A to Z Survey

I’m in a weird mood. I have reviews to catch up on but I’m really not in the mood to write them. Actually, I’m in a reading funk. You know, that mood you get when all you want to do is read, read, read and forget the world and everyone and thing in it for a while. At the moment, I want to immerse myself in Robin Hobb’s Royal Assassin, but I also want to be caught up on things so I hope this tag will get me into a writing mood.

I saw this book tag a while back on Read Books and Drink Coffee. It was created by Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Tamora Pierce

Good question. I did a Top Ten Tuesday post on this once so I’ll go with the answer I find there, which is Tamora Pierce. I’ve read the majority of her series and she is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading her stories because they are filled with strong female characters.

Best sequel ever:

The-Lion-the-Witch-and-the-Wardrobe

This is a tough one for me because I tend to love the first book in a series and glaze over the second ones. But I guess I’ll cheat and go with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The Magician’s Nephew is technically the first book but many start, and believe the series starts, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Currently reading:

Royal Assassin2

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, the second book in the Farseer Trilogy. This installment of the series starts a bit slow since much of it is an overview of what occurred in the first book, which, though annoying, was helpful in refreshing my memory. One hitch in reading many books and several at once is that details get mixed and forgotten.

Drink of choice while reading:
It's great to take yourself on a date sometimes, especially after a stressful week. In love with this Ginger Hot Chocolate @ Ihop

It’s great to take yourself on a date sometimes, especially after a stressful week. In love with this Ginger Hot Chocolate @ Ihop

Hot chocolate is always best, but I wouldn’t mind some herbal tea either. The picture above is of a cup of ginger hot chocolate I had when I treated myself to breakfast at Ihop (last year, I think). It’s yummy.

E-reader or physical book?

Physical book all the way. I sometimes use my iPod, but the experience isn’t the same when consuming electronically.

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

Shadowshaper

Let’s go with college instead. And for this, I’d say Robbie from Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older because he has tattoos, is artistic, and can dance.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir.

I almost passed on it. Glad I didn’t.

Hidden gem book:

Unteachable

Unteachable by Leah Raeder.

I love how it’s written and I love the story too. I consider it a hidden gem because it is a new-adult book and those books get bad cred.

Important moment in your reading life:

Marlon James Man Booker Prize

Hmm… meeting Marlon James last year at the National Book Festival. It was my first time meeting an author much less one who’s books I love (well, book, actually, since I’ve only read one book thus far but that will be remedied soon).

Just finished:

Scarlet

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. I’m enjoying the series. I love Cinder but Scarlet annoys me. This installment annoyed me.

Kinds of books you won’t read:

Books in which the writing is hard to digest either because it’s bad or too confusing.

Longest book you’ve read:

Eldest

I really don’t know but my books database says that the longest book I own and have listed as read is Eldest by Christopher Paolini. It has 1016 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

The Fires of Heaven

Not sure, but if I have a book hangover, I think it would be because of a Wheel of Time book. Sometimes when I’m done with one, I no longer feel like reading a book.

Number of bookcases you own:

1.75. I have a big one with 5 shelves and a newly acquired one that is smaller with three shelves that are split in two making 6 cubbies that I’m unsatisfied with because they don’t hold all my damn books.

I would include pictures but I feel lazy at the moment.

One book you have read multiple times:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2

I considered choosing a different book, but I do believe of all my books I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the most.

Preferred place to read:

Outside. I mostly read inside but I love reading outside so I can take breaks and people watch or squirrel watch or bird watch.

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

None readily comes to mind.

Reading regret:

I regret not getting into fantasy and comics and manga from an early age. I wish I’d known about them back then.

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

Oh my gosh! They are too many to name. I’ll have to do a separate blog post for this question. But for now, let’s go with

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. I’d like to complete it this summer because they are perfect summer reads.

Three of your all-time favorite books:

I’m switching this up and choosing comics instead because I’ve discussed my favorite books often on here. By the way, these are recent favorites because I just started getting into comics and illustrated books.

Velvet, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker, illus. Steve Epting

Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples

Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

So far, these are my reigning champs. I love all three of them and all three have strong female protagonists. Velvet is one I recently discovered about a secretary at a covert firm. I read the first and second volumes back-to-back and am eager for the next volume to be published. I’m tempted to purchase the single issues. Saga I discovered last year and am enjoying. I’m due to read volume 4 next. I love how expansive it’s universe is, the complexity of the characters, and the awesome artwork. Monstress also has great artwork and the story is enthralling. I read the first issue couple weeks ago and am currently working my way through the first volume. I don’t know much about the plot yet, but I’m hooked and love the characters.

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Harry Potter Hogsmeade

The Harry Potter universe and all things fantastical.

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

Velvet, Vol. 3

Velvet, Vol. 3 of course! It’s supposed to be out in September and I CAN’T WAIT!!! 😀 😀 😀

Worst bookish habit:

I don’t know if this means a habit I have or just a habit in general. I’m going for in general and I think the worst one is dog-earring books. It annoys me.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

This. Will. Be. Tricky. Umm… I’ll count along my newer, shorter bookcase…

The Man Who Couldn't Stop

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam. I haven’t read it yet.

Your latest book purchase:

The Fishermen

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. I FINALLY GOT IT!! 😀

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

Song of Kali I

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons. I was so hooked on the story.

That’s the tag. I won’t tag anyone but if you’d like to do it, go right ahead and link back here so I can see it.
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18 thoughts on “A to Z Survey

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  3. The Martian is a favourite! Haven’t watched the movie though. And as for The Man Who Couldn’t Stop, I borrowed it from the library and I was almost done with it but I had to return it just before my exams started. I found it to be very insightful and I should reborrow it sometime. :]

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    • Lol.
      It’s a bit of both. Actually, it’s so much story and words that I end up wanting to take a break from stories and words. Robert Jordan tends to include a lot of unnecessary stuff in his stories.

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  4. You are cheating with The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe! The Magician’s Nephew is the prequel!

    Omg, this tag is huge. Must have been taken a long time to write up. But I like it! I will bookmark this page in case I need a post but can’t think of anything original. I’ll say you tagged me. 🙂

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