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20 Questions: Round 3

Today, 101 Books brings to you the third round of 20 Questions!

This is simple. I ask questions. 20 of them. Some are about books. Others are just for fun. You answer the questions in the comments. (Check out the first two rounds of 20 Questions here and here.)

My answers are in italics.

Let’s go.

  1. What’s the worst non-fiction book you’ve ever read? I read a Rush Limbaugh book once. What was I thinking? 
  2. Least favorite genre of fiction? Romance. Vampire romance. Sci-Fi Vampire Romance. 
  3. What’s your favorite punctuation? .
  4. What character from fiction do you most identify with? Frodo, I think. That’s probably why I reference The Lord of the Rings a lot. 
  5. More attractive: Yoda or Gollum? Yoda, of course. 
  6. Excited about the new Star Wars films…yes or no? After the last three offerings, not really. 
  7. Is it okay to use a coupon on a first date? No.
  8. Clipping fingernails/toenails in public places…poor etiquette? Yes. Yes. Yes. 
  9. Your dream job? Doing it. 
  10. What’s the fewest amount of pages you’ve read before quitting a book? I honestly can’t think of an answer to this question. 
  11. Fastest you’ve ever driven a car? Around 100ish. 
  12. What is your hobbit name (find it here at the hobbit name generator)? Grigory Chubb
  13. Food/drink you dislike that most people like? Coffee. Hate it. 
  14. Most amount of physical pain you’ve ever experienced? Getting the bones in my hand popped back into place after breaking it. 
  15. Who inspired you to become a reader? My mom. 
  16. What’s the last movie you watched in a theater? The Hobbit.
  17. More terrible way to die? Cruise ship wreck or plane crash? The cruise ship, no doubt.
  18. French fries or chocolate? French fries.
  19. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl. If I had to make all my major life decisions before 9 a.m., I’d be living on the street. 
  20. How did you find 101 Books? It was an idea in my head! 

Now, it’s your turn.

Answer as few or as many of the questions as you like.

Go!

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  1. 2. Amish romance (yeah, it’s a thing.)
    3. — or ()
    12. Tigerlily Grubb of Little Delving! (I may start asking people to call me this in everyday life.)

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    February 15, 2013
  2. Answering on my own blog and linking back 🙂

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    February 15, 2013
  3. 4- Anne Shirley (From the “Anne of Green Gables Series”). This is one of the only books I’ve read more than once. Actually, I’ve read it 3 or 4 times.

    9 – My dream job’s are actor, writer, and personal trainer… I have a lot of interests. I’m making steps towards each one though.

    16 – Last movie I watched in theatres: Amour

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    February 15, 2013
  4. Ryan #

    1. I had to do a book report in a college class, so I chose a 200 page book about castles (for brevity).
    3. ;
    4. I remember feeling a connection to the main character in My Antonia. Edmund in Chronicles of Narnia.
    7. Haha, yes!
    9. idk- I don’t dream about work.
    10. About 7 years ago I started Crime and Punishment and read 10 pages. (I successfully read it about 2 years ago).
    14. Fortunately, nothing worse than being hit in the nose by a basketball. (every bad accident I’ve had led to numbness)
    17. I would take the cruise ship- at least the first part would be more fun than the plane flight.
    20. Looking for lists of highly acclaimed and respected literature. No, seriously.

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    February 15, 2013
  5. bba #

    1. I once read Dianetics. On purpose.
    3. …
    8. who even considers doing this?
    9. GENTLEMAN FARMER. End.Of.Discussion.
    13. anything spicy
    14. how did you break your hand?
    20. a dude I grew up with kept bugging me about it.

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    February 15, 2013
  6. Teresa #

    I’m off topic here — (favorite punctuation) reading snow crash. ( originally stopped on p. 9). I am on p 267 and bored with the human virus / Bible / Sumerian discussion– cyberpunk, crime fiction and most romance) being my least favorite genres. Why would anyone CARE to parody cyberpunk?

    Anyway. I’m noting the parallels between snow crash, the ‘drug’ (‘ another favorite punctuation), and the effects of infinite jest, the video. I vote for IJ as being most believable. A drug that targets hackers — really! What a narcissist viewpoint for a hacker reader to eat up. (I used to earn my living doing artificial intelligence coding in an earlier life, but am curently in my dream job teaching others skills for working with kids with autism.)

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    February 15, 2013
  7. 1. All of my math textbooks.
    2. Definitely romance.
    3. — (em dash), I guarantee I won’t be able to get through these questions without using one.
    4. Jane Eyre
    5. Gollum, since I haven’t actually seen Star Wars *cowers in shame*
    6. Not really–see above answer
    7. As a general social rule, no. But I personally wouldn’t mind–I’d be impressed with his frugality.
    8. Um, YES
    9. A national geographic photographer
    10. One, I try reading the first page of a new book and if I’m not hooked, I put it down.
    11. Fastest you’ve ever driven a car? 75mph
    12. Rosie-Posie Hamwich
    13. Coffee
    14. Spraining my ankle for the second time in a week while simultaneously falling down a flight of stairs (thankfully no one saw me).
    15. I don’t really remember, I’ve been reading every since I was little. I suppose my mom, since she taught me.
    16. The Hobbit.
    17. Cruise ship, since I have a fear of drowning
    18. Chocolate.
    19. Morning person (if I don’t sleep in!)
    20. I think I was like Ryan and was looking for a literary book list. I read a review and was instantly hooked. I’ve been reading for over a year, and haven’t commented much, but hope to change that! That (engaging with the blogs I read), along with actually writing on my blog, is one of my New Year’s resolutions that I have just started. 😛

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    February 15, 2013
  8. 1) What’s the worst non-fiction book you’ve ever read? I can’t recall. I stop reading and toss it if it’s bad.

    2) Least favorite genre of fiction? Bad writing

    3) What’s your favorite punctuation? I adore the semicolon. It makes a great wink. ;o)

    4) What character from fiction do you most identify with? As a young adult, I identified with Caddy’s desperation in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Not much else parallels, but the desperation rang true. Today, I can’t say that I identify with any character. Too busy putting myself in the place of my own characters so that I can write from a place of truth.

    11) What’s the fewest amount of pages you’ve read before quitting a book? A sentence. If it’s so poorly written that I can’t respect the writer or the editor, I won’t read any more of it.

    12) What is your hobbit name (find it here at the hobbit name generator)? Dimple Sandy Banks of Frogmorton

    13) Most amount of physical pain you’ve ever experienced? Having two of my fingers stuck in the hinge side of a door, with my father (unaware that my hand was stuck) pushing me to run to the car in the rain. By the time he and I figured out why I couldn’t move, one of my fingers was broken and both had the fingernails partially pulled off. My father took me to the ER (after spending–what seemed like to me–and unbearable amount of time picking my mother up from a PTA meeting, to get the remaining parts of the nails removed. Recovery was long. Good thing it was my left hand. Both of the fingers are now longer than their equivalent fingers on the right hand. This was a formative experience, focusing on my hands. Must be why I’m a writer and not a pianist. It was more painful than childbirth, something I don’t even equate with pain, just concentration.

    15) Who inspired you to become a reader? My aunt. She took me to book sales, garage sales and gave me books from her house (stacked with books).

    18) French fries or chocolate? 70% Dark Chocolate

    19) Are you a morning person or a night owl? “Bard” owl :o)

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    February 15, 2013
    • Miss_More #

      Bad writing? You’re funny.

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      February 15, 2013
  9. 1. What’s the worst non-fiction book you’ve ever read? Weaving a Way Home: A Personal Journey Exploring Place and Story. I only finished it because I had to review it. Gawdawful.
    2. Least favorite genre of fiction? Fantasy sci-fi
    3. What’s your favorite punctuation? :
    4. What character from fiction do you most identify with? No idea
    5. More attractive: Yoda or Gollum? Yoda
    6. Excited about the new Star Wars films…yes or no? Nope
    7. Is it okay to use a coupon on a first date? No
    8. Clipping fingernails/toenails in public places…poor etiquette? GROSS
    9. Your dream job? Reader’s Advisory Librarian
    10. What’s the fewest amount of pages you’ve read before quitting a book? Probably about 10
    11. Fastest you’ve ever driven a car? No idea
    12. What is your hobbit name? Melilot Sandydowns
    13. Food/drink you dislike that most people like? Beer, guacamole
    14. Most amount of physical pain you’ve ever experienced? Stitches in the bottom of my foot. MUCH more painful than childbirth.
    15. Who inspired you to become a reader? No idea
    16. What’s the last movie you watched in a theater? Silver Linings Playbook
    17. More terrible way to die? Cruise ship wreck or plane crash? Plane crash
    18. French fries or chocolate? Must I really choose???
    19. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl
    20. How did you find 101 Books? Looking for ideas on how to do a book blog

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    February 15, 2013
  10. dste #

    1. Critical Terms for Media Studies- my textbook for Written Communication Freshman year of college. Both boring and nearly incomprehensible.

    3. I love my semicolons!

    13. Actually, there are a lot of foods/drinks that could fit this description for me. But probably the best one is salad dressing. I won’t eat any type of it at all.

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    February 15, 2013
  11. Miss_More #

    1. “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness was 600 pages of pure disappointment (review on my blog).
    2. Probably classics.
    3. Ellipsis. I seriously abuse them.
    4. Jayd Jackson from the “Drama High” series by L. Divine.
    5. Who are Yoda & Gollum, I won’t even bother Google them.
    6. Me and Star Wars are not friends.
    7. Is that a question? (no).
    8. Oh hell yes!
    9. Professional author with a collection of international bestsellers under my belt.
    10. Must have been less than the whole first chapter of “Hush Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick. Patch majorly cheesed me off.
    12. Camellia Goldworthy of Michel Delving
    13. I don’t understand sandwiches.
    15. No one really.
    16. Breaking Dawn Part 2 (review on my blog).
    17. Plane crash.
    18. Chocolate!
    19. Night owl. I have a disorder that means I can’t go to bed before 2am.
    20. It was recommended by wordpress & it kinda rocks… very much.

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    February 15, 2013
  12. . Least favorite genre of fiction? – Stories where they exaggerate the squalor in India just to woo western readers like ‘White Tiger’ by Adiga that won a Booker.
    . What’s your favorite punctuation? !
    . What character from fiction do you most identify with? – Jo March in Little Woman.
    . Excited about the new Star Wars films…yes or no? – No. But my sons are.
    . Clipping fingernails/toenails in public places…poor etiquette? – Are you joking? Never.
    . Your dream job? – Work in a publishing house. Some dreams do not materialize.
    . What’s the fewest amount of pages you’ve read before quitting a book? – Mills and Boon stories by Indian authors.
    . Most amount of physical pain you’ve ever experienced? – Delivery Pains.
    . Who inspired you to become a reader? – My dad. He was a school drop out but when my brother and I were kids, he subscribed to Times, Span and Illustrated Weekly of India magazines for us.
    . What’s the last movie you watched in a theater? – The Life of Pi.
    . More terrible way to die? – Plane crash. I believe drowning is the fastest and the most painless way to die.
    . French fries or chocolate? – French Fries.
    . Are you a morning person or a night owl? – Morning person. I was taught that, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a woman health wealthy and wise.
    . How did you find 101 Books? – On WordPress list of blogs I might like.

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    February 15, 2013
  13. What’s the worst non-fiction book you’ve ever read?I read books about Buddhism… some are really terrible. Could be translation issues.

    Least favorite genre of fiction? Spy/political thriller. I’m always like that dumb person in a movie theatre asking “Who’s that guy? Why are they doing that? Wait, I thought he was the good guy!”

    What’s your favorite punctuation? .;

    What character from fiction do you most identify with? None come to mind. I like reading for the insight into people who are unlike me 🙂

    More attractive: Yoda or Gollum? Yoda? Sure.

    Excited about the new Star Wars films…yes or no? Never seen any of them.

    Clipping fingernails/toenails in public places…poor etiquette? The worst.

    Your dream job? Writer.

    What’s the fewest amount of pages you’ve read before quitting a book? 25ish.

    Fastest you’ve ever driven a car? 130 km. Not a fast driver!

    What is your hobbit name (find it here at the hobbit name generator)? Grigory Chubb

    Food/drink you dislike that most people like? I like most things!

    Most amount of physical pain you’ve ever experienced? Manual placenta removal. Worse than labour, worse than anything!!

    Who inspired you to become a reader? My mom and dad.

    What’s the last movie you watched in a theater? Les Miserables. I liked it in spite of myself (and Russell’s singing.)

    More terrible way to die? Cruise ship wreck or plane crash? The cruise ship – drowning.

    French fries or chocolate? Chocolate.

    Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl forced into a morning person’s life.

    How did you find 101 Books? Trolling the internet for other bloggers reading from classics lists (I do 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die)

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    February 16, 2013
  14. 1. Maybe Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat. It started out fine, but hundreds of pages later and OH DEAR LORD, I GET IT ALREADY! STOP WRITING! Also a biography of Gertrude Bell that I really didn’t care for. The author was a total sycophant.
    2. Anything by Nicholas Sparks or that Patterson guy who does the crime novels. Don’t really care for westerns.
    3. The Guillemets or the Snark. http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/13-punctuation-marks-that-you-never-knew-existed
    4. Probably Elaine from Seinfeld. Or perhaps Jane Eyre.
    5. Yoda for sure, but what about Gollum when he was still Smeagol? Nah, he was still kinda creepy.
    6. I’m cautiously optimistic because of JJ Abrams and because I just heard that they got Harrison Ford signed to recreate his Han Solo role.
    7. Coupons? No. No no no no no.
    8. Only in a nail salon.
    9. Full-time student or travel writer.
    10. I think I gave up on Joy of Man’s Desiring after about 2 pages. I haven’t given it away yet, though. I’ve put books down in the past, bored within the first chapter, but then I picked it up again a few years later and couldn’t get enough of it.
    11. About 100 mph, give or take, sustained for about four hours driving through Spain.
    12. Oh dear. I’m Dimple Moss of Lake-By-Downs
    13. Being a vegetarian, I’d have to say meat.
    14. Cramps. You might think I’ve gotten off easy (no childbirth for me, thankyouverymuch), but these were no ordinary cramps. Soul-crushing, mind-numbing, can’t-get-off-the-couch-for-2-days horrible. I’ve got a prescription that has dealt with them but instead gives me migraines. I’ll take the migraine over the cramps. That should tell you something.
    15. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you. I’ve always been a reader. I was one of only two kids who could read coming into kindergarten. I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read.
    16. “Searching for Sugarman” Awesome.
    17. Cruise ship. I have a lifelong fear of drowning.
    18. French fries. Does my woman card get revoked now? I always go for salty instead of sweet.
    19. Night owl. Like bad. If I had my druthers, I’d be awake probably until about 4am and sleep until noon.
    20. I can’t remember! It might have been when I was looking for reviews about Lolita? Or Freshly Pressed maybe? Truly, I have no recollection.

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    February 16, 2013
  15. # 20 Fate

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    February 19, 2013
  16. 1. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. A bunch of people climb a mountain and most of them die and everyone’s really cold.
    2. Is Twilight a genre?
    3. The period. It’s straightforward, and its usage never changes, and all books are filled with them,
    4. Does Belle from Beauty and the Beast count?
    5. Duh, Yoda.
    6. There’s a tiny bit of childish excitement inside me that says MORE STAR WARS YAY and then the rest of me just looks at how destroyed the franchise is already and how bad the rest of it is going to get…
    7. No.
    8. Clipping anything not behind a closed bathroom door in your own home skeeves me out.
    9. Not sure yet. Maybe an English professor or something in publishing.
    10. I usually get at least a few chapters in before I surrender.
    11. I think I hit 90 mph once.
    12. Prisca Foxburr
    13. Beer.
    14. Maybe the night after I pinched a nerve in my back.
    15. My dad, the moment he put The Hobbit into my hands.
    16. A Good Day to Die Hard
    17. Plane crash.
    18. French fries.
    19. Night owl. My day only even begins at 10 AM because I’m forced to go to class.
    20. You were one of WordPress’s recommended blogs for me!

    I love this blog! You seem like a kindred literary spirit. Mine, toomanynovels.wordpress.com, is just getting off the ground now, but I’d love it if you’d check it out sometime!

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    February 20, 2013
  17. Sissy #

    1.Do textbooks that I’ve been forced to read cover to cover count? If so, then by AP US History textbook. 1,000 pages of small text and boring. I’m a huge history fan, but this was just too much.
    2. Paranormal teen angst
    3. The Oxford Comma. I am passionate about the Oxford Comma. Other types commas are wonderful too.
    4. Polly from An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
    5. Yoda
    6. No. As much as I love Star Wars, they really need to stop.
    7. While I wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t really mind someone who did. Why does etiquette make us spend all of our money on a first date?
    8. Most certainly yes
    9. A 1950’s singer on one of those retro cruises
    10. A chapter or two, then I’m done
    11. I’ve never driven and actual car. I’m seventeen and license-less with no desire to get my license and then inevitably drive into a lake
    12. Iris Foxburr of Fair Downs
    13. I’m going to have to second you on the coffee thing
    14. Injections in my back, right where the nerve is, which I get every couple of months
    15. In middle school both my parents worked really late, so everyday after school I’d walk to the library across the street and stay there until I could get picked up. I was surrounded by hundreds of books for hours a day. What else to do but read?
    16. Les Miserables or The Hobbit. I watched them both on the same weekend and I can’t remember which came first.
    17. Cruise ship. It seems like it’d be more drawn-out.
    18. Chocolate!
    19. Morning person. No better time to read than 5 AM, when no one’s up!
    20. I founded out from a lovely Facebook group called the Goodwill Librarian

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    February 25, 2013
    • Sissy #

      Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, how did I let a grammatical error get past me? Found, I meant found out.
      Oh dear

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      February 25, 2013

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