I saw this survey on Habitual Homebody, and then it popped up again on Milo and Molly so I thought I’d take part too, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good book survey! We all like to look on people’s shelves, right? Leave me a link if you do the survey too!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Oh, snap! I have a handy spreadsheet for working these things out now! Although, I don’t need it as I’ve read the whole Discworld series so the answer is Terry Pratchett.
Best Sequel Ever:
Ummm, is this a thing that exists? Goblet of Fire is my favourite Harry Potter book, and that was number 4.
So. Many. Books. AGAIN. The one that’s been on my currently reading list the longest is How the mind works, by Steven Pinker. It’s a neuroscience book and is fascinating, but so long!
Drink of Choice While Reading:
I do most my reading in bed, so I don’t have a drink with me.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Both! I buy many books on my Kindle/Kindle apps or rent them through my local e-library, but if I really love a book I buy a physical version afterwards. However, my reading choices are so eclectic that a lot of books are out of print or not available on the Kindle, so I still have a steady pile of real books.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I don’t have an answer for this. I don’t read romance novels very much.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
I don’t really give books a chance! If it isn’t something that appeals from the synopsis, it rarely makes it on to my to-read list (no matter who is telling me to read it!).
Hidden Gem Book:
How exactly do we define a hidden gem? A book that hasn’t got the credit it deserves? The Magicians by Lev Grossman should be more famous than it is. It’s so good.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
It took me a while to learn to read when I was a child, and my favourite book was the Look! Look! Look! book. Every page had an illustration on it with just one word (“Look!”). My Mother hated that book! I still remember the book, because it was an important book when I was learning to read.
Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling. I’ve never seen any of her shows, but she seems like a nice funny person!
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t read horror stories or those real life “my childhood was more terrible than yours” books.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
I’m not 100% certain on this, but I think the answer is probably the Diaries of Evelyn Waugh. The guy kept his diary for a really long time!
Major book hangover because of:
To be honest (and I say this with a little shame), my biggest book hangover was probably Twilight. It was the first vampire book I read as a sensible grown up (I’m not counting the “My babysitter is a vampire” books that I read as a child!). Twilight was like “wow, vampires are like an actual thing now” and “Washington sounds awesome” and “why would you give a lead female character so little personality” and “do we love Edward?” (no we don’t, but I hadn’t read the other books at this point!). I read it just before going backpacking, and I seriously considered taking it with me so I could read it again and go back into a world with vampires.
(I am older and wiser now and know it is crap, but up until that point I’d never read proper books with monsters in before!)
Number of Bookcases You Own:
None! I keep my books on shelving. And I have four shelves.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The non-fiction book I’ve read the most often is The Assassin’s Cloak, which is an anthology of published journals and diaries throughout time.
Preferred Place To Read:
Bed, with my duvet!
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
I have absolutely no idea! I don’t remember quotes. I will go look at my Kindle highlights, but obviously that automatically discounts any book I’ve read not on the Kindle!
I love this passage from The end of your life book club, and it basically sums up the sensible attitude to life that’s throughout this book:
Make your bed, every morning—it doesn’t matter if you feel like it, just do it. Write thank-you notes immediately. Unpack your suitcase, even if you’re only somewhere for the night. If you aren’t ten minutes early, you’re late. Be cheerful and listen to people, even if you don’t feel like it. Tell your spouse (children, grandchildren, parents) that you love them every day. Use shelf liner in bureaus. Keep a collection of presents on hand (Mom kept them in a “present drawer”), so that you’ll always have something to give people. Celebrate occasions. Be kind.
Hmm. I’m not sure I have any reading regrets? After all, if I hadn’t read the book I wouldn’t know it was crap! Crap books include Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, and The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
That I *need* to finish? The Lev Grossman Magicians triology (third book isn’t out yet, but I own and have not read the second). That’s it I think (I have bought and not read Divergent yet, which doesn’t count but is a series I need to read. If it’s rubbish I won’t read the other books in that series though!).
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Magicians? Most of the books I read are non-fiction, and it’s hard to be a fangirl for a biographer that’s been dead for decades!
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I don’t follow new releases much.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Starting lots of books at the same time! It’s super-annoying and yet I keep doing it.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Aesop’s Fables (the Wordsworth publishers edition – I have to say that as I have two Aesop books). I haven’t read this for years, but I liked reading the book as a child!
Your latest book purchase:
If you lived here, I’d know your name by Heather Lende. It’s a book about small-town Alaska.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I am a grown up and don’t do silly things like this now! Haha. It was probably Hunger Games, or The Magicians, or Crazy things customers say in bookshops, all of which have kept me up recently!