Fun Fridays: Reading Questions

I missed Old School Thursdays and haven’t been reading much because I’m writing more so here’s some questions for Fun Friday. There’s over 30 and I was going to divide them, but couldn’t be stuffed.

Oh and before I go I have another blog. I’ve gotten rid of my science and music ones and combined it to be a blog of things people share with me online or stuff I find. You get the picture if you read the What’s The Story page – Evens and Starts.

What are you currently reading? Contagious by Scott Sigler (been hanging for this book, mainly because it has a gas mask in the cover…)

What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it? Infected by Scott Sigler and I think it was great. Parts of it cracked me up, parts of it were sick, I love the banter between some of the characters, the lines that are used, and Dawsey. I’ve been telling some people to read it as well. I’m going to write a review in a few days (hopefully).

Has popular culture ever influenced your reading choices? Of course! How could it not? Popular culture influences people in many ways, some of which they probably don’t even notice. I probably let it influence me more in the last few years then I used to. There’s a lot I don’t notice because I won’t blindly follow trends so in a lot of cases these days I like to check out the source for something when someone makes a pop culture reference. I love discovering and learning about the origins of something, but I won’t read it if it’s not even remotely within my tastes.

More generally, how do you choose what to read? Like most things I use my feelings and instincts, but I will find books to read through observation and listening without being obvious, not necessarily asking. I also stumble across books via reviews or posts on forums.

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like reading? 10

Have you ever “faked” reading a book? I really don’t see how that’s possible when a book is in front of me (I read pretty much anything written if it’s around me or in front of me 0 not necessarily books) and why anyone would bother unless they’re hiding a book within a book, but I’d never read anything like in front of people if I didn’t want them to know about it.

What books would you like to read again for the very first time? Oh a lot of Anne Rice ones like The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of The Damned, and Memnoch The Devil which are three of my favourites and I read the shit out of them. Hmm and maybe a couple of others like Cry To Heaven and The Feast of All Saints. Other than Anne Rice, maybe the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare and The Shining by Stephen King.

Are there any books you’ve meant to read and still haven’t gotten around to? Plenty. I have a pretty long list of books to read – probably around 300 and I can’t think of one or two off the top of my head.

What time of day are you most likely to read? Any ole time. Sometimes I’ll literally start as soon as I wake up and those days I’ll end up reading all day. Other times it’s around lunch time or in the afternoon. And other times it’s around 7pm onwards. It really just depends on my mood and my day.

Where do you like to read? I don’t really have a place I like to read anymore. I pretty much do most of my stuff in the same places although I have started using my ‘gaming chair’ as my reading one as well, but that’s when it’s next to my sliding door. Otherwise I don’t really like any of the places I read. I need to find a reading place…

Are you the type to read regularly, or does the mood come and go? The mood comes and go and I read regularly. Regularly for someone doesn’t have to be every day at the same time. I go through phases where I will read like a champion up to four days and then I’ll take a couple of days break and then I’ll start another book and only read a certain amount each day till I finish that one. It all pretty much just depends on my mood, but it’s rare I go long in between books.

Do you re-read books often? Not anymore. I used to re-read books till the cows came home, but now I’ll only really do it if it’s part of a series with the next book coming out, it’s been more than 6 to 8 months, and I’m having real trouble remembering the details. I don’t get as much mental stimulation and newness in my life anymore so re-reading something can bore the pants off of me.

What genres are you most likely to read? A lot of fantasy these days like Urban, Dark, Young Adult Fantasy. Dystopia and that includes Science Fiction in that one. Vampires and not necessarily paranormal romance, but I will read some of those too. Classic Literature (and yes I consider that a genre now because it’s just easier for my brain) and Horror. I do prefer Dark Fiction, but these days Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction can be combined a lot.

Do you have a genre you like, but don’t get to read at all or often? Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Sado-masochistic Erotica, Dystopia and Horror (I mean real horror like it used to be and that I’m having a hard time finding).
Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? Fiction. I do enjoy non-fiction, but I also really enjoy reading to absorb myself rather then reading to learn. Sometimes I’m too exhausted to learn as I’m reading, but still want to read something.

Where do you keep your books when you’re not reading them? On the table next to my bed or on my bed, in easy reach.

What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? There’s several –  The Time Traveler’s Wife, Slights by Kaaron Warren, Gone by Michael Scott, The first two Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Infected by Scott Sigler,  and two graphic novels.

What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Maybe The Others by David Wind which is a shapeshifter/parallel universe sort of thing. It had such potential and was just shit. Especially seeing as it masqueraded as horror and it didn’t cut it by my standards.

Have you ever read a book and felt like you wasted your time? Oh yeah… The Castle by Kafka was pretty bad.  I also think The Mickel Therapy book by Dr David Mickel is a bloody joke and a waste of time too.

What was so bad about it? I never actually finished The Castle because there didn’t seem to be a point, but I did make a concerted effort even though he pretty much could come to the point within the first 5 pages. The writing style is such that Kafka is pretty much chasing his tale the whole time. I hate that book with a passion. It doesn’t help that everyone mistakes it for Dystopian when I reckon it’s more Absurdist fiction, but that’s just my opinion.

What are you looking forward to reading next? So many books! The Desert Spear is probably the highest on my list because it was meant to have been released yesterday and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for about two years now.

Have you read a book recommended to you that surprised you? Yes. Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett which is a Warhammer 40K trilogy. I wasn’t expecting to like it so much because it’s full blown Science Fiction to me which I don’t really read. Fortunately it is also pretty Dystopic so that helps a lot.

Are there any books you will never read? No matter how much someone swore by them? Yes I think there always will be, even if I don’t know the titles of them. Real girly chick lit for instance and if someone was adamant about me loving something I’d usually ignore it. Oh and books by Jane Austen unless they’re the parodies.

What book have you read the most times in your life? The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of The Damned, Memnoch The Devil, Imp by Andrew Neiderman, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, Carrie by Stephen King, Lightening by Dean Koontz, Audrina by V.C. Andrews, and Someone’s Watching by Andrew Neiderman.

What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? I have no idea. I think that’s really something that’s influenced by perspective so… if it’s something that’s just very gratuitous sexually, full of bad language, and lowbrow humour then maybe Rock ‘n’ Roll Babes From Outer Space. That’s not a bad thing though because it’s not a trashy book. If it’s lowbrow as in trashy it would probably have to be the Hotter Than Hell Anthology which is pretty much paranormal erotica and bloody terrible.

What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Depends on the interpretation of difficult. If it’s a heavy subject matter then it would be the Penguin book of Abnormal Psychology which I still haven’t finished. My brain has a melt down every time I try to read it.

If you could only read one genre of books what would it be? Either Horror or Fantasy because they’re both so diverse.

What is the best autobiography or biography that you have read? That’s a hard one! Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.

Who is a good read although you disagree with nearly every word? Twilight. I enjoy reading it, but it really rubs me the wrong way as well.

What was the best book you’ve read about a subject you don’t really care about? There’s a lot of subjects so that’s a really hard one. Plus I don’t really read subjects I don’t really care about.

Do you read in bed? I spend most of my time in or on my bed so yes.

Do you ever read while walking or driving? I can’t read while in the car because I get motion sickness. I do read when I’m walking around the house and used to read when I was walking everywhere.

Where is the strangest place you’ve read a book? Maybe the laundry. Nothing really springs to mind.

Has anyone ever read aloud to you or you to them? Yes. I’ve read aloud to kids and I remember a teacher reading The Hobbit to the class back in primary school. I know there were story times when I was younger too, but don’t remember them as well.

Do you read every word of a book, or skip parts that don’t hold your interest? Every word except for the one time when I passed over that ‘book’ in 1984 by George Orwell. It started to put me to sleep and I just had to skip it.

Do you ever read the ending first? Not anymore. I used to a lot though. It was one of the factors that helped me decide to read a book.

Did you ever agree to read a book somebody was pushing on you if they would read one for you in exchange? Not pushing, but yes. I agreed to read Eisenhorn if they agreed to read Twilight.

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