A to Z Bookish Survey

Posted August 10, 2013 by Debby in Uncategorized

Today, instead of a discussion post, because I don’t really feel like it to be quite honest, you get to know me a little bit better through this A to Z Bookish Survey, created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads, that would be Rick Riordan! Not surprisingly. Eight books, two novellas, for a grand total of 10 books. Is that a lot? I haven’t even gotten to his Egyptian series yet.

Best sequel ever:

asdfjkl; I hate picking favorites. I think… Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Though Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is a very close second.

Currently reading:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Drink of choice while reading:

Tea. Always tea. And my favorite teas are Raspberry Pomegranate and Autumn Storm.

E-reader or physical book?

I don’t think any die hard book nerd could possibly say e-reader. Physical books ftw. Pretty, strokeable covers, that wonderful smell, it’s a must. (Though I read plenty of e-books.)

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

This is such a tough one. I’m going to go with Trevor from Pivot Point by Kasie West. I totally went for the silent, kind of nerdy, kind of artsy, but really sweet guys.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Hmm…. Golden by Jessi Kirby. I wouldn’t have picked it up without the prodding of bookish friends, because before then, I wasn’t very big on contemporary. I am growing to love it more since though.

Hidden gem book:

This is hard because, what qualifies as a hidden gem? I’m looking at the number of ratings on Goodreads for this, and that brings me to Parallel by Lauren Miller. I had my troubles with that book, but it’s stayed with me for a while. I just keep thinking about how awesome it was.

Important moment in your reading life:

I think it’s really lame to copy Jamie, but I totally agree: discovering Goodreads was a defining moment. Alternatively I would have said reading The Hunger Games, because that sparked my true love for reading, but I only found the books appealing to me after I discovered Goodreads. Otherwise I still wouldn’t know which books to pick up.

Just finished:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Can you hear my aching, screaming heart?

Kinds of books you won’t read:

Vampires. Werewolves. BYE.

Longest book you’ve read:

Apparently that’s Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling at 870 pages. Bahaha. I should work on that. I’m just not a fan of long books?

Major book hangover because of:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Just. Ugh. That book. It still hurts me.

Number of bookcases you own:

Right now just three. But it’s not enough, and I’ll have to get some more soon. (Two of them are pretty tiny, so yeah.)

One book you have read multiple times:

I’m not that much of a re-reader nowadays because book blogging forces me to keep reading new books. Going back to my favorites is difficult. So I think my most read book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter was basically the only thing I read as a child. So, the first book I’ve read at least 11 times. That is not an exaggeration.

Preferred place to read:

In bed. Yeah. I don’t have one of those super comfy lounge chairs.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I’m cheating and giving you three, deal with it!
Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Gale is mine. I am his. Anything else is unthinkable.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
“I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reading regret:

Can I just say not reading for so long? Thinking that books were boring? Because seriously. I was so wrong.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. One day I’ll get there.

Three of your all-time favorite books:

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (SURPRISEEEEEE), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Dude, seriously, THREE? That’s not enough.

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Kasie West! After her debut Pivot Point this past February, I was immediately a huge fangirl. And you should know, I’ve been promoting the hell out of that book. Then The Distance Between Us came out and that made it all official. She’s on my auto-buy list. (Were you expecting Jay Kristoff? Yeah, that could easily be this answer too, but I’m TRYING to not spam you with Stormdancer mentions, okay?!)

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

Oh god, there’s so many. But I’m going to resist picking one of the sequels I’m waiting on (Just One Year, World After, Split Second, Kinslayer) because picking between them is torture. So then it’s Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam.

Worst bookish habit:

I dunno if I have one honestly. Probably the worst I can think of is that I will glare at anyone who starts talking in the vicinity while I’m reading – because I can’t read when people are talking around me. This makes reading on the train very difficult. And lots of glares from me.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

LOLZ: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Your latest book purchase:

Well I guess officially that would be Crown of Midnight, though Judith actually bought it for me and then I reimbursed her. So before that it was Stardust and Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Which I did to prepare for his signing… which is apparently totally full and so now I don’t get to meet him and asdjfkl; life sucks and then you die.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

I’m not sure about this, because it’s not typically something I keep track of (and I can’t force myself to stay up late reading because of work). But I believe it was A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger. This is surprising because it’s not an action-packed read. But I was so invested in the characters that I had to read until I was done.

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    16 responses to “A to Z Bookish Survey

    1. achoquet

      I really feel like I need to reread The Hunger Games. I barely remember what happens in Catching Fire or The Mockingjay, which is horribly sad. I guess the movies well help but meh… not the same! And of course, many of the others you mention I haven't read (Pivot Point, Stormdancer, Crown of Midnight, All Our Yesterdays)… Ugh. I feel like such a failure. But go you for being awesome! 😉
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    2. Haha, I picked up THG to start a reread of the series after the last Catching Fire trailer was released but I'm absolutely failing at reading it. Just. Who has the time? Catching Fire though. So much awesome. I need to reread it before the movie comes out for sure.

      Awww, you're not a failure Asti! You just… should listen to my recs more 😛 heeheehee. At least for CoM and AOY you have a good excuse: they're not released yet.

    3. Discovering Goodreads was indeed an important moment. Goodreads is THE website I spent most of my time on when I'm not blogging. That's why my to-read shelve is out of control, haha. And yes, nothing can beat the physical books, despite the fact that I really love my e-reader. Fun to see more of you Debby.
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    4. Terri

      *cough* totally said e-reader for that one, but based on all the surveys I've read today, I'm definitely in the minority there! Lots of people have been praising Golden, so I need to get to that one soon. Pivot Point is in my library pile for this week so I'm excited to read that one too!
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    5. Shannelle (The Tracery of Ink)

      You just trying to make me jealous, no? Then why you mention Stormdancer and all those asdfghjkl books (as said by others)? *glares*

      I love reading in my bed too. I have a kinda comfy chair, but it's in the living room. I like my room a looooot.

      And you own three bookcases? I only have one that's small-ish, and I'm just cramming books on the spaces, and someday, I swear it's going to be so full and crammed that it'll collapse.
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    6. I've seen this kind of survey in one of my GR groups and especially loved it though it was very lengthy. Hahaha.

      You better read Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles series. And OMG, Prisoner of Azkaban is my top 1 favorite book of all time, Debby. The Marauders and all that drama and twists blew me off my seat. At last, I'm assured that I'm normal.

      This post was fun. 😀

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    7. Okay, all of a sudden, why is EVERYONE talking about Crown of Midnight? I haven't any of Sarah J. Mass's books, and this is making me feel like a failure. And Pivot Point. And The Distance Between Us (though i have that on my e reader). And Jay Kristoff. Okay, it's now official. I NEED to read more.

      And lol I TOTALLY know what you mean by being disturbed while reading! I hate that, and yes, lots of people have been the unfortunate victims of my glares.

      My bed is my preferred place for reading too, though I do wish I had a nice, comfy chair.

      Great answers, Debby (and I <3 the gifs :)) Isn't this survey so much fun?! I just took it myself 😀

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    8. I'm glad to see that you really liked Parallel and consider it a hidden gem book! I need to read my LONG PAST DUE Arc for Arc August and I was really iffy on it but I have newfound hope now 🙂 And I totally agree about the Kasie West fangirling… I adored Pivot Point and am DYING for Split Second 🙂
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    9. Kim

      What a fun survey! You know, I was wary of ereaders before going back to school, but I ended up buying a Nook to use for my class readings and I completely love it. As someone who always has a book with me, being able to toss it in my purse and have hundreds at my hands is so wonderful (and much better on my back than carrying a bag of heavy hardbacks around). I also think studying library science and working at a library has made me much less precious about books as a physical object. Though, of course, I do still love wandering the shelves.
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    10. Whoa, your most read author is only 10 books? O_o

      Oh, Catching Fire. Another good one. I keep going around and thinking WHY DIDN'T I SAY THAT, DANG IT?

      How's Stardust going?

      Trevor is a good choice!

      Not sure if you're a fan of long books?? Question mark?

      Blogging is horrible for rereading. Also, I reread all of HP every time a book or movie came out for like the first four books, so I've probably read one about eight times. :-p

      SPLIT SECOND. I need it. I need it in my life!

      Oh no! You don't get to go to the Neil event after all? THAT BLOWS.
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    11. My favorite place to read is bed also. My couch sucks. I guess I can also say outside when it's not super hot but right now it's like 95 so that's just not happening. And YAY for Stormdancer fangirling. I am with you on that. Everyone that got ARCs of Kinslayer is getting my sideye right now. 😀
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    12. bookrockbetty

      Alright.. so I own Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight…… ummmm… but I haven't chosen to read them yet! Everyone says there is something wrong with me. I'm starting to believe it's true. Why won't I just read them?????
      Golden is coming in the mail this week. I have been putting it off, but all of you lovely bookish friends keep going on and on about it. It is time I see what the deal is!
      Love your gif usage as always. 🙂
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