A-Z Book Survey

From original image by TRafferty under Creative Commons license

From original image by TRafferty under Creative Commons license

I came across this post at Thought Orchard and it’s been a while since I’ve done something like this so I thought I would join in with the fun. Here’s my recent reading A-Z below, link me to yours when you’ve finished.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I have no idea. I’ve read a lot of Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, Sophie Hannah, Enid Blyton etc. in my time so it could be anyone. Probably Blyton actually, she was incredibly prolific.

Best Sequel Ever:

I don’t know, but it better be the 3rd Kingskiller Chronicle given the amount of time I’ve had to wait for it!

Currently Reading:

MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood. It’s been on my list for ages and I loved the first two books in the trilogy. I’ve carted it from Oxford, to New York, back, into hospital, home and still haven’t broken the spine. I need to get it done!

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea, the flavour dependent upon my mood. Usually an English Breakfast tea (a classic flavour to go with any book) but I am also really enjoying Whittard’s Dreamtime tea which tastes like apricot and honey and Pukka’s Vanilla Chai tea which is sugar-free but really sweet.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I’ll admit that I am a Luddite at heart, but I was beginning to relax and experiment with eBooks when I got an electric shock. And I heard one caught fire in a shop the other day.

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

I’ve no idea, but they would almost certainly have been the wrong one to pick. Maybe Fred or George Weasley. They seemed like nice boys.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The City of Bones. I bought it because I’d seen adverts for the film and I’ve always been quite into runes and magic even though the film looked like really bad and cheesy YA and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not highbrow literature, but it’s quite compelling! The concept of the runes is cool, I’d like to be able to use them. The series became a guilty pleasure.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is a really sweet, romantic read to lose yourself in for an afternoon.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Accepting that it’s okay not to love Jane Austen, which was kind of drummed into us as being the height of literature when I was in school. It was a relief to go to university and find books like Vurt on the curriculum and see that they were considered just as worthy as the classical canon.

Just Finished:

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. It’s a Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by the Conan Doyle estate which I bought for my brother a few Christmases ago. I thought it was really well executed. The tone was very Conan Doyle.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Celebrity biography and literary erotica. I despair that most of the wordpress book feed these days seems to be clogged with the latter.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I don’t know, it would be interesting to compare word counts. The longest time-wise was The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. I got stuck in a real rut with it, it focused on style at the expense of story and I just didn’t enjoy it as a result. It took me months to finish because I just couldn’t be bothered to read it.

Major book hangover because of:

A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik broke me a little bit. It was sad and horrific and made me hate the world a little bit, because even though it’s fiction it’s somebody’s truth.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Two massive floor to ceiling jobs, one half wall and a small bedside bookshelf. But I am quite disciplined in passing books on to people I think will enjoy them.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson. I love it. If you haven’t read it I would really recommend it.

Preferred Place To Read:

Bath, bed, a chair or sofa that I can curl up in when it’s cold and wintry. On my patchwork quilt in the garden or a quiet park when it’s warm enough. I have a favourite tree to read under at the park when it gets really hot. I got mugged by a Chihuahua the last time I went there. It climbed in my handbag and tried to steal my chips.

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

There are too many great literary quotes but I’ve thought long and hard and this fulfils both criteria:

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Reading Regret:

Buying The Ocean At The End of The Lane as an eBook on the tablet of death.

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

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I am becoming VERY impatient waiting for book 3.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte…I can’t pick a third. It changes too often.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Books. I love it when I spot a literary reference in films or music, get excited when I get tweeted by an author whose books I love and will sit and explain to my boyfriend why books are amazing, even if he doesn’t care. I have to hear about football all the time.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss… I have been waiting waaaay too long to finish that trilogy.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Dog-earing pages. I fold them down to mark my page, mark quotes. Oh and I take books in the bath. Only my own books though, not books that people or the library have loaned me.

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

The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw… I had to climb on a chair to do that.

Your latest book purchase:

Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife, I loved it.

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

Probably one of The Mortal Instrument books, I got quite caught up in them! Shhh. Don’t tell.

 

 

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