The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Hello! Welcome back, bookworms!ย 

I found this wonderful little tag on bookfoxy’s blog “Bookfoxes read until Dawn,” who found it on another blog, who found it….you get the idea. The point is, it looked like fun, so I’m giving it a shot. I hope you enjoy!

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1. What was the last book you read?

Marked by P.C. & Kristin Cast. The first in a series.

2. Was it a good one?


3. What made it good?

It’s an easy read, and good for right before bed. It’s also set in my hometown so I understood a lot of the references. Beware: the story is addicting, so you’ll want the next book as soon as you finish. I recommend buying the whole series at once, so you don’t miss out!

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes!!! Well, I just did, didn’t I?

5. How often do you read?

I try to read every day, usually to relax before bed or on my lunch break at work. I would read all day if I had the time.

6. Do you like to read?

I’ve been a bookworm my entire life, so I believe it’s safe to say yes I do.

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Brave by Rose McGowan. I love her as an actress, not so much as a writer. Sorry Rose!
This was one of the first books I couldn’t finish. She writes like she talks, which is very all over the place and not very linear.

8. What made you dislike it?

The author had a really hard life, and chose to focus on all the negativity rather than the positive. She would detail a bad experience in explicit facts, then gloss over the times in her life she classified as happy. I call myself “the eternal optimist,” so when I read something that is that negative, it’s not a very good selling point to me.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Always considered it, but I think this blog will be the closest I ever get. I am friends with quite a few authors on Twitter, and after seeing what they go through, I think I’ll stick with reviewing books and not writing them. It’s hard enough running a blog.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

I would probably have to say The Rainmaker by John Grisham. He wrote about the tobacco industry, and I smoked at the time. Rainmaker encouraged me to quit.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

Depends on the fan fiction. I did read 50 Shades of Gray, which I understand to be Twilight fan fiction. I probably won’t ever read that series again.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Well, I did say I’ll never be an author, so probably not.

13. What’s your favorite book?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I can get lost in that book for hours! I’ve been known to get so lost in this book I hear nothing going on around me.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Don’t know that I have one. I have least favorite genres, but to name a least favorite book is a little like kicking someone’s baby. I won’t do that.

15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device?

For me, it doesn’t matter. Just depends on how I have gotten the book. Currently, I’m reading mostly on my kindle, but that’s because it’s the easiest way for me to buy a book.

16. When did you learn to read?

I was 3 years old. My mom was teaching my sister to read, so I just kind of absorbed what she was learning and taught myself the rest of the way. At least that’s what my mom says. My mom will tell you she taught me out of self defense, because I wanted to do everything my big sister was doing.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

I think it was a mythology book I read my freshman year in high school. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology so the assignment was a breeze! I actually read ahead in this book, and aced all the tests! My teacher actually allowed me to read the book while she played the movie, because I was doing so well in her class.

18. What is your favorite book series?

The House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast, or The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I love reading about different “theories” behind vampirism.
I also love The Circle Series by Ted Dekker. He’s amazing at taking simple Christian concepts, like sin, and making them totally understandable. I recommend all his books without reservation!

19. Who is your favorite author?

Michael Crichton. He has a knack for taking simple scientific theories and making them scary as heck. I love it! I especially enjoy what he did in Jurassic Park and Prey. I hope Prey gets made into a movie someday.

20. What is your favorite genre?

Thriller, Drama or Fantasy. Science Fiction too. Wait…did I have to pick just one? Darnit.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Stark from the House of Night. I won’t get too far into who he is, you’ll just have to read the books ๐Ÿ™‚

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

I wish a book could transport people! That would be cool!
But seriously, not really.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Prey by Michael Crichton. Or Cell by Stephen King.

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer – I like her answer. Although Breaking Dawn was a pretty cool book. Guess it should have just been the two books ๐Ÿ™‚
Jurassic Park is another good answer. I just think the book had enough closure, that it didn’t need any more explanation. And the fact that they’ve turned it into a “franchise?” just pisses me off.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

It really depends on what else I have going on. I’ve been reading The Institute by Stephen King for a couple days and I’m halfway through.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

It depends on whether I read the book first or saw the movie first. I saw The Stand on film first, and ended up hating the book.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaption?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – The worst movie I’ve ever watched. This movie just consists of spoilers and bad acting. – Again, I think I want her answer ๐Ÿ™‚

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I was really impressed with how well the casting was, and how they didn’t change so much they ruined the book.

29. Do you read newspapers?

ย I try not to, they’re too depressing. I’m not usually very well informed, simply because I don’t trust news networks, and don’t ever feel I’m getting the real story.

30. Do you read magazines?

Depends on if they have anything funny. I like reading the “confessions” in Cosmopolitan.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?


32. Do you read while in bed?

All the time.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

No comment.

34. Do you read while in the car?

I can’t read while riding, but I love audiobooks. I usually have one or a podcast going. I rarely listen to music in my car anymore.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

I can’t stand taking a bath. I call it People Stew. So since I prefer showers, and I don’t prefer wet books, I’m gonna say no.

36. Are you a fast reader?

For the most part.

37. Are you a slow reader?

It’s one or the other, pick one! See answer above ๐Ÿ™‚

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

my bed before sleep, or my couch cuddling with my hubby.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

It depends on if my husband is trying to watch tv at the same time.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

The room doesn’t need to be silent, but if I really want to focus I put in headphones with ambient music. so relaxing!

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom. She’s been a reader from way back. I was also homeschooled, and part of our education was bi-weekly trips to the library.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

I’m currently finishing The Institute, and after that I’m not sure. I’m thinking Arena by Holly Jennings.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

Oh, heavens….it’s been a while. I learned to read when I was 3, remember? I had a graduate reading level at grade 6.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Carolyn Keene. She wrote the Nancy Drew books.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

P.C. & Kristin Cast. Mostly because I just want to sit and have tea with them.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Kristin Cast. She seems like a badass.

47. What book have you reread the most?

Little Women.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Little Women. Count of Monte Cristo. Definitely NOT Lord of The Flies!!!

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Little Women. It has such an empowering feel to it. These ladies had almost no male influence in their life, yet they accomplished their dreams, and managed to do what traditional men would say they can’t.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

Lord of the Flies. Oh, MAN did I hate that book!!
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