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Friday, August 16, 2013

A to Z bookish survey

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This is a great survey from Jaime at Perpetual Page Turner with some really fun questions, so I was eager to participate in this!  I've seen so many bloggers participating in this lately and I've been itching to join in, but I only had an opening in my schedule today.

I'm so glad of the opportunity to talk about lots of different books!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to the 'most read authors' Goodreads tab it is *drum roll* Agatha Christie! 60 books. I had to at least read all the Poirot novels!

Best Sequel Ever:

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta was particularly amazing.  No sequel slump there!

Currently Reading:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.  Paola from A Novel Idea! convinced me to start the series (and the author has a book signing we are going to at the end of August!!!) and I'm so glad I did, this series is fabulous!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Hmm, I really like ice water but probably tea or hot chocolate when it starts getting cold out.

E-reader or Physical Book?

This is so sad, but right now, with the ease of holding and carrying an e-reader, I really prefer to read books on one.  Hardcover books lately are just so unwieldy. I need to get a book holder to read while I'm having a meal!

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

Um, thanks to Paper Cuts, I'm in a Northanger Abbey mood, so I'll say sweet, teasing Henry Tilney. If you thought I would say Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, I'm obviously marrying him after high school.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. It has a lot that I like in a story, but with my large TBR pile it was kinda a whim that led me to read it recently.  And it was so good!! My review of the first and second book should be up next week.  And there's a German film adaptation of it, that I wish I could get my hands on!

Hidden Gem Book:

The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale - such a gorgeous read, and I got so emotional over it!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I think it's when I picked up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain the second time my freshman year of  high school.  The first time I must have been 10 or so, and I couldn't get into it, but when I picked it up again, I fell in love with the characters and the humor and with the excellent story development of Classic literature in general.  After that I started picking up a bunch of Classic novels. (which led me to Jane Eyre, but that's a whole other story.)

Just Finished:

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFever.  Still have to write my review, but it was very good!  Thanks to Audiobook Sync that I got a copy!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Anything strongly political, war stories, gritty realism, overly religious

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray 848pp  I think - I'm too lazy to do the Goodreads thing and check.

Major book hangover because of:

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.  SOO GOOD!! It made my heart hurt (a good kind of hurt) for days!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

3, and I definitely need more!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Preferred Place To Read:

My room in my comfy chair.  I get too distracted outdoors.

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

Well from a recent read this is probably my favorite quote from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta:

"She remembers the nights you lay with her when she worried about something happening to you.  'What would I do without you?' she would cry.  Do you remember your response, Captain Trevanion? 'What needs to be done, Beatriss.'"

Something about that mantra "What needs to be done." (which is recurring in the book) and the inner strength needed to bear it really touches me.  I would love to have that kind of fortitude.

Reading Regret:

Probably that I'm not more well-read.  I would like to read more Classic literature (and I am participating in the 50 book Classics Club challenge so that's a start) because there are so many really great books I would like to read and appreciate.  YA books are so fun though and easy to get through!

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

Well the Lumatere Chronicles - but I'm waiting to finish Quintana of Charyn with some other bloggers so we can support each other through the pain of saying goodbye.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Melina Marchetta! I've only read a couple books by her, but I'm pretty much sure she's one of my favorite authors ever!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Dangerous by Shannon Hale! YA superhero story from one of my favorite witty authors!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Is preferring to read over social interaction a bad habit??  I've cancelled plans with friends a few times just so I can finish a book... Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer came out on my birthday and I told my family that what I wanted to do on my birthday was stay home and read the book.  And I did. :)

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

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.  Love me some Hitchhiker's Guide.

Your latest book purchase:

Last book was a physical copy of Finnikin of the Rock. Because of reasons.

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

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier.  It takes awhile to get into it, but near the end I just HAD to finish it!

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  1. I haven't read any of Shannon Hale's contemporary stuff, I've just read (and adored) The Goose Girl but it's good to know she's written books in other genres!
    This is a fun survey, I might just do it too :) My most read author's probably Agatha Christie too, for the sheer fact that she's been so prolific and I've read all the Poirot and Marple novels (now starting the stories). We're lucky she wrote so much!

    Aw I love that you told your family your preferred way of spending your birthday was at home reading a book :)

    1. I think I like Shannon Hale's contemporary stuff more, just because her other books are more MG reads (but like I mentioned, can't wait for Dangerous!) But she's such a good writer, and I especially love the sense of humor she brings to her books that I enjoy everything she's written.

      Oh I need to finish reading all of Agatha Christie's novels! I didn't get into Miss Marple as much when I was younger, but I feel like reading them now because I miss getting into a Christie mystery.

      Hee, I'm sure my family was glad they didn't have to spend any money! :D

  2. Wow, this survey is a pretty cool idea. I love that you chose to stay home and read Breaking Dawn on your birthday. It's still a good memory!

    1. LOL, yes, it was fun, and of course now I'll always remember what day Breaking Dawn came out!

  3. I wish I'd have more classics read too. I try to squeeze one in every now and then. I love them I just have to make more time for them.

    1. Same for me, I must force myself to make time for them!

  4. Reading that quote from Finnikin just gave me the chills- I LOVE that series with all of my heart, too! You're going to love Quintana; I'm still recovering from how many emotions it made me feel all at once, lol.

    1. Oh no, I really don't know if I'm ready to go on the roller coaster ride of emotions! I love Marchetta for writing such a strong series though! :D

  5. Ermm this might sound stupid but from letter E you mentioned a book holder...I was wondering what that is?

    I still need to read Finnikin of the Rock, there was so many mentions of it that I am so reminded of how i still haven't have a copy of it! And you read Grave Mercy! It was so much hype on that and i haven't seen a review of that book in so long. You sound like you adored it so I am definitely looking forward to your review! And nope, it doesn't hurt to prefer books over interactions. XD

    I love this post! I've seen it so much around the community I might do this, sounds like such much fun. ^^

    1. Oh probably I should have said a book stand - something that props a book up and will hold the pages down too so I don't really have to hold it the whole time. It will make things easier sometimes!

      Yes! Do read Finnikin, its so good! I would love to talk to you about it once you've finished. I really should have read Grave Mercy awhile ago, but now I have the second book to look forward to! I loved the romance in that book!

      I hope you do this survey! I would enjoy reading your answers!

  6. Haha, I totally get you on the cancelling social plans for books - the worst thing is picking up a book on your lunch break from work, because there's no way you can avoid going back!

    I still need to read Throne of Glass - I have a lovely new copy waiting on my bookshelf, but it's that dreaded TBR pile... I have a few things I need to read first really. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, and the sequel =)

    1. Oh I know! I might have taken a bit longer on those lunch breaks and just hoped no one noticed. :)

      Throne of Glass is so good - it has such a great heroine, I think you would enjoy it!