Questions 21-30 About Books and Reading

I surely hope you’ve been reading my posts this week. If not, well then I don’t much like you at the moment. BUT we can change that! On Monday I started a list of 55 questions about books and reading that I found on another blog. I’m answering 10 questions each day this week. You can read Monday’s post here and Tuesday’s post here. Let’s get to today’s questions!

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

I almost wanted to say “here, read this” to answer this question. I was going to link to my post titled Recommending Books. But no need to start off this set of questions on a bad note. I don’t recommend books. I have before, but just because I love something doesn’t mean that every person in the world is also going to love that same thing. You’ll get no recommendations from me unless you explicitly ask knowing that I never give them out and have no idea if you’ll even enjoy the book.

22. Favorite genre

How is it that we’re basically repeating questions already? How is one’s favorite genre any different from one’s reading comfort zone? I’m not repeating my answer. It’s question #12  here if you’re interested in going back to check it.

23. Genre you rarely read but wish you did

This is such a dumb question. Seriously. If there’s a genre I want to read then common sense would tell you that I’d read it. I’m starting to think a robot came up with these. I have no response.

24. Favorite biography

Shit. Do people read these? I don’t. I have no favorite. Come on with the questions!

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

I’m trying to think of topics I’d need help with that Google can’t help with. Can’t think of one. Maybe in an alternate universe in which Google and the internet don’t exist, then maybe I’ll read a self-help book. So no, I haven’t.

26. Favorite cookbook

Oh come on. Who the heck do I look like? I use the microwave. And occasionally a George Foreman. I don’t cook and I definitely don’t read cookbooks. It’s like all the bad questions on the list have been bunched together.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year

Anne Frank. Because Harry Potter and company or Hazel Grace Lancaster or Alex Cross just don’t meet the bill to be considered inspiring. Not by me, anyway.

28. Favorite reading snack

Another thing I do not understand is reading while eating. I can’t even watch TV while I eat. Unless it’s something I’m not paying attention to. I just don’t get how someone can touch some food and then touch their book right after. I mean, you’re stupid. And probably obese. I don’t eat anything while reading so I have no favorite reading snack.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience

First off, if you read a book because of its hype…you’re dumb. Second, hype has never ruined any book for me. The only one I can think of that I read while there was hype going on was The Fault in Our Stars. I thought it was great because I thought it was great. Not because every other person in the universe thought so. I did read The Hunger Games about a month before the first movie came out. Again, thought it was great because that’s what I thought of the book. All the other books I’m thinking of that have had a lot of hype surrounding them have not graced my Kindle or my shelves.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

Huh? I hope readers don’t care what critics have to say about books. A few of the James Patterson books I’ve read have received very negative reviews from critics and I haven’t read one that didn’t entertain me yet. Sure the writing may not be incredible and the stories may not be the most believable, but I don’t read fiction because I want to read something that I could see happen on the street. I read fiction because I want to be entertained. Critics mean absolutely nothing when it comes to what I think of books I’ve read.

Okay. I have to say that I was bit disappointed with these questions, but they got better toward the end. Any thoughts? 31-40 tomorrow!

20 thoughts on “Questions 21-30 About Books and Reading

  1. I am cracking up at number 25! Google is a great source!

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  2. Great answers 🙂
    I’m not a fan of hyped up books, I tend to stay away from them, which I really shouldn’t! I just can’t help myself, all that excitement when there are so many other stories out there too.

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    • I don’t really see the point of staying away from them. Then you couldn’t have read any Harry Potter or The Hunger Games or any John Green or so many others. Maybe you haven’t, but hyped up books aren’t all bad.

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      • I haven’t read any of those 😀 I know it’s silly, I don’t even know why I do it. It’s habit I guess, maybe I worry all the hype will ruin it because I am expecting so much more from a book because of all the fans and praise? Who knows 🙂

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      • In my opinion, you’re missing out on some good books for no reason.

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  3. Technically you gave me a book recommendation when you told me to read Anne Frank.

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  4. This list is a great way to review my reading habits, which turns out that I’m a new book addict. I read between 7 or 8 books at a time. I read thirty to fifty pages in each book similar to how I use to watch television, with my remote in my hand just clicking from channel to channel.

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  5. Wow, you’re right. These were some lame questions. Cookbooks are totally obsolete. I do cook a lot, but any recipe I’ll ever want to make is on Google.

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  6. I whole-heartedly support your answer for #23.

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  7. I’ve never read a critic’s review of a book and I never will. It’s like only watching movies that are given good reviews by the critics. They’re all the weird, snooty ones that most of the public hates. I go with my gut and ignore the critics.

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    • I sometimes read the ones in the first pages or back cover of a book. That’s about it. But of course I know which books are receiving positive reviews across the board. But that doesn’t really matter when it comes time to read.

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