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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

I already felt bad about not having time to do my usual Thursday blogging yesterday, and now I feel doubly bad because, as it turns out, this week’s Booking Through Thursday features my question!

Of course, I already had an answer in mind when I asked, and that answer would definitely be Harry Potter. Granted, I’m not as enamored of Rowling’s writing as most of her fans are, and in fact prefer the movies to the books. My opinion likely would have been different had I read the books as a kid back when they were first released, but I didn’t (deciding instead to be contrary for contrariness’s sake) and so my allegiance is tied to the film world. Still, I can’t think of a literary landscape that I would rather spend time in than that of Harry Potter. I firmly believe that the world could only benefit from the presence of a little magic, and you can bet that if I were a student at Hogwarts, I would be the Hermione Granger of my class. I would want to learn everything magical there is to learn; Harry and company should realize that every time they complain about the massive amounts of homework they have to do, they are complaining about getting to do magical homework for their magical classes. I would gladly trade with them, but alas, I’m trapped within the muggle world and so can only daydream about the day when my dreams of attending Hogwarts become a reality. Luckily, I’ve persuaded the boyfriend that a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in order soon. I will be the grown woman pushing little children out of her way to get my wand, and I will try to forget, for at least a day, that magic doesn’t exist.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

I’ve always been an introvert, which could very well explain why I’ve been so drawn to books throughout my life. It’s easy to get caught up in the vicarious thrill of a character’s life when I naturally am at ease keeping myself company rather than seeking the attention of crowds. Americans consume approximately 100,000 words per day, and I’m content to allow a large portion of those words to come from books.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Two people asked a similar question:

Charlie Quillen asks:

Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?

Lindsay asks:

There have been books I loved, books that I fell in love with, and books that changed my life, and they’re not always the same nor mutually exclusive.

I’ve lost count of the number of times that this book has surfaced as the answer to a question, but I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak remains inspiring to me each time I read it. I am a cynical person by nature, yet Zusak’s story makes me want to shed that flaw. While I know I don’t always, or often, succeed, it makes me strive nonetheless.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: What are your literary “pet peeves”?

Having a book returned to me in this condition is my worst nightmare.

I just realized that I completely misinterpreted this question, but I’m gonna go with it. So without further ado, here are some of my bookish pet peeves.

First, in order to save time and lots of ranting, I’ll just eliminate e-books from consideration. I’ve posted numerous times about the many reason why I hate e-books, so if you’re really interested (or a glutton for punishment), here are some links to past posts.

As far as paper and ink books go, I absolutely can’t stand it when an otherwise pristine copy of a book becomes marred. I’m a bit of a dictator when it comes to books; borrow at your own peril, because there will be many conditions attached. (Don’t crack the spine. Don’t dogear pages. Don’t write, underline, highlight, or in any way attempt to convey impressions in the book. Don’t tear dust jackets. Don’t scratch or smear the cover.) The list could go on for a while, which is why I usually just find another thrift store copy to lend someone or else advise that they buy their own.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

I usually don’t even pick up a book if I’m not confident that I can finish it that same day, so I haven’t encountered this problem in quite a while. Still, there are a few books I can remember taking up to a week to read.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger was one of those rare books that was so good, I actually allowed myself to savor it in small snippets rather than racing through it.

Every Tim Powers book that I’ve read has taken me several days to get through, not for lack of interest. Powers’ writing is simply too convoluted and intricate to wrap my mind around it in a few hours’ time.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?

It might seem like a copout to a veritable Sophie’s Choice of a question, but I can’t begin to think of book recommendations until I know the literary taste of whomever is asking. There are so many books gracing my shelves that I love with all my heart, yet I know, for instance, that the market for a series such as Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels books is pretty limited, no matter how much I love them.

That being said, I only hesitate to recommend Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger for fear that others won’t connect with it the same way that I do. Likewise, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is among my top choices no matter what genre you typically read, while Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series is a solid bet for those who enjoy urban fantasy. The chances of my answering this question with only one book title were slim to begin with, so I’ll refrain from going on (which I could, easily).

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Ted and Sarah both asked similar questions about relating to characters:

Ted asks:

Are there any fictional characters whom you have emulated (or tried to)? Who and why?

Bookish Sarah asks an interesting assortment of questions:

What literary character do you feel is most like you personality-wise (explain)?

I’m not sure that there is any character who perfectly matches my personality that I can think of off the top of my head, but there is one that I have always identified with. I’d love to say that I have the writing chops to back up this claim, but regardless of my literary talent I’m going to say that I feel a connection with Jo March from Little Women. While my interests lay more on the reading rather than the writing end of the literary spectrum, I understand what it feels like to be so immensely passionate about something, particularly when that something has to do with storytelling.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?

I doubt anyone who answers this in the negative is being truthful, because honestly we’ve all come across books that, for one reason or another, we believe could be improved upon. The mere fact that we are book bloggers means we have the requisite creativity and earnestness for the thought “I could have done better” to flit through our heads even briefly.

But the thing that matters is that, at least in my case, I didn’t do better. Ultimately, whether I think highly of my potential creative writing chops or not, the fact of the matter is that I haven’t attempted to write a novel, and others have. I doff my hat to all those who have already achieved what I can only dream of one day achieving. The task seems insurmountable at this point in my life, and I’m in no place to criticize when I haven’t even attempted the feat at all. So job well done, authors, for taking a chance, regardless of the results.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Have you ever used a book to instruct someone of something or is there anyone for whom you would like to do that? (I don’t mean a text book for a class, but a work of fiction or non-fiction that would get a certain message across either through plot or character). What is the book and what do you wish to impart?

I rarely recommend books to friends or family. Because my affinity for reading is such an important part of who I am, giving a treasured book to someone in the hope that they will love it as much as I did is too akin to baring my soul. Their rejection would be personal. That being said, I have gifted one book to several people and braced myself for their reactions because the book was simply too beautiful to keep to myself. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak strikes at the heart of my cynical nature to make me want to be better. It showcases the awesomeness of even the most simple of human interactions. It is agonizingly perfect, and while not everyone I’ve given it to has loved it in the same way I do, I like to think that they took away at least a degree of hope.

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Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is: Which non-series book would you most like to read the sequel to? Do you have any wishes for what might happen in it?

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve responded with this same answer, and in fact answered this same question a while ago in a previous Booking Through Thursday post. I’ll simply repeat what I said before.

Since I’ve already lamented multiple times about this very topic, I will keep my answer short and sweet. Ms. McKinley, please write us a sequel for Sunshine. Rae and Con’s story is not over. The ending is not poetically vague. It is inadequate, and we need more. Until you oblige us, I will have to satisfy myself with my own poorly-written fanfiction, so I ask, please spare me that.

While the romantic in me wants Rae and Con to find some way to be together, I understand that, as a strict urban fantasy story, there are no happily-ever-after guarantees. In truth, it could come across as maudlin to force the two together, yet I need at least some closure to their story.

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