Bookworm Questionnaire: General Questions

I’ve been compiling reading and author related questions for the last couple of months. I have quite a list now and I’m bored so I thought I’d post some of them. Hopefully I don’t repeat myself after the last ones I posted, but if I do, from now on I won’t be as I’ll be keeping track.

I also have the questions divided up into different categories and if anyone can point me in the right direction for more bookworm questions please let me know! I would really appreciate it (they can be so hard to find).

What five books mean a lot to you?

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  3. The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice
  4. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

What book would you recommend to someone right now? A Clockwork Orange

What does being a bookworm mean to you? A person with a passion for reading or an avid reader. I know a lot of people think of a bookworm as someone who reads and collects, but I think it’s more a person who reads rather then collects. Basically a bibliophage rather then a bibliophile (I’m showing my word nerdiness aren’t I?).

Are there any books that have changed your life or greatly influenced you? Anne Rice’s novels would have helped influence me, but there aren’t any books  that have changed my life. I think that might be a bit excessive and I never get how anyone can actually answer that question.

Are there any books you consider being a guilty pleasure? Yes, Twilight and a few other paranormal romance ones.

Do you have a specific genre that you consider a guilty pleasure? Paranormal Romance for sure because I’m not into romance or girly crap otherwise, but there’s some PR I actually really enjoy even when it makes me laugh because it’s absurd.

What’s your best literary festival/book fair experience? I haven’t really been to many, but I went to a Lifeline book fair a couple of years ago. The first day I lined up in the freezing bloody cold to get in and got such a great selection of books. Then we went the second day, but in the afternoon and they still had a big selection which was great.

Are there any books you can’t believe everyone has not read and loved? Yes and no. I can read some obscure shit so it doesn’t really surprise me if others haven’t even heard of it before. I am always surprised when people haven’t read Brave New World, but I can understand if people don’t love it. Oh, I Am Legend. I Am Legend is awesome and everyone who loves vampire fiction, dystopia, or just brain food should love I Am Legend. Yes, brain food as in wordy goodness. Mmm

What books most remind you of your childhood? Little Tiger Get Well Soon, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Choose Your Own Adventure Books, and a couple of other ones that I can’t remember the proper titles off the top of my head.

What kind of book are you in the mood for right now? Horror. Lately I’ve been really craving something sick and depraved, but that’s pretty hard for me to find so even just dark fantasy would make me happy. That and something that will make me laugh.

Do you like the smell of old books or just books in general? I love books in general and the smell of old ones. Walking into a library is euphoric for me.

Have you ever been so frightened by a book that you’ve had trouble sleeping? No. I’ve had trouble finishing one book, but not trouble sleeping. There hasn’t been a story out there that’s scary enough to do that to me. I did however have to put aside Rats by James Herbert because it freaked me out a little, but I might have been a bit wasted then.

Has a book ever made you unbearably sad? Bloody oath! It’s embarrassing, but I’ve had books that have made me cry like an idiot. I can’t think of any off the top of my head. The Time Traveler’s Wife did have me a bit teary, but not unbearably sad.

Are you comfortable with reading graphic sex scenes in books? Haha… I’ve read sado-masochistic erotica before and that’s one of my favourite genres. So yes I am comfortable with reading it. I’m actually more comfortable with reading graphic sex scenes then I am with seeing the soft porn that tries to pass as music videos these days.

What is your opinion on book banning? It’s one of those things that piss me off so much I can’t even discuss it.

Do you have a bookmark that you use or do you use something else? Yes. I have my new favourite bookmark one of my mates made me. It has a gas mask on it and it is awesome! That’s my new favourite. I have several bookmarks, but really only use one or two of them.

If you were stuck on a deserted island what three books would you want with you? The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice, 1984 by Aldous Huxley, and… Hmm… Something light. I’m tempted to say Twilight because even though there are other light reads that one I know I can read without reading the next one. Oh, alright, Twilight.

What book would you most like to see made into a movie? The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett which is already going to be made into a movie anyway. Score!

What book would you least like to see made into a movie? All of them, even the books I’d love to see as a movie, because there’s always a really big chance that they’ll fuck it up and it’s rare when it’s a great adaptation.

Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. I have had plenty of dreams about books and such, but I can’t actually remember any details and they weren’t really that weird. I remember dreaming about Harry Potter and Twilight.

Do you ever carry books with you? I used to, but I’m kind of stuck inside now so really only carry books around the house.

What frequently recommended books have you been unable to finish? Hmm Jane Eyre and one by David Gemmell, but I can never remember the title of it.

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