Book Survey! Part 1 of 5

I’m always looking for blog topics, and when Greg Hatcher from the always worth reading Comics Should Be Good posted a survey a couple weeks back, I knew it was gold. Also, I’ve given a lot of thought of expanding the Kitchen past just comics to all pop culture. So in addition to comics, I’ll also be including book book answers when I can.

At first, I was going to post all the questions (41 by a quick count) in one post, but that’s nutso. No one wants to read 40+ answers in one shot. So I’m going to split up throughout the week. Feel free to post your own answers in the comments or if you want to complete the whole questionnaire, I’d be glad to link over to your own blog.

So here we go … Part one …

Favorite childhood book?

As I didn’t really get into comics until college, this is a strange on for me. But one of the first comics I remember buying, it was on a family trip up to Nova Scotia, was Adventures of Superman Annual #7.

Adventures of Superman Annual #7It was a Year One story. I hardly remember it now, even though I (probably) still own it. One sequence I remember is Superman taking down a group of thugs, leaving only their female member standing. “You wouldn’t hit a woman with glasses?” she asks. Superman then removes her glasses and either flicks or pokes her, but either way, she’s down. Sweet.

What are you reading right now?

Never one to be content reading one book at a time, the list is long.

  • Keeper by Greg RuckaKeeper by Greg Rucka. His first novel, about bodyguard Atticus Kodiak protecting a speaker at a conference on abortion. I’ve read his Queen and Country novels before, as well as his newest, Alpha. Rucka is, hands down, my favorite writer.



  • And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily GouldAnd the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould. One of those young woman’s memoir books. The kind of thing Hannah Horvath wants to write. I can’t say I’m the target demo, but it’s enjoyable.



  • Batman and PhilosophyBatman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul by Mark White (Editor). Exactly what is sounds like. Philosophical investigations into questions like “Should Batman just kill the Joker” and “Is it right to take on a Robin?” Interesting, but in the end it’s another pop-psychology book. And a fluffy one at that.


  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah WatersTipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. A girl in 1890s London discovers and explores her sexuality. Beautifully written. An interest in gender/sexual politics helps as well.



  • The Life and Times of Martha WashingtonThe Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons. Two comics masters working together. Need I say more?



  • Johnny Cash: I See a DarknessJohnny Cash: I See a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist. A comics biography of The Man in Black. I don’t know much about Cash. I’ve never even seen Walk the Line. It reads like a music-themed southern noir. So yeah, awesome.



What books do you have on request at the library?

Nothing on hold, as I’m finishing up my recent stack.

What do you currently have checked out at the library?

The above mentioned Keeper, I See a Darkness, and Martha Washington are in progress. I’ve already finished, but have yet to return, Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Streets, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Sentinel, Vol. 1: Salvage, Mary Jane, Vol. 1: Circle of Friends, Ultimate Human, and Spider-Man/Human Torch: I’m with Stupid.

Yeah. I read. A lot.

Bad book habit?

If I start a book, I finish it, no matter what. I slogged through 100 Years of Solitude confused and bored. Same with Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. “But it might get better!” I tell myself. It rarely does.

Do you have an e-reader?

I have an iPad, but mostly I use it like a laptop. I love the artifact of books too much. I do always think about buying books I don’t need to own on there – comedy, things I’m iffy about, things the library doesn’t have.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

Obviously, several at once. But for the most part, I pace myself on those books. For comics, one chapter a day, so I don’t blow through them. Books I’m rereading are open season though.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

There were some books I realized I wasn’t enjoying as I gave them bad reviews month after month. And I still think with that mindset, even though I rarely review anymore. “Is this good? Why? Do you enjoy it? Why?”


That wasn’t so bad, right? Again, please leave your answers in the comments.

To be continued.

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