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Booking Through Thursday (#8): Bookcases


 

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.

 

This Week’s Question:

When you visit a friend’s house, do you find time to browse their bookcases? Does it shock you if they don’t have one?

 

My Answer:

In high school, my friends were split into two categories: the ones who adored reading and the ones who abhorred it. There was absolutely no middle ground. The group who enjoyed a good book was a small one brought together specifically because of their love for the written word. The group who despised anything to do with reading (and English for that matter) made up the majority of my friends. I constantly tried recommending novels to them, coaxing them to give it a chance and failing miserably.

However, at university something changed. Because I’ve only been to a community college so far, I haven’t had the chance to acquaintance myself with any fellow English majors. I made absolutely no new book-loving companions and all of my past ones “grew out of the habit.” It’s rare that I meet a student who owns anything besides textbooks or the required literature novel. This discouraging fact of life has become such a reoccurring theme that I’ve sort of numbed myself to it. Luckily, I am about to start upper-level English classes at the University and hope to take part in some English-loving friendships.

 

Have you been luckier than me? Do you still have friends who love to read? Leave a comment below.
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Booking Through Thursday (#7): Price


 

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.

 

This Week’s Question:

If I could give a brand new, really good book by your favorite author (living or dead) RIGHT NOW, what would you be willing to do for it?

 

My Answer:

This question has me stumped. How am I supposed to answer?

Could I just drive to the local bookstore and buy the book myself? I may be a poor college student, but I’m sure I can scrounge up the money for a book by a favorite author (seeing as I do it all the time).

Is it the last surviving copy? Because if that’s the case, I probably can’t financially afford it.

So what can I give that not everyone else would offer?

Want a free massage? I heard I’m good at those.

Still in school? I could write your next A+ paper for you.

How about my soul?…

Haha. I’m kidding. Unfortunately for you, I still need that. 😛

 

What would you be willing to do/give? Leave a comment below.
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Thoughtful Thursday (#8): Descriptive Scenes


 

Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Is Fun Again where I’ll answer whatever bookish question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Question:

How descriptive action sequences and/or romantic situations are usually depends on the author. Some authors spend several pages describing an action or romantic scene while others describe this situations in a few paragraphs or less. What is your preference?

 

My Answer:

I think there is such thing as a description/scene being either too short or too long, both occurrences unintentionally wrecking a reader’s experience. I honestly couldn’t say which is more destructive. If they are curt and short, they leave the reader without a sense of completion and fulfillment. If they are overwhelmingly drawn out, the reader will most likely grow bored, skipping over the parts completely or even going as far as to put the book down. As to my preference, I think it depends entirely on the situation, but I would say no less than a few pages or so and no more than a chapter or two.

 

How about you? What’s your preference? I’d love to read your thoughts. Leave a comment below.
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Booking Through Thursday (#6): Summertime


 

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted by Booking Through Thursday where I’ll answer whatever question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking the link to the host’s blog page.

 

This Week’s Question:

Do your reading habits change in the summer?

 

My Answer:

As I grow older, I seem to have less and less time for pleasures such as reading – each day’s end becoming increasingly abrupt. Because of this inevitability, summer is the time of year I look forward to the most. I’m still kept busy working part time, but I’m on break for college and can spend that additional time with my face shoved in the pages of a book.

 

What books excite you the most? How would you rate this enthusiasm? Leave a comment below.
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Thursday Thoughts (#7): Book Tastes


 

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme hosted by Ok, Let’s Read where I’ll post my thoughts on whatever topic is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Topic:

Currently, do you feel like you have a set genre or type of book that is your go-to and people know as “your genre?” Is there a genre that you’ve always loved or been drawn to in particular? Have you noticed your taste in books changing over time? Is there a genre or type of book that you used to love, but no longer read/enjoy? If so, what genre and why do you think that is?

 

My Thoughts:

You’ve probably noticed already that, whether in reading or writing, my favorite genre is fantasy fiction. I’ve always favored this genre, but back when I was younger, it was the only genre I read. I’m pretty stubborn that way. I liked what I liked, and there was no changing me.

I believe my taste in books started developing more once I started my high school level literature classes. I realized how much I enjoyed the majority of the classics we were required to read and wondered what else was out there. Though fantasy fiction will always be the genre I prefer, I’ve also become highly interested in creative nonfiction/memoir works.

 

How about you? Leave a comment below.
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Thoughtful Thursday (#7): Series Length


 

Thoughtful Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Is Fun Again where I’ll answer whatever bookish question is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Question:

Is there a magic number for the number of books in a series for you? Will you only read series with four or less books in a completed series? Do you prefer long series (10+ books)? Does the number of books in a series matter?

 

My Answer:

I usually don’t read completed series with more than four or five books unless they come very highly recommended. Unfortunately, I rarely ever start a series when it is already completed. Take my currently favorite series, Mercy Thompson, for example. I began it when only the first two books were published. Now there is a total of eight books and counting. On one hand, I am ecstatic that I’m getting more of the wondrous world Patricia Briggs has created for us. But on the other hand, I’m one of those people that have to reread books 1 through 8 before even thinking about touching book 9. That’s just so tiring, and I wish the series would finish up already so that I can proudly show of the completed Mercy Thompson collection on my bookshelf.

 

Do you have a preferred series length? I’d love to read about it. Leave a comment below.
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Thursday Thoughts (#6): Reading Conditions


 

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme hosted by Ok, Let’s Read where I’ll post my thoughts on whatever topic is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.

 

This Week’s Topic:

Reading Conditions

 

My Thoughts:

Because I go to both school and work, personal time for writing and reading is fleeting. Though I normally can only read right before going to bed, I carry a book with me in the hope that time will present itself, putting me reading on the bus route, in the bathroom, in between classes, while waiting for meals to cook, and this is all dependent on my current homework load.

I can’t read while conversations are going on. I always find myself unconsciously tuning in to what’s being said – literally eavesdropping – and forgetting about the book in my hands. Either I have to have silence (not including commonplace noises like a clock ticking, a shower running, or a train scraping by), or I have to simultaneously listen to music. I know it doesn’t make sense. Music equals lyrics which in turn equals talking. How is that any different than an overheard conversation? My answer is that I just don’t know. For some reason, the music becomes apart of the background like the pattering of rain, soft enough to not be disruptive but loud enough to drown out all other sounds.

When life for me was much more slow-paced, I enjoyed finding time in the late evening to lie down in the backyard on either the hammock or trampoline. I’d be curled up in a blanket or two, the sun about an hour from setting. In that moment, there truly was nothing but me and the words I was reading (or writing).

 

What are your typical reading conditions? Leave a comment below.
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