Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bookish Me A to Z

A few days ago I saw a this A to Z survey over at What Red Read. I'm not usually big on posting long pre-made surveys/quizzes/whatever you want to call them here at Loving Books. Actually I'm not big about posting them anywhere. However this one was fun, and it's brings up a lot of topics I've touched on previously. Welcome to a quick snapshot of my bookish life, it's alphabetical! 
Authors you've read the most books from:
I just realized that all of my favorite authors have written a shockingly small number of books. However I've read eleven books by Phillipa Gregory. 

Best sequel ever:
Just a sequel? I'm not sure I've ready any series that are just two books. If you'll allow me to count whole series then my answer is Deathly Hallows. Otherwise I don't have an answer

Currently reading:
I've been been chipping away at If On a Winters Night a Traveler for about two months. It's not long enough to justify that time frame.  

Drink of choice while reading:
I don't purposefully drink anything while reading but I do usually have a Diet Pepsi somewhere near by. 

Ereader or physical book:
I'm split down the middle. I still love physical books but my kindle is one of my most prized possessions (it's even signed by Neil Gaiman!). I use them for different types of reading and I love both equally.  

Fictional character that you probably would have dated in high school:
Ron Weasley. Please?

Glad you gave this book a chance:
Dispatch from the Future by Leigh Stien. I'm not usually big on poetry but this collection has opened my eyes to a whole new world where poems don't make me roll my eyes at teachers and instead make me want to write really cryptic tumblr posts about feelings. 

Hidden Gem book:
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. I've been singing Jansma's praises sing I finished his debut novel back in April. It's the best book I've read in 2013

Important moment in your reading life:
Reading Pride & Prejudice in college and realizing that there was a way to enjoy classics in stead of my high school go to of "read all the high brow literature to seem well read/smart/pertinacious". 

Just Finished:
The Cookoo's Calling - the Robert OOPS PSYCH IT'S REALLY JK ROWLING mystery novel. 

Kind of books you won't read:
When I was younger (read 13) I would go gaga over chick lit. Now I avoid it like bad fan fiction. 

Longest book you read:
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. Easily. 

Major book hangover because of:
American Gods. Gaiman you give me all the feelings.

Number of bookcases you own:
Five in my bedroom. There's one with my cookbooks on the ground floor. So six total.

One book you've read multiple times:
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I first read it in middle school and eventually wore out my first copy. I still pick it up every couple years. 

Preferred place to read:
My bed. usually laying with my head towards the foot of it. 

Quote that inspires you:
Metaphors are not to be trifled with . A single metaphor can give birth to love. - Milan Kunera

Reading Regret:
That I've never pushed myself through Infinite Jest. I've started it three times and gotten to the same mark about 30 pages in each time. 

Series you started and need to finish:
A Song of Ice and Fire.  Let's be real, I'm not going to make it through A Clash of Kings. I'm just going to keep watching Game of Thrones. 

Three of your all-time favorite books:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
PS: I think it was mean to make me pick just three. 

Unapologetic fangirl for:
Phillipa Gregory's Cousins War series. 

Very excited for this release:
The Goldfinch. We're all excited for new Donna Tartt, right? RIGHT?!

Worst bookish habit:
Buying more than 1 book at a time. If I buy books in bulk I end up reading 1, maybe 2 before going back to Amazon/Barnes and Noble and browsing for a new book so anything else I've bought will sit unread for at least six months. I have a personal rule with my Kindle where I can't buy another ebook until the one I'm reading is finished. 

Xmarks the spot! Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Rules of Attraction by Ellis 

Your last bookish purchase:
the last physical book I bought was The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and the last ebook was The Cookoo's Calling. 

Zzz-snactcher. Which book kept you up way to late:
The Kite Runner.

I really had a lot of fun filling this out. Hope you enjoyed it!


Red said...

yay for more people doing this survey. I know they're an easy way to boost post numbers but I love seeing people's answers to these things.

Good luck with "if on a winters..." I know it is not an easy one. I can't remember much of it, but I remember that.

Jillian said...

Your small review of Dispatch from the Future makes me want to read it. I love poetry, but can be picky about it. I always want to discover more. I am also happy that P&P made you realize that. There's always that one book that does that to us :)
And AMerican Gods is amazing.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I just finished rereading American Gods and you're right, serious book hangover.