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A Thursday meme from Booking Through Thursday (http://btt2.wordpress.com/), a new book/reading related question is given every Thursday for book lovers to answer.

Booking Through Thursday: Falling in Love

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Q:

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? Who and what about them did you love?

A:

I love this question.  I thought I was a weirdo when I was reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, one of my all-time favorite books, and I feel in love with the main character Charlie.

I loved everything about him.  His timid personality, his obsessive (but not obsessive stalkerish) personality, his intelligence, and I pictured him physically as my dream guy.

I always keep this book close to my heart.  Not only is the story amazing, but the author produced such a vivid and relateable protagonist that I did really end up falling for him, wishing the book would never end.

It’s odd how much you can connect with a fictional character; someone who will never actually exist.  But I did, and I love that this question was even brought up, because it means at least someone else has thought the same way.

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Has anyone else felt the same way?  Please let us know in the comment section below!


Happy Thursday All!

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Booking Through Thursday: Book Blogs

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What do you look for when reading a book blog? Does the blogger have to read the same genre? Do you like reviews? Personal posts? Memes? Giveaways? What attracts you to a book blog?

A:

It’s hard for me to find a book blog that I follow regularly.  There are very few I really like since most of them focus around science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and Twilight-kind of books.  I’m more of a non-fiction reader, and still have yet to find a really good non-fiction based book blog.  If you know of any, let me know!

I also like book blogs that have memes – like Booking Through Thursday, of course! – and ones with good reviews.

Booking Through Thursday: Characters vs. Plots

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Q:

What’s more important to you? Real, three-dimensional, fleshed-out fascinating characters? Or an amazing, page-turning plot?

(Yes, I know, they are both important. But if you had to pick one as being more important than the other?)


A:

This is a hard question.

Both are extremely important for a well-written and enjoyable book, however if I had to choose just one, I would rather have an amazing page-turning plot.

For me, even with the best, three-dimensional, realistic characters, by the end of the story I start getting sick of them.  I don’t care how planned out, how constructed and believable they are, sometimes I will stop reading a book because I want to reach my hands inside the book’s pages and strangle the neck of the character for whatever reason.

With a page-turning plot, that never happens.  I don’t think I have ever complained about a good plot, a good climax; though I have complained about a good character and their idiotic actions.  A plot is what makes us keep reading, keep coming back for more, and without that, there would be no book.

So hands down, an amazing plot is more important than a fascinating character.


Booking Through Thursday: Mood Reading

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Q:

Do you find that your mood affects the things you read? Like, if you’re in a bad mood, do you tend to indulge in reading that will support it or do you try to read things that will cheer you up? Do you pick different types of books on dreary, rainy days than you do on bright sunny ones?

For that matter, does your mood color what you’re reading, so that a funny book isn’t so funny or a serious one not so deep?

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Actually, if I am in a bad, sad or pissy mood, I don’t want to read.  I know that should be a time when I should dive head first into a book and block my troubles out, but during those mood swings, my brain will not concentrate on anything but my problems and troubles.  So there has been times when I try to read a book to take my mind off of everything, and the next thing I know I’m 20 pages in and literally have no clue what I just read.  I space out, it’s normal.

I do love reading curled up with a hot tea on those cold, rainy days.  During those days, my mind is fully immersed in whatever book I’m reading, so I do try to choose a book that I will enjoy and one which has been on my TBR list for a while.  These are the days when I get some hardcore reading done!

And actually, if I’m in a happy, giggly, go-lucky mood, where everything is funny, a funny book is more likely to be 10X funnier for me.  If I’m in a depressed, I-hate-my-life mood, 10X more tears will be shed if I’m reading a sad book.  And if I’m very pensive that day, a serious or deep book will have me in deep thought even more.  So pretty much, if I read a book which matches my mood, my reaction to that book will be tenfold what it normally would be.


Booking Through Thursday: Thankful

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Q:

What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered?
Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them?
Why do you appreciate them so much?


A:

I discovered a little book titled: The Perks of Being a Wallflower some many years back, maybe when I was 15 or so.  I randomly spotted it in a small store in Lexington, Michigan, and for some odd reason, I just had to have it.

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That book turned out to become very special to me.  I have reread it numerous times, almost memorizing the words where I don’t necessarily need to be looking at the pages to know what’s going on.  The characters became very important in my life, and I would sit up at night “talking” to them as if they were my best friends.

I would like to say that the book changed my life, but I really don’t know if it did or not.  All I know is that it was one of my favorite books, still is, and will probably be a book I will pass down to my kids.

However, unfortunately, like Hollywood does with all good things, they are making a movie out of my favorite book.  You will not see me in any of the theaters watching that movie, though.  That book is too special and dear to me to ruin it with someone else’s images.  But please, if you see the movie, just promise me that you WILL read the book before seeing the film.

So, today, on Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my favorite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Thank you Stephen Chbosky, whom I have not read another book by, for writing this one special book and allowing me the pleasure of reading it.

Happy Thanksgiving Bookies!

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Booking Through Thursday: Category

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Of the books you own, what’s the biggest category/genre?  Is this also the category that you actually read the most?


A:

I’m a huge non-fiction fan, so the biggest genre of books in my book shelf is non-fiction.

My books range from memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, real life animal stories, travel literature, a few “how to” books, and a couple manuals on picture taking and cameras.  

If you look through my shelf, you will find barely any fiction, though there is some.  Harry Potter takes up most of the fiction section, along with Stephen King.  Otherwise, my book shelf takes the place of the non-fiction part of a library.

Booking Through Thursday: E-Volution

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E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

A:

I do have an E-Reader.  It’s a Sony one, nothing special, but I received it as a present from my mommy for Christmas 2 years ago.

I do like it.  It’s easy to carry in my purse, I can have many books on hand at a time, and it makes for reading in the metro and train a whole lot easier.

My reading habits haven’t changed.   I actually haven’t really been using my E-Reader a whole lot lately.  I will probably use it more once school begins, but for now I’ve been reading good ol’ regular books.  When I am using my E-Reader, while it is easier to carry along, I do miss “real” books.  I miss holding them in my hands, turning the pages, and the smell of an old book.  These things I do miss.

I do recommend that everyone buy an E-Reader for travel and convenience.  However, for me, an E-Reader will never take the place of a favorite paperback or hardcover.