Today I’m doing the A – Z Bookish Survey Tag. Sarah from Sarah Withers Blog did this and it gave her much pain. You’d think I’d have had the good sense to avoid it like the plague on that basis, but apparently not.
Author you’ve read the most books from:
My answer to this is the same as Sarah’s: Francine Pascal. I think the Fearless series alone had 36 books in it, and I also read a good few of the Sweet Valley books.
Best Sequel Ever:
Nope. This is not a real question. I cannot choose one. My favourite from this year has been The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris. I adore the Chocolat series and this book, with its focus on little Rosette was marvellous. but favourite ever is not a question.
At the time of writing this (at the end of May), I am currently reading The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab, The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker and The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. I’m in a bit of a funny reading mood at the moment, which is why I have different books on the go.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
This really depends where and when I’m reading. Generally it’ll be a coffee or a gin and tonic if I’m reading at home. If I’m having a reading date then usually a pot of apple-mint tea in Waterstones cafe.
E-reader or Physical Book?:
I’ll happily read either. I go through phases where I read loads on my kindle and then crave real books. Then I read loads of physical books and crave my kindle.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
None of them because I was too geeky and constantly had my nose in a book. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have noticed my husband (who I met at school) if I hadn’t walked into him because I was reading on my way to class instead of watching where I was walking.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Circe by Madeline Miller. I only picked it up because Melinda Salisbury raved about it so much. Now it’s one of my absolute favourites of ever.
The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace. This one was chosen for me by Aimee in December 2017 as one of my Merry Little Bookmas posts. I read in on one of the many flights to or from New Zealand. I loved it. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone else talk about it, but it is brilliant.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
ARGH! This question is hard to answer. I feel like the moment I finally got my hands on The Amber Spyglass (two years after finishing The Subtle Knife) was a big moment for me. It was the first time I ever had to wait for a book, and my first experience of a series ending. The day I got my Ink / Spark / Scar inspired tattoo with one of my best friends, and the day we got to meet Alice together were big moments too. And seeing another of my best friends, Steph, chair her first ever panel and then get to chair two of her favourite authors were pretty special too. So many moments.
At the time of writing this I have (just about) finished The Extinction Trials: Rebel by S.M. Wilson, and before that I finished A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I went back to my review policy to see what I said there, and there’s a lot more on there than I thought. My only non-negotiables are Erotica (really not my kink), anything with overly graphic descriptions of violence, sexual assault, childbirth or maternal mental health issues. Most overly religious books, unless witchcraft or recommended by a trusted friend, and also horror unless it’s been pre-vetted by someone I trust.
According to Goodreads, that would be the Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 1, which was a university read coming in at a whopping 3072 pages (and yes, I did read all of it). The longest book I’ve read that wasn’t a study book is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo at 1463 pages. Do not recommend. Too much waffling on about sewerage systems.
Major book hangover because of:
Circe by Madeline Miller. This is a hard book to follow, and I went straight into listening to it on audiobook to stave off the hangover. Then I finished the audiobook and have no idea what to do with my existence.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two. I don’t have all the space I would like for all of the additional book cases, but do not fear, I can squeeze a lot of books into those two bookcases.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
I think the book I have re-read the most is The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway. I adored this when I read it for a university module and have read it every couple of years since.
Preferred Place To Read:
In bed, or outside in a comfy chair with the sun shining.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“The people who have failed to love you simply do not know you. That is not your fault. This is your only life, and it is short. Surround yourself with people who love you.” from Sara Barnard’s Fierce Fragile Hearts.
I think the only regret I had is all the time I wasted in the past reading books I didn’t enjoy because I felt obligated to read them.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
Shush. Stop calling me out on my poor reading habits. Currently I have started but not finished: The Spinster Series by Holly Bourne; Monsters of Verity, Shades of Magic and Villains by V. E. Schwab; Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans.
Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:
Okay, I’ve tried to choose some for this question that you might not be expecting from me. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Without a doubt it is Dark Dawn by Jay Kristoff. Next!
Worst Bookish Habit:
Buying books that I want to read right now this very minute, and then not reading them for actual years after buying them. *cough* They Both Die at the End *cough*
Your latest book purchase:
The Elsewhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. I’ve been trying to get my hands on this one since I read The Nowhere Emporium so when I saw it in the shop, I had to get it.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
If this was the last book I inhaled whole, it would be The Fandom Rising by Anna Day, but as it’s the last one that kept me up past my bed time, it’s The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie.
Fancy doing this challenge? Please consider yourself tagged and link me to your post. I would love to see your answers!