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Book meme while I avoid work

I usually don't do memes, but this one is about books, and I'm having a seriously hard time getting my brain back into work mode, so here goes!

Questions stolen from irreparable. 40 of them, but I'm only going to use the ones I like, because I'm totally a rebel that way.

1: Currently Reading

Space Station Rat by Michael J. Daley

2: Describe the last scene you read in as few words as possible. No character names or title.

A super-intelligent rat is trying to learn enough to survive on a space station.

4: Quick, you're in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first?

As Warchild is still eating my brain, Jos is the first name I thought of. I guess that's a good enough fake name, as it could pass for a real one, and for male or female.

6: Public library or personal library?

Technically personal. Nowadays, as I'm broke, all of the books I read "fell off the back of a truck" -- I download (pirate) them. Rarely I buy one from Amazon, when I love an author enough that I want to support them. One day I'll happily go back to buying more of them.

7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion?

The very beginning -- the first line, the first paragraph, maybe so much as the first page. Hook me from the start and you'll have my heart.

8: Why are you reading the book you're currently reading?

While I have another book containing a short story from the Warchild author, I felt the need to read something lighter. I tried a collection of short stories from someone else, but I'm not going to finish that book. A book about a rat on a space station seemed perfect for "lighter".

9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name?

Hmmm. I wouldn't use my real name for sure (I hate it). I don't like cute fake names either though... I'd probably come up with some general name, likely male. David [something that doesn't start with D]. I've loved the name David since I was a young kid.

10: Do you listen to music when you read?

Oh god no. Silence please. Even people talking (like in a waiting room) makes it hard for me to lose myself in a story.

11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?

Hrm. None really... Now and then I read fanfic for the Avengers, so I suppose that, but sadly I'm really not active in fandoms anymore. [Edit: Oops! I missed the word 'book' in the question. If I had to pick a book fandom, Harry Potter, though I'm all but out of that fandom. Rarely I read fic based on it.]

12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.)

I read the end of the Stephen King Dark Tower series at work, which was a big, big mistake. It was so good, I couldn't wait a whole day to finish it, but the series had such a sad ending. I had to read a line, stop and do work, then read another line to try to keep from sobbing at my desk. I should have just waited and read it that evening.

15: Post a shelfie.

I'd love to do this one! Sadly last night I packed a box of books up to donate, and I don't have even a whole shelf left of physical books I'm keeping. Imagine a picture of my Kindle here. :P

16: Rant about anything book related

Oh like I need an invitation to rant about this? Self-published books that are full of typos/spelling mistakes/sucking writing, etc. While there are a few good self-published authors out there (*waves to the ones on my friends list*), the vast, VAST majority of self-published books are complete and utter crap and not worth paying a cent for. (This is a big part of why I feel okay with pirating books. Sorry, real authors.)

17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations?

I try to consider them a completely different thing than the book, though it's hard. I keep wanting to compare the Game of Thrones TV series and books, for example.

20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn't.

While I can't think of a specific example, I often like the characters we're not supposed to -- the bad guys are often more interesting to me, and minor characters often snag my attention hard.

21: Do you loan your books?

As I deal only in ebooks, yes. When someone mentions looking for a book, if I have or can find a copy, I'll email it off to them.

Back when I was a teenager, I loaned a beloved series out to someone, and never got it back*. That soured me on loaning physical books. (*Though I believe it was fully my fault. I had lent it to a volunteer at a con, then stopped volunteering at the con myself. The person likely had no way to get it back to me, though I was too young to realize that at the time.)

23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger?

No. I was, by far, the biggest reader in my family -- no one really read other than me. I had very few, if any, friends when I was a kid, and I don't think any of them read. Basically I just had my nose in a book all the time.

24: First book(s) you remember being obsessed with

rathacat's Ratha and Thistle-Chaser series. I saw it first on one of those CBS Storybreak Specials on a Saturday morning, then hunted far and wide (or as much as a pre-Internet kid who couldn't drive could hunt) to find the book it was based on.

I've used Thistle-Chaser as my online name for decades.

25: A book that you think about and you cringe because of how terrible it was

Just one? Really? The Taken by the Swarm - Seduced by WEREBEES one was awful, but so bad that it was amusing.

Zoo (The Enclosure Chronicles) was the first really, really bad self-published book that I had read, so it stuck with me.

26: Do you read from recommendations or whatever book catches your eye?

Both. My tastes are kind of picky, so lots of times a recommendation doesn't really fit for me, but sometimes they do.

27: How/where do you purchase your books?

When I purchase, Amazon. I'd like to link to the download site I use, it's outstanding (hundreds if new ebooks available every week), but I can't recall the name of it, so I can't find it in Google... I have it bookmarked at home. Leave a comment if you want it, and I'll link you later.

28: An ending you wish you could change

Warchild's. I'm not a shipper, but as the kids say nowadays, I need that pairing like burning. *pushes the two main characters together* Now kiss!

31: Do you day dream about your favorite books? If so, share one fantasy you have about them.

I'd be surprised if people who enjoy reading don't daydream about the stories...

One thing I like to do is to pretend the character is in my world and seeing all this for the first time. Like driving Alya from Clan of the Cave Bear around in my car.

32: OTP or NoTP?

Usually no OTPs, though rarely there's an exception. I'm not big on romance in my books.

33: Cute and fluffy or dramatic and deadly?

Darker is generally better for me. Not horror, not gore, but dark and sad and emotional and heavy.

34: Scariest book you ever read

Hm. Though I do read Stephen King, I don't really like horror/scary books. His 'The Long Walk' scared me on a 'what humans are capable of' level. I'm sure I read some books that scared me as a kid, but I don't recall any now...

35: What do you think of Ebooks

This one is pretty much answered by now. :P Because of the font size options, they mean I can read a lot more than I'd otherwise be able to. Also, I LOVE being able to carry my entire library around effortlessly. I believe I have 100+ books in my To Read pile, and I can take them all with me wherever I go with no additional weight.

36: Unpopular opinions

I wish there were some kind of control on self-published books. I can't say "I wish self-publishing didn't exist" because there are a few good books/authors out there, but the vast majority of self-published stuff is crap.

If Amazon could do more about the paid/fake reviews, that would help a little. Also, I wish people would be more honest in their reviews -- touching on the bad is just as important as mentioning the good parts.

37: A book you are scared is not going to be all you hoped it would be

Warboy (Warchild book #4). I'm expecting so much from it, I'm worried it just won't be able to meet my expectations.

38: What qualities do you find annoying in a character?

Perfection. Give me flaws. Lots of flaws! It makes characters more realistic and gives them a chance for growth.

40: Has there ever been a book you wish you could un-read?

Lots and lots of them, so I could reread them again for the first time.
Tags: book review, books (general), meme
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