be dying out, due to the big popularity of Dystopian books.

24. Favourite biography?

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. It is also the only biography I have read. It is about the singer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although, I think I once also read a biography about Yoko and John.

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

No.

26. Favourite cookbook?

None. I don’t really read cookbooks.

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

1984 by George Orwell

28. Favourite reading snack?

Chocolate, cookies, gum fruits, or fruits in general, especially in summer. And tea or coffee to drink.

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

Maybe The Fault in our Stars, but it didn’t actually ruin my reading experience, I just was a bit let down when I finished it, because I expected something overly amazing and life-changing. But that didn’t happen. For me, it was just another sad, YA-book about love with a tragic ending.

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

Dunno, I don’t count.

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

It somehow is easier to write a negative review, because there is more to write about :’D

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

Japanese definitely! Then I could read all of Murakami’s books in the original language *o* I am actually learning it right now, but I am not sure if I will be able to read a book later :’D rather not!

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? 

Hmmm… good question. I think I have to choose 1985 again here.

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

The Color Purple I guess.

35. Favourite Poet?

Allen Ginsberg

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

Do you mean steal? NONE!

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

Way too often :’D

38. Favourite fictional character? 

That’s sooooo so hard!!!! But I think if I had to choose a strong character, which I would wish to be like, then it would be Katniss Everdeen. I admire that character so much! Else, it would be Fred Weasley :’D

39. Favourite fictional villain?

That’s also a hard one. I have to think about the villains first, I think. I actually liked President Snow as a villain. Somehow, I had to agree with him sometimes. But I also liked Bellatrix Lestrange, that evil bitch! :’D

40. Books you’re most likely to bring on vacation?

It always depends on. I often tend to take a book from my favorite genre, and ideally, a book I haven’t read but wanted to read for a long time.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading.

I don’t know, but I suppose it has to be during the A’levels time, so about 2-3 weeks of non-reading… :/ That time was really an unhappy one for me…

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

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie: Too slow-paced. Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: I hated this story so much! I stopped reading after the first 20 pages.

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

Conversation. That’s why I always listen to music when I read in public transportations. I would freak out without my earphones.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

Despite of the Harry Potter adaptions, I would say that Fight Club was a perfect adaption. I even liked the movie more than the novel. And the Lord of the Rings movies are, in my opinion, one of the best adaptions ever! I have to say that I really disliked the books :/

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Definitely The Golden Compass. The books by Philip Pullman were so beautiful, and the movie was a huge disappointment.

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

Puuuh, maybe 30€.

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

Not too often. I often just begin reading :D

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

If the writing style and the story are so slow-paced that I decide not to spend too much time in it anymore.

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?

Yes, but I am afrad that the space on my bookshelf is becoming smaller and smaller

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

I keep them and I want my own personal library in the future :)

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

Yup, the 3rd book of the LotR series…

52. Name a book that made you angry.

Hmmm, probably Mockingjay.

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

A Game of Thrones. Many people said it was similar to the LotR, and since I didn’t like those books, I thought I might not like A Game of Thrones neither, but then I dared and it was amazing!

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

The Lord of the Rings, because I am a big fantasy fan. But somehow, it was too slow-paced for me.

55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Good classics.

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