I found this over on Confessions of a Book Geek and thought it would be fun!
1. What’s the first book you remember reading?
Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss. I could probably still recite this book if I thought hard enough about it!
2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
This is hard… I can think of a few examples. The Lovely Bones wasn’t a bad movie, though the book was a bit meh. I also thought the movie of The Princess Bride was better than the book.
3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
This is hard… I like both for their different reasons. I love my books like they’re my children though… I don’t know that I could give them up, so paper it is.
4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
I’ve never been to a mountain cabin, but I’m sure I would like it. They sound like they’d have a fire and warm blankets. I’ve never read ON the beach though, as if I’m there I’m in the water. I do like reading at my boyfriend’s house which is right NEAR the beach though.
5. Favourite punctuation mark?
The ellipsis… But only when used correctly.
6. Most annoying grammatical error?
Oh dear, you should ask my tutoring boy about how much of a grammar freak I am! I really, really hate it when people don’t know how to use a comma. Or when they use way too many and their sentences run on and on!!
7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
Great Expectations. I tried, I failed.
8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
50 Shades of Grey. Ohhhh man. What idiot let this get published? I wanted to mark the first book with a red pen. I enjoyed it, when I wasn’t wanting to punch Ana in the face, which is perhaps more embarrassing than reading it. I will admit to reading and really liking Twilight when I was around 16. I never lost my freaking mind over it like other girls though! I think some of these books you “should be ashamed of reading” are the kind that keep me sane… I just can’t read all high literature, all the time. I don’t think there is shame in reading “bad books”.
On a funny aside, a girl I know told me that she was getting on a plane in Texas and was seated next to a woman who had a hardback, special edition copy of 50 Shades. The woman was a trashy rich lady, all fake tan and boobs. She had marked all her favourite places with post-it notes and footnotes and spent the whole flight engrossed in the book. We both thought it was hilarious!
9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
If I wake up early enough, I’m a morning person. But early enough it about 5am, so it doesn’t happen all that often.
10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
I don’t think I would censor them… I learnt a lot about life from reading books. I learnt about getting your period from Anne Frank, when I was 10. Some would be horrified that I was even reading The Diary of a Young Girl when I was 10, but my mother asked me questions to see how much I comprehended and let me continue reading. Unless I knew the book had outrageous sex scenes or extreme violence, I wouldn’t stop my child from reading anything.