A-Z Bookish Survey

According to Ellie at Musings of a Bookshop Girl, this meme has been around for a while. I just happened to come across it on her page, and decided to try my hand at it.

Author you’ve read the most books from:  That’s a hard one…first out of the gate! I am guessing it is Laura Ingalls Wilder, just because she wrote several and I read them over and over again when I was in elementary school. I have read many large series, like Harry Potter and Darunda Jones’ Charley Davidson series as well. I guess Nancy Drew counts, too, right? I read several thousand of those, too.
Best sequel ever:  I think I love the idea of sequels much more than sequels themselves. When I was a kid, if I finished a book that I really loved, I would stare at the cover and think about what I’d read and why it was so great and how awesome (though I didn’t use the word “awesome” back then) it would be if there was a sequel. Now, especially in YA, people look at an author strangely if he/she doesn’t write a sequel. The problem? There are so many stories that just shouldn’t have a sequel. The second book is a tacked-on mess, and because books come in threes these days, they usually only serve as a bridge to the last of the trilogy. I have harped on this before, but seriously: take JK Rowling as your spirit guide and PLAN PLAN PLAN. Have a story arc for each volume, but an over-arching arc (too many arcs?) for the entire series. Please.

Oh – answer the question? I think I just did. Each and every one of the books that followed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone is the best sequel ever.

Currently reading:  Awaken by Meg Cabot. I haven’t heard tons and tons of people gushing about this series as they should. Ms. Cabot is like Lauren Myracle; they both have the ability to write to any age group and in any fashion. I think that’s a quality that needs to be celebrated a little more than it is.

Drink of choice while reading: Coffee or Fortnum & Mason’s Royal Blend Tea in the winter; water or coffee the rest of the year.

Ereader or physical book: Truth be told, I much prefer the readability of a real book; I like to see how many pages I have left, I like to hold it in my hands, I love the smell of a new book, and I like to be able to flip back and forth easily. But, I get a lot of books for free, and they tend to be eBooks. Of course, the great thing about eBooks is how many you can carry around at one time. Though, what happens if you run out of battery?

Fictional character that you probably would have dated in high school:  None, tbh. However, I would have lusted (from afar) after plenty: Jace from The Mortal Instruments series; Will from The Infernal Devices series; Reyes from the Charley Davidson series; Edward from Twilight; Mr. Darcy; Park from Eleanor & Park; Jack from Everneath; Zach in the Gallagher Girls series; Jackson Deveaux in Poison Princess; Driggs in Croak; Jase in My Life Next Door; Adam Wilde in If I Stay; Gideon in the Ruby Red series; Archer in the Hex Hall series; Zack in Nantucket Blue; Jeb in Splintered; R in Warm Bodies; Alex in Delirium Willem in Just One Day and, of course, St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss. Have you seen a theme? Do I have a type?

Glad you gave this book a chance:  Entwined by Heather Dixon. 

Hidden gem book: Time and Again by Jack Finney. My husband first told me about this book when we were dating. It is a great book that combines time travel and a mystery.My only complaint is that it’s never as good after the first time. I have re-read it a couple of times, but since I already know its secrets, it is just not the same.

Important moment in your reading life: Well, I’d have to give props to my parents and Montessori Academy for teaching me to read, and at such a young age. I have had a book in my hands since I was three.

Just finished: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Look for a review of this fantabulous book soon.

Kind of books you won’t read: I didn’t used to like to read science fiction until my husband pointed out that what I thought was science fiction was a little narrow. I thought it meant all books that were really mechanical and took place in space or on a different planet and full of Star Trek-y types. So, apparently since The Hunger Games is science fiction (of which dystopian is a genre), I like science fiction. Huh.

I’ll have to agree with Ellie, from whom I took this survey. I am not a fan of Christian fiction. No offense, but it doesn’t seem very realistic to me. I don’t like overtly religious themes, generally, though of course, you could argue that many non-religious books have religious themes. I just think that’s life.

Longest book you read: I have no earthly idea. I have never read War & Peace or the entire Bible. Some of those Harry Potters were pretty long; so was The Rook. Maybe I read an incredibly long biography at some point. This is going to bug me.

Major book hangover because of: The Austin Teen Book Festival. Last year, I heard about this festival that takes place the last Saturday of September (soon!). Yeah, I heard about it at the end of August. So, in all of my great smartnosity, I decided that to be well-informed, I needed to read at least 1 book by every author. There were over 30 authors (and I hadn’t read many of them), so I basically had to read 30+ books in the span of 5 or 6 weeks. That meant a book a day. Thank goodness our library, the FANTASTIC Plano Public Library, had most of the books. Oh did I mention I also posted reviews for every book as well? I am so smart…S M R T…

Number of bookcases you own: Hmmm…eight, I think? Plus a set of Elfa shelving in my daughter’s room that is covered in books, plus two built-ins. Still, not enough.

One book you’ve read multiple times: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it every year.

Preferred place to read: I must must must have my feet up when I read, along with spectacular lighting. We have about three couches that I like to sit on, as well as my bed before bedtime (or in spite of bedtime).

Quote that inspires you: I’m not one of those who has inspirational quotes all over my walls; in fact, some of them are so trite that they make me cringe. One that I’ve seen around that’s nice: “We read to know that we are not alone.” This is attributed to CS Lewis, though I did no fact checking.

Reading regret: Beautiful Creatures. Blech.

Series you started that you need to finish: I am assuming this means series that all the books are now available…FallenHush, HushDeliriumGallagher GirlsAbandonThe Infernal Devices.

Three of your all-time favourite books: Nope. Can’t. It wouldn’t be fair. OK. Pride and Prejudice; The entire Harry Potter series and, uh, the John Green collection.

Unapologetic fangirl for: Angel Lawson. She’s a really, really good writer. Also Trish Doller.

Very excited for this release: Speaking of…Trish Doller’s second book, Where The Stars Still Shine, comes out in the next week. Also waiting (im)patiently for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier and the next Stephanie Perkins book.

Worst bookish habit: Let’s see…I don’t bend down pages…I don’t loan out my books…I usually don’t read more than one book at a time…maybe I read too much (hahaha – is that seriously even a thing?). No, I would say that I stay up waaaaay too late if a book is really good.

X marks the spot! Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard. I think this is something my husband picked up. I did read it a few years ago, but I had to read the back to remember it.

Your last bookish purchase: Oh gosh I can’t even remember…I usually check books out of the library or get them for free…I think it was Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

Zzz-snatcher. Which book kept you up way too late? The last book to do this was when I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I finished it in one (over) night.

6 thoughts on “A-Z Bookish Survey”

  1. Fun! Yeah, Beautiful Creatures was definitely a disappointment. Oh, and I’m with you on what fictional boy you would have dated in high school. I doubt any of the boys I like would have noticed me, but I totally would have crushed!

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of Eleanor & Park!

  2. Ohhhh dear, another rave review on the way for Eleanor and Park? *wearily adds it to her must-buy list* 😛

    “We read to know that we are not alone.” That’s lovely, it kind of includes EVERYBODY, no matter who they are and how they feel and what they think in their heart of hearts.

    Glad you had fun with the survey – and happy reading this winter, I LOVE getting more time to read and a stellar excuse to curl up under a blanket with cookies and coffee!

    1. Ellie, read E&P when you have some quiet time – you’ve got your hot beverage of choice next to you, it’s raining (or at least overcast) and you’re ready for an amazingly written story.

      Yes, that’s why I think I like that quote – when people have problems or are lonely or they think they are the only one who feels a certain way…books (authors, really) tell them they aren’t.

      I had to laugh when you mentioned winter…although it is a CHILLY 73 degrees (that’s around 23 degrees C to you Brits) this rainy day, it has been in the 90s up until today. The heat will rally again, then go straight to cold around Halloween. Winter still seems very, very far away.

      Have a great weekend!

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