Fun Friday: 2010 Wrap Up

I borrowed this one from Perpetual Page Turner (she has a Mr Linky box if you want to check it out) and thought I’d use it as a combined wrap up for 2010 and as a Fun Friday. I know it is only the 24th and we have another week till the end of the year, but I’ve got several end of year posts for different things lined up over the next week including Top Picks, Highlights, and Must Reads of 2010.

1. Best book of 2010? I’ll be answering this one in my Top Picks so I’ll wait for that post.

2. Worst book of 2010? The Heroes of Asgard because it literally put me to sleep no matter how charming I found the mythological stories. Yes that’s right, it beat Eat, Pray, Love even though that was bad enough, but at least I finished it.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? I’d have to say Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan. It had a really intriguing plot, but I don’t know, I think it was just not as exciting for me as I was hoping. Then again I’d just come off of a really bad slump with picking up books I couldn’t get into.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Chasers by James Phelan. I was not expecting to be so engaged and for that ending, making it a great surprise.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Gone by Michael Grant or more like the Gone Series, I think I recommended Infected by Scott Sigler a few times, The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett, and Chasers by James Phelan, but I’m not really used to recommending reads to people. I’m amazed I recommended that many in the first place. Continue reading

Fun Fridays: Buying and Borrowing Questions

Questions for everyone to answer if you feel like procrastinating at some point, but a few updates first.

  • I have updated the About BA page to About Dutchie so it’s more personal (also because I would forget to update the other one regularly)
  • I’ve also put the old polls into an archives page which everyone can still vote on anyway
  • I have created new polls! And if you have a poll question you’d like to see let me know and I’ll include it.
  • I’ve also changed around the book club/reading guide page and divided that into two because my book club is full, but if anyone is still looking for one (in the Sutherland Shire, N.S.W) email me because there’s another one being put together.

How much time can you end up spending in a bookstore or library? If I had more energy I’d be in there for hours! A good half an hour to an hour on a well day is possible though. And if it’s the book store I leave that one after that amount of time and go to the other one…. Sometimes

Do you have a system when visiting a bookstore/library? Yes. If I’m going into A&R I check out the shelf with newly released ones first, then I make a beeline for the Fantasy/Sci-Fi shelf (because the arses don’t have a horror section) before heading on over to the Classics section  and then after that I’ll either go to the counter or wonder around if I feel like seeing something else.

I usually just follow my instinct or whatever I’m feeling at the time when I do that and when I’m browsing the shelves I usually skim them first before actually looking. If it’s the other book store though – Unleash – I’ll make a beeline straight to the classic section, then to the Fantasy/Sci Fi section because you can see the newly released books before you even enter the store. I won’t go wondering around in there either.

As for the library, it’s pretty rare I wonder around in there. Usually I do all my browsing online and then get it put on hold so I can pick it up and leave again.

What book do you like to give as a gift? I don’t have a specific book I gift. I actually don’t gift books that much. Majority of people I know aren’t obsessed with books like I am and I can think of plenty of other things to get them. Unlike me on the other hand who has apparently become hard to buy for. I don’t know when that happened… I guess books are just easier and I love them so that always helps, but there’s never a specific book to get everyone anyway.

Do you judge books by their cover? I try not to, but I can’t help myself. I’m an art person. If it looks trashy I usually steer clear.

Have you bought books based on their cover? Not bought, but I have checked them out because of their covers. It’s one of my methods of buying. If I’m browsing a store the image can pull me in and then I’ll read about the book.

Where do you usually buy your books? Angus and Robertson, but occasionally I’ll buy them from Unleash, Galaxy, The Book Depository or Ebay. Galaxy does some more obscure books, but even my tastes are too obscure for them sometimes so I have to rely on Ebay (I hate Amazon) or somewhere else online if I get desperate (Kazohinia is a good example of that, no one bloody has it).

Do you prefer brand new or second hand or does it not matter? Brand new because I prefer them in excellent condition, but I will give second hand a chance. I’ve acquired quite a few used books in the last few years and sometimes there really isn’t that much wear and tear. The only problem I have with second hand is when people write in them. If I could meet those people and slap them with that book I would and I’m a pacifist.

Online Vs Offline, which do you think is better? I think both of them have their merits. I am an old school buyer though and really do love to browse book stores, but being mostly housebound online can be far more convenient and there are times when the store can’t even order in certain books I want.

Do you borrow books? Occasionally or when I’m in the mood. I’ll go through phases where I will not buy, but will only borrow. Those are usually my library phases, because I don’t go out of my way to ask people for things except for my mum and now Sarah.

If yes, what was the last book that you borrowed? Tomorrow When The War Began and the following one which I have borrowed from Sarah

Do you let others borrow your books? Hmm… Books to me are something that you treasure. They’re a treasure in themselves and letting someone borrow something takes a lot of trust. I don’t trust very easily so apart from my Mum who appreciates books and knows where I’m coming from with them, it’s a very rare event when I let someone even touch my books. I usually have to put people through ‘tests’ without them knowing and a lot of people don’t pass them. I know I probably sound nuts, but stories and imagination are my life, so fucking with books is an unfathomable act. Basically if I let someone borrow my books it’s because I feel like they may understand this. Yeah I’m pretty sure I sound nuts…

Fun Fridays: Bookshelf Questions

Unfortunately I have not had the time or energy to organise a follow on from the Libraries Around The World post, but hopefully I’ll have one set for next week. In the meantime here’s some bookish questions for all you bookworms and if you fill them out and post them somewhere let me know (or you can even post them in the comments).

Do you know how many books you own? Yes, I try to keep track of what and how much I have because I’m pedantic! 529…

What was the last book or books that you purchased? The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein which I wasn’t meaning to buy, but it was there and just asking me to so I had to.

What were the last books you received as a gift? On The Road by jack Kerouac, The God That Failed,  and Kallocain by Karin Boye.

How do you organise or store your books? Pretty haphazardly these days. I used to be very pedantic about order (on my shelf ordered by author last name and then book title), but now I try really hard to keep a separate pile for read and non read books… It’s a losing battle.

How many book series, whether fictional or non-fictional, do you own? A lot! Can’t think of them off the top of my head so I have to go through them… I was going to list them all, but there’s so many it’s ridiculous so here’s the ones I have a complete set of and other then that I have an incomplete set of (mostly because they’re not finished) 30 in total and ones I have started by having one book, but haven’t gotten to yet or got over it at a total of 21.

  1. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice,
  2. The Axis/Wayfarer series by Sara Douglass,
  3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling,
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lews,
  5. Boudica by Manda Scott,
  6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer,

What one’s are your favourites?

  • Harry Potter
  • The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  • The Axis/Wayfarer series by Sara Dougless
  • The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
  • The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  • The Gone series by Michael Grant (highly recommended)
  • The Tales of The Otori by Lian Hearn
  • Boudica by Manda Scott
  • The Inheritance Circle by Christopher Paolini
  • Chevalier Vampire Knight by Mills and Ledroit
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan and those are pretty much all the ones I can remember off the top of my head.

How many trilogies do you own? No where near as much as series I know that for sure, but I’m so not going through them. There’s probably more then 10 though.

Which are your favourites? So far and including ones that aren’t finished –

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Demon Trilogy by Peter V. Brett
  • The Kingfisher by Patrick Rothfuss (unless that ends up being a series)
  • The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
  • The Beauty Books by Anne Rice
  • Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett
  • The Immortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire and there’s ones I haven’t finished yet, but I loved the first book.

Are your books in good condition or are you rough with them? I try to keep them in very good condition. I used to be really anal about creases, marks, or folds, but now I’m more lax about it. A lot of my books are second hand and of course if you read them enough they’re going to get worn, but I still try to look after them. People who are rough with them, bend the covers, and pages really freak me out. I feel like they’re being overly violent with them.

Have you completely read every book you own? No way! I think I’ve got about 200 books I haven’t read yet. I don’t know. I used to keep track of how many I had to read, but I’ve given up.

Do you collect a certain genre or do you have a special collection? I used to be quite the avid collector with collecting Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice books, but when I finished the Rice ones I kind of lost the obsession. I start now with new ones, but the passion isn’t there and besides I don’t really have the room. I am a collector at heart though so I have always got a collection going, but for now it’s more vague. I have been considering starting a Bizarro Fiction one lately…

Now if that was a non-fiction question it would be a yes because I have slowly been collecting books that are more spiritual, but not quite. I’m pretty strict with those books because I’m an atheist first and foremost.

Do you own more fiction or non-fiction? Fiction. I do have quite a few non-fiction, but I prefer fiction so I buy it more.

What author do you own the most books by? Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz are my biggest collections. I’ve also gotten quite a number of Sara Douglass and H.G. Wells.

What book do you own the most copies of? The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice. I have two copies of it. One was a gift and is a special edition. Other then that I can’t really justify having more then one copy of a book.

Fun Fridays: Author Questions

Questions about your favourite authors and their books because at the moment I’m not really reading or focusing on the internet (I’ve gone a little gaming crazy of late).

1. Top five authors

  1. George Orwell
  2. H.G. Wells
  3. Anthony Burgess
  4. Anne Rice
  5. Tobsha Learner

2. Have you ever managed to get one of your favourite author’s autographs? Yes, Anne Rice.

3. If you said No to the previous question, which of your favourite authors do you want an autograph from? I do have other favourite authors I’d like an autograph from. Tobsha Learner, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter V Brett, and maybe Dan Abnett. I think I’d give that last one to a certain someone though.

4. Have you ever visited the residence/museum of a famous author? No, but I did always want to go to New Orleans thanks to Anne Rice. Maybe check out H.G. Wells’ digs as well. Other than that there isn’t anywhere else I could think of going that actually has to do with a residence or museum of a famous author. The closest thing would just be locations because I’m usually more interested in the writer’s work rather than their lives.

5. What authors have you met? So far only Chris Froggatt who is writing the Tales of Ghrymatti series.

6. And if none what authors would you like to meet? Anne Rice, Tobsha Learner, Linda Jaivin, Peter V. Brett, Stephen King, Patrick Rothfuss, Dean Koontz, and a lot that aren’t alive anymore.

7. Do you follow any blogs by your favourite authors? Sort of. I’m not very good at actually following blogs so I have several of them bookmarked or have feeds, but rarely check in with them unless I remember to which isn’t very often. So I sporadically follow Peter V. Brett’s, Patrick Rothfuss’s, Sara Douglass, Kaaron Warren, Kathleen Duey, Jennifer Fallon on Voyager (for Fallon Friday) and several others, but I don’t know about being favourites. Maybe just most enjoyed?

8. Do you follow any blogs by any authors? Same as above as I also included ones that I have read or interest me.

9. What is the most recent author you’ve gotten into? I don’t really ‘get into’ authors anymore. For instance Scott Silger is a new one and I like his infected books, but I’m not about to go out and read all of them. I haven’t done that in years. I think it’s because I have a hell of a lot of books to read already and quite a few authors I follow. It doesn’t mean that when I come across a new author I don’t look into their other books, I do, but I also don’t go ballistic and become fanatical over reading everything they have ever written.

10. Do you have authors that you have been meaning to check out? Not really. I have extra books from authors I have already discovered to check out, but mainly when it comes to checking out new books it’s the books and not the authors I come across. I can’t remember the last time I was recommended an author to check out… Wait, Clive Barker. I remember being recommended Barker because I’m a Rice fan, but I don’t usually take too well to author recommendations because a lot of the time people get it very wrong.

Do you prefer the French or the Russians? Both actually. I love the whole Russian classic literature genre and also Russian literature born from views of Communism (I also just love the names of Russian authors). I also like French erotica and there are books in other genres that have interested me. Honestly though, I haven’t been able to read much of either. I do have a list of French and Russian books to read in future, but there’s just so many books to read. I need more hours in a day.

Do you like authors from a specific background or nationality? Not really, at least not with authors. I do like stories written from certain countries because I love different cultures so naturally I’ll be drawn to stories that are from those different countries, but I don’t have any specific favourites or track down specific authors based on background and nationality. I do sometimes start to when it comes to something such as orientation or heritage that I can related to, but that’s usually pretty vague and short lived.

Who do you think is the most overrated author alive today? In all honesty and probably the most obvious answer – Stephenie Meyer. No offence to her, but so many people think she is a brilliant author. I’ve read her books and have found them entertaining, but there are authors out there who have left me absolutely dumb struck after reading their books and yes her books can emotionally suck you in, but they don’t leave me dumb struck and questioning.

Which authors do you think have the best humour when writing? I’m going to take that as ones that actually make me laugh during their writing rather than ones that make me smile or only make me laugh with certain characters. Scott Sigler, Kaaron Warren, H.G. Wells cracks me up (I literally broke out laughing when I read only one line during a conversation between two characters. I got funny looks because it’s H.G. Wells), Sandy Mitchell sometimes, Dean Koontz, Linda Jaivin and I can’t think of any non fiction writers.

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.

    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.

    Bookworm Questionnaire II

    I realised I hadn’t posted in about a week and my net speed is too slow to do a thorough post so I found some bookish questions to post instead.

    On your night-stand now: I have a tendency to pile up books that I plan to read in the coming months on my bedside table so there’s quite a few… Blacktown by Shane Weaver, Nation by Terry Pratchett, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan, Tallow by Karen Brooks, The Heroes of Asgard by A & E Keary, The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, Inside Mr Enderby by Anthony Burgess, The Marvellous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum, White Tiger – Kylie Chan. Yeah, just a few.

    Book you’ve “faked” reading: I don’t think I could fake it if I tried. Even if it’s a book I’m not interested in, if something with words is placed in front of me I just can’t help myself. I have to read it.

    Book you’ve bought for the cover: I don’t buy books for their covers. I do, however, pick books up to read their synopsis based on their cover. Covers and titles are the deciding factor for me if I don’t find my favourite authors or what I’ve set out to buy. The latest one I bought would be Ilium by Dan Simmons and I picked that up because the cover was black and white.

    Favourite book when you were a child: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs and Little Tiger Get Well Soon by I have no idea. I loved that book. I loved that book so much I even have a copy now and I’m 27 in a few days… I also remember a book that had paper puppets which you move around to different pages and there’s my book of World Fairy Tales that I have had for 20 years. Great book that, it’s chock full of fairy tales from all over the place.

    Book that changed your life: I don’t know about changing my life, but possibly my reading habits. For instance I used to only read Horror or Dark Fiction until I picked up Lord of The Rings. I didn’t start getting into fantasy after that, but that would probably be the starting point of me branching out with the genres I read.

    Favourite line from a book: “By the tits of my ancestors!” which I think is a line from the series I’m currently reading (Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan). Really though, I don’t have a favourite. I used to quote Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and had a habit of saying Mon Dieu and a few other lines or exclamations from those books (I loved Lestat – who could not love a bisexual vampire when you’re a bisexual who is a fan of vampires?). There have also been a few oaths from Warhammer 40K books (like Emperor’s Bowels), but there aren’t really any lines that actually stick out or make that much of an impact on me. Maybe I move on too quickly.

    Top 5 favourite authors: I don’t read books that much based on authors anymore so I’ll list authors that make an impact on me, whether I have read more then one of their books or not (I may have been meaning to, but not gotten around to it yet).

    1. H. G. Wells – Is really bad at endings usually, but he has such a splendid imagination.
    2. Richard Matheson (I Am Legend)
    3. Anthony Burgess
    4. George Orwell
    5. Anne Rice – Pre-Jesus Anne Rice

    Book you can’t believe that everyone has not read and loved: Don’t know about loving them, but I’m always surprised when someone says they haven’t read (or heard of) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Lord of The Rings. With the latter it’s usually when it’s a person who loves Fantasy. I can’t understand how they can read it and not read LOTR.

    Book you are an “evangelist” for: Hmm I don’t usually spread the love or preach about books I’ve read. If it is a book that makes an impact on me then I might mention it a few times for the next couple of weeks, but mostly I keep that to myself. I have mentioned Brave New World to a handful of people, also Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion to my Mum… I can’t think of any others. At least I’m not preaching about any books at the moment.  It’s better to just ask me about books rather then waiting for me to suggest something.

    Book you most want to read again for the first time: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, I Am Legend and maybe the Boudica Series by Manda Scott.