Random Book Survey

I saw this on Lynn’s Book Blog and decided to fill it out here too. Nothing profound or revolutionary, but entertaining.

  1. Favorite childhood book? Lord of the Rings, I guess. I enjoyed David Eddings and Dragonlance a bit more than I care to admit as well.
  2. What are you reading right now? Kamigari by Yamada Masaki. I’m in between English books at the moment, not sure what to start next.
  3. What books do you have on request at the library? Archform Beauty by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  4. Bad book habit? None that I can think of. I regret that I buy used or borrow from the library, rather than directly supporting the authors, but my children need shoes and food.
  5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Nothing for me at the moment.
  6. Do you have an e-reader? Yes, the cheapest Kindle I could find.
  7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? One at a time, though I usually have a Japanese book that I’m chipping away at in the background.
  8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? My habits in terms of consumption have not, but the way I read certainly has changed. I am more careful now of the relationships between my current book and the genre as a whole, and am always thinking of an angle for a post.
  9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? Hmmm. Probably Bloodstar by Ian Douglas. It wasn’t bad, but gave me no reason to continue the series. My tolerance for Military SF appears to have diminished lately.
  10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? Totally incapable of picking one. Check back at the end of the year, when I call out 10-15 favorites.
  11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Almost never, I guess, but my comfort zone is pretty wide.
  12. What is your reading comfort zone? SFF of course, historical fiction, spy novels, mainstream literature, history, political science, technology, economics.
  13. Can you read on the bus? Every day. It’s the only book reading time I have.
  14. Favorite place to read? Anywhere works, though I don’t read much off of the bus.
  15. What is your policy on book lending? Fine by me, though I don’t loan or borrow much.
  16. Do you ever dog-ear books? No. I use the interlibrary loan slips for bookmarks.
  17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? No.
  18. Not even with text books? Generally not.
  19. What is your favorite language to read in? English, but I work at Japanese as well.
  20. What makes you love a book? Like pornography, I can’t define it, but know it when I see it.
  21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? Anything I particularly like, to someone who seems interested.
  22. Favorite genre? Science Fiction. (Hard SF if I have to pick a subgenre.)
  23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Uhhh…. I have no answer for this. By definition, if I wished to read more of something, I would be reading more.
  24. Favorite Biography? Q, the Quincy Jones autobiography, but I don’t read many of these.
  25. Have you ever ready a self help book? Not that I know of.
  26. Favorite cookbook? Would have to break this down by region, since I regularly use about ten.
  27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction no non-fiction)? 3.11: Disaster Response and Political Change in Japan by Richard Samuels. Inspirational might not be the right word, but this is the most important book I’ve read. (Here, for interested parties.)

5 thoughts on “Random Book Survey

  1. Yeah, No.4 – I just let my children go without shoes (I do feed them though), they’ve grown up very tough with hobbit like feet and saved me a fortune (which alas was all squandered on novels).
    No. 23 – made me laugh!
    Great answers.
    I love random odds and sods like this.
    Lynn 😀

    • “Odds and sods” is a phrase I must use more often.
      I have a good sized collection of used SF paperbacks, but for now, I’m still in the hole for all my grad school textbooks. On the other hand, if there’s anything you ever wanted to know about Japan, I probably have a book about it.

  2. That was entertaining. That’s interesting that you don’t get to read much off the bus. You’re answer to #20 made me giggle. I also use many cookbooks, or El Internet, for cooking/baking.

    • Sadly, my after-work-but-before-bedtime time is consumed primarily by kids, then wife when she wants attention, then various music projects, then actually writing the blog, then very occasional sports viewing. Someday I will play games again. My commute is fairly long though, so I do get enough reading in.

      Cooking … yeah, we have maybe 30 or 40. No single book covers everything I want to eat.

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