Many thanks to ahouseofbooks for her gracious Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award nomination. (Check out her blog for some incredible book reviews!)
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
- Put the award logo on your blog.
- Answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
- Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
- Nominate ten people.
Here are the questions I was asked and my responses:
- Did you make any New Year Resolutions, and if so what were they?
No resolutions. I’ve always felt that making commitments I know I’m going to break just because everyone else is making them is kind of like lying to myself–so I’ve never done resolutions, at least not at New Year’s.
- If you could only read one book in 2015, what would it be?
This is an evil question! Just one book–inconceivable! But if I really had to stick to just one, I’d probably pick The Lord of the Rings because it’s an old favorite that I want to re-read anyhow, and it’s long and complex enough to keep me busy for a good while (although totally not the whole year).
- What book do you hate, that everyone else seems to like?
Does it count if I never actually finished it? The Casual Vacancy really bugged me, so much that I didn’t get through it all. I’ve always loved Rowling’s writing, and I can definitely understand her desire to branch out after being plugged in to one series for so long. But The Casual Vacancy felt like she was totally abjuring all the things that I loved most about her former books. I just can’t read it!
- What is the one genre of book you least like?
I’m generally pretty open to most genres, but I have to say that romances aren’t much to my taste. Or rather, I love a good love story, but the sort that are all about insta-love, obsession, etc. are highly unappealing to me. Oddly enough, I do love a good shoujo manga–same need for a solid story applies though.
- If you could go anywhere in the world with one book, where would you go and what book would you take with you?
Kyoto would definitely be my destination of choice–or possibly a grand tour of Japan. The choice of book is harder . . . maybe Gate 7 to emphasize the beauty and history of the city?
- Where is your favorite place to read?
My own room in my big, comfy chair–preferably accompanied by a hot cup of coffee and a yummy pastry!
- What is the one book you have never read, but really feel you should?
I’ve had numerous people tell me that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of their favorites, yet I’ve never gotten around to reading it myself. I should really put that on my TBR list.
- Where do you get your books from – your local bookshop, online, charity shop, library?
Everywhere. Seriously. I live 5 minutes from a Barnes & Noble (bad choice; it does terrible things to my budget!). There are also two local used bookstores in town, a Goodwill with a decent selection, and three libraries. I also shop online–I think thriftbooks is the best for getting nice books at a good price.
- If you had to have a week without books, what would you fill that time with?
Choices, choices, choices. . . . Do I catch up on the housework that I know needs my attention? Or do I waste away the time watching anime, hanging out with friends, playing video games, baking cookies, and generally stalling until I can read again?
- What book are you reading right now?
Another by Yukito Ayatsuji–an ironically dark light novel that I’m looking forward to reviewing.
The questions I would like to ask are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What are the five most outstanding books you read in 2014?
- What author would you like to see more books from?
- How did you come to love reading–was any particular person or occurrence influential?
- What is on the top of your TBR list right now?
- Do you have any lesser-known books that you really enjoy and would recommend?
- Would you rather read a printed copy or an e-book?
- What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
- If you could meet any author (living or deceased) who would it be?
- What are your most favorite and least favorite genres?
Finally, I would like to nominate the following splendidly bookish blogs:
- The Picture Book Review
- English Light Novels
- Bookmark’d in Bangkok
- A Year of Reading the World
- MegaMad 4 Books
- Shannon A. Thompson
- I’d also like to second ahouseofbooks’s nomination of Read & Survive (one of my favorite blogs)