Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I've been tagged!

I'm still learning my way around the blogosphere, and I've managed to catch someone's (Alice!) attention long enough that I now have some sort of writing assignment:

Ok, so... 7 random/weird facts about me (I leave it to the reader to decide which are weird and which are random):

1. I was reading books on my own before I was 4. Kindergarten was a disappointment, I'd hoped they would have new books for me to read, but I was SOL. In first grade, the teacher tried to fob "Dick and Jane" off on me. Poor judgement on her part!

2. I take notes on nearly every book I read, not just because I want them to draw from for reviews, or because I am a quote slut, but it slows me down and helps me get more out of the book--I sometimes don't know when to stop skimming, if I let myself start.

3. I actually really love short story collections. Not that I need to find more authors to follow, but collections are actually my most reliable source for new reading material.

4. It bothers me to read a series out of order. I hate not knowing the full backstory that authors leave out for the sake of developing a good story. Unfortunately, I also hate it when authors provide too much backstory in their novels; it makes me think they're just bumping their word count and making the plot suffer.

5. I still read Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... series, even though she jumped the shark a long time ago. (come on, you know she did, diety bless her heart)

6. I read my first Harlequin novel before I started 5th grade; it was my mom's, and I had her permission to read it. Of course, now, I wonder what the heck she was thinking...

7. My wildest (book-related) fantasy involves me accepting an Oscar for Best Screenplay (Book Adaptation)--for a Pern novel, and having Neil Gaiman sign it, even though he didn't win that year.

Now, for the next round of victims, I choose:

Linda, Chris, Janet, Jill, Nymeth, Ali, and Wendi

Note, my taggees don't have to have a bookish theme, I only did because, um... baaaaaa!


Chris said...

Number 7 is pretty damn good! lol...and I can't stand reading a series out of order either...I don't know how people can do that?! Thanks for tagging me! I've actually done this one already just a week or so ago, but I loved it! It was a great meme. Good to hear from you! I'm glad you commented because I was missing your blog on my reader! I have to fix that!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Wow - you started reading early!! Good for you!! :) Like you, I'm not all that excited to read a book from a series out of order - I've occasionally picked up a book and then realized it was in a series - yikes - to finish it or put it down and get the other books first!!

:) Thanks for tagging me - I've done the tag twice so far, so I'm currently out of fun bookish facts, but I've added a link to your post on my Tag post!

Marina said...

Chris and Wendi- wow, can't believe my circle of "reads" is so small. I guess this also means I need to keep up better so I'd have known not to bug you with it ;)

Alice Audrey said...

It isn't a bit surprising you caught my eye. I have a weakness for readers.

I also take notes on books I read. I keep them in a spreadsheet. ;)

Ali said...

Thanks for the tag. I'll try to think of 7 things if I can!

Janet said...

oh, but this would require me to think! Hmmm....

Nymeth said...

lol, I love #7!

I much prefer reading my series in order too, though when I was a teen I read Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles completely out of order and fell in love with them all the same :P

I've already done the meme (answers here, but thank you for thinking of me, Marina!

Anonymous said...

Good taste on #7. :-D

And I'm getting to this...I promise!

Ali said...

7 Random Things. Done!