"Hemingway and James Joyce were drinking buddies in Paris. Joyce was thin and bespectacled; Hemingway was tall and strapping. When they went out Joyce would get drunk, pick a fight with a bigger guy in the bar and then hide behind Hemingway and yell, “Deal with him, Hemingway. Deal with him.”"
Wordstock literary festival promo at Powell’s Books, Portland, OR (di Todd Mecklem)
Questions About Books and Reading by shevinefeels
- 1: What was the last book you read?
- 2: Was it a good one?
- 3: What made it good?
- 4: Would you recommend it to other people?
- 5: How often do you read?
- 6: Do you like to read?
- 7: What was the last bad book you read?
- 8: What made you dislike it?
- 9: Do you wish to be a writer?
- 10: Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
- 11: Do you read fanfiction?
- 12: Do you write fanfiction?
- 13: What's your favorite book?
- 14: What's your least favorite book?
- 15: Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like a kindle)?
- 16: When did you learn to read?
- 17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
- 18: What is your favorite book series?
- 19: Who is your favorite author?
- 20: What is your favorite genre?
- 21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
- 22: Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
- 23: Which book do you wish had a sequel?
- 24: Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
- 25: How long does it take you to read a book?
- 26: Do you like when books become movies?
- 27: Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
- 28: Which movie has done a book justice?
- 29: Do you read newspapers?
- 30: Do you read magazines?
- 31: Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
- 32: Do you read while in bed?
- 33: Do you read while on the toilet?
- 34: Do you read while in the car?
- 35: Do you read while in the bath?
- 36: Are you a fast reader?
- 37: Are you a slow reader?
- 38: Where is your favorite place to read?
- 39: Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
- 40: Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
- 41: Who gave you your love of reading?
- 42: What book is next on your list to read?
- 43: When did you start to read chapter books?
- 44: Who is your favorite children's book author?
- 45: Which author would you like to interview the most?
- 46: Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
- 47: What book have you reread the most?
- 48: Which books do you consider "classics"?
- 49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
- 50: Which books should be banned from all schools?
- This looks fun (:
A Few Things I've Learned As An Avid Reader
- 1: Try to not read the synopsis before reading the book--it'll feel less like a major spoiler and you won't be able to judge the book right away (since we tend to judge books based on their synopsis automatically, or at least, I do.)
- 2: Don't follow the hype--especially if it isn't your kind of read. Just because it has a high rating on websites like Goodreads, doesn't mean it'll be the book for you. By all means, try the book out if you want to, but don't feel obligated to agree with others for fear of backlash (this happened to me with The Night Circus and I still don't regret being honest.)
- 3: Don't read reviews before reading the book: it's just a bad idea (**Cough**Allegiant**Cough**)
- 4: Don't explain the synopsis to a future reader in too much detail--most don't appreciate it.
- 5: If your best friend is suffering from a reading strike, then recommend one of your most recent reads that you absolutely loved!
- 6: Don't judge a book by the author's actions/habits--a book is a book is a book. (That sounded less quirky in my head)
- 7: Just because you didn't like an author's past works, doesn't mean you should completely say no to his/her future works--I'm a picky reader, but I tend to give second chances out to writers a lot.
- 8: The time it takes you to read a book really depends on how much you actually like it--I know a book is in trouble with me when I procrastinate instead of reading it.
- 9: I don't really finish series--especially if there as unnecessary twists and sequels added to an already tired storyline.
- 10: Sometimes leaving my desired genre really is a good thing--there are a few books that surprised the hell out of me and I'm glad I took the risk.
- 11: Age doesn't matter--there are some seriously good books out there for EVERYONE. I find the fact that people frown on others for reading anything outside of the general fiction age group (hello, adulthood) really maddening. At least they're reading! Plus, middle grade and young adult books are so much fun!
- 12: Close reading really helps--I have to do this anyway for reviewing purposes, but you'd be surprised how much close reading helps. A character has many sides (even if they are flat characters) and to be able to see these sides while close reading, you can also see a different side to the story, one that isn't directly shown. Also, close reading shows us that a character does not always reflect on an author's views, but is simply just a character that justifies the ends to the means in a book.
- What have you learned as an avid reader?
When you are reading a great book but all of a sudden something completely unexpected happens:
Hunger and book withdrawal syndrome are not the best of combinations.
don’t you hate it when you’re reading a chapter and then it’s coming to its climax and omg what’s gonna happen, then woops, your eyes dart to the last line and you spoil yourself and hate yourself for it
this is why, in particularly intense reading situations, i physically put my hand over the bottom of the page so i can’t accidentally spoil myself.
i take this shit seriously.
I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD