A-Z Survey (from The Perpetual Page Turner)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

During the Myspace days of yore, I had fallen prey to those insidious surveys. You know the kind… “FiRsT KiSs?” etc. Well, I’m happy to say that there’s a new kind of survey – one that’s bookish, interesting, and not at all shallow. Thanks to Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner, that is!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Neil Gaiman (7+)…Including The Sandman books, all of his children’s books…I’m mildly obsessed with his writing.

Actually, I’ve probably read the most books from The Babysitter’s Club or Goosebumps series, but I’m not going to count those. ;)

Best Sequel Ever:
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, the sequel to The Name of the Wind. Both were very, very good.

Currently Reading:
I just started Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy, with the Assassin’s Apprentice. I’m also trying to read Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff, but that’s been slow-going. I’m beginning to think I may have to shelve it.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
A glass of white wine, or if I’m going PG-13, some sweet tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?
I’m a fan of both, but I prefer to purchase and read physical books. My e-reader is really useful for my commute though. Instead of lugging around another book in my bag (and having it get bent! And wet! And gasp – RUINED!) I can carry around my tablet.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Definitely Ron Weasley. He’s totally my type. Tall, lanky, red-haired, smart but a little goofy.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Just Kids by Patti Smith. I didn’t think I’d like it at all, had no real clue who she was, but the book ended up being one of the best reads of the summer.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson. The fantasy novel is a Norse epic, with fairies, warfare, romance, gods & heroes. It’s amazing, and I think it’s tragic that more fantasy fans don’t know about it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Starting to attend book events & meeting other like-minded lit nerds. It reminds me that literature really does create a community, and that there’s room for me in it as well. I can’t wait to pursue it further and meet new people in NYC.

Just Finished:
Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill. Review coming soon, so I won’t say much about it.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Really dry non-fiction without a narrative. My occasional forays into the genre are mostly biographies and history. I read Foreign Affairs and newspapers fairly often, so I’ve also recently been staying away from political novels since I think I got enough of that while living in DC.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Probably the last Harry Potter book. That thing was enormous.

Major book hangover because of:
I'm still recovering from my Harry Potter book hangover, to be honest. I'm beginning to think it's a lifelong thing.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
One jam-packed-to-the-brim bookshelf. The books have spilled out onto the floor at this point. I need to buy or build another bookshelf, ASAP.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I say this fairly often, but it’s a timeless book that grows with you. It’s definitely a book every woman should read at least once.

Preferred Place To Read:
In a hammock, with a drink. Or in bed, curled up with a giant blanket and some music while it’s thunderstorming outside.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

Reading Regret:
That I didn’t start a book blog earlier. It’s the highlight of my day to come home and write a post. It just doesn’t feel like work!

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
Just the Farseer Trilogy which I just started. Oh! And Fables, if that counts. I’m working my way through those comic books.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith, & A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine D’Engle.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Neil Gaiman. SO much love! And J.K. Rowling.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Nothing at the moment. Does anyone have a book they think I’d be excited about?! I’m all ears.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Dog-earing. I just can’t stop.

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

Your latest book purchase:
Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse.