A to Z Bookish Survey

I saw this meme on The Critic and The Fangirl soon after I started blogging, and I thought it would be fun to do. I finally got around to doing it.

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

According to my Top Ten Tuesday post, it is Ann M. Martin. But if I don’t count book series from my childhood, then it would Jodi Picoult. She was my favorite author starting in my teen years, and I’ve read all of her books. My favorite it is Vanishing Acts because of a cute scene involving sharing french fries.

B: Best sequel ever

I’m going to have to go with The Lunar Chronicles on this one. Those books just keep getting better and better. I liked Cinder, but I loved ScarletCress, and Winter. I really enjoy the additional characters and the more complex plot as the series progresses.

C: Currently reading

I’m reading the following books:

All In (The Naturals #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2) by James Dashner
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
My friend’s manuscript

D: Drink of choice while reading

It used to be tea until I gave up caffeine. I still sometimes drink Tazo Wild Sweet Orange tea while reading, but I also just drink water or seltzer or nothing at all. At night when I read, sometimes I drink a Redd’s Apple Ale.

E: E-reader or physical book

Both! I read a lot of physical books from the library, but I almost never buy paper books. I read a lot of Kindle books on my iPhone. I’m not picky.

F: Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school

I didn’t actually date in high school. But if I had and if he was real, I’d have to pick Josh from The Future of Us. I love the boy next door type. I don’t understand by girls in books and movies never pick the boy next door. I’m looking at you, Katniss!

G: Glad you gave this book a chance

I almost didn’t read The Girl on the Train because everyone was comparing it to Gone Girl, which I really didn’t like. I’m so glad I read it though, because I really liked it.

H: A hidden gem book

I absolutely love The Time Traveler’s Wife. I think it is the most realistic time travel story I have ever read. I have the audiobook, and I’ve listened to it MANY times. I love how consistent the timeline of the story is. It’s so believable!

I: Important moment in your reading life

Starting this blog in May was pretty significant. It’s helping me to read more and to think more critically about the books I’m reading. It’s also going to really help me remember the specifics about the books I read. I’m bad at details. Goodreads helps me remember the rating (that’s another great moment in my reading life – using Goodreads!), but my reviews will help me remember why I loved a book, so I can make better recommendations to people.

J: Just finished

I just finished reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

K: Kinds of books you won’t read

I don’t read romance novels. I like a good romantic story, but anything labeled as romance I steer clear of.

I also don’t like horror. I’m just too much of a wuss.

L: Longest book you’ve ever read

I listened to 11/22/63 by Stephen King, which is 849 pages in print. It was pretty good, but way too long IMO.

M: Major book hangover because of

I’m not sure I’ve actually had this problem. Most of the series I love have ended well, so I’m not too sad that they’re over. I kind of like that the waiting is finished and things have wrapped up well.

Maybe Allegiant because I didn’t like how the Divergent series ended. I thought it all resolved too quickly in a completely ridiculous way. And I’m not even talking about the major thing that happens at the end.

N: Number of bookcases you own

As I said above, I don’t buy a lot of books. I actually only have one book shelf, and only 2 of the 3 shelves have books on them. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of even these books. I’m not really one to collect things I don’t use frequently.

O: One book you’ve read multiple times

Can I only pick one? My favorite go-to book when I’m sad is Bookends by Jane Green. It’s about two friends who open a book story. And there’s some romance. I just love it! And it makes me happy when I’m feeling kind of down. I haven’t read it in a while. I really should read it again. 🙂

If you count listening, then I’d add Harry Potter. I’ve listen to Jim Dale read all of those books at least 20 times. I love them so much!

P: Preferred place to read

In my new closet-turned-reading-room! Or on any couch in my house. I like to read sitting up, so I don’t get sleepy.

Q: Quote that inspires you or gives you all the feels

I love when Dumbledore says, “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” As an atheist, this brings me some comfort since I don’t have the belief in heaven to quell my fears.

R: Reading regret

That I’ll never get to read all the books I want to read.

S: Series that you’ve started and need to finish

I’m very obsessive when it comes to series, so I usually read the next books as soon as they come out for any series that I love. The only ones unfinished are those I don’t plan to finish…except this one, which I just picked up at the library earlier this week.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3)

T: Three of your all time favorite books

Not counting books I’ve already mentioned, my top three favorites are…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

U: Unapologetic fan girl for

Harry Potter. Always.

V: Very excited for this release

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Winter releases are the best. They make the awful weather more bearable!

W: Worst bookish habit

I can’t think of one. Maybe I don’t have any?

X: X marks the spot; pick the 27th book on your shelf

The 27th book on my shelf is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Y: Your latest book purchase

Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I bought them for Christopher, so we can do an Advent Calendar of books this year. Thanks for the inspiration, Sheila! (The Deliberate Reader)

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

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave – so good!

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