Booking Through Thursday: Thankful

What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered?
Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them?
Why do you appreciate them so much?

I could name so many authors that I have come to love over the years but I would really like to mention the ones that got me into reading. My picks are very common and popular authors but it is what it is.

Nora Roberts: For introducing me to the romance genre. I used to read her books in one sitting when I was in college. Although I can’t claim I have read all her books but I have read many.
Sidney Sheldon: I’ve read all his books and it’s because of his books that I started trying other books in the mystery genre.
Robin Cook: I never liked Science Fiction or medical mysteries until I read his books. Even now he is the only author in this genre that I love the most.

I have mentioned this many times on my blog but I’ll say it again. I never read much as a child. I started reading only when I was in High School. And if it weren’t for these authors I probably still wouldn’t have read much. So yes, I’m definitely thankful.

Booking Through Thursday: Reading Questions

1. Favorite childhood book?
I did not read a lot when I was young, but I remember reading ‘Round the World in 80 days’  many times.

2. What are you reading right now?
Ash by Melinda Lo. Loving it so far.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
By request if you mean reserve, none. My library charges some amount for reserving books.

4. Bad book habit?
None. Really. May be sometimes I dog ear. Sometimes.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
I have 5 books checked out
Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods
Ash by Melinda Lo
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo
Disasters from the Edge by Anderson Cooper

6. Do you have an e-reader?
No

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Only one.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
This cannot be answered in short but in one word-drastically.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
The Blue Notebook by james Levine .

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Many-but the latest is Bonobo Handshake which I just finished yesterday. Hope fully a review will be coming up soon.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Once in a while I do.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Memoirs, YA, Romance, Women’s fiction.

13. Can you read on the bus?
I can if I read very slowly.

14. Favorite place to read?
My bed.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I avoid lending books to people who don’t handle them properly or worse don’t return them.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Yes

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Only when they are academic books.

18.  Not even with text books?
see 17

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. I also read Marathi sometimes. Hindi takes more time to read.

20. What makes you love a book?
It could be anything from the plot to the writing to the setting.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
see 20

22. Favorite genre?
YA, memoirs (non-fiction), Women’s fiction, Romance

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Horror. I just don’t seem to find the right books.

Favorite biography?
I don’t think I have read many biographies.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
A couple but I’m not a fan.

26. Favorite cookbook?
None. I google.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
For me most of the memoirs I’ve read have been inspirational in some way or the other.

28. Favorite reading snack?
I avoid eating while reading. But chips could work.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The Handmaids Tale.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t pay a lot of attention to the critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I feel bad and uncomfortable but it’s something that has to be done.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Arabic

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
ummm…I don’t remember a book intimidating me.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Again…none

35. Favorite Poet?
I don’t read poetry. I love a couple of e.e.Cummings poems though.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Usually 6 because that is the limit.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
A couple of times

38. Favorite fictional character?
Darcy

39. Favorite fictional villain?
The Harry Potter one.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Romance, YA, chick lits

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A couple of months when there were exams but lately only 10-15 days.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Many.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
TV

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Memoirs of a Geisha. The Magan Fowler version of Anne of Green Gables.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Kite Runner
Twilight

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Rs. 2000

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Sometimes, mostly when it’s non-fiction

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I don’t like it obviously and if I have to leave it for some reason, it’s difficult to get back in.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
yes

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I like to keep my books

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
A couple.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The blue Notebook

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
many

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
again, The Blue Notebook

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Romance

I was about to leave it halfway but I had already answered 20 so I decided to finish it. There were a few repetitions and besides it was too long. I guess I have less patience these days.

BTT: Why you read?

Suggested by Janet:
I’ve seen this quotation in several places lately. It’s from Sven Birkerts’ ‘The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age’:

“To read, when one does so of one’s own free will, is to make a volitional statement, to cast a vote; it is to posit an elsewhere and set off toward it. And like any traveling, reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left. To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or one’s orientation toward it.”

To what extent does this describe you?

Honestly? I’m not sure I understand everything in the quote above. I had to look up volitional and posit 🙂

reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left“. I understand this as reacting to the book from where you are at that moment in your life. Your experiences, your surroundings affects what you take from a book or how you relate to it. So in that sense yes, I agree with it.

To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or one’s orientation toward it.” I don’t agree with this. Just because I want to read, say YA, does not mean I miss that stage in my life. My orientation towards YA could be because of completely different reasons. But then again, it could be insufficiency in a total different way. I might feel like reading books set in colder regions just because I live in a hot place.

We humans need constant change, we like to know and experience things that are different than our own. At least that is my basis for reading other than entertainment of course.

BTT: Reading encouragement

Suggested by Barbara H:

How can you encourage a non-reading child to read? What about a teen-ager? Would you require books to be read in the hopes that they would enjoy them once they got into them, or offer incentives, or just suggest interesting books? If you do offer incentives and suggestions and that doesn’t work, would you then require a certain amount of reading? At what point do you just accept that your child is a non-reader?

Honestly I have no clue because I don’t have any kids nor do I interact with kids or teenagers who would require reading encouragement.

You know I always think that when I have kids I would really want them to be book lovers. It opens up a whole new world, not to mention hours and hours of entertainment. I know it’s weird but I really want a girl so that I can give all my books to her as an inheritance. Most of the books I have are the ones women would like to read. All the romance books might not go down well with a boy.

But anyway, I’m digressing. As far as I’m concerned, no one encouraged me to read, neither at home nor at school. I started reading pretty late and it just happened. I guess it’s about finding the right book at the right time. With teenage girls you cannot go wrong with Nancy Drew’s and just progress from there. Besides the kind of books that are getting written in the YA category, I don’t think there is ever going to be a dearth of reading material.

But then again, if my kids do not like reading it’s not going to be the end of the world. I would definitely be very sad, but I would eventually be okay with it. Time will tell.

I’m definitely interested in reading answers of the experienced people out there.

Booking through thursday: Twisty

Jackie says, “I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings. What is your favourite book with a fantastic twist at the end?”
So, today’s question is in two parts.

1. Do YOU like books with complicated plots and unexpected endings?

2. What book with a surprise ending is your favorite? Or your least favorite?

I’m not really sure what kind of endings I prefer. I think it depends on what genre of books I’m reading. When it comes to Romance books I prefer happy and neatly tied up endings, but then again I did love Love Story and Gone with the Wind.

I would like to think I like unexpected endings, take for e.g. My Sisters Keeper. That was totally not what I was expecting but I loved it. I’m sure there are books where I haven’t liked the turn the plot has taken but can’t seem to recall anything at the moment.

I don’t usually like complicated plots. I don’t have a lot of patience with them. I used to get only half an hour to read everyday. A complicated plot means trying to recall everything I’ve read a day before and too many breaks which is definitely not appealing. But then again I did love The Da Vinci Code which was complicated to me as I’m not a Christian. I had to struggle with basic concepts too.

See? I told you. I’m a very confused person or maybe I just don’t have a preference unless the ending and the plot is smooth flowing and not an attempt to be deliberately shocking.

But there is one kind of ending I absolutely DO NOT like. The ones that are incomplete.

What about you?

BTT: Blurb: What attracts you to a book?

btt2Suggested by Jennysbooks:
Something I’ve been thinking about lately: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?”

hmmm…very interesting.

For me, words like “true story”, “war zone”, “fairy tale”, “scary”, “southern charm”, “romantic”, “in the depths of the forests”, “magical” make a book irresistible.

What I won’t care about is probably “spiritual journey”, “suffering from incurable disease”, “sports”, “has to take a super secret chip from Russia and plant it in the USA and then act as a spy by infiltrating the British Army” (basically anything that looks too complicated)

That’s it’s actually. But I am a very impulsive person; I just might pick anything depending on whim and if any blogger I trust effectively pitches it 🙂

I have answered the question considering what I understood is correct 🙂

Have you ever lied about reading a book?

Two-thirds of Brits have lied about reading books they haven’t. Have you? Why? What book?

Ummm…no. Not exactly. Okay let me explain. I have never ever said I’ve read a book when I haven’t even opened the first page. But…I do say I’ve read the book when I have left it midway.

Books that come to my mind are The Fountainhead, To Kill a Mockingbird and possibly a couple more. I have read more than 200 pages of these books. Then I just couldn’t go on. I think I might like both these books if I read them now, I’m just not sure. But if you ask me if I’ve read them without being really interested in what I answer, I’ll probably say ‘yes, I have’.

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But if you really want to discuss I will tell you why I did not finish these books, it all really depends on whom I’m talking to.

What about you?

BTT: Biggest book you’ve read recently?

What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)

Definitely The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood. I even wrote a review. This book had been on my wish list for a long time and I finally got to read it. I was expecting a 5 star read and even though I liked it, it got only a 3.5 from me. But yes, I will definitely read another book by Atwood because I loved the writing.

Also, Carrie by Stephen King. Not only in terms of the book, but in terms of the author too. It was the first Stephen King book I read (not counting the Eyes of the Dragon) and I loved it. Definitely looking forward to reading more by him.

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What about you?

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BTT: Recent fluff

What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

Hmmm…that actually depends on what fluff means to you. I count chick-lit, romance in the fluff category, but that doesn’t mean that they are not awesome or intellectual reads.

Let me see.

I’ve read The Grand Finale and The Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz recently and I still haven’t reviewed them here. So here’s the short of it without the plots, just a general idea of what I thought of the books.

The Grand Finale by Janet Evanovich: I had heard so much about Janet Evanovich and about how funny her books are. So I grabbed this book when I saw it in the library. I liked the book but not as much as I expected to. And although I smiled a few times I did not find it that funny. Weird considering how much my sister liked the sense of humor in this book. The good part was that it was a quick, light read. I read it in a single sitting which is very rare these days. Sadly I did not connect with any of the characters and the plot was kind of common too.

The Family Man by Jayne Ann Krentz: I picked this book when I found that nothing held my interest. I was going through what we call the reader’s block. This book helped me get out of it. The plot was normal, nothing new in it but I really liked how the heroine was portrayed in this book. She was working and she was good at what she did. She was also very ambitious and was planning to open am eating joint of her own. The romance was normal but I liked the family dynamics in it.

BTT: funniest book you’ve read recently?

What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

Oh well, I don’t read many funny books. As in I don’t go out of the way to pick “only” funny. I have Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris which I thought was funny enough.

Otherwise I have read books recently which had a lot of humor in them. Vamped and And then everything Unraveled come to my mind.

Somehow I feel I’m not too much into funny books or comedy for that matter. I am planning to read more David Sedaris and Nick Hornby but I’m no hurry.

One book I do remember reading and laughing out loud is Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur. It’s a story about an Indian Village boy who goes to America for studies and how his friends make plans for him so that he looses his virginity. Well, something like that. I think it’s also been made into a movie but I haven’t seen it yet.

But this book was real funny. I think Indians would understand it better because a lot of jokes would be tangent to other people. But it’s still fun. Do read it if you ever get the chance.

What’s the funniest book you have read recently? Please do give me any suggestions…