Friday, 16 August 2013

A To Z Book Survey

I decided to take part in a survey that I came across - it's originally from The Perpetual Page-Turner, which is a blog I came across via The Aussie Zombie who also had a go at this survey.

Author You've Read The Most Books From:

I had to use Goodreads to check this and I thought it was going to be James Patterson but it turns out I was wrong. I've read more Laurell K Hamilton books. But that includes the graphic novels she has produced.

James Patterson actually came in second.

And third place? That went to R. L. Stine whose books were almost all that I read as a teen.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is was a tough one for me... but looking back through books I have read on Goodreads I think it would have to be Brother Grimm by Craig Russell.

Currently Reading:

 City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Drink Of Choice While Reading:

I think it would have to be regular old black tea with milk or good old hot chocolate.

E-reader Or Physical Book:

Physical book. I don't actually own an e-reader. I have got e-reader software on my computer for any short stories that my favourite authors only release in e-book form.

I think one of the reasons that keeps me from getting an e-reader (apart from the fact I prefer physical books from what I have seen of e-readers) is that I would be too scared to take it out of the house in case it got stolen. Someone nicking a paperback out of bag would be less costly.

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

I wasn't really that much in to dating in school... but having thought about this question I have to say that thirteen-year-old Jack Reacher does sound quite intriguing in Second Son by Lee Child. Even if at that age he would already have been a least a foot taller than I was at that age.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

One Shot by Lee Child - it was the first Jack Reacher book that I read even though it is actually the ninth in the series (I have since read all the others including the short stories and can't wait for the next one).

Hidden Gem Book:

I have no idea why but on seeing this question I immediately thought of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey - awesome book but can't explain why.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life:

I think it would have to be when I progressed from reading Point Horror books in my teens to reading my first Stephen King novel - Salem's Lot.

Just Finished:

The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

Kind Of Books You Won't Read:

I think it would have to be what is known as Misery Lit.

Longest Book You've Read:

The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tokien which, according to Goodreads, the edition I read comes in at 1,077 pages.

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

I think I'm going to have to go with One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey again.

Number Of Bookcases You Own:

Two. A really tall one in my room - full to bursting. A smaller one in the back of my cupboard - also full to bursting. And then there are multiple stacks of books stacked in front of the first bookcase.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

First book that comes to mind is A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson.

Preferred Place To Read:

In bed.

Strange but true fact I can't read whilst travelling in road vehicles - it makes me feel sick. I can read on trains no problem, but buses and cars, no way (I have never travelled by plane or boat so I haven't tested out those modes of transport yet).

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You've Read:

I'm not sure if this is really inspiring but it does make you think.

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

The Fellowship Of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Reading Regret:

Giving up on The Stand by Stephen King half way through. That book is long (over 1,000 pages) and I wish I had read it all in one go... it sits in the cupboard taunting me now as I know I will read it one day... but I will have to start it again.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (All Books Are Out In Series):

The House Of Comarre series by Kristen Painter. I have just bought the last one (Last Blood). I want to know what happens but I also don't want it to end!

Three Of Your All Time Favourite Books:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl (I so don't care that this is a kids book)

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Lee Child - as far as I know I've read everything he has had published.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I'm very excited for the release of the seventh Jan Fabel book by Craig Russell. However seen as such a book has neither been announced nor is it rumoured (as far as I know - if anyone knows differently please let me know) I think it will have to be Never Go Back by Lee Child - due out at the end of this month!

Worst Bookish Habit:

This is an odd one but I think it's not being a member of the local library. My membership lapsed as I hadn't been in so long, so I would have to rejoin... and it would be so much cheaper than buying most of the books I read.

X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Last Blood by Kristen Painter

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

The Reckoning by Sue Walker - I was up until 2am finishing that.. and I like my sleep.

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