Book Q&A

I love bookish questionnaire posts almost as much as I love book list posts. So here we are. Thanks to Rory at Fourth Street Review for posting this and allowing me to play along ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Q&A Rules

1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them youโ€™ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that youโ€™ve taken part!


Diana Gabaldon

(I don’t have a single favorite cover – so here ya go. All the covers of the Outlander series. Well, all of the current covers, not the old-timey ones.)

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Edge of the Universe by Paul Halpern for my non-fic fix. I’mย also reading Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow (Dante Valentine #2) and A Room of One’s Ownย by Virginia Woolf.

Do you have any idea what youโ€™ll read when youโ€™re done with that?

I have a big list to choose from and a ton of books from the library… but probably The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.

What five books have you always wanted to read but havenโ€™t got round to?

Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington – Actually, I’ve started this book twice but the subject matter is so damn sickening I have a hard time going back to it.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – I want to know why this guy is a big deal.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – I’ll get to it eventually, I swear.

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – Clearly for the bragging points.

Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox – I don’t even know why this was on my to-read list, and I think I’ll probably never get around to it.

Plus about a billion more…

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/ lounge right now?

TIME, Scientific American, Discover, and Smosh (Smosh is a brand new magazine and I’d heard of the website… just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Not sure if I’m that impressed, but the magazine did make me laugh a couple times.)

Whatโ€™s the worst book youโ€™ve ever read?

Ethan Frome and A Visit From the Goon Squad. It’s a tie. UGH.

What book seemed really popular but you didnโ€™t like?

Both of the ones I just mentioned. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWiit. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

I think something must be wrong with me… or maybe hyped-up literary fiction is just not my genre.

Whatโ€™s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. READ IT!

What are your three favourite poems?

Yeah I don’t really have specific favorite poems… but I really like Saul Williams, Maya Angelou, and Kahlil Gibran.

Where do you usually get your books?

EVERYWHERE. Barnes and Noble, used library bookstore, Paperbackswap, friends, the library, etc.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?

Not really. Just reading everything I could get my hands on.

Whatโ€™s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?

Last week. I stayed up way later than I should reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

Have you ever โ€œfakedโ€ reading a book?

I skimmed the majority of Katherine by Anya Seton for a readalong.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?

YUP. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, and probably more but I’m lured in by covers so often I don’t even remember.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Like really little? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

What book changed your life?

Ummmm… I forget what it’s called, but it was about how awesome homeschooling was and basically convinced my dumb 16-year old self that it’d be great to drop out ofย  high school and educate myself. I started taking college courses right away, but even then I never finished my Associate’s Degree. Oh young Sarah. You were such an idiot. BUT I wouldn’t change a thing, because I love my life now so obviously it wasn’t the biggest mistake.

And in all fairness, my high school sucked.

What is your favourite passage from a book?

For real? How am I even supposed to TRY to narrow that down?

Who are your top five favourite authors?

Diana Gabaldon, Chris Wooding, Christopher Moore, Jennifer Crusie, aaaaand… I don’t know who else. A ton of others. But these are definitely on my auto-buy list.

What book has no one heard about but should read?

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. It was written like 10 years ago but I just heard about it and read it and it was pretty fabulous.

What books are you an โ€˜evangelistโ€™ for?

I’m not sure what that means… like what books I push on people the most? Basically every book I read and review…

What are your favourite books by a first time author?

(Does this mean debut author? I’m gonna go with that.)

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson


What is your favourite classic book?

Wuthering Heights, Emma, To Kill a Mockingbird, Vanity Fair, etc…

Five other notable mentions?

Like… just otherย notable good books? Lamb by Christopher Moore, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, and The Postmortal by Drew Magary. READ THEM ALLLLLLL.



IF YOU’RE READING THIS, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED. But come leave me a comment and let me know if you do this so I can come and check out your post! Or you know, if you’re too lazy to do a whole post, you could just leave answers to the questions in a comment ๐Ÿ™‚




  1. Sarah, it’s like you read my mind. I don’t have a topic for tomorrow’s post, and NOW I DO. I think you and I should stock up on copies of Outlander and go vigilante style shoving them into the hands of unwitting strangers…


    1. Glad to help ๐Ÿ˜‰

      OH I already have that pile of Outlanders started! Trust me. I literally buy used copies when I see them just so that I have them on hand to lend out to people that I suggest it to. Actually though, have you heard of World Book Night? Maybe we SHOULD join that and shove Outlander into people’s hands!


      1. Oh yeah they do… well, maybe maybe maybe they’ll pick Outlander one year, and that would be fantastic!

        I don’t like talking to strangers either, but I think a lot of people kind of go the secret-ninja route and just leave the book somewhere, like on a park bench or in a fitting room. That’s more my comfort level, lol.


  2. I love questionnaires like these! Of course I had to fill it out for myself too, and it was great fun. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, I will be checking out Outlander!


  3. I’m not a huge fan of audio books (I don’t have enough time to listen to them), but I thought the audio of Ready Player One was amazing. It helps that the book was amazing too.

    Wuthering Heights is one of my least favorite classics. I go more for Charlotte than Emily.


      1. I am firmly, irrevocably on the Charlotte side. I can’t believe someone hated Jane Eyre, I didn’t even know that was possible. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      2. Yeah… I didn’t enjoy it. I liked it in the beginning, but once Jane grew up and became a governess, it seemed like her personality totally changed and she kind of turned into Mr. Rochester’s doormat. Wuthering Heights is full of absolutely crazy, horrible people… but I had fun reading it, and Heathcliff is one of my favorite anti-heroes/villains. I wish Emily had been able to write more.


    1. It was a bad time for me to read that book. I was 16, and in NY there were no homeschooling requirements or standards for kids that old. So basically it convinced me that homeschooling was a great idea, but then it was just me dropping out and taking college classes instead. I ended up getting my GED when I was 20 or 21.


      1. Don’t DNF it. But if you feel that stuck, treat it like an “assignment.” Read X amount of pages per day.

        Although to be fair to Franzen, I have read both and even though they were long, I never felt THAT stuck. I’m feeling stuck now, though, with Don Quixote. Seriously feel like I need someone to force me to read it.


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