A to Z Book Survey

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Mandy of Chocolate and Cream Cake posted this A to Z Book Survey a little ways back and I instantly fell in love with it. Every now and then I need a good meme to let my brain have some fun, and this one had Kristin written all over it! Books? Yes, please!

And then I started looking at the questions and realized they all looked familiar, like I had somehow seen them before…

…because I had. And totally forgot I did this very meme about a month ago. That should give you an idea of where my head is at.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t share it here too! So I am!

Author you’ve read the most books from.
Not counting a long series, I’d have to go with Neil Gaiman. Or Shakespeare?

Best sequel ever.
I don’t really think of books as having sequels in the traditional sense, but seeing as I can’t think of any “sequels” at the moment anyway, I’m going to go with favorite book in a series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I may harbor a not so secret love for Snape. And this book just killed it. It being the universe and everything in it.

Currently reading.
I’m working through a Sherlock Holmes compendium, but since it’s short stories, I’ve been taking my time. Currently I’m reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, rereading Henry V, and plowing through more Batman (Hush!).

Drink of choice while reading.
Tea! Lately, vanilla. But any warm beverage will do.

E-reader or physical book? 
I prefer physical books – just something about holding them and feeling the pages, the covers, the smells, the feeling, the ability to curl up… – but have no shame in packing my e-reader for a trip. Books have taken up a huge portion of my suitcase before and an e-reader eliminates that for me, plus, I can read an infinite number of books!

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school. 
Well, who I would’ve dated in high school would be MUCH different than who I would currently date, so if we’re going that route it would have to be the pretty boy, slightly effeminate, brooding Jon Snow. With a bit more goth to him.

Glad you gave this book a chance. 
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I kind of wrote it off as I had to read it for a class I wasn’t quite enthused about, but for contemporary fiction that reads like a classic English novel, it’s really quite poignant and thoughtful.

Hidden gem book.
Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series are really, really magical and quite refreshing for a YA series.

Important moment in your reading life. 
I remember checking The Hobbit out of the school library about 12 times during 6th grade. It really stands out as a monumental book for me, I think because I considered it my first “grown up” book and just how captivating it was. I can probably trace my love of fantasy novels to that book, and just who I am as a person in general!

Just finished.
Heir to the Empire (Thrawn #1) – why have I not read more in the Star Wars Expanded Universe sooner? Updated: I just finished reading JLA: Tower of Babel (which is such a fab concept!)

Kinds of books you won’t read. 
Nothing that’s contemporary fiction ever sticks out at me. I can breeze past new release tables at the book store or hear about new books coming out and be completely disinterested. They just don’t sound…good. Though I’m sure some of them probably are! I think I just a) distrust popular opinion (it brought us Twilight and 50 Shades, oh dear…) and b) everything is described as essentially being a drama about family and love and mental illness, which just starts to sound repetitive after a while. It may be good, but ENTICE me. TRY to stand out.

Longest book you’ve ever read. 
Goodreads tells me that would be George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords at 1,177 pages

Major book hangover because of
China Miéville’s The Scar and Perdido Street Station. Man knows how to world build! I’m still hoping that one day I’ll wake up and be transported to New Crobuzon.

Number of bookcases you own. 
Currently my books are divided between 2 technical book cases, but that’s including being loaded from both sides (they’re IKEA Expedits) and not counting the books strewn across my nightstand, tabletops, etc.

One book you have read multiple times.
Does rereading the entire Harry Potter series annually count?

Preferred place to read.
It’s more preferred weather than place; give me stormy, drizzly, grey days and books practically jump off of my shelf and into my hands. If I’m reading for class, however, I stay most focused in a public place like a coffee shop or cafe, otherwise, I do quite like laying in the grass to read. I’ve yet to find the perfect reading chair!

Quote from a book you’ve read that inspires you.
“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones… And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami // Kafka on the Shore

Reading regret. 
I’ve always been a fast reader, which has come in handy at times, but there are quite a few books I “read” earlier in life that I feel like I breezed through and would like to spend more time with, especially now that I’ve really learned how I read best.

Series you started and need to finish.
A Song of Ice and Fire.
I still have to read A Dance with Dragons, and then technically I’m caught up with George R.R. Martin for now. I think just being in school and already having to read so much made me hold off on purchasing (hello, poor college student) a 1,000+ page novel to read as well. But I’m getting to it!

Three of your all-time favourite books. 
The Great Gatsby (F.Scott Fitzgerald), American Gods (Neil Gaiman), Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami) – THIS IS SO HARD TO CHOOSE. I feel like I’m picking favorite children. If I had children.

Unapologetic fangirl for… 
Magical powers, secret worlds and alternate universes, the paranormal and supernatural, anything steampunk, copious amounts of sarcasm. So Gail Carriger’s Souless really does it for me, basically.

Very excited for this release more than all the others.
I’m actually pretty pumped for the third book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Allegiant. After all of the dystopian fiction hype in YA, I was hesitant, especially after being disappointed by others. But I really kind of dug Divergent and now need to know what happens!

Worst bookish habit.
I used to think it was sacrilege to write in books, but after being a Literature major for undergrad, I just couldn’t survive without doing it. Now, I do it all the time, which probably drives some people mad.

X marks the spot: the 27th book on my shelf. 
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Your latest book purchase. 
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Zzz-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late). 
I don’t know if I’ve stayed up late with a book in a long time, probably not since I would go to midnight releases of Harry Potter and frantically read the book there on the spot!