my lovely book worm friend Martha nominated me for another Liebster award and I could not feel more honored. Because Martha rocks and because I really love books. So now I will share 11 facts about me and answer Martha's questions. Martha, thank you again for nominating me, it means so much to me!
11 random book-themed facts about me.
1. Sometimes I am scared to watch a movie which is based on a book because I don't want it to destroy how imagined the characters etc.
2. I would never give up reading. Not for a million dollars.
3. When people tell me that they don't like books then I think that something must be horribly wrong with them.
4. I do judge books by their covers.
5. There are books which I have read more than 10 times, including Harry Potter, the Adrian Mole diaries, the Nick Twisp diaries and lots of books from my childhood.
6. I always carry a book with me because you never know when you find time to read.
7. My cats share my love for books. They like to sleep or rub their faces on them.
8. I am disappointed when I find a typo in a book.
9. I would never sell any of my books. They mean too much to me.
10. My favorite books are crime novels and cook books. And anything about traveling.
11. One of my biggest dreams is having my own library. In a tower, with a fireplace, an old armchair and a globe bar.
1. What is the most overrated book you've ever read?
Well, when I was a teenager I read a German book called "Crazy" which was very popular at that time. They even made a movie out of it. Everybody was so excited about it and the author who was just a couple of years older than me became very famous. I bought the book because everybody was so crazy about it but I was not. It was okay but I was really disappointed at that time. I expected so much more.
There are more but this is the first book that came into my mind.
2. What about the most underrated? Anything other people hated that you loved?
I heard some people saying that they did not like "Set this house in order: a romance of souls" by Matt Ruff. But I absolutely loved the book.
3. Do you have a special reading “spot” or ritual, or are you an anywhere, anytime reader?
Well, when I am at home then I love to read on the couch with a cup of tea in my one hand, the book in the other and my pets by my side. But I read anywhere and anytime. On the train or when I have to wait for something, in the car....
4. Do you like book clubs? Why or why not?
I have never been a member of a book club but I would definitely give it a try. The thing is that I usually want to chose what I read so that might cause some problems.
5. Do you have a favorite book to gift to other people?
I love to give my favorite crime novels as gifts. Or the Adrian Mole books. Just because I want everybody else to love them as much as I do.
6. Who is your favorite literary character?
Adrian Mole. He is hilarious and never fails to make me laugh. Or cry. Or both. I am also a huge fan of inspector Van Veeteren (from the Håkan Nesser books), Carl Mørck (Jussi Adler-Olsen), Kurt Wallander (Henning Mankell), Erik Winter (Åke Edwardson) and some more crime novel characters.
7. Ever read a line in a book that really blew you away? What was it?
I read a lot of books about animal rights and of the quotes I always remember is “Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something.” Or “Something having been done just about everywhere just about always is no kind of justification for doing it now.” (Jonathan Safran Foer). And from one of my heroes Philip Wollen: “When we suffer, we suffer as equals and in their capacity to suffer, a dog, is a pig, is a bear, is a boy.” Or “Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the presence of justice. Justice must be blind to race, color, religion or species. If she’s not blind, she will be a weapon of terror and tonight there is unimaginable terror in those ghastly Guantanamo’s we call factory farms or slaughterhouses.” "Just because you can do little does not mean you can do nothing."
8. If you could rewrite the ending to a book, which would you rewrite, how, and why?
Well, I do not want some books to ever end but I never felt like I wanted to rewrite the ending of a book. Lame answer, I know.
9. Any favorite book blogs to recommend?
Emily's blog Backlist Books of course. She always makes me get more books.
10. If you get partway into a book and just aren’t feeling it, do you give up or push on to see if it gets better? At what point does it go into the “unfinished” pile?
I usually try to finish all the books I start. Sometimes I do take a break because I have enough of it for a while. Maybe that while takes a little longer though. I admit it. But I always feel guilty when I do not finish a book so I never make the decision to not finish a book. Okay, I admit that I read the first couple of pages of "50 Shades of Grey" just because I wanted to see what all the fuzz is about. And it was so horrible that I decided to never pick this up again. Luckily I never spent money for this book. So to answer the question: when the book is 50 Shades of Grey then I will never finish it.
11. Which POV do you prefer–first or third? What are your thoughts on multiple POVs in a book, especially when both are written in the first person?
I am pretty much fine with anything, it really depends on the book. I think most books I read are written in the third person.
Thank you again for nominating me, Martha! It means a lot! And you know I love talking about books!