11 Reading Questions

Drinking: Soy Latte, Starbucks

1) What is your favorite genre, and has it changed over time?

Fantasy.  I’ve always loved fantasy and getting lost in a completely different, made up world.

2) Do you create a reading list for the year, and if so, how well do you stick to it?

No.  I used to, but I’d never stick to it.  I like to be impulsive about my reading.  If I see a fun cover in the library or read a great review of a book, I’ll grab that next.

3) Do you have a reading goal for the year, such as xxx books? Why or why not?

I do – my goal for this year is 30 books.  I’m tracking it on Goodreads.  I do it more for fun and to see how many I actually read rather than as a hard-core line that I must cross.  It’s a fun thing to do.

4) Who is your favorite living author?

Do I have to pick just one? Ummmm….Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Tamora Pierce, and Joanne Rowling?

5) What is your experience with reading challenges?

It took me more than a year to do the 30 days of books challenge.  I’ve got three challenges for 2012, but I”m not doing very well with any of them.  I haven’t read any books about World War I, I’ve read only 1 of the 10 TBR pile challenge books, and I’ve not been reading all that much science fiction, surprisingly.  We’ll see how the next few months go, though.

6) How do you organize your books on shelves – alphabetically (by author or title), by genre, by publication date, or by some others method?

I try to organize alphabetically, but with my current bookshelf, some of the books are too tall to go on the upper shelves, so they go on the bottom, totally out of order. I’ve given up on organizing them for the time being.

7) Do you read ebooks or audiobooks?

Yes – I love that I can get both from the library!  And I have a nook, which is great for commuting with or taking on long trips when I want to read a 1000 page book but don’t want to carry it around.

8) How do you choose what to read next?

It depends.  If I just finished something that got me really going, I might read another of that author’s works.  I might read whatever I come across at the library.  I am trying very hard to read the books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, with minimal success.  Essentially, I just start reading whatever I come across that strikes my fancy.  This has contributed to my eclectic reading list over the years.

9) Do you read books in parallel or in serial?

In parallel.  I always have at least 2 books going at one time, if not more.

10) Which books have had the biggest impact on your life?

The Bible,  the Chronicles of Narnia, The Song of the Lioness series, The Lord of the Rings, all of Harry Potter, everything by Madeline L’Engle…I think most of the books I’ve read have had an impact on my life in some way, even if just to make me think differently or look at the world in a slightly different way.

11) Which characters have you felt are the most real or believable?

Any character is real or believable if they have the flaws and foibles that people outside of books have.  Nothing is a bigger turn-off in a character than impossible skills that are unrealistically easy to deal with, “flaws” that are really assets, or admiration from other characters for no real reason.  A certain amount of Mary-Sueism is alright for a fun read, but when it is overwhelming and relentless, it pulls the reader out of the world of the story by breaking the suspension of disbelief.  A real or believeable character to me is one who has real problems – even if I can’t relate to disguising myself as a boy to learn to be a knight, I can sympathize with working hard at something I really love.  And if he or she conquers their problem, I am inspired to conquer my own problems.


Author: Lisa M Fry

Freelance writer & copy-editor. Book lover. Feminist. American in London.

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