Booking Through Thursday: Vacation

Booking Through Thursday

I’m on vacation this week. I didn’t go anywhere exciting or exotic, I’m just not at work. Spending time puttering around the house, playing with the dog and … oh yeah. Reading. A lot.

Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not?

It depends on the type of vacation. If it’s a staycation or visiting family or friends, I tend to read a lot more. I don’t really save up any special books; I just keep going down my TBR list. However, if I am going way to a place I have never been before I find that I don’t really read that much because I spend most of my time exploring. I usually pack the book I am currently reading so that I can read on my way there and back. If I am nearly finished with the book I pack an extra one.

Booking Through Thursday: Fluff

Booking Through Thursday You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.

What book do you pick up?

During stressful times, I pick up a Pride and Prejudice retelling. I find it fascinating how creative writers can be with retelling a classic. Can you tell I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice? I recently read A Wife for Mr. Darcy and Only Mr. Darcy Will Do; both were rather enjoyable. However, if I had to pick between the two I would pick Only Mr. Darcy Will Do. My other go to book(s) would be Anne of Green Gables series.

 

Booking Through Thursday: Multi-Tasking

Booking Through Thursday

Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera?  Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading?  (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)

Yes, sometimes I multi-task while I read. I occasionally  read while I eat, check email, or watch TV. For the most part, I read during my morning and evening commute. But if get adsorbed into a book then I prefer to do nothing but read :).

Booking Through Thursday: Borrowing etc.

It’s been a bit crazy lately so I have neglected my blog and missed a few BTT memes. So let’s catch up…

Booking Through Thursday

Borrowing?: Who would you rather borrow from? Your library? Or a Friend? (Or don’t your friends trust you to return their books?) And, DO you return books you borrow?

I prefer to borrow books from friends just because it takes me a while to return them. I would probably have to pay the library several late return fines. Wait, I already did. I usually have a pile of books to read through so I am not able to get to them before the due date of the second renewal after which the book must be returned.

War Stories: Do you read war stories? Fictional ones? Histories?

I have read a few books about wars and people impacted by them. Some which I enjoyed are:

1. The Diary of Anne Frank
2. Les Miserables
3. A Farewell to Arms
4. Night
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns
6. The Reader

Good or Bad: I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?

This is a good question but I think the answer can be a bit subjective. For me, good writing is more than just proper grammar and punctuation. It is about good character development, captivating plot, and successfully transmitting emotions. I like getting emotionally invested in the story and forming a relationship with the characters so that as I read a story I can picture it in my imagination.

On the other hand, bad writing includes bad grammar, shallow characters, bad dialogue, scattered storyline, bad punctuation, and too much description. I also personally hate it when the conclusion of a story does not provide closure, leaving you feeling like there is something missing or that it was pointless. Like I said the answer can be a bit subjective.

Skeletons: What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!

I don’t think I have reading skeletons because I am not ashamed of any books that I have read. I try to read books from different genres; you never know when you will discover a treasure. However, I am guilty of re-reading the entire collection of the Anne of Green Gables series and Pride and Prejudice several times. I still find them just as entertaining as when I first read them.

Booking Through Thursday: Foreign

Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?

I love reading book from all over the world. Foreign books expose you to experiences from other parts of the world, other time periods, and other cultural perspectives. If you have not read any foreign books you are missing out. A few of my favorites include:

  • Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Les Misérable – Victor Hugo
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

What are some of your favorite foreign books or authors?

Booking Through Thursday: Rewrite

If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which book would it be? And how would you change it?

This is a really good question and I am sure I felt like that after reading a few books. However, the only one that comes to mind is Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I felt that she forced a happy ending for everyone. Jacob is a teenager so I am sure he would have gotten over Bella eventually. The fact that he was destined for her daughter did not bother me as much as her trying to make him have a happily ever after ending.

Booking Through Thursday: Travel

When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?

 

It depends on the length of the trip. If it’s a short trip I usually just take whatever I am reading. Since I like to travel lightly the most books I will carry are three, current read plus two back-ups.

I don’t own an e-reader but have been debating about getting one for the longest time. I enjoy holding the book in my hands and flipping the pages, which is why I have been resisting. However, I am beginning to see the benefits of getting one. An e-reader would take up less space in my bag and I could carry more than one book without adding weight to my bag.