Bookish A to Z Survey

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I saw this posted on Friday, on Kim’s blog, Sophisticated Dorkiness.  (Originally, it came from Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner.)  I love surveys, and this one looked especially fun and creative, so here goes:

Author you’ve read the most books from: L.M. Montgomery, for sure.  Eight Anne books, three Emily books, two Story Girl books, and a smattering of others.  I’ve read them all multiple times.  I’ll never get enough Maud.

Best Sequel Ever: Like Kim, I’m not sure I can crown a “best ever.”  But I did think that Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall Trilogy, #2), was spectacular.

Currently Reading: Savoring Jane Eyre for #Septemb-Eyre, and I’m also in the middle of Anne of Windy Poplars, the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series, which I’m re-reading (and loving as much as ever).

Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea, most of the time.  Occasionally I’ll curl up with a book and a glass of red wine in the evening.

E-reader or Physical Book? Most of my reading is done with physical books, and I do like the sensation of turning pages (and the ability to flip ahead and see how far I have to go in a chapter… yes, she says shamefacedly, I do that).  But I love my Nook for traveling.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Hmmmm, this one’s tough.  I think for sure I’d have felt drawn to the teenaged Sirius Black, but would he have been interested in me?  Not sure.  I’d probably have ended up with Lupin.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: I resisted for awhile, but by the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, I was tired of being what felt like the only one not in the loop, so I picked up the first in the series and never looked back.

Hidden Gem Book: I feel like no one reads Time and Again, by Jack Finney, and everyone should.  It’s so much fun.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: The summer before ninth grade, my parents grounded me for something and forbid me to read any books except for “classics,” for one week.  I had to read, obviously, so I picked up To Kill a Mockingbird.  That was the book that taught me that I could hang in there with an adult classic, learn something, and have a wonderful time.  I started gravitating toward classic literature after that (and away from the Baby-Sitters Club, although I still love and re-read my true childhood favorites, like L.M. Montgomery’s Anne, Emily and Story Girl books, or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series).

Just Finished: Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.  I couldn’t be the only person out of the loop on the MaddAddam trilogy.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I don’t really go for science fiction, in general (although I’ll make exceptions for classic dystopia), for new adult romance, or for horror (although, again, I’ll make exceptions for a true classic).

Longest Book You’ve Read: I’m not sure, exactly, but I think probably War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy.  The translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

Major book hangover because of: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  I really couldn’t figure out what to read after that.  (The first one.  After reading the cliffhanger ending in Catching Fire, I knew exactly what I had to read next: Mockingjay.)

Number of Bookcases You Own: Nine (counting the two built-ins in our current rental), but they’re not all in use at the moment.  We’re only planning to be in this house for a year, before we intend to buy something.  So I’ve done some major culling of the book collection and only kept out my absolute favorites – enough to fill the two built-ins and my “Librarie shelf” from Ballard Designs (formerly in my reading nook), and nothing more for me.  Between those and the library, I should be fine for a year.  Peanut also has her bookshelf set up.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte – my favorite book of all time.  I’m re-reading it (again) right now for #Septemb-Eyre.

Preferred Place To Read: It was the seating alcove in my old bedroom, which I turned into a reading nook.  But sadly, it’s now someone else’s seating alcove.  I suppose my current preferred reading location is on the couch, snuggled up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine while hubby is watching football next to me, and Peanut is snoozing happily upstairs.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: Professor Dumbledore is always inspiring.  He has so many quotes about choices: for example, “It  is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  I think we would all do well to keep that one in mind.

Reading Regret: I thought the Tunnels series was going to be great, so I asked for a copy of the first book several Christmases ago.  What a waste of time.  And a waste of hubby’s money on a hardcover book I donated at the first opportunity.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): I need to get through the second and third books in the MaddAddam trilogy.  Oryx and Crake was incredibly disturbing and upsetting, but I’m hooked now.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen; The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.  There are more – many more – but these are probably the top three.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Jane Austen.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: The third novel in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, for sure.

Worst Bookish Habit: I always mean to read more books from my own shelves, but then I go crazy at the library.  I’m like a kid in a candy store at that place.  I have no willpower.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling.

Your latest book purchase: Everyman’s Library omnibus edition of Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, by Julian Barnes.  Purchased from Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.  So weird and disturbing, but I had to know what was going to happen.

That was fun!  Thanks for coming up with the survey, Jamie, and thanks for posting, Kim!

9 thoughts on “Bookish A to Z Survey

    • Mmmmmm, Gilbert Blythe. I definitely would have been interested, but I didn’t choose him for this particular question because I read it as asking who you may actually have dated, and I know I wouldn’t have stood a chance with Gilbert. He had eyes only for Anne! (One of my favorite aspects of his character.)

      • But only because he hadn’t met you… 😉

        It would be tough for anyone to “compete” with Miss Shirley, though. So, as much as I’d miss her, let’s just say that she isn’t in the picture for this little exercise!

      • Haha, thanks! Avonlea without Anne wouldn’t have half its charm, though. So I’m happy to leave Gilbert to her. They’re one of my favorite fictional couples! For that reason, also, though, I must compliment your taste in fictional men. 🙂

    • Aren’t they amazing? I love everything L. M. Montgomery has done – even to the point of naming my daughter after one of her heroines (not Anne, although I adore Anne).

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