My goodness, have I been busy. For me to recount in detail the past few weeks would result in far more words from me than I can reasonably expect you, reader, to endure. I traveled to California and back, spent two weekends in NY, reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, bought my tickets to see Part 1 of the movie-version in IMAX next week on 11/18 at midnight, fell behind and then caught up on my grad work in Theology, and more. For now though, I will proceed with Part 7 & Part 8 of Thursday Book Questions. I love the questions from these past two weeks.
For my previous installments, click here.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Doesn't faze me one bit. Though, I do generally qualify my more critical reviews with, "At least, these things didn't work for me though that isn't to say they won't work for you."
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Koine (New Testament) Greek. Being able to read fluidly in Italian would be lovely as well; as it is, I could fumble my way through a piece in Italian as long as I have a dictionary on hand.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I suppose when I finally tackled The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it was rather intimidating before I finally took the plunge. The verdict: 'twas totally worth the endurance and focus required to get through it. I absolutely loved it.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Usually it is not that I am nervous, but more that I just don't have the time and focus to commit to the really "intimidating" ones. At some point I hope to tackle Crime and Punishment, also by Dostoyevsky, though the likelihood of that happening any time soon is slim.
35. Favorite Poet?
I have two, since one I love for his plays (though they are poetry) and the other for his poems: William Shakespeare (dramatist) and Gerard Manley Hopkins (poet).
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
I'll answer this by saying how many I currently have checked out. :::Goes to check her account::: Answer: 10.
37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
Since many of the books I check out are for research, and I rarely read a research-related book cover-to-cover, I'd say my answer is pretty often.
38. Favorite fictional character?
Ohhhhh man this is a totally impossible question. Oy vey. I'll name a small handful, since even to do *that* is a challenge: Hermione Granger, Anne Shirley, Jo March, Artemis Fowl, and Hamlet.
39. Favorite fictional villain?
If we can consider Severus Snape a villain, I would say definitely him. (I suppose he isn't really though, since he is actually a hero, tortured and broken though he be... but in Harry's mind he is a villain until close to the end of the final book. Hmmmmmm.)
40. What books are you most likely to bring on vacation?
Easy-to-read fiction that has either proven itself amazing (think Harry Potter), or comes highly recommended by the right readers (meaning, those who share my taste), a good example of which was The Hunger Games trilogy before I read it, my response to which I still hope to post here sometime in the (near?) future.