Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme, Part V

This was posted a while ago on Booking Through Thursday – never a better time than now to answer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s long – 55 questions! – so I’ll be posting it 10-ish questions at a time, for the next few Thursdays.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
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46. The most money Iโ€™ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Ahem… Too much.
Ok so went I went to Portland, OR in April 2006 for an undergraduate symposium in Art History in which I was presenting, I was directed to Powell’s Bookstore. Oh my gasp – what a bookstore!! It’s HUGE! It’s themed room is about the size of a Chapter’s, it’s a whole city block square, with multiple stories. I spent a whole evening in there – and left with many, many new (and gently used) books. I don’t remember the amount, but I do remember it became problematic when I packed my luggage – it didn’t fit! It was packed to exploding, and the clerk at the airport check-in wasn’t sure it wouldn’t just literally burst open. So a fellow presenter I had met at the conference, a local, who had kindly given me a ride to the airport, rummaged through his car to find plastic bags, and I carried-on part of my purchases. I love that story ๐Ÿ™‚
More recently, I went to a Book Show with my sister for my birthday. I had about $120 spending money, my sister and her boyfriend gave me ~$30 as a gift, and my parents $60. Yea, I had nothing left.
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47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Always – I skim the table of content, and get a grasp of what each chapter is about, for textbooks, or how the chapters/parts of the story are divided, for novel. I have a very organized mind: I like to know how long is a chapter, how many there are, how the book is divided. When I start a new chapter, I often look to see at which page it ends – not that I can’t wait to get through it, but I like to know what to “expect”, so to speak. I don’t usually skim the book itself though, when it’s a novel – but I might do it for a textbook.
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48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Pretty much nothing, although, again, I’m re-evaluating that, as mentioned in question #37.
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49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes – I’m an organization junkie! Right now, they are roughly organized by type, mostly by size (I’m visual – the look of books organized by size trumps the by type/subject) in my bedroom bookshelf. On my Nook, they are organized by type/genre.
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50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once youโ€™ve read them?
Keep. Although I’m starting to have a lot, and I’m actively trying to reduce my clutter. So those I know I’ll never re-read (mostly novels, that were good, but not memorable), I put in my Book Exchange bin, and I regularly host Book Exchange playdates with my various playgroups. Worst-case scenario, I can always rent them back from the library ๐Ÿ˜‰
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51. Are there any books youโ€™ve been avoiding?
Not really. I avoided reading Twilight until I had all 4 books in trade paperback – I prefer that format, and I hate starting a series and not being able to continue it (unless it’s because the following book is not out yet). Then again, I might wait until all books are out too ๐Ÿ˜‰
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52. Name a book that made you angry.
Chat : -), Connect }:-), and Crash ; -), by Nan McCarthy – the ending pretty much killed it for me. I talk about it here.
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53. A book you didnโ€™t expect to like but did?
The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill, and Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafidi, which were both Book Club selections. They were so uninteresting to me, that, after reading their synopsis, I didn’t even vote for them in the selection poll. But I’m glad I read them, they were both very good indeed!
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54. A book that you expected to like but didnโ€™t?
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali, another Book Club selection, which I had that time voted for, and was looking forward to read. It just – didn’t like. I’ve linked to my review in an earlier question, here it is again.
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55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Twilight Saga ๐Ÿ˜›
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Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme, Part IV

This was posted a while ago on Booking Through Thursday – never a better time than now to answer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s long – 55 questions! – so I’ll be posting it 10-ish questions at a time, for the next few Thursdays.

Part I
Part II
Part III
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36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
2 to 3, on average. Plus the ones I own that are on the go too…
Yes, I manage to follow the plot line/argument of each of them ๐Ÿ˜‰
No, it doesn’t take me months to finish each. A few weeks. If I’m reading just one book at a time (rare, but it happens), it’s a few days to maybe a week – unless I’m REALLY busy.
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37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Almost never – I like to finish what I’ve started. Call it a perfectionist thing.
Although one of my friends pointed out in the comment how she used to be like that, until she decided that life was too short to waste on boring books… she does have a point…
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38. Favorite fictional character?
Hmmm…. I like quite a few of them.
To the risk of being sappy and conventional – I like Bella and Edward (yes, I like Jacob too)
I really enjoyed Ronan O’Mara in Frank Delaney’s Ireland.
Oh yes, Rebecca Brandon nรฉe Bloomwood (the Shopaholic herself) is classic. Luke is cool too.
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39. Favorite fictional villain?
Erm… no one comes to mind. Well I guess Damon in The Vampire Diaries is somewhat of a villain – and quite charming.
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40. Books Iโ€™m most likely to bring on vacation?
A bi of everything – just in case I feel like reading this and not that. That was one of the sellers for me to get an e-reader ๐Ÿ˜‰ Much lighter to pack!
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41. The longest Iโ€™ve gone without reading.
A day or two. But even then, I probably read a few blog posts or part of an ongoing magazine (snippet reads, as I call them – perfect for slotting in a free 30-seconds time slot).
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42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Currently, I’m having issues with Don Quixote. Part of me wants to finish it, because it’s supposed to be entertaining, and maybe it gets better later on (frankly though – if it isn’t good by page 220…)? And because it’s a classic and it would be trendy to say I’ve read it. Part of me, though, feels like the answer to question #37 – life is too short to waste 1000 on a book that draaaggggsssss.
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43. What distracts you easily when youโ€™re reading?
Kids. Then again, I don’t usually read when I’m with the kids LOLย  But say my husband is watching/playing with them, I go upstairs or – luxury! – in the bath to read… Yea, never really lasts for long.
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44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Lord of the Ring are EXCELLENT adaptations. I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love too – I only saw the movie, but it didn’t have a draggy, cut cut cut feeling of an adaptation. And the TV version of The Vampire Diaries is EXCELLENT – completely different plot line than the books, and far better in my opinion.
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45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Almost all of them. Films and books just don’t have the same flow. But sometimes it’s nice to watch the movies anyway, just to see what they did with it, who they chose to act out the characters (and visualize them – I’m a visual), and maybe get a detail or two you missed in the books. Most are watchable, if not all that good ๐Ÿ˜‰
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to be continued…

Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme, Part III

This was posted a while ago on Booking Through Thursday – never a better time than now to answer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s long – 55 questions! – so I’ll be posting it 10-ish questions at a time, for the next few Thursdays.

Part I
Part II
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22. Favorite genre?
Isn’t this awfully like question #12? In any case, you can find out the answer in question #12.
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23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Mystery and crime investigation novels. Beurk. I don’t even wish I did. ๐Ÿ™‚
(not saying they are bad – you can love them. I just don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
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24. Favorite biography?
Oh that’s another genre I don’t really read much of (but that one I wish I did).
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25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Some, yes. Some were good, some were crap.
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26. Favorite cookbook?
Cook Once a Week, by Theresa Albert-Ratchford
Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, by Robin Robertson
Vegetarian Cooking, by Emma Summer
Blender Baby Food, by Nicole Young
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27. Most inspirational book youโ€™ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
The Mission of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson (2010)
Currently reading The Ministry of Motherhood, also by Sally Clarkson, and it’s just as inspirational.
Just love her work. She is such a great woman and mother, her values are so in line with mine and her family dynamic is a good example of what I want/hope to achieve with my girls, it is so refreshing to read her.
You can also read her blog at I Take Joy.
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28. Favorite reading snack?
Anything that can be munched on – chocolate chips are nice, though not the healthiest. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other good options would be grapes, pomegranates, pieces of cheese…
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29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I can’t think of anything. I don’t really get influenced by hypes, or get bothered by them. If I like it, I like it; if I don’t, I don’t.
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30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read many book reviews – I tend to select my books because the cover is pretty (very legitimate reason, mind you), because the synopsis looks good, because it’s an author I enjoy, because someone recommended it to me, or because it’s a book club selection. I guess what I wrote above applies here too: If I like it, I like it; if I don’t, I don’t.
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31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I have no problems with it. I still try and remain polite to the author – my taste might not be their or everyone else’s tastes, especially if the critic is purely on a preference & enjoyment level. If the critic is more about style, writing, plot, etc. – well it could still be just me ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I’ll say what I don’t like and why – and then it’s up to anyone reading my review to make their choice.
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32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Japanese – because it would be cool. When I studied it in university, I had hopes of reading mangas in Japanese. Although I have my minor… well I’m nowhere near a manga reading level ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  And anyway, I forgot most of it since I graduated and never used it (because we all know that Japanese is one of the main spoken language in Canada, right?) No, really – I had plans to use it to do a PhD in Post-War Japanese Contemporary Art (in Japan), but that didn’t really quite work out, for a host of personal and logistical reasons. It’s ok – I love my SAHM daily grind. ๐Ÿ˜€
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33. Most intimidating book youโ€™ve ever read?
La peau de chagrin, by Honorรฉ de Balzac. Eeps!
Some of the bigger classics are intimidating too, just by their big sizes. Not that I mind big books – in fact, I enjoy them: more time to dive into the fictional world created, and to spend with the characters of the story.
Oh yes, and the Lord of the Ring trilogy is intimidating. Entertaining – but huge and VERY descriptive. But I’d read it again ๐Ÿ™‚
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34. Most intimidating book youโ€™re too nervous to begin?
None – I am afraid of NA-THING. Bhahaha. (seriously, I’ll read anything)
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35. Favorite Poet?
I don’t enjoy poetry. Tried, but it never did it for me. Sorry, poets!
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to be continued…

Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme, Part II

This was posted a while ago on Booking Through Thursday – never a better time than now to answer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s long – 55 questions! – so I’ll be posting it 10-ish questions at a time, for the next few Thursdays.

Part I
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13. Can you read on the bus?
Absolutely. It’s the one most single thing I’d say I miss from working downtown and having a 1h bus ride mornings and evenings – uninterrupted reading time. ๐Ÿ™‚
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14. Favorite place to read?
In bed, just before sleep, as well as nursing, once Baby C has fallen asleep and is calm and serene in my arms – so relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ (if I don’t fall asleep too…)
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15. What is your policy on book lending?
Pretty loose, I’ll lend to good friends I know well, and family. I keep a running list of who has what so I don’t loose track.
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16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I’ve done so on SOME occasion… but I don’t really like to ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is my take on it, answered during the Fall Into Reading 2010 challenge.
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17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
I don’t like to do that either, but I have done it when studying a book for a class.
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18. Not even with text books?
Yes, text books I will. ๐Ÿ™‚
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19. What is your favorite language to read in?
The language it was written in – provided it’s in French or English, haha! I’m not proficient enough in any other languages to read them ๐Ÿ˜‰ If it’s a translation from another language, I’ll usually lean toward to English translation. No reason other than it seems to be my preference!
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20. What makes you love a book?
A great, well-rounded story, with no loose ends or unfinished lot lines, with great characters who evolve and move forward through the story, and leave you feeling like something happened, a change of character (big or tiny) occurred, and that you are leaving some memorable friends behind. I always say that if you are either reluctant to start a new book until you’ve had a day or two of breather, or if you are still thinking of the characters a couple of days later, then it was a good book!
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21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I feel moved by it, changed by it. Or, if I know that it would be right up the person’s alley!
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to be continued…

Booking Through Thursday – Reading Meme, Part I

This was posted a while ago on Booking Through Thursday – never a better time than now to answer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s long – 55 questions! – so I’ll be posting it 10-ish questions at a time, for the next few Thursdays.
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1. Favorite childhood book?
As a child, I loved the Berenstein Bears series – I could NOT go to bed without one (or two, or three) of their stories!
As an older child, I really loved Anne of Green Gables.
As a tween, I was hooked on The Baby-Sitters Club series.
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2. What are you reading right now?
You can find my current reads in my Book List: currently, it’s Don Quixote, Green for Life, and Ministry of Motherhood.
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3. What books do you have on request at the library?
On actual request, I have The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (I read that one on my e-reader, but I want my husband to read it too so I have a paper copy on request for him ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), My Heart is Like a Zoo (a children’s book, all the animals are made with hearts! After reading this post, I want to do February heart crafts with A using the images in the book), and One Year to An Organized Life (which was reviewed on Unclutterer, and I’m curious to see if it’s any good).

And then there’s the books I have in my “For Later” list, which I’ll request when I have room for an extra book… ๐Ÿ™‚ A few selections: The Five Love Languages of Children also by Gary Chapman, Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery, Kanata by Don Gillmor, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes, Ireland, A Bicycle, and A Tin Whistle by David A. Wilson, Positive Parenting by Alvin N. Eden, The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole, and Self by Yann Martel.

I’m not even gonna go in my To Read list of books waiting to be picked up at home…
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4. Bad book habit?
Starting one, starting a new one, starting a third one, going back to the second one, reading a bit of the third one, finishing the first one, starting a fourth one, loosing the second one, reading half of the third one, finishing the fourth one, finding the second one, finishing the third one, finishing the second one, repeat.
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5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Baby Einstein Van Gogh’s World of Color – it’s actually Miss A’s. She doesn’t want to bring it back! bhaha
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6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yeppers – my Christmas gift. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I use the Nook by Barnes and Nobles. After doing a lot of research before Christmas, I decided on that one because it has more functions than the Kobo (notes, highlights, browser, Sudoku – very important, the Sudoku) for the same price, and I really do enjoy the touch-screen navigation panel at the bottom – it’s not a cumbersome keyboard that’s always there, and from there everything is in place to add features with software upgrades (for example, when it came out last year it didn’t have the mobile browser on it – it got added on with software upgrades).
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7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
See question #4, and my Book List. It covers the question. ๐Ÿ™‚
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8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not really.
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9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
I’m gonna go with 2010 for that one since we’re only a few weeks into 2011. I didn’t really enjoy Brick Lane, by Monica Ali. It’s not that the book was terrible in itself, but it really didn’t do it for me. I have a review of it here, as an answer to a previous Booking Through Thursday.
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10. Favorite book youโ€™ve read this year?
Same as above for going with 2010.
There’s actually quite a few… All my favourites have little hearts โ™ฅ next to them.
Here are my favourites from my favourites ๐Ÿ™‚
The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant, in January; The Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer, in May (yes, I’ve conformed. I see nothing wrong with it – they are good!); In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan, in June; Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafidi, in July; The Signature of God, by Grant R. Jeffrey, and The Mission of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson, in September, The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, in October; and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, and Preparing My Heart for Advent, by Ann Marie Stewart, in December.
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11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Fairly often, as I always give book club selections a go. I see it as it being part of being part of the book club (now that’s an awkward sentence!) Unless of course you plan on not reading the book and discussing it that month for reasons like lack of time – then you wouldn’t read ANY books selected, not just THAT book. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would like the others in the club to give my selection a go, so I feel it only fair to give the others a go. And I’ve found some really great jewels like that, too, that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up!
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12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Historical fiction, supernatural/magic stories, everyday-life drama stories (I’m not sure how to describe that one… types like The Forgotten Garden, Olive Kitteridge, Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s novels…)
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to be continued…

FIR ’10 – Reading Question #10

As part of the Fall Into Reading Challenge 2010, Callapider Days has reading questions for us to answer, if we so wish, every week. This week’s question is:
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Do you have multiple books going at once? Or do you prefer to stick to one book at a time?

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My answer:
I pretty much always have more than 1 book going on at once. Most of the time, it will be 1 fiction book with quite a few non-fiction going on on the side; but sometimes I might have more than 1 fiction too. That can happen when I start a book while waiting on a book from the library that I want to read more, or if a book club selection is made and I want to read that book first; or sometimes I just loose interest for a while and read another book before coming back to my first one. I can vary depending on my mood of the day too… Basically, I’m the type of person that, when travelling (even just a short bus ride into town), I need to bring 2-3 books, you know, in case I feel like reading this one and not that one… ๐Ÿ™‚

For reasons like that, I think a digital reader might be useful, sometimes!

FIR ’10 – Reading Question #9

As part of the Fall Into Reading Challenge 2010, Callapider Days has reading questions for us to answer, if we so wish, every week. This week’s question is:
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Once you begin a book, do you feel compelled to finish it? Or have you been known to give up in the middle of a book, to walk away from a book that is just too annoying, boring, etc.?

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My answer:
I have already answered a similar question through Booking Through Friday, so here was my answer!

Read the whole thing. I can’t do half things ๐Ÿ˜‰ Movies, books… I always have to finish it if I’ve started – plus I always wonder: but what if it got better later on??

There’s been 1 book that I haven’t finished – it was a chick lit for a playgroup book club (don’t get me wrong – I do like some chick lit every now and then), and I couldn’t really get into it even in the first chapter – something about the style and tone turned me off. And I was on holiday in Ireland, and had also brought with me “The Rebels of Ireland” by Edward Rutherfurd, my favourite author ever, and kind of REALLY wanted to read that book, while, quite conveniently, IN situs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say, I don’t regret – there was something special about reading about some places while being there, I felt more connected to the book – and could identify where the characters were.

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Bonus question:
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We have less than one month left in Fall Into Reading 2010! Can you believe it? If youโ€™d like to shareโ€ฆhow are you doing? Are you on track with your goals? Will the upcoming holidays derail your reading plans?

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My answer:
I’m doing pretty good… considering I have a new baby around and all! I’m up to 16 books read; in October alone, I’ve read 11 books, which is more than I ever read in a month so far this year. I think all the nursing sessions and long nights rocking a baby to sleep are helping… ๐Ÿ˜‰ This being said, nursing sessions are getting shorter and nights longer, incidentally, it’s taking me more time to finishย  book! ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m definitely on track with my goals considering my goals were something around 5 books. ๐Ÿ˜› 2 of these I haven’t read yet – I’m still waiting on them from the library. No worries – I have PLENTY in my To Read list at home to go through in the meanwhile! Problem is though, I keep finding new books to read, and renting those instead from the library… I think that, for Spring Into Reading 2010, I will make my focus my at-home To Read list, to bring that already-bought-books-yet-read pile down a bit! I paid for them, gotta read them, right?

Once you begin a book, do you feel compelled to finish it? Or have you been known to give up in the middle of a book, to walk away from a book that is just too annoying, boring, etc.?