10.07.2010

Thursday Book Questions: Part 4

Five questions a week. Eleven weeks. Post your answers in the comments (or on your own blog if you prefer, just link back in the comments) and I'll do the same thing.

Last week we had mixed feelings on comfort zones with reading, a general sense that book lending easily becomes book losing (but Donna had ways around this), a common attraction to reading at home in the most comfy place available (usually bed), and strong preferences for uplifting tales.

Also, it turns out that some of us can read on a bus and some of us can't. All right, I admit it was not the most interesting question, but these surveys always have a few like that.

This week's questions:

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
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17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
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18.  Not even with text books? [Hey, wait a minute... that seems to presume a negative answer to the previous question! Stand fast against such nonsense and answer #17 any way you want.]
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19. What is your favorite language to read in?
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20. What makes you love a book?
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9 comments:

  1. 16: No, never with a physical book. I always use a bookmark of some sort. Yes, with an eBook because the bookmark on a reader looks like a dog ear.

    17: Sometimes.

    18: See above.

    19: English

    20: Is really going to take some time to think about that.

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  2. 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
    I was going to say no, but I seem to remember dog-earing something recently.

    17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
    Honestly, I'm a little Madam Pince on this. "Despoiled! Desecrated! Befouled!" I don't even write in the margins of a Bible anymore. :)

    18. Not even with text books?
    Haha. Maybe with a text book. Which makes Snape's markings in the Potions book all right--or would, if he hadn't written stuff like 'Sectumsempra.'

    19. What is your favorite language to read in?
    I just get so much more out of a book if it's written in English...

    20. What makes you love a book?
    Humor, romance, something that I can identify with, something that strengthens my faith and hope and makes me want to be a better person.

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  3. Ohhh great questions this week! I'll probably post mine later tonight :) looking forward to it!

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  4. Here are my answers for this week:
    http://donnarosemary.blogspot.com/2010/10/thursday-book-questions-pt-4-happy-fall.html

    Jenna, Re: #17, I think Madame Pince and I come from two very different schools of librarianship ;) for instance, the library I work in (a university library) tends to get noisy, and to me, this is a good thing (it means learning/collaboration is taking place)--just as long as certain areas (usually certain floors) are reserved for quiet study as well.

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  5. I've not had a chance to jump in before, so here I go:

    16. Never.

    17. Never.

    18. NEVER. (Yes, there is an echo.)

    19. It depends on what I'm reading. I will only, for instance, read Shakespeare in English, because I can. But there's nothing like the roll and vigor of good Scots. And I love Latin. Scripture tends to sound better in Latin. But I read the New Testament in Greek.

    20. If it's a book with content I enjoy--then the weight and the feel, the smell and shape of it. The memories of reading it or having read it. The anticipation of reading it again. That's why some of my favorite actual volumes in the world are my copies of LOTR...I know where Gandalf's name is misspelled...

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  6. George, LOL. I'd forgotten about ebooks having a dog-ear for a bookmark.

    Donna, I don't mind a little noise in the library either. Racket would get on my nerves, but then, so does the hushing sometimes. :)

    Mr. Pond, I wish I could read in Latin. If I'd just buckle down and learn the language...

    Everybody: Don't know about all of you, but I think question 20 is my favorite yet. I'm very interested in your answers. It was not easy to come up with an answer, and I'm sure I missed things.

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  7. 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
    Ummmmm...you know my dad...do you think I ever would have been allowed to do that? It was drilled into me from the moment I could read on my own that it was NOT an acceptable practice.
    17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
    No
    18. Not even with text books? [Hey, wait a minute... that seems to presume a negative answer to the previous question! Stand fast against such nonsense and answer #17 any way you want.]
    I don't think I ever did.
    19. What is your favorite language to read in?
    English, since it is what I am most proficient in. Italian, if I were faster.
    20. What makes you love a book?
    Honestly, many, many different things. Humour, adventure, being able to relate to the character's or situation, not being able to relate to the character's or situation, feeling like I am being pulled out of my own world, having the author write about a subject in such a way that it makes we want to change, raindrops on roses and bright yellow posies? Okay, I think I have written enough. :)

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  8. And I just realized that I improperly used apostrophes to show possession instead of plural. Darn it, the proof reader in me is hating the internet for allowing you to post things permanently on it when they haven't been properly looked over for mistakes.

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  9. Haha! Yes, I do know your dad. And I love your answer to question 20.

    I can also sympathize with your postscript, having wasted 25 minutes a couple of weeks ago trying to figure out how to edit an old comment of mine in which I misused quotation marks. :)

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