For the Love of Reading – What Say You?

Happy almost-Autumn! Here’s what I have for you this week! I love reading, I love a good book, and I love asking my readers thought-provoking questions. So this week, I am marrying the two and turning the tables on me. A fellow blogger, Ally Bean, answered some questions on her post, For Love of Reading, and invited others to join in! Here I go…

Author you’ve read the most books from: The regulars are Lisa Gardner, Joy Fielding, Tess Gerritsen, Chevy Stevens, Marian Keyes…

Best sequel: Hmm. I don’t think I’ve read any sequel-type books…

Currently reading: The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding. So far so good!

Drink choice while reading: Water only because I always have water with me.

E-reader or physical book: So, I used to ONLY read physical books but then I saw how many books my Kobo could give me access to at once (library e-books) and I also love being undisturbed by phone notification pop-ups while reading… AND I also noticed how great it was to be able to magnify fonts to absurd sizes in order to see better so I feel like I’m now a convert! I still love holding a physical book though, nothing like it!

Glad you gave this book a chance: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I was not a huge fan of it when I started. I found the author’s style of writing difficult to sink into but once I was 50 pages in, I was hooked. Just hold on, people! It’s so good!

Important moment in your reading life: I hate being “forced” to read anything but I am glad my high school teacher assigned this book to me for one of my reading assignments. It really introduced me to a world I would later find so much comfort in. 

Just finished: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray. I ugly-cried on the train to work reading this book.

Kind of books you won’t read: Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Longest book you’ve read: Coincidentally, it was a book about Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace. It was very interesting but I don’t think I ever finished it. It was a thick dictionary of a book, roughly 700-800 pages I believe.

Major book hangover because of: The viral book, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I found it to be overly-hyped but I still really liked it. 

Number of bookcases you own: One big one. It’s more accurate to count boxes for me. When I moved from my parents house to mine, I had 15+ boxes of books!

One book you’ve read multiple times: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I read it twice. That being said, I almost never reread books. I don’t trust that I will feel the same way about a book the second go around, plus there are way too many books out there to reread ones you’ve already read!

Preferred place to read: Anywhere relatively quiet. You won’t ever catch me without a book. I always, always have a book on me for the idle moments of waiting. I read everywhere: on the train, on the walk to work, at the lunch table, in bed, etc.

Quote that inspires you, or gives you all the feels, from a book you’ve read: “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank.

Reading regret: I am a bit of a true-crime buff. I can withstand a lot when it comes to true-crime details, but the one book I regret reading was a book about Paul Bernardo.

Series you started and need to finish: I am not a series-type girl either.

Three of your all-time favourite books: This is hard. I have so many and I would have to categorize them into genres too! I can’t, I can’t!

Unapologetic fan of: Celebrity memoirs. I find them fascinating: being privy to a world only a select few get a true glimpse of.

Very excited for this release (more than others): It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover.

Worst bookish habit: I can’t really think of any. I don’t do anything monstrous like dog-ear books or anything…

X marks the spot- start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Haven’t read it yet!

Your latest book purchase: I don’t typically buy books. I borrow physical or e-books from the library. The last book I remember purchasing was “America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.” by Steven Gillon. I bought it on a whim, while browsing at Chapters. Good book.

Zzz-snatcher book (the last book that kept you up late): Lately, all the books I’ve been reading have kept me up late! Here are the last few books I ranked 5-stars on Goodreads (other than the ones I’ve already mentioned above):
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Are you in the reading season of your life? What are you reading now? What genre do you gravitate towards and what types of books do you never pick up? Let me know in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “For the Love of Reading – What Say You?

  1. Oh, what a fun post! After a long hiatus, I’m easing back into a reading routine. I’m currently reading The Next Ship Home: A Novel of Ellis Island for a book club and loving it. I tend to gravitate towards the classics–John Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell; soft sci fi–Ray Bradbury, Ted Chiang and anything I can learn from–history, science, self-improvement, etc. The only thing I can’t read are romance novels… my college roommate lent me one to read when we were cooped up during a rainstorm and it was TRASH. I can’t bring myself to try again lol!

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  2. Like you, I am not a fan of sci-fi or fantasy. When my daughter went through a Harry Potter phase, I read book 1 and couldn’t bring myself to read the rest. I enjoy a good murder mystery, or a book that will make me laugh, or both. I think that’s why I enjoy Janet Evanovich’s books so much. I also enjoy a good biography of someone who had led an interesting life. I really loved Elton John’s book “Me” and I just finished “As It Began” which is the authorized biography of my favourite band, Queen.

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  3. I always have a book on the go. Reading is how I end my day. I am a huge fan and supporter of Canadian Literally Fiction. These are the books I have kept on my bookshelf. However, These days I read on my IPad, which I actually prefer. Thanks to Steve Jobs, who’s biography I have finally gotten around to reading. It’s a long one. I am about three-quarters through it.

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  4. I enjoyed reading your responses, BB. I think my favorite one of your answers was by Anne Frank. What a great quote, considering her circumstances. I think most people who were dealt her hand would have a hard time being so forgiving. I also share her philosophy as an eternal optimist. Despite all the crap in the world, I think the good far outweighs the evil.

    What am I reading? I’m all over the map lately. I like memoirs and biographies. As a sports junkie, I recently finished broadcaster Al Michael’s book. If I hadn’t become a teacher, I might have followed his path. He’s covered multiple sports, but probably his most famous call was when the United States defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

    I also like to support some of the bloggers I follow who have books out. Indie authors need all the attention they can get.

    What I read most are middle-grade novels because that’s what I’m trying to write. One of the best ways to learn is to observe and learn from the work of others. I still read books for pleasure, but I’m paying far more attention to the craft because I still have a ton to learn.

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    • That’s the thing about you, Pete, you are always a great supporter of your peers! I always admire that about you! That’s great advice, to immerse yourself in the genre you’re writing about as an author. The more and more I devour books, the more and more I know I am expanding my writing skills and imagination, I may not feel it every single minute while reading but I know it’s doing it’s magic in my brain lol if that makes any sense! I read the first chapter of Agassi’s autobiography, “Open,” as I hear it’s a great book and it was actually quite a good read but I had to put it down because I knew I wanted to dive quickly back into reading after a big hiatus and wanted a quick read where I didn’t overanalyze every word/sentence and I felt like his book would require so much focus of me. (Often, when I read memoirs or biographies, I tend to fall down a rabbit hole of looking up/researching their life and pictures and YouTube videos of old footage.) So I will be picking it up again! I think next time I do, I will read it on an e-reader so I can magnify the font lol

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      • I haven’t read Agassi’s autobiography yet, but I’m sure it would interest me. He’s had quite a life, and I bet it would make for interesting reading. I know he went to one of those tennis academies in Florida, had the long flowing Samsonlike hair, then cut it all off and married Steffi Graf. Oh yeah, he played some excellent tennis too.

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  5. Aww, the books you’ll never read are my jam. I read and write SFF, but have been looking to expand my repertoire by diving into romance (reading). Colleen Hoover has been decent in that regard, but I’ve been disappointed by the likes of Crazy Rich Asians.

    I guess that’s expected when you have zero idea of the genre you’re getting yourself into. I’ve also tried Sarah J Maas’s attempts at marrying fantasy and romance, but was mostly left wanting.

    And e-readers for life! Even though I too still enjoy real books. Thanks for sharing, Jen!

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  6. I’m glad you decided to answer the questions. I learned about you– in a good way, of course. I’m with you about being reluctant to use an E reader then I realized, like you, that “to be able to magnify fonts to absurd sizes in order to see better” was a good thing. It makes me feel ancient, but it is true.

    I started the Crawdad book and put it down. You inspire me to try again. I’ve not heard of The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, but will look for it. Of course at the rate I read books [slowly] and with my *ancient* eyes it’ll be the next decade by the time I get to it. 🙄

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  7. I enjoyed Ally’s answers on her post too. I really want to get back into reading as I was an avid reader and like you reading on the train, I read while on the bus going to/from Downtown Detroit to work and like you at lunch. I could never read in bed though, no matter how good the book was, as I’d zone out. I am not a fan of fantasy or sci-fi. I have heard “Where the Crawdads Sing” was a good book and movie too – guess I will be trying it now, so thanks for the head’s up Jen.

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  8. I have been in a reading season all my life. I am addicted to books. Like you I do not read sci-fi. I love biographies of historical leaders in our country. I have hundreds of biographies of past presidents. I won’t buy any books on presidents currently living because most are just “gossip”. Sadly by the time real historians write about them, I will not be here to read them.

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    • I do love memoirs and biographies for sure! I have a fascination with JFK Jr and his relationship with the media… I’ve read a few books about him – makes me sad we lost him so early in his life. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing! 🙂


    • Hey Kathy, I only read the book. Haven’t seen the movie! I always try to read the book first before seeing any movie adaptation. And even so, I hesitate to watch the movie version (even if it is done well, I find my relationship with the book is never the same as my review of the movie itself)! But now I AM intrigued lol I will need to check it out! I would be curious to know if you like the book (if you decide to read it).

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