Welcome to Part 2, peoples!
Remember last week? We began our discussion of 55 quirky book questions as discovered from this blog (amongst others…it’s a tag gone far and wild).
Part 1 showed us many interesting fact about your fabulous Notebook Sisters. Like how Mime doesn’t have much chance to read these days and Cait is raising a cucumber (who bets puberty turns it into a pickle?).
Feel free to do these questions on your own blog! And tell us about it, if you like, so we may sneak over and compare answers with you.
28. Favourite reading snack?
MIME:Chocolate. Obviously. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. The world could run on chocolate.
CAIT: Aren’t you eating chocolate right now, Mime?
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
CAIT: I have to confess (and don’t kill me, I’m too fabulous to die) that I didn’t like The Winner’s Curse very much. It looked great. It sounded great. And mostly everyone loves it. But me? I’m the annoying black sheep in this crowd.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
MIME:More often than not, unless the critic is a troll, I do. (By troll I mean those people who find issues with every. single. comma.)
CAIT:Ah…well, actually I’m opposite. (I’m assuming “critic” is working for a magazine or newspaper and not just your average joe-blogger.) I find critics have sucked on a lemon before writing their review.
MIME: But lemons are great! I love sucking lemons!
CAIT: I need say no more.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
MIME: I used to love deep frying anything subpar. But now I think “how would I feel if I were the author etc.”
CAIT: I have to admit…it’s a lot easier to write a negative review. You can yabber on forever about their failings, lists and lists. And the GIFs you can use! Okay, okay, I digress. While it’s easier to write those reviews, it’s not nicer. And I’m in no way a fan of book bashing. Every author worked dang hard on their book and we should appreciate that!
CAIT:Yes, I’m finished now.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
CAIT: Didn’t we already answer this? Didn’t I already say Klingon?
MIME: Pretty much. Except, you’re going to have to go a couple of thousand years into the future to get any good reading material.
35. Favorite poet?
CAIT: Who wrote Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue?
MIME: Not you, that’s who.
CAIT:Mime! You may be my new favourite poet! (Although, I admit I do enjoy Lewis Carroll’s nonsense.) Do you poet, Mime?
MIME: I poet. See, we’re doing poetry at school right now, and we mentioned Banjo Patterson. Some of his stuff is pretty funny. That is, the stuff that is funny. The rest is kind of “OOOOHHHH THE WOOOOES OF OUTBACK LIFE!”
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
CAIT:Actually at the moment I only have 6 library books out! (Let’s not talk about the reserves waiting for me.) I’ve had up to 10, I believe. See how restrained I am? I deserve a cookie.
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
MIME: Embarrassingly often.
CAIT: Fair enough. For me? If I get an unexpected conglomeration of ARCs, then I may send books back to the library. Just recently I sent back The Enemy and Alice in Zombieland and Anna Dressed in Blood, all WITHOUT reading. Too many ARCs. Too little time. (Also Anna Dressed in Blood had a suspiciously close plot to Supernatural. Complete with pinching names. This made me frown.)
38. Favourite fictional character?
MIME: Okay. Cait. Did I read this question correctly? Is it actually asking what I THINK it’s asking???
CAIT: They wish us to choose favourites between all our kids.
MIME: Not going to happen. See why this is such an impossible question? There’s childhood favourites like Peaceable Sherwood from The Sherwood Ring, right up to modern awesome like Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, to hilarious ones like Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars.
CAIT: And Katniss from The Hunger Games, obviously.
MIME: And Cinder from Cinder and Lemony Snicket himself.
CAIT: And Cath and her introvertedness from Fangirl! And Cole and Isabel from The Wolves of Mercy Falls!
MIME: Shall we stop?
39. Favorite fictional villain?
CAIT: I love villains! Let me go wild! Although, the villains in books I like are usually not-so-much-villains, like Warner from Ignite Me and…Caine from the Gone series.
MIME: Movie villains are usually better, though. You know. All the right combinations between terrifying and funny. Like Smeagol. Loki.
41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?
CAIT: Well, my first 5-years were pretty illiterate. I’m ashamed, really, of how little I read.
MIME: I think I learned to read at four. So HAHAHAHHAHAH!
CAIT: True geniuses don’t show all their skills at once. I perfected the Puppy Dog Eyes way before you did, miss. And who always got dessert? Me. And WHO can still wheedle ice cream on a Monday night? (We only get it on the weekends.) I CAN.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
MIME: There are a few of such calibre. Most were school books that I felt insulted my intelligence. But also The Lord of the Rings. I read The Fellowship, but I couldn’t make it to Two Towers. I just… couldn’t. I’d like to one day, though.
CAIT: I have a Thing about not finishing books. It makes me twitchy to have unfinished books lying around. The I confess, I only got 50% into Two Towers before I realised I was reading it just to “say” I’d read it. Which isn’t a very good reason.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
CAIT: Meal times. Small nephews who steal bookmarks. Small nieces with sticky fingers who try to “read” too. The call of dessert. My sister choking on her hot chocolate and threatening to spit it at me. Normal things, you know?
MIME: Just about everything distracts me when I’m reading, which is a reason I don’t do enough of it.
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?
MIME: Catching Fire! No doubt about it.
CAIT: This is haaaard. I want to say Catching Fire, but The Book Thief is incredible! And it’s SO like the book…and Matilda. Matilda is a brilliant movie and the only thing they wrecked was moving them from being British to American. (No offence to the Americans, but a British Ms. Trunchball was scarier.)
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
CAIT: Where do we start?
MIME: Percy Jackson…1 & 2…Eragon (not that the book was stunning)…The Cat in The Hat….Mr. Popper’s Penguins…
CAIT: Ugh. No more, please. Spare me the memories.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
MIME: I actually have a great story about this one. When I did work-experience at the library, they sent me down to the bookshop and said, “Go nuts!” (Not quite. They said “buy 50 board books.”) Still. I spent a lot of library money there. It was brilliant.
CAIT: I spent $12 once.
MIME: That was Big W, not a bookstore.
CAIT: It was a big $12.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
CAIT: Who does that?
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
MIME: If it was impossibly awful, or if I had a really strong disagreement with it.
CAIT: For me, it’d have to be absolutely-awful-terrible-no-good-very-bad-writing.
49. Do you like to keep your books organised?
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
CAIT: No. Mine.
MIME: I don’t own many books. Cait owns most of the books, so why buy my own when I can read hers?
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
MIME: There aren’t many I’m consciously avoiding, but there are an awful lot I haven’t gotten to, yet. Cait would list them out. But I won’t let her. Because it would take too long, and I would look bad.
CAIT: (I’m being silented against my will.) I’m avoiding Wicked, but only because it’s thick and not YA and…it somehow ends on the bottom of my TBR all the time. I’m avoiding finishing the Inkheart series too. My bad. Just basically I avoid most books over 400 pages.
52. Name a book that made you angry.
CAIT: Must that be singular?
MIME: Hold in the little green rage monster, Cait.
CAIT: Okay, I fiercely admit it. Thirteen Reasons Why made me angry. I think it sent a horrible message that condoned bullying and…and…it just ignited my fury. Also, The Last Thirteen series makes me angry because it exists. It’s — okay, I probably shouldn’t rant here. Ranting about books I don’t like is slightly mean.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
CAIT: Don’t get me started. I expect to like most books, I honestly do. Because I’m a very positive person.
MIME: Ha. ha. ha.
CAIT: But I expected to like Taken and A Midsummer’s Nightmare and both had me frowning into the dark night.
MIME: I have so many examples of this, I’m going to pull out a really obscure one from back five or so years ago. I thought I was going to adore Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, because I’d liked Little Women. I fell asleep about a quarter of the way in.
CAIT: The fact that it’s titled “good” wives leaves me dubious anyway.
55. Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?
MIME: Guilt free? Really? Those chocolate wrappers are completely guilt free?
CAIT: I don’t feel bad about it. Nope. Not at all. Do I look guilty?
MIME: You know what? I’m at a loss here.
CAIT: I win? I WIN I WIN WIN!
Cait and Mime had quite a raucous time doing this two-part post series. They laughed till they cried. They spilt hot chocolate on each other. Even their mother questioned the sudden increase in frivolity. They also remembered a lot of movies they suddenly feel like watching, thanks to these gifs. Like Kung-Fu Panda. Currently, Mime’s reading OF NEPTUNE and Cait’s reading BOY21.