Reading

The 7 Question Book Tag (Or Rather, 28 Question)

So many bloggers I follow did this tag and had such interesting questions, I answered in the comments and then as I found more questions, I decided I’d might as well put all my answers here.

Olivia’s Questions:

What is your favorite genre to read?
I feel like my favorites don’t necessarily have a “genre” always. I’m more drawn to authors, meaning, if I like an author, I will try all their works, but that doesn’t mean I will like any other author in the same genre. I do like many mystery authors though, but I wouldn’t say, I’d read any mystery book simply because it’s mysteries.

What was the best book you read for the first time last year?
I listened to the audiobook All Creatures Great and Small narrated by Christopher Timothy, best decision ever. I’m still not sold on audiobooks overall, but this is the type of book and narrator that brings out the work far better than merely reading it would. I’m currently on the 3rd of the series.

Do you remember when you first began to read? What drew you to it?
I apparently struggled to read, but my parents read aloud to us. I remember my dad reading the American girls books. Also, Mom used the 5 in A Row homeschooling curriculum which focuses on the Charlotte Mason method, using books to learn, so we had lots of lovely illustrated books.

How do you arrange your books? By color? By title? By author? By series? By something else altogether?
I keep my Barnes and Noble leather and Penguin clothbound editions separate and try to group them by color. Everything else has been divided between nonfiction and fiction, then fiction by author. But I’m going to be redoing my room plus have some newer paper backs and hardbacks that I might keep separate because they are pretty.

New books or used books?
New or like new, yet then I’m afraid to touch them, and might just end up reading a library version instead.

What tends to send you into a reading slump?
A lack of interest to try anything in my current library horde because I don’t know if I’ll like it or not. A determination to plow through a book I’m not enjoying but have disinclination to read. It’s better for me to put such a book down for a time and pick up another. Occasionally, an addiction to another form of entertainment. Usually that seems to come during the reading slump, but sometimes it’s before.

What tends to pull you out of a reading slump?
A easy read or an old favorite, this year thus far it’s been majorly Georgette Heyer, M.M. Kaye, and Mary Stewart

Eva’s Questions:

What’s the first book you can remember reading?
I, apparently, struggled to read. I can’t remember a first. I do remember getting the American girl books, and for some reason, I thought Kirsten was read to me, but I managed Felicity on my own? Or maybe I’m dreaming, those were advanced for someone who couldn’t really read.

First person or third person POV?
3rd all the way. First person only rarely.

What’s the longest series you’ve ever read? (It can be in terms of page numbers, amount of books in the series, or any other method of calculating.)
I’m pretty sure it’s Harry Potter, I feel I looked up word counts of books and that came up on top.

What book world would you least like to enter?
Well, the Hunger Games seems kind of cliche, but yeah, any dystopia (I loathe that genre overall).

Do you own any autographed-by-the-author books?
A book about regency times, it’s packed away and I can’t find it easily on Goodreads, so I don’t have the title.

What is your favorite place at which to buy books?
Currently, Barnes and Noble, ordering I mean, I usually buy giftcards at a huge discount (discount #1) and then wait for a discount from my membership card (discount #1).

Who is your favorite sibling duo/trio/etc in literature?
The Penderwicks are all I can think of from a quite scan of my Goodreads favorite books, I’m sure I have others though.

Katie’s Questions:

What’s one genre you used to avoid, but now love?
I’m not sure I really have this, classics is too broad, I didn’t read many classics as a teen, well, I didn’t read much as a teen as I struggled with it, but I don’t uniformly love all classics. And I can’t really think of any genre that I love that I hated. I’m more likely to be surprised by liking one book out of the genre. For example, I don’t tend to enjoy biographies because of the tone and the not so great historical accuracy (of perspectives, of comparison, of relative importance etc.), but I seriously enjoyed Tolkien’s bio, but that one book doesn’t convert me to the genre, but to the author.

Have you ever liked a movie adaptation better than the book? Which book? Why?
Eva mentioned this in one of her posts, I pretty sure everyone who has ever read the book and watched the movie prefer the movie for Alcott’s The Inheritance. I think sometimes I enjoy versions of Emma (movie or webseries) to book, because I can’t stand Emma herself, and the while not written in first person (I’m opposite to you on that, I can struggle with first person a lot) it is effectively written in her point of view, which is an obnoxious one.

Name one thing about your favorite genre that you absolutely can’t stand. Something you wish you could change.
That there aren’t enough well-written books in it? I always feel that I’m running out of authors I can respect whose books I can also enjoy.

When was the last time you shipped a non-canon book couple?
I don’t think I usually do, because 1) I generally read books where the author fits the characters together well 2) Most of the books I read don’t have true love triangles. Most rivals are either a bad guy or a boring guy, etc. 3) If I don’t like the way the book is going, I won’t finish it, and 4) I don’t really care to put couples who wouldn’t work in the actual story world together. I’m more likely to not like a couple or not like how one character ends up being bad, than actually having another couple in mind.

Jo and Laurie are the main couple I can think of, because it SHOULD be canon. I feel like there may be some smaller side characters couples I’d like together (like Luna and Dean), but nobody I’m really crying about.

How often do you write ‘rant reviews’? Or do you prefer to keep quiet if you didn’t like a book?
I’m better at criticism than elucidating why I like something, so yes to the ranting.

Thoughts on Charles Dickens? Love him, hate him, in-between him?
In-between. I loved much about his writing and conception, but the VERBOSITY, my stars, it’s hard to get through the books. Also, I do prefer a bit more character development, and his females are usually the worst in that department, they often lean toward only one characteristic. I haven’t read him in awhile though (because of all. the. words.).

Paperback covers: glossy or matte?
Matte, more elegant.

From Charity:

What was your favorite series as a child?
I had lots, but I’m going to go with Little House. I was definitely in a “Pioneer” phase, loved the books, sewed many sunbonnets from the sewing book, played “Pioneer,” played the Oregon Trail over and over.

What classic book do you feel most obligated to read?
Well, I have started War and Peace on Serial Reader ages ago, so I really want to finish it.

If you could run away with any fictional character, who would it be?
The first that popped into my mind was Martin from Faery Rebels trilogy and the Swift duology. I don’t know though, I think a Rosemary Sutcliff hero would be lovely, escaping would be the accurate term for that escapade though.

What is your true opinion of Agatha Christie?
She’s WAY overrated from an artistic standpoint. But I do like her books (not all) for an escapist read. I think I’m often disappointed though, or at least lately.

What’s the last book you read that made you see red?
I’ll TBR any book that makes me see red. The last I can think of was Prairie Fires an alleged biography about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’d already read Pioneer Girl so found the information about Laura redundant. But that wasn’t the main issue, the tone was absolutely condescending and demeaning to everyone, Laura, the reader, etc. And I can’t stand when non-historians touch history, this is usually the result.

What book would you most like to see turned into an ACCURATE movie?
I’m always afraid of my favorites being touched, also, I don’t think movies can accurately bring out what I love if I love the good-writing. I think a good series of Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries would be awesome. Plenty of the wit is verbal in those, so not too much would be lost.

If you could recommend any book, what would it be?
Well the Faery Rebels (middle-grade blends the ancient celtic faeries, the origin of Tolkien’s elves, not Disney fairies in modern Britain) trilogy and the connected Swift Nomad duology by RJ Anderson, they do not get enough love. I was lent them by and acquaintance (only the first two are available in the US) and the bought them on Amazon.uk.

7 Comments

  • Catherine

    I was hoping for Luna and Dean too! I’m surprised you don’t like Emma, everyone else seems to love her. She’s not my favourite but I think she’s one of those characters who probably works better on screen because she has to be charming – but it only works if you get the right actress, haha. Which Tolkien bio did you read btw?

    • Livia Rose

      I read the Humphrey Carpenter one as that seemed to be the most “official.”

      Emma is one of those personality types who can be charismatic but are so manipulative/self-deceived that they aren’t very honest. I can like them to a certain extent but never really trust or know them. And Emma, the way it’s written, the entire book is skewed to her perspective (I only realized that time on re-reading, maybe for the third time, JA makes us think we are getting an omniscient narrator since it’s written in the third person, but she is cleverly written the perceived omniscience from Emma’s point of view, which is especially clever since that is exactly what Emma thinks of herself), and her presumptions and assumptions just really annoy me.

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