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10 Questions: Round 4

It’s been awhile since we’ve played 20 Questions, mainly because I’m running out of questions, but also because 20 Questions is just too many.

So I’ve renamed 20 Questions to 10 Questions. With the hope being that fewer questions allow for more thoughtful answers. Also, this is a good opportunity for me to see what topics might be good fuel for future posts. So let’s give it a try.

You answer today, and I’ll answer on Tuesday (no post on Monday because of Memorial Day).

  1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
  2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
  3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
  4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
  5. Favorite punctuation mark?
  6. Most annoying grammatical error?
  7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
  8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
  9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?

Answer as few, or as many, questions as you want to in the comments. I’ll post my answers on Tuesday.

Have fun!

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  1. Reblogged this on Attorney at Law Jan Vajda Namestovo, Slovakia.

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    May 23, 2014
  2. hls #

    1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    The Jungle Book – Kipling
    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    The Book Thief came close.
    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? – Paper.
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain cabin. Not as much sand.
    5. Favorite punctuation mark?
    I love a good em dash.
    6. Most annoying grammatical error?
    Writing a lot as ‘alot’.
    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    I’ve never read War and Peace
    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    I have no literary regrets there.
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Mid-afternoon is my time to shine, so maybe a night owl?
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    I don’t have children, so I can only go off my own childhood. My parents let me read whatever I wanted. I never had any restrictions and I can’t say that I read anything that was too mature for me.

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  3. Deborah #

    The Magic Faraway Tree; can’t think of one; paper; mountain cabin; semi-colon; incorrect use of the apostrophe; The Catcher in the Rye; Princess Daisy; morning person; want them to read widely so would prefer to recommend books to them rather than tell them what they can’t read.

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    May 23, 2014
  4. 1. The Puffins book of classic children stories
    3. Paper forever !
    5. Since I’ve used it above without even realising it I guess it has to be the exclamation mark !!
    7.Right now – The Great Gatsby
    9.Morning person – I get grumpy at night

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    May 23, 2014
  5. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    Little Women. I was 8, we were on a road trip up to grandma’s house in one of those 80’s station wagons with the faux-wood panels. For some reason, my parents decided seatbelts were optional on that trip, so I made a pallet in the back and read the whole way. (I’m sure I read some shorter books before this, but this is the first I remember.)
    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I like the book (which was written in the mid-1930’s) but I absolutely love the movie. The book focuses on the economic struggle of the era (Miss P is destitute, as she is in the movie), but the movie layers in suspicions of the coming European conflagration to reiterate the precarious nature of life and the importance of every moment.
    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Eeek! Love my Kindle (and Kindle apps on iPad and iPhone) but if I must choose, give me paper. Digital will keep you sane when you just need something to take your mind off the subway, paper collects the heft of history.
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain cabin, all the way. Preferably with a cup of hot tea.
    5. Favorite punctuation mark?
    The em dash. Roland Barthes wrote this amazing piece in The Grain of the Voice (chapter on Digressions). He talks about the implicit authority in the structure of the sentence (I say THIS, the concluding punctuation suggests that there is nothing more to be said) and suggests the em dash as a way to convey ideas without the reliance on the author’s, well, authority.
    6. Most annoying grammatical error?
    Any of the homonyms. To/too/two; their/they’re/there. And I hate hate hate the text abbreviations: it doesn’t take that much longer to type “y-o-u”. So “U”? Seriously?
    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    Probably some of the sensation fiction (this is my area, so, while these are obscure, I should really get around to them.) Rhoda Broughton’s Cometh Up as a Flower; Wilkie Collins No Name or Armadale; eh, or On the Road or any Kurt Vonnegut besides Harris Bergeron
    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    50 Shades. Jesus. (Though we joked all my first semester of grad school about writing “50 Shades of Foucault”… because obviously. Also, first semester of grad school, it’s difficult to see anything but Foucault.
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Both. Morning for work, night for reading. (Sleep is never very high on my list of priorities.)
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? No kids. But I intend to suggest good stuff but allow considerable freedom.

    Most recent post: A dialectic of dark and light–and magnolias blossoming like afterthought. Read it here: http://wp.me/pXxEC-1yf

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  6. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading? The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis
    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. I have yet to see a movie that surpasses the book.
    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Paper. No question.
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Cabin.
    5. Favorite punctuation mark? Dash.
    6. Most annoying grammatical error? You’re vs. your.
    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? Twilight. *Shudder* Read it even though I hated it.
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Mid- to late morning.
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? Don’t have kids yet, but I hope I’ll instill good enough values that I won’t have to worry about their choice of books.

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    May 23, 2014
  7. 1. Fun With Dick and Jane
    2. Planet of the Apes (the 1968 version)
    3. Paper
    4. Cabin
    5. ?
    6. “Your”, when they’re meaning “you are”.
    7. Moby Dick
    8. Fun With Dick and Jane
    9. Night
    10. I’ve never had children.

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  8. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading? Alpaca – I can’t actually find this anywhere anymore but I adored this book as a very young child.

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. I can think of some that came pretty close, but not better. I’ve never read The Green Mile but I imagine it would be hard to beat that movie.

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Paper. Hands down. Every time.

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Beach.

    5. Favorite punctuation mark? The ellipsis…

    6. Most annoying grammatical error? Your and You’re. It’s the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? Plenty of the classics, which is why I’ve set up my Classics Challenge.

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? 50 Shades of Grey because of the amount of hate for it, and because if the lead character said, “oh my” one more time…

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl.

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? Don’t have any yet. But I imagine I’ll want to control the adult content and themes for a good few years. But I would want to encourage reading outside of the comfort zone and challenging beliefs through reading.

    http://www.confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com

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    May 23, 2014
  9. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    Little House on the Prairie

    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    Atonement–the movie and the book were both excellent, but the score set the movie over the top for me.

    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Paper all the way! Too many experiences where I’ve forgotten to charge my Kindle.

    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain cabin.

    Favorite punctuation mark?
    I’d have to say the semicolon.

    Most annoying grammatical error?
    They’re/there/their mix-ups, or any time there should be an apostrophe but there isn’t.

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    Moby Dick, and Ulysses. Somehow I managed to get an English degree without reading either of them.

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    Twilight. Someone told me I couldn’t judge it until I had read it.

    Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Night owl. I don’t function before my morning coffee.

    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    No kids in my life, but my parents were always pretty aware of what I was reading while I was growing up. If my mom felt a book was questionable, she’d read it at the same time I did to catch anything she felt was a talking point. That being said, if I ever found a book I wanted to read but didn’t think my parents would approve of, I’d find ways to sneak read it.

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    May 23, 2014
  10. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    Some Amelia Bedelia book.

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    I can name two: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Paper. I had print books for most of my life, and although I like reading on my Kindle, images look so much better in a book than on the Paperwhite.

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain cabin reading for sure.

    5. Favorite punctuation mark?
    Period.

    6. Most annoying grammatical error?
    When people write alot instead of a lot or loose when they mean lose

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    I am a woman who has never read Little Women and until 6 months ago I had never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books.

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    Sula. The time I spent reading that book is time I will never get back again. Disgusting work.

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Morning person. If I need to finish work, I will get up at 5 am.

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    I don’t have kids.

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  11. What’s the first book your remember reading? Go Dog Go! Dr. Suess
    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. Heresy to suggest it possible!
    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Paper
    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Mountain cabin (really a cottage by a lake is best)
    Favorite punctuation mark? Semicolon
    Most annoying grammatical error? Improper use of possessive form (e.g., “The Johnson’s came over last night.”)
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? I’ve read nothing by Dostoyevsky
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? None
    Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl
    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? N/A

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  13. What is the first book you remember reading? The Little Engine that Could.

    Name a movie you think was better than the book. Cold Mountain. In the book, I pictured the people as ugly since the story itself was ugly and when I saw the movie, I actually gasped when I saw pretty Nicole Kidman as the main character and Jude Law was easy on the eyes as well.

    Format to read the rest of your life? Paper.

    Beach or mountain cabin reading? Mountain cabin out in the woods with the sounds of nature and full leafed green trees surrounding the cabin.

    Fav. punctutation mark? !!!!

    Most annoying grammatical error? Not spelling words correctly.

    Book most embarrassed to have never read? Jane Eyre

    Book most embarrassed to have read? Not sure about this one. I’ll leave it blank for now.

    Morning or night owl? I can be both. It depends on my mood.

    If you have kids do you control what they read? No. Never have. I can suggest but that’s it….you can lead a horse to water, etc.

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  14. 1. What’s the first book you remember reading? Richard Scarry’s Busy World, I think it was called; post children’s book, probably a Doc Savage book. Couldn’t tell you which (though most of them were the same, anyway).

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. I enjoyed Stardust the movie more than the book, but I can’t say that it was better, and it was more likely because I saw the movie first, than read the book.

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Incredibly easy to answer–paper.

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Beach reading by far; mountain cabins are for hiking.

    5. Favorite punctuation mark? the semi-colon, closely followed by the em dash

    6. Most annoying grammatical error? Not really grammatical, but it drives me nuts: the use of the word “granted” in general, but when students use “grant it” instead my skin crawls; interestingly enough, when they use “granite,” or “take it for granite” I’m just amused.

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? I can’t really think of any, really; there are books I would like to read, but haven’t gotten around to, or have begun but can’t seem to get through, and there are books that I’m glad to have read, but did not enjoy reading at the time and wouldn’t read again, but that just is what it is.

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? Any of the Earth’s Children series. Don’t tell anyone.

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning, easily.

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? Hmm… well, I hold to the ALA’s slogan for Banned Books Week a few years back: “Think for yourself and let others do the same,” so I don’t exercise a whole lot of control, more gentle guidance and suggestions, perhaps.

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  15. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    It was a “touch and feel” book when I was little. I memorized it and my parents thought I could read.

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    Catching Fire

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Digital- I like paper more, but digital is more practical for traveling

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain
    Favorite punctuation mark?
    Interrobang. I wish it would come back. It would be so useful.

    Most annoying grammatical error?
    Semicolon misuse

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    Until this past winter, it had been Lord of the Rings

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    Twilight

    Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Morning person

    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    My parents never controlled my books, though I’m sure if my little sister wanted to read 50 Shade of Grey they’d say no. Likewise, I think I’ll keep those kind of books out until they’re older. I always read the same books as them and that will probably be how it is with my kids. I won’t explicitly say “You can’t read Harry Potter.” I hate that.

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  16. Susan #

    1. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.
    2. I can’t think of any that have surpassed, but some have come close to capturing the book’s spirit.
    3. Paper! I don’t have an e-reader (although I am softening on the idea – slowly).
    4. Mountain Cabin Reading, since there is less to do in the mountains. Beach reading is great too, but I also love snorkeling, body surfing, sailing, etc. so I’m likely to have less time for reading.
    5. The interrobang.
    6. It is a tie between you’re/your and their/there/they’re.
    7. No need for embarrassment, I simply have a very long “To Read” list 🙂
    8. I feel no embarrassment over reading.
    9. After several years of working the 6am shift, I am a morning person by default.
    10. N/A as I have no kids. If I did, I would give them a lot of latitude. My own mother forbid me from reading only 2 books in my life, and then only because I was genuinely too young for them at the time – no problem with reading them a couple of years later. Neither of my parents ever criticized my choices regardless of if it was a YA book, a literary novel or a comic book. I think this helped me have confidence in my own reading choices, and led to developing a greater reading “maturity” sooner than other kids might have.

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  17. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    When I was little, I had a board book that taught you words and their opposites. I remember reading that when I was very young, but now, I can’t remember the title of it!

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    I know it’s not a “movie,” per se, but I liked the 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries better than I liked the book. Jane Austen’s writing style is just so plain and matter-of-fact. I enjoyed the story much better when I saw it played out in front of me (to be clear, though, I haven’t actually read P&P cover-to-cover. I started and then stopped for the reason stated above).

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Paper for sure. E-books hurt my eyes and then when the device has problems and won’t let me get to my books, I go a little insane.

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Mountain cabin. I don’t like sand and I’m afraid I’m a touch too pale to be at the beach!

    5. Favorite punctuation mark?
    If you can draw it just right, question marks look rather charming. 🙂

    6. Most annoying grammatical error?
    When people say “I could care less” and they really mean “I couldn’t care less.” Come on, people. Get with the program!

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    Sorry! Can’t think of one.

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    I love “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but there are certain parts of the story that make me think, “I hope no one sees me reading this.” Maycomb people are just so strange, you know?

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    A little of both. (Consequently, I don’t get much sleep.)

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    I don’t have kids yet, so pass!

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  18. Emily Lail #

    1.What’s the first book your remember reading? The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. Anything by Steven King
    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Paper
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Beach
    5. Favorite punctuation mark? Question Mark
    6. Most annoying grammatical error? to, two, and too
    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? I’m working on Game of Thrones but my friends keep badgering me on how long it’s been taking me.
    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? The amount of Nicholas Sparks Books I have read
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night Owl
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? No kids but my mom didn’t have much control over me, As long as I wasn’t reading her books.

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  19. Great questions! Here are my answers.

    What’s the first book your remember reading? Charlotte’s Web (although I read tons of children’s books at a very early age, this one had a big impact on my love of reading).
    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. Most recent, Warm Bodies. It’s kind of a silly story to begin with, but the movie is a better version of it.
    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? That’s so hard! Because of my eyes, digital. I can magnify the text for easier reading.
    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Mountain cabin reading
    Favorite punctuation mark? Period
    Most annoying grammatical error? comma splice
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? Huckleberry Finn
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? None
    Are you a morning person or a night owl? A night owl
    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? I did my best to inspire my kids’ love of reading, and encouraged various genres; but for some reason, they didn’t pick up my love of reading. I find it such a travesty.

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  20. Aleasha Bremner #

    1.What’s the first book your remember reading?

    The first non-picture book I remember reading is ‘The Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton. My Gran read a chapter to me and my brothers every night before bed.

    2.Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.

    I don’t know if I would consider it better, but the only movie I liked just as much as the book is the new Great Gatsby movie. I thought they did a really great job capturing the general feeling of the novel. The soundtrack did a great job of modernizing the music from that time period.

    3.You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?

    Definitely paper. There is just something about reading an actual book that you don’t get from the ereaders.

    4.Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?

    Mountain cabin. I just picture myself in flannel, curled up in a comfy arm chair with a roaring fire behind me and a big window with the breathtaking mountains in front.

    5.Favorite punctuation mark?

    The semi-colon.

    6.Most annoying grammatical error?

    Alot.

    7.Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?

    I’ve only ever read one book by Dickens (‘Bleak House’).

    8.Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?

    Twilight …. All of them.

    9.Are you a morning person or a night owl?

    Morning person … as long as I have had enough sleep the night before.

    10.If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?

    I don’t think that I would want a lot of control. I would like to expose them to a variety of genres and time periods and let them choose what they like. Hopefully I will be able to instill in them a love for great literature and they will recognize and seek it out on their own. Although, I will have to suggest a few of my favorites!

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  21. 1 Green eggs and ham. My name is Sam so was very excited to see my name in a book
    2 Cant actually think of one
    3 paper
    4 mountain cabin
    5 Exclamation mark that I over use
    6 Your and you’re. Drives me crazy
    7 Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    8 50 shades. Only read it to see what fuss was all about. Wins prize for worst book I’ve ever read on all counts. It may end up being my answer for no2 as the film couldnt be any worse but I shall not be going to see it
    9 Erm probably morning
    10 Kids are girls of 15 and 12. Youngest is avid reader but eldest no longer is. I dont control what eldest reads as just grateful if seen with a book lol I would monitor what youngest reads but its never been needed so far.

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  22. Sam #

    1. Probably ‘The Cat in the Hat’ or another Seuss classic.
    2. I thought Tolkien was hard to get through, so I’ll say the trilogy. But The Hobbit was much better than this extended version they call a movie.
    3. Paper for sure. The battery doesn’t die.
    4. Mountain. I don’t have to worry about tan lines from resting my book on my knees.
    5. The semicolon, but most used is the exclamation point!
    6. A whole nother
    7. Catcher in the Rye. I really want to read this.
    8. 50 Shades of Grey. So embarrassed.
    9. Morning person!
    10. No kids. My parents never monitored me.

    Thanks for hosting!

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    • LOTR! Yes. I couldn’t make it past the middle of the first book, but loved the movies. I intend to go back and try the books again … somtime.

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  23. 1. What’s the first book you remember reading? I think I must have read a couple of books before this one, but this is the one I actually remember. The one and only, ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ C. S. Lewis.
    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    I’d have to think long for this one because I’m not sure a movie can be better than a book. At least, I haven’t come across any yet.
    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Definitely paper. I love the feel of paper on my finger tips. Digital? Just not my thing.
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Mountain cabin reading. I can get all the distractions I need in an enclosed space. Reading at the beach will be very distracting.
    5. Favorite punctuation mark? The exclamation mark. Period!
    6. Most annoying grammatical error? I can’t stand improper tenses.
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I linger in bed for hours in the morning, but I can’t seem to find sleep at night. I hope that answers it.
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? This one is easy. My mom didn’t bother much with the things I read and for that I’m grateful. I won’t restrict my children at all and that is because I’m sure books don’t do much harm. The most I will do is subtlety guide their choices.

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  24. First Book I remember reading…Curious George
    Better movie than the book…Jaws…without a doubt
    Digital (but you said which format I must READ, I can still OWN the hardcopy, which is what I do now: read digitally, but I OWN a copy (usually a hard cover) of every book I read.
    Mountain Cabin
    tilde
    cavalry vs Calvary
    Embarrassed not to have read…War and Peace, working through my first Russian author now, Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov, really enjoying it.
    Embarrassed to have read…honestly can’t think of one
    Morning (used to be a night owl, somewhere around age 50 it changed)
    Quite a bit of control when they were younger, say under 12, less control after that.

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  25. Matt #

    1. What’s the first book your remember reading? “The Little Engine That Could”

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

    3. Digital or paper? Paper

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Mountain cabin (fair skin!)

    5. Favorite punctuation mark? The period.

    6. Most annoying grammatical error? Run-on sentences

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? Moby Dick

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? Marley and Me.

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning person

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? Not control, but I’d like them to listen to a suggestion or two!

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  26. 1) “Custard the Cowardly Dragon” was the first story I can remember.

    2) No such thing as a movie better than the book.

    3) Paper covers Kindle everyday.

    4) Mountain reading is best with coffee in hand.

    5) Comma. It’s the moment the words take a breath, because they know the next thing they will say will change things.

    6) Most annoying issue: No Oxford comma. I know there are factions about this, but let’s please use it. Otherwise, I’ll go crazy, insane and looney… 😉

    7) “To Kill a Mockingbird” wasn’t even required in school. Isn’t that a tragedy?

    8) Perhaps that afternoon of reading most of a Joel Osteen book in Barnes and Noble… I walked away ashamed and a little light headed.

    9) I am an old night owl turning into a young morning person.

    10) I want my kids to read all kinds of things. I just want to hear about it. The joy of reading is sharing. To read and not to share is one of the greatest crimes the mind can commit against others.

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    May 23, 2014
  27. Ted Fontenot #

    1. What’s the first book you remember reading?
    An illustrated picture book of Davy Crockett.
    First serious book: To Kill A Mockingbird. It made me a serious reader, because of the way it captured the life of the kids and their relationship with each other and Atticus.

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    The Ten Commandments.

    3. You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Probably digital now. Easier to see.

    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    I hate the beach. I like reading in isolation, so cabin reading.

    5. Favorite punctuation mark?
    parens

    6. Most annoying grammatical error?
    Shorthand spelling. Alright for all right.
    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    Not really embarrassed, but I’ll say Gravity’s Rainbow. Could never get pass that initial slab of dialogue-less prose. Finally got rid of the book after years of it being dog-eared on something like page three.
    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Night.

    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    I had some. Made recommendations that my daughter sometimes took me up on.

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    May 23, 2014
  28. sammano #

    What’s the first book your remember reading?

    I honestly have no clue.

    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.

    Two that spring to mind: Jaws & The Godfather

    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?

    Definitely paper. I just can’t do the e-reader thing. I’ve tried.

    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?

    I’ve never been t either place, but in my mind the cabin just sounds more cozy.

    Favorite punctuation mark?

    I love a good ellipses.

    Most annoying grammatical error?

    Misspelling words.

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?

    I have no regrets about anything I have read.

    Are you a morning person or a night owl?

    Definitely a night owl.

    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?

    I have no kids, but if/when I do I don’t think I’d be tyrannical about it but I might try to give some good advice :-).

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    May 23, 2014
  29. Q1 What’s the first book your remember reading?
    A: The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

    Q2 Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    A: That’s a trick question…right?

    Q3 You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    A: My imagination.

    Q4 Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    A: Is it a pebble beach and which mountain are we talking?

    Q5 Favorite punctuation mark?
    A: The Colon.

    Q6 Most annoying grammatical error?
    A: Paradoxical contradictions.

    Q7 Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    A: Mine by Me.

    Q8 Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    A: The Gideon Bible

    Q9 Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    A: *looks at time* Morning Person.

    Q10 If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    A: Full control.

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    May 23, 2014
  30. patrickstuart14 #

    1) Robinson Crusoe. 2) There are none! 3) Paper. 4) Beach reading. 5) The semi colon. 6) Misused apostrophes. 7) The Lord of the Rings trilogy- I’ve only read the first. 8) I don’t really have one. 9) A night owl.

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    May 24, 2014
  31. patrickstuart14 #

    Oh and sorry, 10) I don’t have kids.

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    May 24, 2014
  32. 1.What’s the first book your remember reading? My first chapter book was Heidi.
    2.Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. Twilight
    3.You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper? Paper
    4.Beach reading or mountain cabin reading? Mountain Cabin
    5.Favorite punctuation mark? I don’t know.
    6.Most annoying grammatical error? I read in our local paper where someone had an antidote about marijuana. I suspect he meant anecdote. I guess people who don’t have a firm grasp on vocabulary and yet get paid to write peeve me.
    7.Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? No regrets here. I will get around to them sometime!
    8.Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? Twilight series a neighbor loaned me (either that or the Mitford series from another neighbor). Please understand, our library was charging $40 annually to people from out of town and I was boycotting.
    9.Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night owl
    10.If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read? I grew up in a home with piles of books. We were never told what we couldn’t read, but I found some stuff I sure shouldn’t have read.(the Happy Hooker for example) I gave my kids a list of 20 authors and told them I would like them to read some of them while they are still kids. We also have tons of books and when my daughter in the exaltation of learning to read picked up The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo I let her. Three pages later she moved on to Rick Riordan.

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    May 24, 2014
  33. 1. Noddy
    2. The Chronicles of Narnia
    3. Paperback. Anytime.
    4. Mountain cabin
    5. .
    6. you’re / your
    7. Lord of The Rings
    8.
    9. Night owl 🙂
    10. Minimal (if I think appropriate, maybe none)

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    May 24, 2014
  34. 1. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne
    2. I think books are great anyway
    3. Paper
    4. Mountain cabin ( cool refreshing breeze + a mug full of hot chocolate with loads of cream on it).
    5. Fav. Punctuation mark – ! ( I love them)
    6. When people become confused in ‘then’ and ‘than’.
    7. Carrie by Stephen King
    8. I think whatever I’ve read is good. No regrets.
    9. It has to be – night owl.
    10. No children yet but when I’ll get married and have one, then, I won’t be a control freak parent. I’ll allow them read as much as they want to.

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    May 25, 2014
  35. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    – Fun with Dick and Jane in first grade.
    – (Famous) Five on a Secret Island was the first book I remember reading on my own.
    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    – Can’t – I either watch the movie or read the book. Chocolat was a wonderful movie.
    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    – Digital. It’s the story that counts
    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    – Mountain cabin
    Favorite punctuation mark?
    – Semi colon
    Most annoying grammatical error?
    – Run on sentence. It is so prevalent, but it is so easy to fix.
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    – Any one of Charles Dickens’ books.
    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    – I’m not embarrassed about any of the books I have ever read from the trashy ones to the literary ones.
    Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    – Night owl.
    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    – I want to know what they are reading and be able to talk to them about it. I would never forbid the reading of a specific book. Whenever my parents did that, it only ever made me more determined to read the book – and I always did!

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    May 26, 2014
  36. What’s the first book your remember reading?
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

    Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    “Alice in Wonderland” movies always seem better than the book because you can understand what they’re talking about! The book took me a couple reads to understand.

    You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    Although I own a kindle, I’m going to have to say paper. I like to make notes and underline my favorite sentences.

    Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Boat reading. It’s like beach reading except no sand!

    Favorite punctuation mark?
    Comma

    Most annoying grammatical error?
    The misuse of the word “of” when it should be “have”. For example, “could have, would have, should have”. Sounds like “of” but it drives me crazy when people write it down as such.

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    I never finished Moby Dick. I also haven’t read many classics that people talk about all the time.

    Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    I have no regrets from reading every “The Cat Who…” book I could get my hands on.

    Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Morning person. Especially in the summer. I feel like sleeping past 9 is a waste of a day.

    If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    Like many of the previous commenters, I don’t have kids. My mother let me read anything I wanted (except goosebumps when I was little).

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    May 26, 2014
  37. 1. Pig Pen (author unknown to me and apparently out of print). My Dad was the principal at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. I remember reading under his secretary’s desk. Mrs. Davidson. Pretty sure she bought it for me. 1972-ish.

    2. Silver Linings Playbook.

    3. Paper.

    4. Beach.

    5. Period.

    6. Dangling participles.

    7. War and Peace.

    8. Can’t think of one.

    9. Hoo. Hooooooooooo.

    10. As long as they’re reading, why control it?

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    May 26, 2014
  38. Liz #

    Great questions.
    1. First book: The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (Nancy Drew)
    2. Nobody’s Fool. Could be because I saw the movie before I read the book though.
    3. Paper
    4. Mountain cabin
    5. Period
    6. “An” historical.
    7. Ulysses
    8. 50 Shades
    9. Night Owl
    10. 99%. I’ll give her 1% leeway to impress me.

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    May 26, 2014
  39. 1.What’s the first book your remember reading?
    Charlie and chocolate factory by Roald Dahl
    2.Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book.
    Jurassic Park
    3.You have to pick one format to read in the rest of your life (you can’t have both)—digital or paper?
    paper always
    4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?
    Beach reading
    5.Favorite punctuation mark?
    ? (question Mark)
    6.Most annoying grammatical error?
    spelling errors
    7.Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?
    catcher in the rye
    8.Book you’re most embarrassed to have read?
    Twilight
    9.Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    NIght owl
    10. If you have kids, how much control do you want to have (or did you have) over what they read?
    little guidance..

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    May 27, 2014

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