Questions 31-40 About Books and Reading

By now you should know that I’ve spent this week answering questions about books and reading. If not, that’s okay. You’re just out of the loop. You can change that by clicking here to navigate to the first post from Monday. And then Tuesday. And Wednesday. That will get you up to date and all caught up for today’s questions.

31. How do you feel about giving negative reviews?

Well anyone who reads my blog knows that I don’t write book reviews. Read this for my reasons why. But for the sake of this question let’s pretend that my entire blog is book reviews. I get ARCs from authors and publishers and whomever. I’m writing several reviews a week. If this were the case, I would have no reservations about writing a negative review. It really irks me to see all these blogs reviewing books every week and seeing that they won’t go below a four star review for any book. What is the reasoning for this? No really, tell me why you do this because you know you do. It’s stupid. And makes it seem like you give EVERYTHING a positive review even though you and I and everyone else knows that you can’t possibly like every book you read that much. So if you don’t post negative reviews, then I’d like to know why. Cause you’re not helping anyone.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?

Spanish. Because I already can read a little bit. And because if I could read it, then I could speak it, and I think Spanish is the sexiest language ever. Unless you’re speaking so fast that my mind is blowing up. Seriously, talk to me in Spanish while maybe wearing cowboy boots and perhaps a cowboy hat AND yeah, I’ll probably faint. And dream about your perfection.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read

I’m not intimidated by any books. Quick story, I remember my junior year of high school some kid who was a year behind me but in my Algebra II class made a comment about my not being able to understand whatever book he was reading in his English class. Maybe it was A Tale of Two Cities? Not sure, but I think it’s hilarious now. Some little shit who I can literally throw across the room with no effort at all saying something like that to me. We’ll forget the fact that I’d never even stepped foot inside a gym back then. And we’ll also forget that I finished my undergrad with honors in three years. But I can’t comprehend some book? This would be where I’d normally rattle off a few cuss words, but I won’t. Little prick.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin

Refer to previous question.

35. Favorite poet

I don’t have a favorite poet who you all would know. But I do have a favorite from here on WordPress. I’m not going to link to her blog because she doesn’t post her poems on here too often, but I’ve gotten to read more than what she has on here and I love every single one. Her name’s Mahrukh. Shhhhh I didn’t tell her I was writing this.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at one time?

Interesting. I’ve already made it clear that I don’t use the library at all. Zero.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

I have no idea. Now stop asking about the library. Fair warning.

38. Favorite fictional character

I KNOW you all know the answer to this without reading my response. The Girl on Fire. Katniss Everdeen. I could go on and on about her day after day and week after week, but I won’t. She’s independent. Resourceful. Strong. She’s simply more than just a character in some book. And a million thousand other things that you can come up with because I will literally write thousands of words all about her if given the chance. So, moving on.

39. Favorite fictional villain

Ooooooh. I was sitting here trying to decide between Voldemort and President Snow. But then I realized that there’s someone who epitomizes the title of villain. Can you think of him? 19th century. One of the most widely recognized names in all of literature. Dracula. I really hope that you’ve read Bram Stoker’s classic by now. Especially if you read about vampires today. No. I don’t care what you’ve read written in recent years, Dracula is the vampire you want to read about. Period. That book is the first that comes to mind if I think of good vs. evil. And it’s one of the few stories that I will never forget. And it’s because of the impact that a single individual has on so many. Favorite villain, the Count. No doubt about it.

40. Books you’re most likely to bring on holiday

I’m not sure what this means. Like summer break? Or vacation? I don’t know. But I do know that I don’t take my books anywhere. They stay home. On the shelves. I’m not that reader who has to be reading something at all times. Eh. Those people annoy me.

So there you have today’s questions. And I must say that these may have been my favorite to answer so far. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Think I’m a crazy who needs help? Let me know. I’ll answer the final 15 questions tomorrow. Be on the lookout!

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14 thoughts on “Questions 31-40 About Books and Reading

  1. I agree with you about negative reviews. It’s been a long time since I read a book that wowed me, so I’m not shy about being unenthusiastic. It’s not like the original author would ever see my critiques, or give two craps about what I think, so why not be honest?

    However, your recommendation of Dracula has intrigued me, and that’s going on my list. I think I’ll get back into the reading groove with some classics, because it’s the modern stuff that’s bothering me lately.

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  3. Ah I agree on the negative reviews…it’s just that a lot of review blogs (not excluding mine) are written by a bunch of amateur readers. But I’ve got to tell you, I’m trying my best! I don’t dish out the 5 stars…it’s good to review books with a range of ratings. And if you can’t, then just bash the book about a bit. It’s fun.

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    • Hahaha I didn’t say go around bashing books. Just that reviewers should be honest.

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      • 😀 in its more extreme form: book bashing (they’re all probably afraid of doing that, it’s way reviews always seem like everything’s vomiting rainbows – THAT positive) and when they are honest…they risk customer dissatisfaction.

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      • Customer dissatisfaction? What?

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      • When reviewers continue to give negative reviews, the readers end up getting really annoyed and the reviewer becomes less ‘popular’ cos it’s quite obvious that the reviewer reads crap books that no one wants to read. A big part of being a reviewer is actually spreading the message about the book so that readers will go ahead and buy the book. If they want ARCs, do blog tours etc they need to always review the latest releases and promote. If they don’t, it’s almost as if no one cares. Unless they’re a proffessor of literature whether they liked the book or not doesn’t have much meaning. A reviewer’s ‘credit’ is in constantly recommending great books to read. So negative reviews are a bit like ‘who cares?’

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      • I see so many reviewers who write review after review and get no interaction from their “readers.” No one cares unless they have thousands of followers. And most obviously don’t. I don’t know about getting ARCs and all that.

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      • Yeah it’s kinda depressing – like talking to a brick wall. But some have ‘loyal’ readers, unpopular as they are. And that’s what keeps them going. Or they set up the blog for the traditional reason: to write about and keep of track of what they’re reading. A lot of reviewers want free proof copies from publishers of popular books that haven’t been released yet and are much anticipated. That’s where the near occult-like ‘thousands of followers’ come in. It’s to give them credit.

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  4. Haha! You cracked me up with most of these answers.

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