As I was catching up on emails this morning, I ran across this fun A to Z Survey from Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner! I’ve decided to participate by creating my own A to Z post since I need something light-hearted and stress-free today. You can visit Jamie’s blog and see how other bloggers answered this survey, and you can even participate and create your own post, or simply leave your answers in the comments section. And you might learn a little more about me too:) So here are my A to Z answers:
AUTHOR you’ve read the most books from:
I’m just guessing here, because I have not entered my entire life’s reading history into Goodreads. But as most of you know, I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and since he’s written over 40 books and I’ve read all of them, my answer is clearly going to be Stephen King!
BEST Sequel Ever:
Fire by Kristin Cashore. I adored Graceling, but there was something about Fire that spoke to me even more. What an awesome writer and series this is!
Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard. Wow, this book is making me crazy! It’s a combination of a whacked-out road trip story and a mystery…and I still have no idea what’s going on (I’m about 100 pages in). It’s one of those stories that you just can’t stop turning pages because you NEED to find out what’s happening.
DRINK of choice while reading:
It depends on the time of day. When I read in the morning, of course it’s going to be coffee. I’m a coffee person all the way (with Hershey’s Kisses with Almonds on the side, please!) But other times during the day, I either drink iced tea, or nothing at all.
E-READER or physical book?
Well, my heart says “physical book” and always will. I’ve amassed a huge library over the years, since I started collecting books, and I love to turn pages, real pages. However, I’ve discovered that when reading review books, it’s much easier to read on my Kindle and highlight and take notes, rather than trying to keep a notebook and pen handy. Both have their positives, I guess!
FICTIONAL character you actually probably would have dated in high school:
Edward! No, just kidding:) I wanted to see if you were paying attention!
GLAD you gave this book a chance:
The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman. That book was sooo depressing and I nearly gave up on it. But I forced myself to read the whole book, and of course by the end I was so glad I had. It was an amazing story told by an amazing writer (but yes, depressing…)
HIDDEN gem book:
I’m going to have to say Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler. One of the most unusual books I’ve ever read, and one that needs more attention, I think! She’s a brilliant writer.
IMPORTANT moment in your reading life:
Starting this blog! I can’t imagine my life without blogging, and I’m so glad I took the leap, even though I had no idea what I was doing.
KINDS of books you won’t read:
Contemporary romance. I just feel for the most part this genre is mostly fluff (and I know that’s not true, but it’s my general impression). I like some darkness in the books I read, so I do love romance, but it needs to be of the urban fantasy, horror or science fiction variety.
LONGEST book you’ve read:
Again, I’m kind of guessing for this question, since I don’t have any way of looking this up on Goodreads. It’s probably Under the Dome by Stephen King, which comes in at a whopping 1,072 pages and can be used as a weapon.
MAJOR book hangover because of:
I’m going to pick a recent read for this question. Absolutely it’s got to be Three by Jay Posey. Damn he threw a curve ball at me with a certain plot twist, and I’m still recovering. Thanks a lot, Jay!
NUMBER of bookcases you own.
OK, I actually have to leave my desk and go count. I’ll be right back. Technically I have eleven, but I have just as many stacks of books hanging around in almost every room of my house that don’t have a home.
ONE book you have read multiple times:
I’m going to get some hate for this answer, but it’s true. I’ve read Twilight about six times. And let me explain that this was before all the Twilight blogger hate that exploded, especially after the release of the last two books. When I first read Twilight, no one even knew what it was. I literally finished it and flipped back to the first page and started it again. Sorry, but it’s true.
PREFERRED place to read:
In bed! Under the covers! With my two dogs next to me!
QUOTE that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
Oh, there are so many! I tend to like quotes that aren’t really touchy-feely. I don’t really get into inspirational crap so much, so I’m choosing a quote that I love for the beauty of the writing and the utter simplicity of conjuring a feeling. This is from The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig:
It’s like being in a ship that’s just starting to capsize. Listing on an unforgiving ocean. Then: a wind of wet heat on his forehead – a hot breath – and at the edges of his vision the ripple of blue flame like a puddle of vodka lit with a Zippo, a ripple that fades fast, taking with it the scales that cover the eyes, that protect the mind, that hide the happy dumb people from the truth of what lies beneath.
Wow, this is a hard one. I think I’m going to have to steal from Jamie on this one (sorry Jamie!), except mine’s a bit different from hers. I regret not finding out about Harry Potter until book four was about to come out. (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Being a collector, I really regret not having first printings of books one through three. That kills me!!
SERIES you started and need to finish (all books are out in the series):
I’m cheating on this one. This is a series that I haven’t even started! I can’t believe I haven’t read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series. I know they’re amazing and they’re my kinds of books, but blogging duties have gotten in the way of reading them.
THREE of your all-time favorite books:
UNAPOLOGETIC fan girl for:
Another tough question! The first thing that comes to mind is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Although I don’t think I need to apologize for that! There are seven books in the series and I think every one is amazing. Stephen King at his best, don’t miss them!
VERY excited for this release more than all the others:
This one is easy: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I’m literally DYING to read it.
WORST bookish habit:
Not reading everything I buy. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!
X marks the spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Which shelf? OK, I’ll pick the closest one. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff.
YOUR latest book purchase:
ZZZ-snatcher book (the last book that kept you up WAY late):
This one’s tough for me, because I generally don’t stay up late reading. But I do remember reading Bruised by Sarah Skilton and not being able to put it down, so that counts, right?
Wow, that was tons of fun! Thanks for checking out my A to Z Bookish Survey! Let me know in the comments if you agree/disagree with any of my answers.