Follow Friday asks this week: What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?
If you mean lately, within the last few months, than I would have to say the final third of Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand. It was the most amazing emotional journey that I went on. It was not only gripping, but it was also so emotionally wrenching that I still remember it 4 months later. I can never recall crying as hard as I had when I read those final chapters.
This week Crazy for Books asks: Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?
Simple answer: no. If they were being held in Seattle, I would consider it. I don’t make enough money to consider going and I would have to make it a priority through out the year in order to go.
Friday Follows asks this week: Give us five book related silly facts about you.
1. Most of the books that I have bought, I haven’t read and are still in purchased condition.
2. My TBR is really insane and I don’t know what the count is.
3. I have probably spent thousands of dollars on library fines
4. I am able to read a number of books at one time, as I can separate the storylines and can follow them all quite easily.
5. I typically borrow more books than I know I can read.
Crazy for Books asks this week: If you could physically put yourself into a book or a series, which one would it be and why?
The series that I would put myself into would be the Harry Potter series. I know it probably sounds cheeky and typical, but I liked how even if one was slightly different, one was accepted for who they where. It is also a world that seems so different from the one that we live in and if I wanted to escape the realities of the magical world, one could always go into the Muggle one, even if it were just for a moment.
Follow Friday asks this week: What makes up your non-human family?
Nothing. I don’t own a pet, nor do I wish to. I really don’t like dogs and cats freak me out as well. Also, I am gone for two months during the summer and so I don’t see the need to have a pet around.
The question posed this week is: Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?
I read quite a few different genres, so I can’t say that I read just one type of genre specifically. But I suppose if you have to ask what genre that I read the most prolifically and have read for the longest time its Christian fiction. I have read it for about 15 years on a regular basis, despite the objections that I have about the genre as a whole. I have cut back and don’t read it as often as I once did, but I still read the occasional book. I primarily read it because I see it on a regular basis when I go to church on the weekends. What draws me to it is that occasionally I will find a book that I will really enjoy and not feel as though it is a cliched, Christian novel.
What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone’s blog?
Between podcasts and my occasional reading of blogs, I would have to say the book that I have discovered is Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.
What book influenced or changed your life? How did it influence/change you?
The book that influenced/changed my life was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. They influenced/changed me because they changed my reading habits. Prior to reading those two books, especially Jacob Have I Loved, I was primarily reading pulp fiction and wasn’t reading books that didn’t have any sort of literary value, ie The Babysitters Club. I had to change my reading habits because the school I was attending didn’t have that great of a library and there were no Babysitter Club books (if there were any, there weren’t many available). Anything that I liked to read wasn’t available to me and at the time, the public library didn’t have a great system for requesting books. In otherwords, I had to ask the library staff to request a particular book from within the system and I wasn’t exactly able to tell if they had a book that I wanted to read. It wasn’t a great era for young adult literature and most of it was books that were either too young for me to read (I had already read all of the Little House books by this time) or were way above me in terms of reading ability. As a result I started to read more adult literature and by the time I was half-way through my first year of high school in Grade 8, I had read half of Les Miserable (the unabridged version) and had fallen in love with Jane Eyre, after starting it one night after my sister had broken her collarbone while skiing one evening and forced to wait for her in the waiting room and nothing else for me to do.
This week’s question is:
Do you have an under notice author that you think we should all know about?
David Bergen. He’s a Canadian author that has written several books, including The Time Inbetween. From what I have heard, the book is really good.
“What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest notes, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?”
What I like is the fact that the reviews are of books that I probably would have never read. I get to discover new books, books that I wouldn’t thought about trying.
Friday’s question is….
What do you do besides reading/reviewing as a hobby?
I follow sports, mainly the NFL and the NHL. I honestly don’t know why I became such a sports junkie, but I think it had something to do with the fact that I was exposed to sports on a regular basis when I was quite young. In fact, when I was in elementary school, I came home one day and told my mom that we had sung the “hockey song” in school that day. My mom apparently was confused and eventually figured out that the “hockey song” was in fact the Canadian national anthem (I had probably heard it on a broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday and just assumed it was the “hockey song”). My favourite teams? From the NFL, I would have to say it is the Seattle Seahawks and from the NHL, it would be the Vancouver Canucks and the Montréal Canadiens.
“What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?
The book that was hyped a lot that I did NOT enjoy was The Big Short by Michael Lewis. Part of the reason that I didn’t like the book is that the book at times got a little too technical for my liking. And while I understand why he needed to write the technical stuff on stocks, I felt it took away from the flow of the three stories that he was telling. When I posted the review, I was glad to get the book done with. Nothing against Mr. Lewis’ writing, I just felt that he could have put an index at the back of the book, as there were things he mentioned later on in the book, that I had completely forgotten about and were clearly mentioned earlier in the book.
Friday’s question is….
What is your favourite book cover?
I don’t think I really have a favourite book cover, as there are many covers that I have liked and can’t really pick one of my collection at the moment.