Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A-Z Book Survey

Hey All! I have a bunch of writing friends who are filling out this survey. I decided to spend way too much time doing this, so I HAVE to put it up... Otherwise it was a waste of time. Hopefully now I won't beat myself up for not getting anything done today!

(NOTE: I'm having a very frustrating time with the formatting of this post, and I've reached the point of not caring anymore. Sorry it's not evenly spaced and whatnot, but I just didn't want to fight it anymore!)

Author(s) you’ve read the most books from: This question favors prolific authors. That said, I’ll answer the question anyway. Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Shannon Hale, Gail Carson Levine, Elizabeth Moon, CJ Cherryh… You know, this is SO MUCH HARDER when all your books are in boxes from a move across the country…

Best sequel ever: This survey is going to be impossible for me. I can’t choose favorites… I like to think that’s because I’m so passionate about everything that it’s impossible to choose, but I think it may just have to do with my inability to make decisions…about stuff…ever… I can think of MOVIES this applies to… The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book…that will have to do for now.
Currently reading: Um… I’m beta reading an awesome book right at the moment called Kingsdaughter. I’m in the middle of The Shadow Rising in my re-read of the Wheel of Time series before I read the end. And I’m planning on reading The Princess Bride just as soon as I can.
Drink of choice while reading: Water? Tea? I don’t really think about drinking when I’m reading…
E-reader or physical book: Yes. I love physical books. A lot. I love turning the pages and being able to flip back to that one scene really quickly to refresh my memory (I really miss that in ebooks)… Now that I have young children I find that my reading time is made possible by one-handed reading on my Kindle. The ability to push a button to turn the page, not have to hold it open, and set it down mid-sentence and not lose my page when disaster happens and I come back to it an hour later (I don’t know why my children like bookmarks so much…) is the only way I read anything. Plus, I love that it’s typically cheaper.
Fictional character you probably would have liked to date in high school: I didn’t date in High School… I did have a crush on most fictional characters, but I had very high standards in real life. I’m not sure any of them would’ve passed muster. Perhaps Dirk from Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey, but I think he was older…
Glad you gave this book a chance: Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray. I read this as a part of my book club (that I joined for the sole purpose of reading out of my comfort zone of fantasy/scifi/YA).
Hidden Gem book: Graceling by Kristin Cashore is one of my very favorite YA novels of all time. Don’t know if it’s hidden though (as I believe they may be making a movie now?), I didn’t know about it when I came across it in the library several years ago. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (and the rest of the series) is brilliant ‘Jane Austen with Magic’. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
Important moment in your reading life: 5th grade: The year I became a reader. All thanks to Natalie Babbitt and Tuck Everlasting (and my 5th grade language arts teacher Mrs. Zeisloft – and the unremembered name of the student teacher who actually read it with us). I love this book. It has fantasy and mystery and love. It made me cry and it made me think. I never stopped reading after that.
Just finished: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Kind of books you won’t read: Won’t is too strong a word. It feels like never. And while I can say definitively that I will never read erotica, there are so many other criteria that go into what I choose to read. I usually won’t read a book I don’t think I will like. I usually won’t read graphic violence or sex or language so I tend to stay away from horror and most romance and certain fantasy/scifi authors/sub-genres.
Longest book you’ve ever read: Other than The Holy Bible, I think it’s The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. (Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevski took me the longest amount of time to read, though – 3 months!)
Major book hangover because of: I’m defining hangover as a negative term (makes you sick and won’t go away), although I suppose it could be interpreted as a positive I-love-this-book-so-much-I-can’t-stop-thinking-about-it kind of way. Many books have given me the positive response. The negative is reserved for books I hate (which are few and far between, thankfully) and those in one of those horrid series that DOESN’T ACTUALLY FINISH THE STORY!!! I can’t get it out of my head and it makes me angry. I won’t read those either (at least not until the series is COMPLETELY finished).
Number of bookcases you own: Less than I did before the move. They broke some of them. And we always owned less than half of what we needed… (I feel like Bilbo all of a sudden…) I think I need to buy bookshelves.
One book you have read multiple times: Queen’s Own by Mercedes Lackey (It’s cheating only a little bit that it’s a trilogy including Arrow’s of the Queen, Arrow’s Flight, and Arrow’s Fall).
Preferred place to read: Anywhere. I’ve read walking around…seriously. I guess I would prefer a place that’s quiet and comfy, but I’m not sure that counts as I don’t have many of those moments! How about: on a comfy couch (or, even better, on the hanging porch swing) in a screened-in porch on a cool summer evening? But I suppose that’s only hypothetical since I’ve never done it… (I’m thinking of my Mamom’s porch from the house she lived in when I was growing up, but that was before I was a reader…)
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: “Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.” Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

Reading regret: Not having enough time to read all the books I want to???

Series you started and need to finish: Sigh. Wheel of Time.

Three of your all-time favorite books:
THREE?!?!?! Are you kidding??? You remember my thing about favorites, right??? Arrow’s of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey, Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Foreigner by CJ Cherryh, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon, The Wide-Awake Princess by ED Baker, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynn Jones, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Little Women and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I’ll stop there. Oh. My. They’re all female authors except Brandon! Doh! I’m sure I have favorite male authors as well…
Unapologetic fan for: Isn’t that redundant? Fans are always unapologetic. I’m not sure how to answer this one: Books? Fantasy? Superheroes? Doctor Who (oops, this isn’t a book…at least, not that I’ve read)?

Very excited for this release more than all others: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (really there are SO MANY…this one comes out soon.)

Worst bookish habit: Reading during inappropriate times/places/ etc. Oh, no, not being able to put a book down! The need to KEEP READING until it’s finished. That’s way worse (and typically causes the first!). 

X marks the spot: Start at the top left of your bookcase, and name book 27: This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti (since they’re all in boxes at the moment, I just picked one out randomly)

Your latest book purchase: No idea. I think it was some random free book for my Kindle about learning how to de-clutter…I haven’t read it yet and I don’t feel like looking it up.

ZZZZZ… The last book that kept you up way too late: Um, see “Worst bookish habit”. The one I’m reading right now (Kingsdaughter), and the one I read before that and the one I read before that… You get the point.


  1. You filled it out so thoroughly--and yet you managed to ignore certain instructions. Awesome:).

    1. What does that say about me, Lisa? Am I an overachiever or a rebel??? :)

  2. Oh yes, I miss flicking back quickly to check something read earlier on the much easier with physical pages!
    I also loved 'Little Women' haven't heard of 'Eight Cousins' though.
    My hubby gets annoyed when I'm nearing the end of a book and NEED to finish it before bed!

    1. Yeah, not many people have heard of Eight Cousins. I read it over and over as a child. I loved it. My hubby gets annoyed when I pick up a book sometimes because he knows there'll be no talking with me until it's over! :)

  3. I forgot about Little Women! Great book.