Writing

20 Bookish Questions

How many books are too many books in a book series?

Is there such a thing?

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

They is what they is.

Hardcopy or paperback?

Hardcopy, paperback, ebook, audiobook, cave walls…

Favorite book?

There are too many. Most recently, it’s The Broken Earth Series. Here’s a broader list on Goodreads.

Least favorite book?

Hillbilly Elegy: Vance’s observations were biased & flawed. He does not hold the key to white trash Appalachia. I wanted to throw Steinbeck’s East of Eden & Hegel’s The Philosophy of History across the room because men. The Girl in the Spider’s Web infuriated me and did not live up to Stieg Larsson‘s writing or brilliant character Lisbeth.

Love triangles, yes or no?

Depends.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. I had the library book and I knew I was gonna need a lot more than 21 days when I started into it. Brilliant book in my pause pile till I purchase it.

A book you’re currently reading?

Just finished Nora Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate. The second in the series. Brilliant. I love her mind and her lovely words.

Last book you recommended to someone?

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

I read a lot of Greek & Roman & Eastern philosophy so…

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

I’m guilty of not reading new books as soon as they drop. My TBR pile is so large, it’d fill a library and the new books go at the end unless they’re favorite authors or something that comes available at the library. I did read & review two books from NetGalley: Queen for a Day and Catching the Light.

Favorite author?

AAAAAAGH…Too many…can’t think… Virginia Wolf, Elena Ferrante, Nora Jemisin, Laura Kinsale, Roxane Gay, Ursula Le Guin, Jesmyn Ward, Carmen Maria Machado, Celeste Ng, Ann Leckie, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Jacqueline Woodson, Edith Wharton, Adrienne Rich, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Tana French, Bill Watterson, Marilynne Robinson, Joan Didion, Janet Fitch, Mary Shelley, Gillian Flynn, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Rebecca Solnit, David Mitchell…I could go on and on.

Buying books or borrowing books?

Both.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

East of Eden, Hillbilly Elegy, Never Let Me Go was okay but nothing woohooed me about it, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close I really couldn’t get into, The Three-Body Problem and Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy, Annihilation, Franny and Zooey and On the Road.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks.

A book you can always reread?

Laura Kinsale’s The Dream Hunter and Flowers in the Storm, David Richo’s How To Be an Adult in Relationships and The Five Things We Cannot Change because adulting is hard, Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, People Skills by Robert Bolton because people are hard, Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way and The Right to Write, Stephen King’s On Writing because writing is hard, any of my favorite poets and philosophers, Tao Te Ching, Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Frankenstein, The Prophet, Rumi, Poe, Lovecraft, Judith McNaught’s historical romances, Jane Eyre and Vincent Ruggerio’s The Art of Thinking: A Guide to Critical and Creative Thinking as a refresher and it keeps me grounded during this cognitive dissonance  epidemic.

Can you read while hearing music?

Yes, classical, smooth jazz, light listening with the rain or ocean waves from a white noise app too. I have either that or the tv running for background noise.

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I have no preference. I read them all.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Depends on the book; multiple days and with some novelettes or novellas, hours.

Who do you tag to do these questions?

Anyone who is interested.

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