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My Answers To 10 Questions: Round 4

Thanks for playing 10 Questions last Friday. You guys had some great answers, and I enjoyed reading them, though I was out of town and couldn’t comment much.

So, as is the tradition, I thought I’d chime in with my answers today. Here you go: 

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

It was some kind of scratch-and-sniff book in which you could scratch garlic. That’s memorable. Also, The Hardy Boys.

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

The Godfather, right? Has to be The Godfather.

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

Paper. Paper. Paper.

4. Beach reading or mountain cabin reading?

Beach reading.

5. Favorite punctuation mark?

Em dash, but I also love a well-placed comma.

6. Most annoying grammatical error?

Misused apostrophes. A few of the more egregious examples: Confusing “Your” with “You’re” or adding the possessive to the end of a family’s name, like “I’m going to dinner with the Seinfeld’s.” I go into more detail here.

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

I’ve never read all of Moby Dick.

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

Easy—Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

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

Night owl, without shame. Don’t let those morning people tell you that you have to be like them to be successful.

10. 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 my boys are reading. I’ll be involved, but I think I’m also going to be pretty liberal with what I’ll let them read. I want to mainly make sure that they’re mature enough and ready for whatever the subject matter is that they’re reading.

That’s it, guys.

Feel free to chide me in the comments. How have I never read Moby Dick?

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  1. Well, some bloggers, including myself, will be reading Moby-Dick in June and July. This should be one hell of a ride.

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    May 28, 2014
  2. 1. What’s the first book your remember reading? Think it was a book of fairy tales. I distinctly remember Jack the Giant KIller.

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

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

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

    5. Favorite punctuation mark? No contest. The comma.

    6. Most annoying grammatical error? The semi-colon. People, including me, just don’t know how to use it.

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? Any of the books of Jane Austen. I keep meaning to.

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? Definitely Candy by Terry Southern, and I read the darn thing twice to figure out why the critics were raving over it. I still can’t figure out why.

    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 don’t have kids. But if I did, I wouldn’t be choosing what they read, as long as they read.

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    May 28, 2014
  3. I’ve yet to make it through Moby Dick either, although over the years, Bartleby the Scrivener came up *repeatedly* in various courses…so, as of now, that is the extent of my Melville experience!

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    May 28, 2014
  4. Never read Moby Dick. I probably never will. I can’t imagine doing it unless I decide to start a blog about all the classics I have a purposely avoided. 🙂

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    May 28, 2014
  5. Denise #

    I hope you find time someday for Moby Dick. I really liked that story. It’s definitely a bit of a slog, but it helps to try and place yourself there. Wear an old pea-coat, stock up on clam chowder and crusty bread, read it in the Fall when it starts raining and gets gloomy, start talking in old language at your day job. Maybe I’m nuts, but it’s easier for me to read harder books when I act like it’s my own story – at least until the tragedy, then I need some distance.

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    May 28, 2014
    • Denise #

      ….and I don’t really speak in old English at my day job. Being nuts and having people know you’re nuts are two different things!

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      May 28, 2014
  6. I read Moby Dick for HS English and would give a synopsis to my friends each morning so they could pass the daily quiz. I didn’t like it and remember nothing beyond the opening line. On the other hand, you must get over your “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” shame. It’s a great coming of age book. Although I do remember reading my brother’s copy of Judy Blume’s “Then Again Maybe I Won’t” when I was in about second grade and no one in my family would tell me what a wet dream was. Talk about shame!

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    May 28, 2014
  7. I read Moby Dick with a reading group, we read the entire book aloud! True. I remember one of my turns to read, I got so choked up I couldn’t go on–it was a description of killing a whale. It was so graphic, it really got to me. I would never have read it on my own but very glad to have read it with the group.

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    May 28, 2014
  8. What’s the first book your remember reading? Santa Mouse (still have that book!)

    2. Name a movie that you think was actually better than the book. Definitely “The Graduate”

    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 reading.

    5. Favorite punctuation mark? The question mark.

    6. Most annoying grammatical error? Sentences ended with a preposition.

    7. Book you’re most embarrassed to have never read? “Anna Karenina”

    8. Book you’re most embarrassed to have read? One of the books by Candace Bushnell (can’t remember the title – just absolute indulgent trash)

    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? My son just graduated last week with a degree in English Literature. He HATED to read when he was a kid. I mean, HATED with a passion to the point that reading time at home became a nightmare. I told him I did not care what he read as long as he read – read cereal boxes or Playboy for all I care (well…not so much Playboy at 7yrs old…). X-Men and Spider Man comic books were all over my house for the longest time. Stan Lee became my hero. We found out my son is dyslexic, so I started to read to him every night from classic novels when he was 8. He fell in love with stories by Mark Twain (my favorite) and Jack London, and began to read novels on his own when he was in junior high. He finally became a voracious reader when he was in high school. He is dyslexic, but that does not stop him: He is a published poet and just sold 3 songs to a music label. I think we did okay as far was his reading is concerned. 😉

    After a 6-month break due to work overload, I finally caught up on your blog today. My thoughts keep turning to the horrible thought that you are on book #71 and only have 30 more to go…WHAT am I going to read online after you are done? I absolutely LOVE your blog and have recommended it to a gadzillion people (that’s a number greater than 100, but less than a billion…) It’s okay with me if you read more slowly…honestly, I don’t think any of your readers will mind. Just wanted to let you know I truly enjoy reading your blog and look forward to having more time to enjoy it EVERY day.

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    May 29, 2014
  9. D 1st book i remember reading is the autobiography of the man who translated d bible from english to calcuta, 2- None 3- paper 4- avnt practiced any of the 2 bt i try to read in place am most comfortable with 5- comma 6- i hate wen people use d word Just Sayin 7- couldnt remember any 8- Mariposa, read d bible 2 more than half and stil couldnt understand it 9- Night owl 10- when i av one i would know to do

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    May 30, 2014
  10. I must have started and stopped Moby Dick close to ten times before I finally finished it. A good portion of the book is merely Melville showing off his knowledge of Sperm whaling and sailing in general. The last 100 pages or so make it all worth the trip and some of his quotes along the way are pure gold. One of my favorites, taken from early in the book, occurs when Ishmael is reading a book about the Cetology of whales and is concerned that it shall never be finished.

    “For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is but a draught—nay, but the draught of a draught. Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!”

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    June 1, 2014
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    I’m reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It’s a strange yet sad story.

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    October 29, 2014
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