Book survey thing.


I found this somewhere yonks ago and I’ve only just got round to blogging it myself (blame my lack of internet for the last couple of months – I’m actually in the pub on my laptop typing this). I can’t remember where or who I got it from so, if it’s yours, let me know so I can credit you for it.

Thank you.

PS: Feel free to laugh at my taste in books. I don’t mind/care. (Delete as appropriate.)

1. Favourite childhood book?
I absolutely loved The Secret Garden and Heidi and have just found them again as e-books. I’m looking forward to reading them again and reliving my childhood.

2. What are you reading right now?
In normal book form: The Killing II.
In e-book form: The Girl Who Played With Fire. As someone who loves Scandinavian thrillers, I love these two.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Call me old-fashioned but I prefer buying books from shops than borrowing them from the library these days. I did have a library card at one point but it ran out three years ago and I couldn’t be bothered renewing it.

4. Bad book habit?
I tend to read too many at once and not finish any of them.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing! No point when I have loads of books currently sitting on my shelf doing bugger all.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
I have a Kindle app on my Galaxy tablet but it hasn’t stopped me from buying books in normal book form. I still have several unread ones on my shelf.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. I can’t seem to do this though. Why I have no idea.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
No. They were the same as they were before I started this blog back in 2007.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
Dagger Heart by Ronnell D. Porter. I downloaded it as a free book on my Kindle app and I wasn’t overly keen on it. I eventually deleted it.

10. Favourite book you’ve read this year?
Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds. It’s a medical book, written by an LMS paramedic, and I loved it. I’m still part-way through the sequel and it never fails to get me gripped.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I’ve tried to get out of my reading comfort zone by reading erotic and LGBT fiction but neither of these experiments have gone well yet. I’m still halfway through Fifty Shades Of Grey, I haven’t even started the other two books yet, and I have If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen still to read on my Galaxy. My usual genres of choice are thrillers, autobiographies, comedy and classical fiction (such as stuff by Charles Dickens or William Shakespeare) but I don’t mind trying something new occasionally.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
See above. I also love reading about the medical profession and have two books written by doctors (one in A&E and one in a GP practice) as well as the two written by the aforementioned ambulance paramedic. I do find this a little weird, however as, even though I love watching documentaries about them, I don’t actually like hospitals.

13. Can you read on the bus?
I tried reading The Killing on a rail replacement bus earlier this year after my train got cancelled due to the conductor not turning up but I felt sick afterwards, so no. I can read on a train (as long as I’m sitting forwards – I can’t read whilst sitting backwards) or plane though.

14. Favourite place to read?
In bed on a night when I want to have a bit of bedtime reading or on public transport (other than on a bus or whilst sitting backwards on a train) whilst listening to my MP3 player.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I don’t like lending my books to people because some never give me them back. I have let my mum borrow my Fifty Shades trilogy though.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Oh God, yes. I’m one of the world’s most clumsiest oafs and I do tend to let my books get a little bit scruffy but, actually, I don’t mind this. I have, on rare occasions, paid more for a fancier-looking book or a hardback but, even then, what does it matter if I let the pages get creased or let the book itself get a bit battered and bruised? It’s a book, MY book, and I don’t care what it looks like. As long as I can still read it, then it still serves its purpose. There are even books you can buy just for this. I have one called Wreck This Journal and it does what it says on the, erm, cover. I used to try and keep my books neat and tidy when I was younger but I don’t mind them looking a bit grubby nowadays.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
I used to back in my school/college days, especially when reading and learning about Shakespeare, but not so much nowadays.

18. Not even with text books?
Only my school and college books. I once got A Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst I was at college and I had to write in the margins to remember my lines. I even highlighted the ones for the part I was playing (Snout/The Wall, in case you’re wondering). We did, however, miss out a few lines in our version so my book has lines crossed out as well. I still have it somewhere.

19. What is your favourite language to read in?
English. I do own several language dictionaries, plus Polish For Dummies, but I don’t speak another language well enough to read a book or magazine that isn’t in English. Luckily for me, most newspapers and magazines in Malta are written in English, which makes it easier for me whenever I go over there.

20. What makes you love a book?
Usually a good review or a comedy title. Works for me every time.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If it’s a good read, I’ll recommend it to friends and other people.

22. Favourite genre?
Usually thrillers but I’ll happily read classics and biographies. Oh, and travel. I have several books (in both e-book and physical form) that are about different countries and cheap naff airlines (travel guides included).

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Sci-fi. I love science fiction TV shows and films but I barely read sci-fi novels these days. I did, however, once read The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy when I borrowed it from the library in my college days and I loved it (I love the film version as well) so I should probably find it again, either in normal book form or as an e-book. I don’t care which.

24. Favourite biography?
Probably Richard Hammond’s. Or Steven Gerrard’s. Or Tom Daley’s. (Ahem!) I did, however, buy Zlatan Ibrahimović’s autobiography the other week and enjoyed reading it whilst I was sat by the pool in Malta. I have a few autobiographies though, from rugby players (both codes), to comedians, to other sports stars and even radio DJ’s. I enjoy reading about other people’s lives. They can usually be quite amusing, except if they’re by ‘celebrities’ (I use that term loosely) I can’t stand. PS: Russell Howard, I’m still waiting for you to write one.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
No, but I’ve heard and read too many bad reviews about them, which puts me off reading them.

26. Favourite cookbook?
I don’t own any.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I don’t really have any so-called ‘inspirational books’ but I’ve found several of my childhood favourites for my Galaxy, such as Wuthering Heights and The Three Musketeers, and it’s inspired me to read them again.

28. Favourite reading snack?
I usually only eat/drink whilst reading on public transport but I’ll quite happily read whilst having a good old Yorkshire brew.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Has to be Fifty Shades Of Grey doesn’t it? The hype over that damn trilogy went through the roof, which could explain why I still haven’t finished the first one yet.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
If a book has too many negative reviews, I probably won’t buy or download it. I do like reading reviews of books though. It lets me see what others think about it before I try it out for myself.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don’t mind it. I’ll happily write about books, whether they’re rubbish or not. I haven’t done book reviews on here yet though. I may just start doing so once I’m back up and running properly again.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Anything Scandinavian, though probably Danish or Swedish because, as I’ve already mentioned, I love both The Killing and the Millennium series. I have series 1 and 2 of The Killing on DVD (I still need series 3) and I want the Millennium series on DVD. The original, that is, not the one with Daniel Craig, though both my versions of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book have him on the front cover.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
How Not To Be A Tourist In London by PK Monroe. I’ve been to London twice and have never once been accused of being a tourist. I got it as a free download for my Galaxy and I still have it on there for the time being. (For the record, I HAVE been on the Tube. Once. I didn’t use it whilst I was there last year. There was no point when my hotel was only about a ten minute walk from King’s Cross up Tottenham Court Road.)

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. I got it partly because of good reviews and partly because I love thrillers, but the eye on the front of the book makes me feel nervous to read it, which is probably why it’s still in a box full of books and hidden from my view.

35. Favourite poet?
Probably Carol Ann Duffy, who I learned about at school, or William Shakespeare, but I haven’t read any poetry in ages. I do have Shakespeare’s Sonnets on my Galaxy and I’ve enjoyed reading that so far, so I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favourites: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May and summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

That should do it.


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