Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A to Z Bookish Survey

Author you've read the most books from:
Agatha Christie. I used to be a huge mystery reader and this was the author that started it.

Best Sequel Ever:
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
This is book two in the Steampunk Chronicles and, while I loved the first one (The Girl in the Steel Corset) I think I might have like this one just a tiny bit more.

Currently Reading:
I've actually got three books that I'm in the middle of - but because they other two are turning out so unpleasantly, I'll go with the one I'm actually currently enjoying.
The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Stevia sweetened, flavored water. My favorite is Watermelon flavor.

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book all the way.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Most of the characters I like, I would never want to date. However, there is one character that got into my head and I thought, yeah, much to what would have been my friends great surprise, (surprise because he is such a nice, sweet guy compared to what I normally am drawn to) I probably would have dated him. The guy?

Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Besides, it's like someone asked 'how can we make Amy fall in love with a guy on first meeting?' Answer in three words: violin, silver hair.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
So, so many. I've read a lot of books over the last year that I really didn't expect to like as much as I did. However, I do believe that the best fit for this question would be:
For as much as I wasn't sure I'd like this book, I loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:
I'll be honest: I tend to do something of a scatter-shot effect for my books. I buy some that everyone loved (as long as they sound good) and I but some that most people go 'eh, what's that?'. As a rule, though I don't try to make it that way, I usually like the less popular books more than the well loved ones. Anyway, I think I'll go with a fun fantasy romp that I feel more people should read.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
It happened when I was around sixteen. I went to this little bookstore - that also served as a meeting place for the D&D crowd. This was the first time I ever bought a fantasy novel. I actually purchased two and they started my love affair with fantasy. The books were: Elfshadow by Elaine Cunningham and Shadows of Doom by Ed Greenwood. Without that little bookstore, I would probably still be reading nothing but mystery novels.

Just Finished:
Actually, the last book I finished was in a genre I seldom read. It was a romance novel - and it was a lot of fun. It was a nice change of pace from what I usually read.
The Butler Who Laughed by Michelle Martin

Kinds of Books You Won't Read:
Horror. I'm actually pretty good about trying books outside my comfort zone - but the few times I've actually tried horror novels, they've not worked for me. At all.

Longest Book You've Read:
Please note: I am not including omnibuses or short story compilations.
The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain
Major book hangover because of:
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
I will admit that, for the space of an entire chapter, I was in tears. And books never make me cry.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Four. Though I've recently cleared them off and I have stacks of books that I won't read ever again and need to get rid of.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
I don't reread a lot. No matter how much I love the book, I'm usually looking for my next new discovery, but I have reread the following book four or five times and it never fails to make me giggle like a schoolgirl in love.

Preferred Place To Read:
I'm not really all that difficult to please. Just give me a book and a decent light, and I can read anywhere. Even when people are talking around me - and, unfortunately, sometimes to me. However, I have this nice, comfy chair in my bedroom that I adore.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
I'll be honest, I don't usually keep track of quotes that I like. They really seldom work as a stand alone quote anyway, because the ones I like are more of a build up and then the big reveal for the quote that changes everything. So, really, without looking at the quotes on Goodreads, I cannot really answer this.

Reading Regret:
I try not to have any. Really, my biggest regret was that I kept reading books that never improved - perhaps even got worse. Because, you see, I'm the kind of person that tries to finish each book I start. I'm always hoping that they'll get better so I stick around much longer than I should. I also regret reading the first three books in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I loved the show and hated the books - and I've not be able to re-watch the show since reading those books.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Lord of the Rings
Honestly, I've only read the first one and was so less than enamored with it that I just totally lost interest. Maybe I'll just rewatch the movies instead...

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
There's a lot I could mention, but I do believe I'll have to go with the author whose new series I am breathlessly anticipating - and one of only two author's whose blog I've actually visited.
Gail Carriger - steampunk writer extraordinaire

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Oh wow, there are so many new books being released that I cannot wait for. However, many of them I've already mentioned the author - or at least something else by the author - so I will go with:

Worst Bookish Habit:
Hmm, I'm not really sure what could be considered this... Oh, I know.
Reading while watching T.V. This is usually commentary on how much I like the book and how badly I want to finish reading it. If it's a good book, I'll turn the T.V. off so I can fully concentrate on the book. Of course, this actually works better if it's a show I'm re-watching.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
That would be: Starless Night by R.A. Salvatore
In fact, most of that shelf is full of his Drizzt novels.

Your latest book purchase:
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
I bought this and a bunch of other books at a bookstore recently, but I think this one was actually the last I picked up.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I don't usually stay up late reading. I work five days a week and have to be at my job at nine - so I know what time I need to go to bed to make it to work on time. I do think though, that the last time I was up pretty late on the weekend reading, it was probably Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that kept me up.

*Glances around abashedly* You know, I thought I actually left a link on here so I could credit the person I got this survey from. Unfortunately, I didn't and now I cannot remember what blog it was as. So sorry. If it's yours though, I credit you for the questions because they certainly weren't mine.