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June 23, 2020

Some Bookish Questions

This week's Top Ten Tuesday turns 10 and also there have been 500 prompts (or topics). I didn't participate from the beginning but I do love to participate (sporadically) if the prompt provokes something or I just want to talk about books. Of course I don't need an excuse to talk about books but it's good to be talking about the same thing or something similar with almost 200 participants each week. (Here's a tiny promotion: I made the art above and I featured a creation from one of the graphics I am offering for free to use. You can check out them out here.)

This week's prompts are two options: (1) update one of your TTT topics or (2) pick a past TTT topic but I find both idea not to my liking so I thought up some bookish questions instead. If you're willing, answer one or all of the questions. Happy reading!

The Questions:

01 | What favorite book you've read that you love re-reading?

02 | Is there a book that gives you such unsettling vibes that you cannot continue reading it?

03 | Do you check out the author before or after reading a book?
Like whether the author is a male or female; what kind of race they are; what they eat for breakfast, etc., etc.

04 | Do you write in the books you read assuming it's not a library book and one that you actually own?

05 | Do you give a book you got from the book store
(or the library or other places) a curiosity glance (such as a flip through the pages) before you place it among your To-Be-Read piles even though you have already done it?

06 | What movie/tv adaptation you will not watch because you think it will ruin the book for you?

07 | What book with a title that you are certain should be the title of your biography?

08 | Are you a hardback (hardcover) or paperback (softcover) reader?

09 | Would you rather pay 100 dollars for a single book that is a special edition of sorts or would you spend that 100 dollars on 10 books that are just regular editions?

10 | What bookish gift that someone might give you that you would never throw away or accept it with a joyful heart?



 My Answers: 


01 | What favorite book you've read that you love re-reading?
Either Gathering the Water by Robert Edric or Postcards from a dead girl by Kirk Farber depending on my mood. Of course, I also have other favorites so it really does depends what I like to re-read at the moment but these two books are the ones I have re-read the most.

02 | Is there a book that gives you such unsettling vibes that you cannot continue reading it?

It used to be The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman (I skimmed toward the end after a week) now it's Ghostly Aspirations by Robert Pence. I really thought this was going to be a YA ghost story but I guess I was wrong. I honestly did not check out what genre it was in and I still haven't. This book does starts out being enjoyable and then the main character's heart is cut out of his body and not in any metaphorical way but realistically and that's it for me. I'm not a horror reader so that scene alone freaked me out so badly, I couldn't finish. If anyone actually read and finish this book, let me know the ending but keep the gory details to yourself.

03 | Do you check out the author before or after reading a book?
I used to check out the author and find out what they are like and such but doing it now, ruins books for me. The least I can do now is read the mini bio at the end of the book after I have read the book.

04 | Do you write in the books you read assuming it's not a library book and one that you actually own?
Never. Well, there is one book in which the name of the one character gets switched back and forth so many times that I crossed the name out and wrote the one that I thought should be the name with a light pencil but then I erased all the writings because I don't like to deface my books.

05 | Do you give a book you got from the book store (or the library or other places) a curiosity glance (such as a flip through the pages) before you place it among your To-Be-Read piles even though you have already done it?
Sometimes I do look at the book again just because I can't believe I got a copy of it even though I know I won't see anything new unless I read it.

06 | What movie/tv adaptation you will not watch because you think it will ruin the book for you?
There are a few but I'll name one: The diving bell and the butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. I don't read non-fiction but this I almost love. When I saw the trailer for the movie, I knew then I really rather not see it.

07 | What book with a title that you are certain should be the title of your biography?
Maybe A Chance of Sunshine by Jimmy Liao which if you know me kind of suits me since I seem to like rain more but occasionally, I like sunny days and I used that title for one of my blogs a while back. But the Chinese title translates into Turn Left, Turn Right which suits me, I think, since I'm a bit direction-challenge, you might say.

08 | Are you a hardback (hardcover) or paperback (softcover) reader?
I'm more of a paperback reader because I don't like holding hardcovers plus there is the jacket flap that I usually put aside because I find it silly to read a hardcover with the jacket on because it seems like an extra that shouldn't be.

09 | Would you rather pay 100 dollars for a single book that is a special edition of sorts or would you spend that 100 dollars on 10 books that are just regular editions?
I would pick the 10 books because even if it's my favorite book in the whole world, I still wouldn't spend a lot of money on it. Special means it should have amazing extra content or it's a really rare book, otherwise I see no reason to spend so much on a single book. Frankly, if it's too expensive I might just leave it on a shelf and not touch it because I'm always afraid to break expensive things, even books.

10 | What bookish gift that someone might give you that you would never throw away or accept it with a joyful heart?
A book. Okay, maybe bookmarks or a gift certificate to a book store or a gift certificate to buy a book store. I think the one thing book lovers want are books, I know I do.

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33 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your answers, Rain. 🙂

    And congrats on 10 years of that theme, it's a moment, alright! 👏🏻

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    1. @Hot guys: I'm glad you like my answers and I think I might give myself the nickname 'Rain' which I have not considered before.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely da

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  2. Teen years sure is a long time. You asked for it Here are my answers - written before I read yours. Therefore I have to add that I have the same problem with jackets from hardcovers.

    1. So hard to answer. I have re-read almost all books I liked, some more than once. The record holder is I think The Lord of the Rings with 8+ rereads.

    2. Again not one, but many, mostly evil murder mysteries or psychic thrillers. I read one YA book one of my sons was reading about a girl being able to think inside the murderers head. I never finished it and I have forgotten the name of it.

    3. No. I don't and mostly I can't even remember who wrote the book after I read it, only the title. I care for the content of the book, not what the author ate for breakfast as you so aptly put it - or anything. And many foreign authors' names are a mystery to me. They just turn into a symbol for the author - like a hieroglyphic.

    4. Nope. And please do not write in a book I am going to read! My eyes hurry to the written in place, and it spoils my pleasure.

    5. Yes, i always read the first 20 or so pages. If I don't want to read on after this, I either do not buy the book or put it in the bottom of the pile.

    6. All, where I have not yet read the book. I love to make my own pictures.

    7. "Magical Me" - if fictional books count as well ;)

    8. I read both. The contents are what counts for me. Paperbacks are better for reading in bed or while travelling hardcovers are better when sitting at a table. Handbound hardcovers are the best, because they stay open. You do not have to hold them open.

    9. I would take 10 books in regular editions, please. If I really really like a book, I bind it myself.

    10. Books, and more books. My Christmas present was time alone in a second hand book shop, to find me all the books I liked, while the marvellous husband went sword and dice shopping in the games shop with the children. (I joined them there when my time was out. And I still read from that pile :)

    Thank you for those questions.

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    1. @ Charlotte: Thank you for answering all the questions.

      1 - I have a long list too, so many favorites.

      2 - I try to forget the bad books I read too but sometimes it's not easy to forget.

      3 - I haven't read much translated books but I would imagine an author's name wouldn't be translated.

      4 - In a way, your eyes does go to what stands out and sometimes writings in books stands way out.

      5 - 20 pages? That's a lot of pages to read before considering a book but I think it's normal.

      6 - I also do like to read before I watch any adaptation and sometimes what my ideas about characters and such doesn't match the adaptation.

      7 - I mean all books, whether fiction or not. 'Magical Me' - sounds like a good title for your biography.

      8 - Paperbacks are better for holding but I guess being able not to have to hold a book, a hardcover that, is a plus.

      9 - You bind your own books? That's cool.

      10 - Everybody loves books, that's what I think.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  3. I can't answer #1; it's just too hard to pick one favorite book that I love to reread, because I have more than one. #2- I couldn't make myself finish reading Rice's Interview With a Vampire because I just got a bad feeling from it. #4- I do occasionally underline favorite quotes in books, but only rarely. And #9- I'd much rather buy 10 books for $100 than just one. Very fun questions!!! :)

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    1. @ Lark: Thanks for answering some of the questions.

      1 - I know that is a hard questions but I just assume people would just randomly pick one just to answer the question.

      2 - I don't think I would be able to read Rice's book either. Me and vampires does not get along very well.

      4 - I don't think it's bad to underline if it's your own book.

      9 - Me too!

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  4. Yes, I write in books I own. Mostly it's to underline great quotes in them or to make notes in the inside cover of pages that will be useful in the future.

    My TTT.

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    1. @ Lydia: If in the future and someone read one of your books, would they be surprised by your notes? I think so.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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    1. @Christine: Thank you and as always, thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  6. Rotten blogger just ate my comment for the second time. This time I will remember to save the comment before I post.
    I reread LOTS of books.
    Horror or explicit violence are most likely to see me put the book aside. Woeful editing can do it too.
    I prefer paperbacks (they are lighter) but read hardbacks too.
    Definitely 10 books rather than a special edition.
    Books are the very best gifts.
    I am way too dull for a biography.
    Thanks for the questions and your answers.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: Sorry about blogger. I don't have the disappearing comment problem anymore since I started writing my comments in a separate text app, not in the web browser window.

      Me too with the horror and violence, I think it's better to avoid them if I can.

      Paperbacks are easier to hold, so true.

      I actually think 'Elephant's Child' might be the title of your biography because it's a good name.


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  7. Fun questions! I would probably go with 10 reg editions rather than the expensive special edition, unless it was some thing I REALLY wanted. And i like hardcovers and softcovers both, I guess it just depends on my mood? I'm such a mood reader lol and that might even apply to what kind of book format I choose when I'm buying something.

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    1. @ Greg: There are books that you can't help but want even if it costs a lot. I'm a mood reader too but not about formats although some books really seems to be better as hardcovers but only because I can't stand ugly covers because paperbacks usually have the worst covers over hardcovers.

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  8. What an awesome topic!! Here are some of my answers...
    -I never write in books! I have started annotating with page flags and I’m liking that!
    -definitely paperbacks now because they are so much easier to hold with my toddler!
    - I would definitely get the regular price books! The more the merrier!! I just can’t pay that much for one book!

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    1. @ Leslie: I don't annotate books but if I do I would use those sticky strips.

      Now I imagine someone holding a book and a toddler like the most normal image there is and it probably is.

      I also like more books.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  9. Fun! I would definitely spend $100 on as many books as I could buy instead of just one. I don't care about collecting rare or first editions. For me, it's the more the merrier!

    Happy TTT!

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    1. @ Susan: More books, the better, and the more fun we will have.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  10. 1: Gypsy Lady by Shirlee Busbee. It's a historical romance that I discovered in a secondhand store years ago and read it so often my copy fell apart, then my daughter tracked down another copy for me.
    2: Yes, but can't remember now what it was.
    3: no, I thinks that's weird.
    4: no
    5: yes
    6: Firestarter by Stephen King. I loved the book but after seeing the movie I haven't been able to read the book.
    7: no idea
    8: paperbacks mostly, because they're less weighty so easier to carry anywhere, although I usually use my kindle for travelling. I do have quite a few hardbacks at home.
    9: I'd buy the 10 books, for ten times the enjoyment.
    10: a book that I'd been searching for or waiting for and not been able to find.

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    1. @ River: Thank you for answering all the questions. Sorry, no prizes for doing it but thank you again.

      1- I have not heard of that book but if it give you joy to read it, then all the better.

      2- I think it's a good thing not to remember.

      3 - Weird? I's not so weird when you think about how so many people are in the public eye that everyone knows everything about them.

      4 - Me either.

      5 - Don't you just love looking through books even if you're not ready to read them yet?

      6 - It's why I prefer not to watch certain movies.

      7- I would imagine a mystery book title for you, I don't even know why.

      8 - I have started to read a lot more on my kindle too so now I guess there is a third option aside from paperback and hardcover.

      9 - Me too. It seems to be most people's answer.

      10 - I can understand. There is a couple of books that I can't find a good edition of and definitely would like it as a gift.

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  11. So much fun!

    01 | What favorite book you've read that you love re-reading? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I love to read about his journey back to sanity.

    02 | Is there a book that gives you such unsettling vibes that you cannot continue reading it? Lolita.

    03 | Do you check out the author before reading a book? Like whether the author is a male or female; what kind of race they are; what they eat for breakfast, etc., etc. No. After I read a book, I find out more about the author.

    04 | Do you write in the books you read assuming it's not a library book and one that you actually own? Rarely. Even if it is a book that is meant to be written in, I usually keep it in the condition in which I found it.

    05 | Do you give a book you got from the book store (or the library or other places) a curiosity glance (such as a flip through the pages) before you place it among your To-Be-Read piles even though you have already done it? I look through it thoroughly.

    06 | What movie/tv adaptation you will not watch because you think it will ruin the book for you? I rarely watch movie/tv adaptations.

    07 | What book with a title that you are certain should be the title of your biography? Gilead would be suitable.

    08 | Are you a hardback (hardcover) or paperback (softcover) reader? Either. Both.

    09 | Would you rather pay 100 dollars for a single book that is a special edition of sorts or would you spend that 100 dollars on 10 books that are just regular editions? I'd rather pay $100 for 100 used copies of books.

    10 | What bookish gift that someone might give you that you would never throw away or accept it with a joyful heart?

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    1. @ Deb: Thanks for answering.

      1- That sounds like an interesting title.

      2- That book certainly gives me an unsettling vibes and I didn't even try to read it.

      3 - Finding out about the author after you read a book is better but sometimes you can't avoid reading about an author.

      4 - Me too. I really do not like to ruin books.

      5 - Books are so interesting aren't they even when you haven't read them yet?

      6 - I think you're one of the rare people who doesn't watch movies and tv. Well, there's a couple of blogger that I know is the same way.

      7 - I had to look it up but Gilead is an interesting choice.

      8 - I guess it didn't matter all that much these days.

      9 - If you buy used copies, you might get 20 books instead, assuming used books are cheaper which I am assuming.

      10 - You didn't give an answer so I'm assuming books would be your answer.

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  12. I enjoy reread Pride and Prejudice, which is probably a favorite for many people, too. I used to reread A TOWN LIKE ALICE but the last time I reread it I could feel the need to do so diminish and said goodbye to the book.

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    1. @Anne@HeadFullofBooks: Pride and Prejudice is one favorite Jane Austen book but I have only read it twice. Some books I think really just are better to be read just once or twice.

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  13. I'll have to remember to answer these questions in a post on my blog sometime. Your blog is beautiful, but the way. 💜

    Here's my TTT list.

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    1. @Lectrice Vorace: Feel free to answer these questions any time on your blog.

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  14. In recent years I have been looking more into authors of the books I read. It does help to be active on things like book twitter because in that case you just get a whole load of information without having to look haha. But it does help to make sure who I want to support (I'd rather not support sexual harrassers and the like).

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    1. @Annemieke: You're right, if you're on twitter, you really can know a lot about author. I'm not much into finding out about an author, I rather just prefer to enjoy their books.

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  15. 01 | What favorite book you've read that you love re-reading?
    I reread all my books at some point, so there are many!

    02 | Is there a book that gives you such unsettling vibes that you cannot continue reading it?
    It's never happened so far (lucky me).

    03 | Do you check out the author before or after reading a book? Like whether the author is a male or female; what kind of race they are; what they eat for breakfast, etc., etc.
    I used to go to their website for more info about the book, but nowadays there are so many authors who turn out to be arseholes, either for their problematic stance on politics and the likes, or because they troll people who wrote reviews they didn't like...so I tend to be more cautious 😉.

    04 | Do you write in the books you read assuming it's not a library book and one that you actually own?
    Erm...I do sometimes (with a pencil, but still). I mostly take notes about acronyms I don't know the meaning of and I have to look up on the internet, or I underline typos/errors if I find any...

    05 | Do you give a book you got from the book store (or the library or other places) a curiosity glance (such as a flip through the pages) before you place it among your To-Be-Read piles even though you have already done it?
    Nope.

    06 | What movie/tv adaptation you will not watch because you think it will ruin the book for you?
    None. I don't like adaptions...

    07 | What book with a title that you are certain should be the title of your biography?
    A Beautiful Mess 😂.

    08 | Are you a hardback (hardcover) or paperback (softcover) reader?
    I prefer paperbacks because they're cheaper LOL. But I buy hardbacks when I really can't wait until the paperback comes out.

    09 | Would you rather pay 100 dollars for a single book that is a special edition of sorts or would you spend that 100 dollars on 10 books that are just regular editions?
    10 books all the way (if only I had 100 dollars, or euros in my case, to spend on books. That only happens around my birthday/Christmas).

    10 | What bookish gift that someone might give you that you would never throw away or accept it with a joyful heart?
    Like you, I don't care for bookish merchandise...so...more books!

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    1. @Roberta: 1 - I also have tons of books I re-read.

      2 - Lucky you, yes.

      3 - Yes, I also think to be cautious but I think it's better just not to know anything about an author.

      4 - It's useful to write some small notes, I'm sure it's not a problem if it's your book.

      5 - No? Really? You have more self-control than I do.

      6 - I don't like adaptations? That's okay.

      7 - That is a lovely title.

      8 - Paperback are cheaper but I also sometimes do get the hardbacks/hardcovers because they come out first which I really wish they just release the paperback and hardcover at the same time.

      9 - It's nice to be able to buy books on birthdays and holidays.

      10 - Books all the time, why not?

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  16. This is such a creative way to celebrate ten year's of TTT. I love this idea, happy reading!

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    1. @Sarah: I love the idea too. Happy reading to you too.

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  17. Oh my goodness, those graphics are sooo cute. And the fact that you created a brand new book questionnaire is even better! I'm going to think about my answers before I try to fill it out, but I loved reading yours. I agree with you on #9 about being potentially afraid of actually reading a really nice, expensive book in case of actually damaging it.

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