Monday, 9 September 2013

Bookish A-Z Survey

I saw this doing the rounds and nabbed it from Nylon Admiral because why not...


Authors you've read the most books from: Oh god, this is embarrassing. V.C. Andrews. It's V.C. Andrews.

Best sequel ever: I don't know about the best ever, but the one that immediately sprang to mind was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It was my fave in the The Hunger Games series.

Currently reading: Worlds of Arthur by Guy Halsall. It's about the historicity of the Arthurian legend. I'm only about 10 per cent in and it's quite dense so far but I'm hoping it picks up.

Drink of choice while reading: Tea. Always tea.

Ereader or physical book: I love Betsy, my kindle, but nothing beats the experience of a physical book.

Fictional character that you probably would have dated in high school: I fell in love with Mr Darcy in high school.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I totally judged this book by its (terrible) cover. I was swayed by the amazing reviews and good thing too - because I freaking loved it.

Hidden gem book: Fury by Shirley Marr. Apparently it's not very widely available but it's an awesome Australian YA book featuring awesome characters and an intriguing mystery.


Important moment in your reading life: Probably reading Emma by Jane Austen. I had to read it for school, but it lead me to Pride and Prejudice, which lead me to the rest of Austen's books, which lead me to Charles Dickens, which lead me to Wilkie Collins, which lead me to Elizabeth Gaskell, which lead me to the Brontes... well, you get the picture.

Just finished: A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon. It was just an OK read for me.

Kind of books you won't read: I try to avoid books by (usually self-published) authors who have had tantys and attacked reviewers over less than perfect reviews. So not worth the risk.

Longest book you read: According to Goodreads, that would be It by Stephen King, which clocks in at 1,090 pages. I don't remember it being that big!

Major book hangover because of: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. I'm still recovering from that series.

Number of bookcases you own: Two. It's not enough. There are book piles everywhere. Some day I hope to have my own library.

One book you've read multiple times: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Before I started blogging, I used to reread it a couple of times a year. I miss it.

Preferred place to read: At the park on a beautiful, sunshiney day.

Quote that inspires you: "I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Reading regret: Is there such a thing?


Series you started and need to finish: The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I only have the last book to go. But I know what happens and I really don't like it. And the last few books have been freaking awful, so there's not much compelling me to read it other than my need to finish what I start.

Three of your all-time favorite books: In no particular order... David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Unapologetic fangirl for: Melina Marchetta. I will read anything and everything she writes.

Very excited for this release: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I love her writing.

Worst bookish habit: I dog-ear pages. What was that? Did someone say something? Ahem.

X marks the spot! Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Your last bookish purchase: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I couldn't resist the (orange) Popular Penguin edition.

Zzz-snatcher. Which book kept you up way late?: Most recently it was probably Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Totally cheesy but totally addictive.

24 comments:

  1. Funny enough, Catching Fire was also my fav book in THG series! I'm also with you on the Sookie Stackhouse series. All I really wanted to know was who she ended up with. Found out and got really ragey about it. I was over those books LOOOOOONG ago.

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    1. I know! It's the only reason I continued with the stories and when I found out who she ended up with I went into a rage. The book will just make me mad.

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    2. Agreed. That series should have ended a long time ago! And not with who she picked, either.

      Just wondering---who did you want to see Sook end up with?

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  2. I am glad I am not the only one who named their e-reader. I named my nook Ned. lol I love Anna and the French Kiss and I have read that book twice so far this year.

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    1. Ned, love it! I want to reread Anna too.

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  3. Definitely tea. Definitely Shirley. But yes, there's such a thing as reader's regret---like WTF did I waste my time with that book type regret.

    I LOVE that your ereader is named Betsy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Hehe, fair enough! Although even then I feel like at least I know I don't like it... I always feel like I'll regret not reading something more than I'll ever regret reading it, if that makes sense.

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  4. This is brilliant! Do you mind if I do this on my blog as well? Your first answer is fantastic, I laughed out loud :)

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    1. Not at all! I'd love too see your answers.

      And oh the V.C. Andrews shame...

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  5. Oh yeah the Anna and the French Kiss cover - bleughhh. That's why I bought it as an e-book, I didn't have to deal with it that way!

    I got to meet Melina Marchetta last week at the Brisbane Writers Fest - Wooo!

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    1. And yay for meeting MM! Love her

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    2. She's great! It's always such a relief when an author you like and respect is awesome in real life. I always have a panic attack that they're going to be horrible and I'll never be able to enjoy their books the same way again.

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  6. I dog-ear sometimes too. More often, I WRITE in my books. It's all cool ;)

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  7. Awesome. I think I'm going to steal this!

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  8. Hahaha. I laughed about V.C. Andrews. I've read a lot of her books, too! I was obsessed in middle school (maybe my parents should've paid more attention to what I was reading???).

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    1. I was obsessed when I was 11/12 too. I don't know if my parents knew, but my auntie is the one who introduced me! lol

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  9. Tsk, tsk-you dog ear! I remember lending a book to a friend and receiving it back all dog-eared. I was pretty pissed and vowed to never lend books again without fully explaining to the borrower what my expectations were (basically: I better get the book back in the same pristine condition in which it was lent or else I'm getting a new copy!)

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    1. I would never do it to anyone else's books! Only my own :)

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