Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Take the quiz: What Kind of Book Person Are You?


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This is my library...in my dreams! It's actually in Chateau de Groussay in France

This is actually a re-post from my other blog, Notes in the Key of Life, from July 2004, but it's a fun quiz and worth a repeat! Take the quiz on your blog and let me know in my comments section. P.S. Some of my answers are a bit out-dated because, sadly, I no longer work at a Christian radio station and get the joy of doing radio interviews with Christian authors!

I first saw this on a Christian blog, but for the life of me I couldn't remember which one...so I did a Google search and found it on a site called Collective Miscellany.

Since I am basically a TOTAL BOOK FREAK, I couldn't resist taking the quiz...I invite you to do so as well.

My choices are in bold-face.

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What Kind of Book Person Are You?

1) What is your favorite type of bookstore?

A. A large chain that is well lit, stuffed full of books, and has a café.--OK, I know that's the prosaic answer, but the truth is, I really do love the comfort and organization of a nice bookstore. I was just in Barnes and Noble with my daughter yesterday, and it was so nice to be able to sit in a comfortable chair and read a book I actually had no intention of buying. Plus, there's a Starbucks in Barnes and Noble.

However, there should be an option D here: any bookstore that isn't pornographic or occultic. I love books so much that even the smell of them gives me comfort and joy.

And I do love Christian bookstores. I know there's a certain amount of "Christian commercialism" that turns some people off, but I enjoy being surrounded by Christian books and music. My favorite local one is pleasant and tastefully decorated, and usually seems to have what I'm looking for.

B. A dark, rather dusty, used bookstore full of mysterious and vaguely organized books.
C. A local independent bookstore that has books by local authors and coffee.

2) What would excite you more?

A. A brand new book by your favorite author. I think I would have to go with this one. I get excited about a new book from authors like Francine Rivers, Maeve Binchy and others, because they don't churn them out frequently. I devour a new Kinsey Millhone mystery from Sue Grafton; I've read the entire series so far. I would REALLY get excited if Rosamunde Pilcher wrote a new novel. Her "The Shell Seekers," "September" and "Homecoming" are among my favorite secular novels, but she takes her time in coming out with new ones.

B. Finding a classic you've been wanting to read.--It's relatively easy to find classics. I read "Gone With the Wind" when I was a teenager, and would like to own it and read it again...but it will be easy to find when I decide to do so. I did blog here last fall about finding a treasured childhood book on the internet. That was wonderful!
C. Receiving a free book from a friend in the mail.

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3) What's your favorite format?


A. Novel--No doubt about it.
B. Short story
C. Poetry

4) Favorite format, part II.


A. Contemporary fiction.
B. Classic novels.
C. Genre (mystery, espionage, etc.)
I'd have to say all of the above! I honestly don't care that much about the setting or genre...it just has to be the kind of book that I enjoy so much that I'm reluctant to put it down for any reason. That's my real test of a terrific book!

5) Favorite format, part III (none of the above) Fiction or non?


A. Almost entirely fiction. Occasionally, a really good nonfiction book catches my eye...but I'm not big on self-help books. If I'm reading nonfiction, it will probably be a biography or something to do with history.
B. Almost entirely non-fiction.
C. A mix of both.

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6) Does the design and condition of the book matter?


A. Yes, I love a well designed book and keep mine in mint condition.
B. No, the words are what matter.
C. Yes and no, I appreciate good design and treat my books with respect but I am not obsessive about it.

7) On average how many books do you read a month?

A. I am lucky to read one.
B. I am dedicated. I read 4 or 5. Although there HAVE been times when I've read 10 or more. Lack of time alone deters me from reading more. Also, I'm a very fast reader.
C. I am a fiend. I read 10 or more!

8) Do you prefer to own or borrow?

A. There is a particular joy in owning a book. I have a large library. Actually, I'm fortunate...thanks to my job, I'm able to get a lot of free books. However, I go through phases where I read library books like crazy. I prefer not to borrow from a friend, however, because (blush) I'm bad about returning books.
B. Why spend money when you can read it for free? I use the public library.
C. Different tools for different job. I do both.

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9) Where do you get (the majority) your book news?

A. Newspapers.
B. Magazines.
C. TV
D. Blogs.
--Again, all of the above, plus I receive catalogs from all the major Christian publishing houses.

10) Are books a professional obsession?

A. Yes, I work in the field (writer, reviewer, publisher, teacher, etc.).
B. No, I do it for fun.
C. Kinda, I write the occasional review but have a regular job outside of books.
--Again, all of the above. As part of my job, I review books and do author interviews, but that's just one aspect of my job. I review books on my blog sheerly for fun, and to let my readers know about terrific books.

How about you? :)

5 comments:

Robin Lee said...

Would love to take time to answer, Cindy, but I need huge word counts every day through November so must stay focused on the book. But it's a fun quiz.

Cindy Swanson said...

I totally understand, Robin! Just glad you stopped by. :)

Mary Connealy said...

1. A. Big Bookstore. I must have many choices.
2. A Favorite Author-New Book.
3. A. Novel, no contest
4. C. Genre. . .ROMANCE. It must have romance, any genre as long as it’s romance. Historical, contemporary, suspense, regency, western, inspirational, romance is fundamental.
5. Fiction . . . thought I do love a well written biography on occasion.
6. I’m sad when the pages fall out, but I just stuff them back in and use a rubber band to hold the book together.
7. Probably a fiend, though I RE-READ a lot of books, because I enjoy thumbing through my well read, beloved collection. New books? Maybe I don’t rise to the FIEND level.
8. I’m a big library girl. But I own a lot of books, too.
9. I’m going with D, blogs, but that’s not quite right. I’m always watching for authors I love and when their next book is coming out. I prowl through used bookstores looking for backlists of newly discovered authors, too.
10. I guess A is right. I’m an author, though I was a reader all my life, so the profession came long after the book obsession.

Liz Ann said...

Hey Cindy,
Love the blog! Great quiz, too! I'd love to fill in my answers, but like Robin, deadlines wait for me, too.
Liz Johnson

Grow Line said...

Great blog Cindy. We just found it. My mom always says "If you learn to read you can learn to do anything". I love books of all kinds and owning them is definitely my preference. One of my favorite escapes is to sneak away to Barnes and Noble for nice cup of coffee and a browse through contless books. How inspiring books are! I want a library as beautiful and enchanting as the one on the Disney movie 'Beauty and the Beast'!

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