Hermann Hesse (via inatt)
James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
1, 2, 9, 10, 23, 27, 33 y 35! =D
Already answered 1, 23, 27, 33, and 35 :)
2. What are you reading right now? Right now I’m reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin and Cortazar’s Imagen de John Keats. I’m also rereading El Tunel and Rayuela.
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? Te pido un taxi.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? To Kill a Mockingbird and Saramago’s Blindness.
1, 4, 20, 23, 35, 39, 51
1. Favorite childhood book? The Steadfast Tin Soldier! Hands down. Such a fucked up story but I remember loving it.
4. Bad book habit? Whenever I get to the end of a chapter my eyes immediately jump to the last lines. I’ve ruined many chapter endings this way.
20. What makes you love a book? Great writing. Of course an enthralling plot and characters with depth are important factors, but like I said before I pay a lot of attention to language, so author’s craft and style are what I notice first.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Science fiction.
35. Favorite Poet? I haven’t read that many poetry books so as to have a favourite author but I really like Keats, Neruda and Bukowski. I’ve been slowly getting into the works of T.S Eliot and Whitman and I’m thoroughly enjoying that as well.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Stephen King’s! I’ve only read Salem’s Lot and it scared the crap out of me. But I definitely want to start reading more of his books as I’ve seen and enjoyed lots of movie adaptations of his works. Except for It. I do not want to be near that book or film in my life. Just no.
7, 19, 38
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Well, it depends on the situation. Sometimes if I start reading a book and I’m hooked, that’s it, that’s the only book I’ll be reading until I finish it. But then other times I’d hit a reading slump and that’s when books start to pile up on my bedside table. Right now I have 4 sitting there.
19. What is your favourite language to read in? Though I love my mother tongue, I love reading books in English. When I read in English I don’t just concentrate on the story, I also pay attention to new words, collocations, phrasal verbs, punctuation, etc. So not only do I get to read a story, I get to learn so much about the language which helps me expand my vocabulary. And I love that.
38. Favorite fictional character? Clarisse form Fahrenheit 451 and Scout form To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not sure yet that Horacio Oliveira from Cortázar’s Hopscotch is a favourite of mine, but I find myself thinking about him a lot so he gets a shout out.
27, 29, 33
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Sadly, I haven’t read many books this year, like ten or so. But out of those To Kill a Mockingbird was hands down the most inspirational. It was so, so good. After I finished it I wanted to kick myself for not reading it sooner as it had been sitting in my bookshelf for years.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Eric Hobsbawm’s trilogy The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital and The Age of Empire. I read them three years ago for a class, and just seeing them piled up was intimidating. And yes, even though these are separate books I pretty much had to read them as one ‘cause I would read one after the other since it was a very dynamic class and you had to be up to date with the assigned readings. I think I was more intimidated by my teacher than the books, though. She was really great and extremely passionate about her subject. She was like a walking history book.
1. Favorite childhood book?
2. What are you reading right now?
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
4. Bad book habit?
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
6. Do you have an e-reader?
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
13. Can you read on the bus?
14. Favorite place to read?
15. What is your policy on book lending?
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
18. Not even with text books?
19. What is your favourite language to read in?
20. What makes you love a book?
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
22. Favorite genre?
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
24. Favourite biography?
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
26. Favourite cookbook?
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
28. Favorite reading snack?
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
35. Favorite Poet?
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
38. Favorite fictional character?
39. Favourite fictional villain?
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
52. Name a book that made you angry.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
José Saramago, The Notebook
- Did you know that I can be in two places at the same time?
- No… that’s impossible.
- Do you want me to show you?
smellslikeclean replied to your post:
What do you think about “Rayuela”?
Admitiendo de entrada que cuando se trata de Cortázar es muy difícil para mi ser imparcial, debo decir que me encantó Rayuela. Es todo un viaje. Lo tengo siempre en mi mesa de luz y de vez en cuando lo abro en cualquier página y lo leo un rato. De mas está decir que siempre descubro algo nuevo. Me hubiese gustado mucho haberlo leído cuando fue publicado para entenderlo mas a fondo, pero igualmente creo que el destiempo le agrega algo especial a la historia.
misslibrelula replied to your post:
Now I’m just having a vision of zombie!Cortázar and I’m sure he’d be a laugh.
Upon deep thought on this I’ve come to the conclusion that my love for Cortázar can only be surpassed by my love for zombie!Cortázar, so CLEARLY this needs to happen. For.Serious.