I found this survey from this blog post.
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1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
My guess is that it is Six Against the Rock by Clark Howard. It details a group of six prisoners trying to break out of Alcatraz. What’s really odd is that it’s completely not what I would choose to read. For whatever reason as a kid I picked this book up from the library. I’ve read it through many times and ended up picking up the book (the book is out of print).
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current Read: Man Plus by Frederick Pohl. In a race to get someone to Mars to stop Armageddon, the US government modifies a person almost completely to have electronic parts (skin, eyes, etc). It won the Nebula Award for best novel.
Last Read: Automated Alice by Jeff Noon. It’s a story of Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) time traveling into future Britain. Decent read. Nothing edgy like Noon’s Vurt, but worth reading.
Book you’ll read next: I’m thinking Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’ve heard that if you liked The Hunger Games (which I did) you’ll like this book.
3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
Everyone? Everyone likes a book, except me? Okay enough of my talk. I’d go with Neuromancer by William Gibson. Like what happens a lot, I didn’t care because of the writer’s writing style. I get a few pages in and couldn’t remember what I had read. Couldn’t figure out what was happening.
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings books. I’ve tried a bunch of times, but give up because I’m finding them dull. Still I keep telling myself that I’ll enjoy them, since so many others enjoy it.
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
I’m very confused on this question. Do they mean actual, somewhere around age 65, retirement? Or meaning retiring a book since you’ve read it so much it’s not in good shape? Something else?
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
Wait until the end. I don’t recall ever reading the last page first.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Interesting aside. So so anyhow. I do like reading them, but don’t always.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Choosing from something I’ve read recently, I’ll say Briana (“the breeze”) from Michael Grant’s Gone series. I’d love to have the power of being fast.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Definitely. There’s plenty of books that I think of a place, because I remember reading that book in that place. It could be someplace very significant like Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness reminds me of the resort we were at for summer vacation where I read it. It could be a place that isn’t that significant, like I remember the hotel that I was reading The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich by Philip K. Dick.
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Nothing usual about where I’ve gotten books (I think). Maybe a flea market while on vacation?
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
I don’t recall giving away books. I’ve loaned them for sure and sold them, but I don’t think I’ve given one that I owned to someone.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
Tough question. Maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein? That’s because it’s one of my favorites and I’ve read it a lot, thus it’s been to more places? It’s also kind of funny because it’s one of my most favorite books….. and I haven’t liked anything by Heinlein since.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
Definitely nothing in high school I’ve read since.
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
I got some books from the town annual book sale. I brought home three or four of L. Neil Smith’s North American Confederacy series. Mixed in various pages inside them were groceries coupons from the 1980s.
15. Used or brand new?
For the most part used. About the only time I get brand new is for Christmas presents or if I like a particular cover.
16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
He’s okay. In my teen years I liked reading him more. I remember liking Cujo and Firestarter to name a couple. In the last few years I tried reading Under the Dome, but didn’t like it because I felt it was ridiculously slow (reading 100 pages and feeling like nothing had happened).
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
Certainly. I really enjoyed the movie of Stardust by Neil Gaiman, but couldn’t get into the book. Same goes for Contact by Carl Sagan. I loved the movie, but found the book to be dull.
18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been made into a movie?
I can’t think of anything, but I’d guess there’s something.
19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?
20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
My cousin. Although it’s not completely correct, at least we have the same tastes (reading SciFi).