55 Book Questions

February 21, 2015 | One comment


I have no idea where this long list of questions comes from, but I’m always happy to answer questions about books.

1. Favourite childhood book? Everything ever written by the amazing Astrid Lindgren.

2. What are you reading right now? I just finished The Wishing Spell by Christ Colfer and am about to start Inferno by Dan Brown.

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Too many to list here.

4. Bad book habit? Staying up reading all night instead of going to sleep.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Only The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer, Faithful Place by Tana French, The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler, and Die Again by Tess Gerritsen.

6. Do you have an e-reader? Yes, a Kindle.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Several at once. Unless it is a book I really enjoy, I tend to switch back and forth between a few books.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? No, not really.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far?) Austenland by Shannon Hale and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Neither of them were bad (they both had parts that I really liked) but both were not nearly as good as I had expected them to be.

10. Favourite book you’ve read this year? Into the Woods by Tana French and Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. They got me hooked on two new series.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not often enough.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? Crime novels and contemporary romance.

13. Can you read on the bus? Yes. And in the car (but obviously not while driving).

14. Favourite place to read? Everywhere. Cozy coffee shops, bookstore, at home on the couch or in bed.

15. What is your policy on book lending? Only if you will return it in mint condition.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? No. Absolutely not.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? No. Absolutely not.

18. Not even with text books? No. I did when I first started uni and it still pains me just thinking about it.

19. What is your favourite language to read in? Swedish.

20. What makes you love a book? Great characters and an interesting plot.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? Anything that makes me connect with the book. Language, characters, plot.

22. Favourite genre? Crime.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) Historical fiction. And I should read more classics.

24. Favourite biography? I haven’t read that many, but I recently read Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography and it was very good.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? No.

26. Favourite cookbook? Americas’s Test Kitchens’ The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris.

28. Favourite reading snack? Tea. And popcorn.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. Cannot think of one.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? Sometimes. Depend on the book. And the critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I have no problem voicing my opinions about books, but with a rating scheme from 1-5 I tend to give out mostly 2-4. I only give 5’s to books I really, really like, and I only give 1’s to books I absolutely didn’t like.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Most recently, it was The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle, even though I had read them all individually (spread out over several years) reading them all again was quite the project.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

35. Favourite poet? Karin Boye.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? Anything between 5 and 20 (plus whatever the maximum limit for ebooks are).

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread? Unfortunately, it happens quite often.

38. Favourite fictional character? There are too many to choose between.

39. Favourite fictional villain? Same as above.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Anything that’s on my Kindle.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading. Normally not more than a couple of days, but in February 2012 I didn’t finish a single book. It must have been a very bad month.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. I very rarely abandon books but the most recent one I had really hard to finish was A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Nothing. The house could burn down around me and I would probably not notice.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel? The Harry Potter movies.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?I try not to compare movies and the books the are based on, because I’ll just get upset when they change a minor little detail that only I thought was really important in the book.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? You don’t want to know.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Never.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? A lot of grammatical errors, or extremely poorly developed plot and characters.

49. Do you like to keep your books organised? Yes. Doesn’t everyone? Even when my books are in piles (because of temporary space issues, the piles are organized).

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

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

52. Name a book that made you angry. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson didn’t made me angry, but very frustrated. The ending of The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks also made me angry (rather than sad). Em and I had planned to go and see the movie and after reading the book, I refused to see it.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? All the books in my introduction to literature class. When the professor announced the reading list for the class my first thought was “how am I ever gonna get through all these books I don’t want to read” (followed by “is it too late to drop the class?”). I’m so grateful for that professor for making me read outside of my comfort zone.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson adn The Casual Vacancy bu J.K. Rowling.

55. Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Contemporary romance, preferably set in a small town.