Book blogger confessions

Fantasy Angel over at the Avid Reader Blog tagged me in this fun little game and, since I have nothing better to do (okay, I do, but I’m procrastinating) right now, here be my answers:

snoopy-the-endWhich book did you most recently not finish?
Uhhh…I don’t understand the question.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I know not of this guilt of which you speak.  The only guilt I experience about reading is when I’m too busy reading to do other things, like clean the house or work on my own books.

Which book do you love to hate?
Twilight.  No, I’ve never read it, but I did see the movie, and it just wasn’t for me.  I’ve heard that it’s not good, but having never read it, I cannot attest to the veracity of that rumor.  Also, Fifty Shades of Gray.  Haven’t read that one either.  Have no desire to.

That said, if you love these books, then read them proudly.  Lord knows people should read more, and if this is what floats your boat, then sail on, you crazy diamond.

Which book would you throw into the sea?
*gasp* Why would I want to do something so egregious?  This question is positively scandalous.  However, if someone else were to throw a book into the sea, I would promptly jump in after it in order to rescue it from the briny deep, and I don’t care how many sharks I would have to punch to complete my mission.

Which book have you read the most?
Probably Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Goodnight Moon, and Little Blue Truck.  Clifford’s First Halloween also gets a mention because I read it repeatedly when Cricket was a year or two old, but I still have the other three memorized, so they’re getting the nod.  I’ve also read Time Enough for Drums a ridiculous number of times, but not to my children.  At least, not yet. 🙂

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
I don’t understand the question.  Who hates books?

Which book could you not live without?
Probably the aforementioned Time Enough for Drums.  As much as I love all of my other books, both on my shelves and on my phone, this is the one that I always return to.  It’s got romance, action, intrigue, and everything else that makes a story great.

Which book made you the angriest?
I can’t really say that books make me angry.  Maybe if I read more nonfiction, I might have that reaction.  Or maybe if I reread more of the nonfiction scattered about my bookshelves, I might have that reaction.  Typically, though, books don’t make me angry.

And now that I’ve written that, I’ll probably think of half a dozen books that had me completely incensed upon finishing. one just occurred to me: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn.  It’s the only book I’ve ever reread and disliked.  I loved this book when I was a kid, but now?  As a parent in a blended family?  I just want to slap the parents in this book.

Which book made you cry the most?
Probably The Notebook, but that’s only because it’s the only book I really remember crying upon reading.  I might have cried at the end of Mockingjay, though.

Which book cover do you hate the most?
I don’t really hate book covers.  Some of them are beautiful, others are okay, but I’m not sure I’ve run across any that are truly heinous yet.

This was a lot of fun, but I feel like I was supposed to name more names (or titles, in this case), and when it comes to books, I’m really not a hateful person.  Are there books I dislike?  Absolutely.  But I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who dislike some of my favorite books, and they’re entitled to their opinion.  If something gets people reading, then they should read it joyfully, and not feel guilty or ashamed for doing so.  And others shouldn’t judge people for their reading habits.

Let’s celebrate literature!  What are your favorite books and why?  Shout ’em out loud in the comments below! 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Book blogger confessions

  1. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    Those are some great answers Kay. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is my favourite book. I also love ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ by Philippa Gregory. I too loved The Hunger Games trilogy and I also really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. 🙂

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I adore P&P! And Jane Eyre (I actually read it before P&P). I love love LOVE the classics, and it seems to show in my writing (by which I mean that I’ve been known to ramble on at great length about things that aren’t always central to moving the plot forward and I have a definite tendency to tell rather than show).

      Still, those books are classics for a reason, and I’m introducing Miss Tadpole to them early. We have another movie date this weekend and my collection of Jane Austen adaptations are all ready to go! 🙂

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  2. J. Sander says:

    Love your answers! I have to agree with you on the Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray. My favourite book has to be The Great Gatsby, I read it just to get that last line. It’s amazing.
    Have you read Gone Girl? I read that book so fast it was too good to put down but at the end it was too soap opera-y for me I ended up not liking it. Probably the only book that made me feel a little miffed at the end.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I’ve read The Great Gatsby twice now (once in school and once for fun), and I’m just not sure about it. I appreciate the beauty of the novel, and the layers and depth to it, but I’m not sure that it’s enough for me. The characters are sooo unlikable – and while I think that was the point, it’s hard to read about characters that you wouldn’t necessarily want to spend a whole bunch of time with.

      That said, I saw a hilarious post on Tor.com once proclaiming that The Great Gatsby was an alternate timeline where Jack survived Titanic. You can find it here; it really is funny. 🙂

      And no, I haven’t read Gone, Girl. I want to; it’s on my to-read list; but I haven’t made the time for it yet. At the moment I’m reading The Stolen by Bishop O’Connell, which is really, really good. Now if only the type on my reader weren’t so small…I should see if there’s a way I can change that.

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  3. markrhunter says:

    Twilight is one of those unusual situations in which the movie was better than the book … which isn’t saying much. The second Twilight book was better and the third one actually pretty good, but I never finished reading the series … which tells you it didn’t make much of an impression on me.

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    • Kay Kauffman says:

      I saw the first movie, and I think I saw the second (but I honestly can’t remember). Of course, it took me till 2010 to finally read the Harry Potter books, even though the first one came out when I was in middle school and I spent years listening to my friends rave about how great they were.

      Something tells me that comparing Twilight and Harry Potter is like comparing apples and oranges.

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