1. What book are you reading right now? – Check the sidebar. I don’t know when you’ll be reading this. But right now, The Devil Colony by James Rollins. On the nook, Nowhere to Go by Iain Rowan.
2. What will you read next? – one of the books in my Stash list. I’m so swamped.
3. What was your favorite childhood book? – Mostly Disney-fied fairy tales. And Filipino comics. Oh, one of my fondest memories as a kid was being fascinated by Hansel and Gretel because they get to shove the witch into the oven and kill her. And Snow-White and Rose-Red because there was talk of blood or something. And no… I did NOT have a disturbed childhood. Call it, morbid fascination.
4. What were your reading habits like as a kid? – As with study habits, I did not have one. Yes, I studied only when needed, read only when I felt like it. Turned out that I liked reading all the time. And I often read books that are way above my grade level.
5. How many books do you have checked out from the library? – Funny, I very seldom check books out of the library. I either read it on site, put it back when it’s time to go, and go back to continue reading; or photocopy whatever it is I needed from the book. It’s a quirk. I don’t like reading books that aren’t mine. I mean, I will if hard pressed but if not, no.
6. What books do you have on hold at the library? – none.
7. Do you have a bad book habit? – Is there such a thing as being “too careful” with your books? I mean… I freak out when I crease them, I don’t like other people handling them, no one but me can write on them. And yes, as much as I don’t like borrowing books – I don’t like lending them either. At least, to people I don’t know.
8. Do you read one book at a time, or several? – Several. The most is 2 books – one from each format.
9. What is your favorite book you’ve read this year? – I’ve read Jane Eyre once this year but didn’t finish. So, if that counts… If not, probably Room by Emma Donoghue.
10. What is your least favorite book you’ve read this year? - Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.
11. What is your reading comfort zone? – Historical Fiction.
12. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone? – I try to do it all the time, believe it or not. How many times have I tried venturing to Young Adult and have only succeeded twice. One, I didn’t even enjoy that much.
13. What is your favorite place to read? – The train. Really.
14. Do you lend out books? – Yes, but I don’t like it.
15. Do you dog-ear books? – Text books only.
16. Do you write in the margins of books? – In pencil only.
17. What makes you love a book? – If it makes me react (positively) out loud. And if I finish it and I want to read it again.
18. What will inspire you to recommend a book? – If I thought it was really REALLY good and if I felt that it has a general appeal.
19. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone? – Room by Emma Donoghue. And The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
20. Is there a book you love that nobody else seems to? – Quite the opposite. I have a number of books that I really don’t like but everyone seems to love it. Case in point, The Diary of Anne Frank.
21. Do you read while you are: Eating? Taking a bath? Watching TV? Listening to music? On the computer? On the bus? – Like I said above, I love reading on the train. On the bus, too, if it’s a long ride. Nope, not eating or taking a bath or watching TV. Listening to music and being on the computer, yes. But not reading ON the computer.
22. What is your favorite genre to read? – Historical Fiction. And I’m kind of getting back to the mystery/thriller genre.
23. What genre do you rarely read, but wish you read more of? – Non-fiction. Most of my non-fiction are military history. I would like to read more of other histories.
24. What is your favorite biography? – Hm, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. And probably How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson. I am so not kidding.
25. What is your favorite non-fiction? - Generation Kill by Evan Wright, bar none. And a great companion piece, One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick.