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Book Question Meme Answers, Part 1

My answers to the book question meme. This is for those on my flist who asked for specific questions to be answered, and a second part will come later for the remaining questions that I want to answer specifically.

verdande_mi asked for:

06. What is your favourite stand-alone book?
Questions like this are always hard, because I actually have so many favorite stand-alone novels, and a lot of what I read are stand-alones in a way. So to pick at random, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. This book came highly recommended to me at the time during the early 00s and I actually had to special order it from Borders. I was on a Japanese media train back then, so I was consuming a lot of Japanese literature and movies, and Battle Royale was among them. And I loved it. A stand-alone novel from an author who primarily wrote series, My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews. I was impressed with how this didn't have its own series, and that it didn't need one. It's a self-contained story that works best as a stand-alone, and it's very effective the way it all unfolds.

14. What book gives you happy memories?
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It feels cliche to say this, but it's absolutely true. When I started reading the series it brought a lot of joy into my life, it helped me through a difficult period and I was able to not only be immersed in the story and that world but also find other fans online who felt the same way, who loved the magical world as much as I did. Even today, I still enjoy revisiting the books and that world and having discussions with fans, both online and IRL, about it. For all the flaws and faults, for all the fandom wars and drama that occurred, the HP series will probably be a book series that holds a lot more happy memories than negative ones.

17. What is your favourite book that contains an LGBTQ+ character?
The most recent example would have to be The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, particularly the last two books. Not only was I already engaged with the story itself, but I was pleasantly surprised at how inclusive the series is overall with LGBT and racial representation. It is was written nonchalantly, but still made perfectly clear that this was important to who the characters were. I went in wanting to read about something weird and was already immersed with it as it was, so this came as an excellent bonus. It just surprised me in the best way and it made my reading experience even more enjoyable.

mfirefly10 asked for:

01. What is your favourite book and/or book series of all time?
This is yet another question that is always hard to answer. I'm going to go for series for this one. I think the Dollanganger saga (Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows) by V.C. Andrews will forever by on the top of the list among my favorite series of all time. This was the series that introduced me to her works, and introduced me to Gothic literature in general really. Like, you know those books that really kind of explain a lot about a person, or that give an understanding about person better through knowing their taste in fiction? This is mine. This series, and VCA in general, really imprinted itself onto me, really made an impact on me at a young age, and it's why it's one of my favorite series of all time.

13. What is the biggest book series you have read? How many books are in it?
I'm assuming this means the quantity of books versus the thickness of each book. Going by that, it's hard to really say, because I read book series when I was a teenager that had quite a number of books released. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate (54 books in the main series, not counting the special editions), Fearless by Francine Pascal (over 40, I believe, including special editions), and obviously The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin (which has over 100 books). Keep in mind that these books weren't that long at all, but it's still dope looking at the bookshelf and seeing them all lined up. Nowadays, though, I don't really get into a long series unless I know it's absolutely finished or will be finished soon. I think the next long series I'll be getting into next is The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, because I adore the show, which will have nine books total, not counting the additional short stories/novellas.

perpetual asked for:

12. What book do you passionately hate? (also asked by haebin)
I don't think I've really read a book that I've passionately hated, not even required reading for school that I just didn't care or or didn't like, or books that I found tedious or boring. There's definitely books I haven't read that I've passionately hated based on what I know of them and will avoid reading them like the plague, but I don't know if that counts. But honestly, I feel like I do have books that I've hated with a passion, I probably just blocked them out from memory, lol.

38. What is a book you’ve read that is set in a time period before you were born?
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates. It's set in the 1950s and has quite a lot of feminist themes that challenges the views of that particular time period, specifically with fighting against patriarchy and the oppression of women. It's such a good book that I really love a lot, and it still remains among my top favorites.

40. What is the weirdest book you have read?
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. Most of what I've read from him are incredibly pleasantly weird, but Borne was on a whole other level of balls-to-the-wall weird in the best possible way. Without revealing any spoilers, it's essentially this post-apocalyptic world where there's an enormous human-turned-bear that flies and rules the land, biotech animals and other living organisms, genetically modified children (one had their eyes replaced with wasps), and that's just the world-building aspect. It's quite a beautiful tale in its own right, but the world-building really makes it worth reading because it is just so beautifully bizarre and unlike anything I have read before.

awakenyourfaith asked for:

31. What was the cheapest book you bought?
Probably one I bought from a used book store.

32. What was the most expensive book you bought?
I'm not really sure? There are books I know that I should have waited or bought elsewhere because of the price, but I don't really buy anything that expensive.

itsnotmymind asked for:

20. Have you ever been glad to not finish a series? Which?
I remember I started reading the first book of The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind because of my love of the television adaptation, Legend of the Seeker (I even bought the book cover that had a dope poster version of the television cast on it). However, I was warned by many people that the books are terrible and horribly misogynistic and upon reading up on the details...yeah, major yikes, I'm glad I didn't really read much further than I did in the first book. I'm still keeping it because of the awesome cover, tbh, but yeah. It's one of the few times that an adaptation is far more superior than its source material.

21. Have you ever read a book series because you were pressured?
Not really? I think being pressured into reading a book series by others is kind of ridiculous, though I know it happens for some people who are among the book community to read along with other people so they can talk about it when the hype is still fresh. But I'm not like that. I'm a slow reader in general, and I read at my own pace, and if there is a book/book series I'm interested in, popular or not, I'll be reading it eventually, but I don't feel pressured or allow myself to be pressured by outside influence to read it until I am ready.

haebin asked for:

11. What horror book made you really scared? (also asked by impala_chick)
To be honest I don't really get scared by horror books. Rattled and unsettled, absolutely, but I don't think I've ever really been properly scared. I think the only times that have come close are when I was reading Out by Natsuo Kirino, which wasn't necessarily a horror book but a thriller, and there was a particular part in the book that quite unnerved me to the point where I actually was a bit disturbed afterward. Just based on how it was written, it was a damn good way of affecting me and it made me appreciate the way the author writes. The other time was IT by Stephen King, which there were many moments in that novel for sure that were indeed creepy but there was one particular one that still sticks with me even though it's been a bit since I've revisited the book.

47. Do you own any historical fiction?
I don't think so? I'm sure I may have read some before, but it's not really the type of genre that I tend to gravitate towards.

39. What book offended you?
I think offended might be too strong of a word, but I remember picking up Cut by Patricia McCormick many years ago and after reading it I was super annoyed with it. As someone who has been diagnosed with depression and who has gone through similar things, the story felt bland and kind of trivializing of a serious condition, and I felt like it had some stereotypes as well. I didn't connect with it at all, the main character irritated me, and even though it was a short read I felt like I wasted my time with it. I don't know. I do know that not everyone shares the same experiences so perhaps it connected with others, but I sure as hell wasn't one of them.

hiddleasaurus asked for:

27. What is your favourite children’s/middle-grade book?
I think it's a tie between Matilda by Roald Dahl, which was required reading during elementary school and I loved it along with the movie as well, and The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander, a book I choose to read and did a book report on also during elementary school. I even loved the movie for that, too, even though Disney and most people want to forget it ever existed much to my dismay. (Ya cowards! Cowards, I say!) When it comes to middle school age, I think the only book that comes to mind is The Giver by Lois Lowry, that book intrigued me during that time and I don't know why. It just stuck with me.

04. What is a book series that everyone else loves but you do not?
Most of the popular YA books or "new adult" books that seem to be the big thing nowadays. I'm not knocking YA as a whole, I will pick something up if I find the concept interesting enough, but the majority of YA stories especially in recent years just doesn't appeal to me at all. I have tried skimming through some in the bookstore, but mostly I just go, meh, and put them back. They're just not for me.

10. What is a book that you own more than one copy of?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I still have the copy that I read for school, another copy that was for the entire household, and I had a leatherbound cover copy for just because. Harry Potter because, well, it's Harry Potter. We have both the hardcover versions, the paperback versions, the newer paperback version that has Hogwarts on the spine, and we are collecting the hardcover illustration editions of the books. Yes, we are hardcore Potter fans in this household, lol. I also have paperback copies of some of the books I initially have in hardcover, as well.

monkiainen asked for:

15. What book made you cry?
I can't really remember half the time whenever I have cried from a book, because it often happens in the moment but I either block it out or whenever I reread it I just get sad without crying. I think the closest would probably be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when it came to the death of a certain character, because I remember being very upset about that. It was a mixture of anger, disbelief, denial, and sadness all wrapped up into one.

35. What three books are you most looking forward to reading this year?
Interestingly enough, I'm actually reading more this year! I planned on doing that as my only "new years resolution" by finishing books I had already started and I've been accomplishing that, and then some. I have a stack of books I've been wanting to read for a while that I wasn't able to previously, but now I can. I'm currently reading Runaways: An Original Novel by Christopher Golden, but I do want to start reading Dune by Frank Herbert at some point after I finish that one. Since I had watched the majority of the 1984 adaptation many times, and I figured that it might be time to start reading it. Granted, it is a pretty long book, so I don't know how long it will take me to finish it. I'm also really excited to start reading The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, it's something I've been looking forward ever since starting the show.

36. What is a book you love that has a terrible trope? (Love triangle, etc)
Oh, there are so many. The unfortunate thing is that no matter whether you love a book, there will always be terrible tropes that invade it in some way or another. Not all of them are obnoxious, but even the subtle ones can be just as bad. There is a book in a trilogy I've been reading (that I still haven't finished yet because I need to find the last two books), As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka, that has an interesting concept but the main protagonist unfortunately falls under the "I'm not like other girls" trope, which honestly could be fixed if it was tweaked a bit. So far it hasn't distracted me too much to take me out of the story completely, and I haven't finished the series to see if the character grows out of this to show any character development, but still the fact that this happens a lot in fiction regardless is a massive issue.

impala_chick asked for:

43. What book did you buy because of its cover?
Honestly? A lot of books. I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and that's a sentiment that I understand when it comes to not judging the story based on what the cover represents, and how no matter what the cover is the story never changes within the pages. I understand all of that. However, with that being said, in a world where cover changes happen every so often sometimes I will buy a book with a particular cover that I like versus one that I don't. One of the recent books I bought because of its cover was the new reissued Dune cover, which is so simple of a design yet still gorgeous, and it's what prompted me to want to finally want to read it.
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