I found (and answered) these questions over on 101 Books – feel free to leave your answers to all, or some, of the questions in the comments (or re-post if the notion takes you 🙂 ).
1. What’s the first book you remember reading?
Alpaca by Rosemary Billam – I can’t actually find this anywhere anymore and Internet searches don’t bring up much, but I absolutely adored this book as a very young child, maybe around 4 years of age??
2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
I can think of some that came pretty close and really got the essence of the books, but they weren’t better. I’ve never read The Green Mile but I imagine it would be hard to beat that movie.
3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
Paper. Hands down. Every time.
4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
It had been a long time since I’ve read on a beach, and I’ve never read in a mountain cabin. If I had the choice right now though I’d say beach.
5. Favorite punctuation mark?
The ampersand (&).
6. Most annoying grammatical error?
There’s so many. I’m a full-on grammar fiend. That’s not to say I always get it right, especially with the “older” uses like “who” and “whom”. But my biggest pet peeve is “your” and “you’re”. It’s the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.
7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
Don’t know if I would go so far as to say embarrassed, but I am pretty sheepish about the sheer number of classics I haven’t read, which is why I set up my Classics Club challenge.
8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
Again, not so embarrassed. I’d say the ones people think I should be embarrassed about are probably the Twilight series and 50 Shades of Grey. If Ana said, “oh my” one more time… I get the book snobbery when it comes to these titles (more so for 50 than Twilight), but they are guilty pleasures and I found them to be highly entertaining. I stand by my bad choices, damn it!
9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl. I could happily stay up for hours and get most of my “great ideas” in the evenings, and I could happily lie in bed forever in the mornings. I’m a very talkative person and I can barely speak until I’ve had a strong coffee.
10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
I don’t have any yet, but I imagine I’ll want to control the adult content and themes for a good few years. I’d also want to encourage reading outside of the comfort zone and challenging beliefs and opinions through reading as they get older… and obviously they’ll HAVE to read Harry Potter. When I was growing up my the magazines I was allowed to read were censored much more than the books – magazines aimed at 10-14 year old girls (Shout and Mizz) had agony aunt questions that were deemed highly inappropriate. Looking back, I can see that they were pretty risque, but all the girls I know who read them turned out OK! In terms of books, I don’t think I’ve ever been told I couldn’t read something, only that I would appreciate it more if I was older, and for that I’m pretty grateful.
What about you? Would you prefer the seclusion of a log cabin over the beach? Or (shock, horror) digital over paperback? Let me know 🙂