I came across this survey for the first time on Book Rock Betty‘s blog and loved the idea. But the amazing idea of the A to Z survey of all bookish things was created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner.
Here goes nothing!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Francine Pascal. 96 books. (*cough* middle school *cough*)
I’m a little ashamed.
Best Sequel Ever:
Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder.
I absolutely adored the first book, Falling Into You, but the second one hit me in a way the first didn’t. One of these days I’ll get all my gushy words for the book into a review.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time getting into it, but hopefully it grabs my attention soon.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
I drink water most of the day, but I can’t deny enjoying a cup of coffee or tea with a good book in the morning. Every now and then, however, a book needs a glass of wine (or three) to get through. I’m looking at you, T. Torrest, and all the emotions your books bring out in me.
E–reader or Physical Book?
I switched over to an e-reader about three years ago. I’ve never read as much in my life as I have since I made that switch. I do still pick up the occasional hard copy from the library and I frequently purchase hard copies of my favorites. I also listen to audio books in the car; no better way to deal with the terrible commutes around DC than with a good book. 🙂
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I always had a thing for the athletes, but didn’t really date them until college. 🙂 In high school, I probably would have been with someone like Lincoln from Attachments. Hell, at 34 I still hope I wind up with a guy like him. ::swoon::
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan. I had no desire to ever read this book. The events of 9/11 are not something I want to read about. They were horrifying and have no need to be dramatized. They don’t need to be a plot line (looking at you, Remember Me) But there was something magical and raw and real about this book. I thought it respected the events. I spent half the book with tears on my face, but I am so very glad I read it. I thought it was beautiful.
Hidden Gem Book:
Bully by Penelope Douglas.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Getting my first Kindle. I used to read incessantly as a child. I stopped almost entirely in college and for a few years in my 20s. I started reading again in my mid-20s, but I am a fast reader and found myself rapidly running out of storage space. Making the (incredibly difficult!) switch to eBooks allowed me to feed my book addiction.
Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I try to be open-minded about what I am willing to give a chance to, but I still gravitate towards YA and NA books. I like fantasy, but not hardcore fantasy. I’m not a fan of memoirs, but have been known to read them. I don’t like historical fiction, generally. But, every rule has it’s exception.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1,037 pages)
** easy way to find this out. Go to your Goodreads “read” list, don’t scroll down but where you are on the screen there will be this little tab on the bottom that lets you choose how you want to scroll or how many books you want display. There is also a sort option with a drop down and you can sort by page.
Major book hangover because of:
Remember When 2: The Sequel by T. Torrest. I need book three NOW.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
2. But, as I said earlier, most of my books are electronic now. I do have books stashed on other shelves in the house though. 🙂
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Harry Potter. I’ve read the first one at least eight times. I’ve only read the final one twice though, I think. I don’t think I’ll ever stop re-reading that series.
Preferred Place To Read:
In bed, on my front deck with a glass of wine, or in one of DC’s many parks/gardens on a gorgeous, not-too-humid day.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Maybe it’s not the doors that open in our lives, but the doors that close that define us. That guide us. Because they force us to move on. Instead of thinking about what we lose, look at what we can gain.” ~ Second Chance by Katie Kacvinsky
I regret all the years where I didn’t read, or only read intermittently. I missed so many good books. Now I’m playing catch-up and trying to read all the things, but there are just too many and not enough hours in the day.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
The Giver. I just read this one for the first time a couple weeks ago. (See reading regret above.) Before I start the remainder of the series, I need to decide if I really want to continue on or if I’m happy leaving the book where it ended, with my own assumptions of what happened.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Rainbow Rowell. She writes the books that I would write (or hope to) if I were a writer. I also love her because of the way she interacts with her fans. She’s wonderful.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’m also incredibly conflicted because I love this series and don’t want it to ever end. EVER. Also, Remember When 3. Again, I want to know what happens and I can’t wait to read more, but I am going to be so, so sad when it’s over.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Hmmmm. That’s a toughie. Probably not giving books enough of a chance to catch my attention before I move on to a new one. If I hit the 30% mark of the book and I’m bored or haven’t connected with the characters, chances are I’m moving on. It’s rare that I don’t go back and pick up where I left off and finish the story, but sometimes it takes a couple times before a story sticks.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. (Bought at a library bag sale. Still haven’t read.)
Your latest book purchase:
A signed copy of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Remember what I said about adding books I love to my not-so-virtual shelves?
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Thief by Tarryn Fisher. I read the entire trilogy in a day and a half. Not weekend days here, either. I guess it’s more accurate to say I read the three books in about 18 hours… that’s perfectly normal, right?
Well, there you have it… most of my deep, dark, bookish secrets. If you decide to participate in the survey, I’d love to see your answers!