Sunday, August 11, 2013

A to Z Bookish Survey

I'd seen quite a few of these posts in my reader, and this survey, created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, looked like a lot of fun, so I've decided to join in!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books from:

According to Goodreads, it's Sherrilyn Kenyon (13 books).

Best Sequel Ever:

My favorite sequel that I've read recently is Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Currently Reading:

Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually water, sometimes tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I finally caved in and bought a Kindle Fire last week because of the irresistible price, and I LOVE it! It's so much easier reading on an actual eReader than using the Kindle app on my laptop or phone. But—my heart still belongs to print books, and it always will.

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

Hmm . . . so many book boyfriends to choose from . . . . I'd say Jared Lynburn from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Our senses of humor are a perfect match, and if I ever fall down a well, Jared is really good at that type of rescue.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. Contemporary fiction and I don't always get along, but I really liked this one.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. Incredible novel about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

It sounds laughable, but picking up and reading Twilight. I never would have started reading regularly again as an adult if it hadn't been for that book.

Just Finished:

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I rarely read crime/mystery novels. They've just never been my thing.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (1177 pages).

Major Book Hangover Because of:

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare left me wrecked for a few days.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Four. Each only has three shelves, though. My thinking at the time of purchasing them was that I didn't want to use a stepladder every time I needed to reach the top shelves because I'm only 5'0". Now that I'm running out of room, next time I'm just going to invest in some taller shelves and keep the stepladder close by.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. It never fails to make me laugh.

Preferred Place to Read:

In the open second floor space that I've sort of turned into a book nook.

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels from a Book You’ve Read:

"You pierce my soul" from Captain Wentworth's letter in Persuasion by Jane Austen. Best. Letter. Ever.

Reading Regret:

That I pretty much quit reading for fun throughout high school and college. I should have made the time for it.

Series You Started and Need To Finish (All Books Are Out in Series):

Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

Persuasion, Hamlet, and George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. (Sorry, couldn't pick just one book with that.)

Unapologetic Fangirl for:

Melina Marchetta. She's simply a genius.

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others:

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. September 17 is almost here!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying books when I know it's not in my best interest economically. I'll tell myself that it's just one book and I have to have it, which is not a good argument at all.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.

ZZZ-snatcher Book (Last Book That Kept You Up WAY Late):

I stayed up until 2:30 A.M. to finish Clockwork Princess the week it was released. Totally worth the lost sleep!


  1. This is a fun survey!

    Dang, I agree with Clockwork Princess. Best. Ending. Ever!

    1. I was physically and mentally exhausted after that one, for sure! I wonder how the TMI finale will compare to this one.

  2. Unravel Me! *high five*

    I really need to continue the Song of Fire and Ice series! I don't want to get ahead of the show, but I need to know what happens!

    Here's Mine

    1. Yay- another Unravel Me fan! I loved that book (and Warner) SO much!

      Whether it's the books or the TV show, ASOIAF just has that effect where it leaves you absolutely desperate to find out what happens next, especially to your favorite characters.

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers! :)

  4. I'm terrible for buying books when I should maybe be putting my paychecks towards something alse. I'm getting better, but it's just to easy to download books onto my eReader! We actually had some similar answers.

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

    1. I know what you mean! Those Kindle deals are hard to pass up, and before you know it, a dollar or two here and there really adds up.

  5. I saw this survey earlier too and have to do it - probably later this week. Yay for another Melina Marchetta fangirl! I totally agree! How are you liking Froi?

    1. LOVING it! I should finish it tonight, and I'm so happy I have Quintana on hand, ready to go because I might have died from the suspense if I had to wait for a copy to arrive.

    2. I know what you mean! I have Quintana too, but I'm waiting for a couple other readers to finish Froi so we can read Quintana all together. I'm really afraid for what's going to happen in the last book! I know there'll be tears! But I really want to read it now!

    3. GAH! The ending of Froi! This was my third Marchetta book after Finnikin and Jellicoe Road, and she's brought me to near tears each time.

    4. I know! It's pretty difficult waiting to read the next book with all that is at stake! And even though I should be used to how Melina can turn indifferent characters into awesome ones, I was so surprised by how awesome Phaedra became! So much to love about this series! I want to read Jellicoe Road too - I will have to prepare myself for all the feels!

    5. Phaedra's character development has been amazing; I was so proud of her for becoming so much more than "the wife Lucian sent back." That's what I love about Marchetta's characters; whether they're major or minor, they all have a depth to them that's simply astounding.

  6. Oh I love this idea! Great answers too Lee, I'm with you on Twilight - it was the only thing to help ease the pain of my Potter-hangover so I can't knock it either hehe. Oh and I love your logic for buying shorter bookcases - mine are short too but at the time I thought I liked them because of how they were divided up but they are terribly short and both are now overflowing. My next bookshelf purchases will be taller as well ­>.< just because we're short doesn't mean we don't need big ol' bookshelves!

    I STILL NEED to read A Song of Fire and Ice, the TID series, the Shatter Me Books, Unearthly AND Raven Boys *groans* sometimes I just feel so horribly behind on too many series. D'oh!

    Thanks for sharing your bookish A to Z Lee, I had fun reading it :D

    1. I've definitely learned my lesson with buying shorter bookcases; nothing less than 5 shelves from now on, even if I need a regular ladder to reach the top, lol.

      I'm perpetually behind on series, too! *ahem* Mistborn *ahem* I really wish I hadn't taken such a long hiatus from reading; I wouldn't be completely caught up by any means, but I hate that I lost so much reading time there.


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