I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!
What was the last book you bought?
Watermelon by Marian Keyes and I re-bought the Count of Monte Cristo (because I apparently had and read the abridged version) so Clearly, havign abridged was unacceptable so I had to get the complete and unabirdged.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
Harry Potter Series, The Hobbit, Romeo and Juliet.... and a whole lot more. Harry Pottter Series is the one Ive re-read the most.
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Fundamentally changed? No. Changed the way I view certian things, ideas etc? Yes, sometimes boks that, although are fictional, make you rethink about certian issues (class structures etc),
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
I got on a variety of things; I browse and pick up books if I liked them covers/titles attract me. Also if people reccomend books, or if I just heard somethign about it. If I see someone reading a book on the bus I may see what they're reading. I look on top lists, best sellers. I also read reviews, espcially to books that were recconmended to me. I pay a lot of attention to books that I'm on the fence with, to "bad" reviews, to see what eaxctly people disliked the book. As you can seem I have a special science when it comes to picking books.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Both. Although 99.9% of my shelf at the moment is fiction, I do have a lot of Non-fiction on my TBR list. Mainly philosophy and antient religons. (Well unless cookbooks count)
What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
I like both. It can be both together, apart. Sometimes a book with an "okay" plot but has beautiful writing, can make it worth reading (Scarlett Letter). Although I do like the writing to not be crap (Gunslinger) it doesn't have to be beautiful/elegent everytime. Characters are also important to me, but completely need (I'm refering to them (characters) whent they stick with you even when the book is closed/finished etc).
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
There is a whole group of characters from HP (Lupin, Tonks, Snape, Lucious, Fred and George, Arthur) Jean Valjean, Athos, Porthos, Artimis..... oh there is so many. A LOT.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
I don't have one on my nightstand per sae, but on my coffee table, I have Frankenstein and Mansfield Park.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
I just finished Suite Francaise
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
The second book in the Dark Tower Series by King. I barely made it through the first. I will finish the series eventually. But I push my self through the book, no matter how horried. I have this neruatic thing, where I HAVE to finish a book I start. Even if it takes a life time. (Althgouh I may very well just get over that sell the King books I have to a used book store and get 4 new, pretty read-worth ones... OHHHHHHHOOOOOO)
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