A to Z Bookish survey

I first saw the following meme on Sarah Says Read‘s blog today, but the original author is actually Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner, a new-to-me blog. I usually don’t do these kinds of memes, but I think the categories are interesting. Apologies if this meme has been omnipresent in your blogroll!

Author you’ve read the most books from: I was more author-loyal when I was younger, so the answer to this question is probably Roald Dahl, or Brian Jacques. Nowadays, I am always picking up books by authors I haven’t read before.

Best Sequel Ever: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. I liked The Warden, but Barchester Towers was significantly better and did very interesting things with the characters who were in The Warden.

Currently Reading: Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher. I’m enjoying it but may soon be putting it aside so I can start reading books by authors who will be in September’s National Book Festival.

Drink of Choice While Reading: Water.

E-Reader or Physical Book? Physical book though I get why people enjoy e-readers, and I probably would like it if I had one.

Fictional Character that You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School: I didn’t date in high school, so I can’t really imagine a scenario where that would have happened, even with a fictional character. Edited to add: Also, I think this is a category geared toward bloggers who read a lot more YA than I do.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It’s wicked long and is a western but I had faith in those who recommended it to me, and it is possibly the best reading experience I’ve had this year.

Hidden Gem Book: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. I know the movie is well-known because of Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-nominated performance, but more people should read the book. It’s so so good.

Important Moment of Your Reading Life: I joined a book club when I was a freshman in high school that was started by a well-respected teacher in the school. At first it was mostly teachers and myself, but there were a few more students added by the end. My reading experiences really branched out thanks to that club and best of all was listening to the teachers talking about books out of the classroom setting.

Just Finished: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read: with a few exceptions, celebrity autobiographies.

Longest Book You’ve Read: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. According the edition on my goodreads shelf, it is 974 pages long. First Dickens I read, least favorite Dickens out of the three I’ve read.

Major Book Hangover Because of: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. A great book but highly upsetting. For at least the next day, I couldn’t shake the feeling of being profoundly disturbed.

Number of Bookcases you own: 3.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London (they are two separate novellas, but they are often published together). First read it when I was eight, I think, and just kept re-reading it throughout the years.

Preferred Place to Read: In bed.

Quote that Inspires You/Gives you all the Feels from a book that you have read: Not much of a quote collector, but in my review of Here is Your War by Ernie Pyle, I included a couple of paragraphs that really moved me, including this one:
On the day of final peace, the last stroke of what we call the “Big Picture” will be drawn. I haven’t written anything about the “Big Picture,” because I don’t know anything about it. I only know what we see from our worm’s-eye view, and our segment of the picture consists only of tired and dirty soldiers who are alive and don’t want to die; of long darkened convoys in the middle of the night; of shocked silent men wandering back down the hill from battle; of chow lines and atabrine tablets and foxholes and burning tanks and Arabs holding up eggs and the rustle of high-flown shells; of jeeps and petrol dumps and smelly bedding rolls and C rations and cactus patches and blown bridges and dead mules and hospital tents and shirt collars greasy-black from months of wearing; and of laughter too, and anger and wine and lovely flowers and constant cussing. All these it is composed of; and of graves and graves and graves.
Reading Regret: Compelling TV shows often tempt me away from reading time, which I sometimes regret.
Series You Started and Need To Finish (all books are out): The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope.
Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild, Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty, and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All the Others: I don’t really keep up with new releases very well, but I’m looking forward to Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen which will be released in February 2014.
Worst Bookish Habit: Checking out more books from the library than I can possibly read before they are due, even accounting for my county library’s fairly generous renewal limits.
X Mark the Spot (Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book): A nice green hardcover volume of Novels and Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett.
Your Lastest Book Purchase: To the North by Elizabeth Bowen. I had it out on interlibrary loan and was in the middle of it when the due date came up. Rather than go through the process of ILL’ing the book again (my library system doesn’t have electronic ILL requests), I bought it.
Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.


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5 responses to “A to Z Bookish survey

  1. I’m so excited for Lost Lake! I love Sarah Addison Allen’s books.

    Yay for fun survey-thingys like this 🙂

  2. I felt the same way about the fictional character you would date in high school. I too didn’t date in high school and I’m super picky about YA books, and thus don’t read a lot of them, and I noticed that most of the answers were guys from YA books.

  3. Sarah – I’ve read all of them. Definite comfort reads.

    Aubrey – Glad I’m not the only one! I felt kind of lame answering the question that way, but it was a true answer.

  4. Yay for more people doing this book survey (even though you totally did this before me and I’m running late). You make such a good point about Roald Dahl. I didn’t even think of children’s authors but I have prob read more Dahl than anything I’ve read as an adult. AND Zeitoun is a great “book hangover” choice cos seriously, after reading that I was so angry.

    • As a kid, I totally had the mindset of: I liked this book by this author, now I’m going to read all the books by that author. And I kept going even if some of the books I liked less than others.

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