12.8.13

Discussion: A to Z Bookish Survey

AtoZsurvey
I found this neat survey through Respiring Thoughts but it comes to us originally from Perpetual Page turner.  I've seen it on a few blogs now, and thought, what a great way for you guys to get to know me a little more while still being totally relevant to the blog!  So, enjoy--and I'd love to see your answers!  Graphic and design are Jamie's, not mine!  

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Diana Wynne Jones comes in a solid first with 21 books!  Seriously, I figured it'd be her, but I didn't realize until I checked Goodreads how many there are.  My other top authors are here, if you're curious.  It's a little skewed because of series.  If you count standalone books, Diana still wins but Shakespeare and Roald Dahl take second.  

Best Sequel Ever:

Ever?  Damn, that's hard.  I am going to ignore series of more than 2 books for this, because that really complicates things.  The one that comes to mind is Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson, the sequel to Ultraviolet.  I think it was so great because it took all the atmosphere of the first but it could have stood alone too.  And changing main characters was a clever way to make it feel like it's own thing, instead of just an extra.  

Currently Reading:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, my bookish idol.  Also the sequel to Throne of Glass, which you'd better read, yo.  

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee.  But then, that's my drink of choice while doing anything.  

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book.  There's something about the smell and feel of the pages that e-readers just can't replace.  Besides, seeing an inch of finished pages is way more satisfying than seeing 50% complete.  However, I love my Kindle for review copies and things like that.  And cheap e-books!  

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Pretending I would have actually dated in high school (read:  nerd, total nerd!) I'd hands down say Simon from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  He's nerdy, adorable, sweet, and much less intimidating than your brooding bad boy type (who I would have crushed on fruitlessly.  Er, did.).  

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead.  My mom loves Preston & Child, thrillers, serial killer books, that kind of thing.  I love that stuff on TV but except for Dan Brown, I rarely read adult thrillers.  But the authors approached me and I decided to pick this one up.  And I'm glad, because it was fantastic and clever.  

Hidden Gem Book:

Reality Boy by A.S. King.  Why does no one know this book!?  It was magical! 

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Taking fiction writing with Steve Tomasula and Valerie Sayers.  Learning how to craft short stories and being exposed to some of the more literary aspects of fiction opened a whole new world for me and got me into stuff I'd never have known about.  That was clutch.  But the most important of all?  Starting this blog.  It got me back into reading after a long period of busyness and neglect.  

Just Finished:

Relativity by Cristin Bishara.  Spoiler: it was awesome!  Review coming soon. 

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica and adult romance.  They just don't interest me.  I don't connect with 30-something characters looking for steamy love and reading sex scenes makes me (a) bored and/or (b) squirmy.  

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, one of my favorite old timey authors--and one of my favorite books of all time.  Took me a whole summer of reading it bit-by-bit before bed.  It stuck with me. 

Major book hangover because of:

Harry Potter.  I still haven't recovered.  

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Four in my bedroom at my parents' house and two in my apartment, plus about 10 boxes of books under my bed and a homeless stack in my guest room.  Plus I guess most of another one in my parents' house that started as theirs... 

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  I read this about once a year.  I can never get enough of it. 

Preferred Place To Read:

Outside in the grass, although I'm a big fan of my bed, too. 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

"You can never go back to a moment when you were happy."  - Ella Enchanted.  This has haunted and inspired me for years.  

Reading Regret:

I regret not getting into Cassandra Clare earlier.  I feel all left out and stuff.  (And Melissa Marr.  And Laini Taylor.  And INSERT LIKE FIFTY PEOPLE HERE.)  

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Pendragon by D.J. MacHale and Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan...I literally need one more in each of those.  Same with Artemis Fowl, I think.... 

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones.  

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Diana Wynne Jones.  As if you couldn't tell by my 5+ mentions of her already.  She's what fantasy is all about.   

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron, because The Dark Unwinding rocked!  Ooh, and Unbound by Victoria Schwab, sequel to The Archived.  

Worst Bookish Habit:

Reading multiple books at once (I'm in the middle of at least three right now) and saying 'yes' to too many review requests because I really want to help out authors and then life sucks. 

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Pendragon: Before the War by D.J. MacHale on one shelf and Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves on the other. 

Your latest book purchase:

Technically the Assassin's Blade, the novella collection from Sarah J. Maas.  Even though it doesn't come out until May.  

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

That would be All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry.  I read it in a night (like, 12am to 5am) and it was unputdownable.





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