A to Z Book Survey

I saw this book survey over at Planet Millie, and just couldn’t resist doing an entry about books because, let’s face it, books are a big deal for me.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Off the top of my head, I think it’d have to be Diana Wynne Jones, just because she has a whole bunch of books. (That’s discounting books like Nancy Drew or Babysitters Club).

Best sequel ever

King of Attolia from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. The first book, The Thief, was one of my favorite books as a kid, but I didn’t even know it was a series until I saw the next two books (Queen of Attolia and King of Attolia) at a bookstore when I was in uni. I loved the different take in King of Attolia and I still find it giggle-worthy whenever I re-read it.

Currently reading

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.

Drink of choice while reading

I don’t drink a lot while reading, but it’d have to be coffee, I guess?

E-reader or physical book

I love my kindle and I love the ease of kindles, but it’d still be physical books. I grew up in a house stuffed full of books and I love the memories that come with actually holding books. (Although, we lost a lot of our books in a major flood a couple of years back. I still mourn all the books we used to have)

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

Uh… Can’t really think of anyone

Glad you gave this book a chance

Pride and Prejudice. I remember reading one of the Brontes’ books in high school and that kind of prejudiced me against Victorian era books, so for the longest time I kind of avoided those kind of books. A few years back, I was watching Wishbone (Yes, it’s a kids’ series, but I used to watch it as a kid, don’t judge me. And I really think it’s a great kids’ show), and one of the episodes featured P&P, and I was all ‘oh shit, this Elizabeth girl is cool, I have to read the book!’ And I loved it. 🙂

Hidden gem book

I’m not sure what hidden gem is supposed to mean… A book that doesn’t get much credit? Uh… One of my favorite books since childhood that I don’t think a lot of people have read is Ellen Raskin’s Westing Game. It’s a great whodunit book with a lot of great twists and clues within clues

Important moment in your reading life

I was eight and in the second grade. My mom took me into their room, led me to one of the bookcases, pulled out an old novel, handed it to me, and told me to read it. It took me a looooong time to get through it, but I read it and fell in love. It was the first book that showed me that I could go reading through my parents’ bookshelves. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Just finished

Alex Scarrow’s TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows

Kinds of books you won’t read

Those romance novels that are all smut. I hate them. I have no problem with erotica, but I don’t like PWPs, I need a plot.

Longest book you’ve read

I’m not really sure, what with font sizes and book sizes. If we count Lord of the Rings as all one book, it’d be that. If not… Probably the unabridged Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Major book hangover because of

I remember that I was obsessed with The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper as a kid. I memorized all the poems, and daydreamed about Wales a lot (because of The Grey King).

Number of bookcases you own

Well, we don’t have bookcases anymore, since we moved after the flood. But our old house used to have five or six (just small bookcases).

One book you’ve read multiple times

I love re-reading favorite books, so there are a lot of these. Madeleine L’Engle books get re-read a lot, I used to go re-read some of my favorite series like The Prydain Chronicles and The Dark is Rising sequence a lot. Howl’s Moving Castle and The Westing Game. A lot, really.

Preferred place to read

In bed

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

The latest quote that gave me the feels is “It would be a privelege to have my heart broken by you” from The Fault in Our Stars

Reading regret

I don’t really regret reading books. I don’t even regret Twilight, which I only read because I wanted to criticize it knowledgeably when faced with all those fangirls.

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

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographic by James A. Owen. I loved the first book in this series, I got literal goosebumps by the end. The next books aren’t as awesome, but it’s still a pretty great series. I just can’t find the last book, and I have to re-read the whole series again before reading book 6.

Unapologetic fangirl for

I’m going to skip the things that people typically fangirl/fanboy over. It’d have to be Howl’s Moving Castle (I’ve got friends who can’t understand why I love it so much, but the whole playing around with the fantasy tropes in this book is just so much fun), Westmark trilogy (The Prydain books are more famous, but I love the gray-ness of the Westmark books, things were never just black and white. I loved how everyone was a mix of good and bad, and I never really knew who was truly ‘right’), and The Westing Game.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

Most of my favorite authors are dead, and I haven’t really been following any new series lately. It would have to be the next Heroes of Olympus book by Rick Riordan, but it’s not that I’m partically excited about it, just that it’s the only series I’m following right now.

Worst bookish habit

Starting a new book in the middle of reading another book. I do this a lot, and sometimes I forget where I am in one of the books I’m simultaneously reading.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Ugh. I don’t have my own bookshelf anymore, and the bookshelf is downstairs.

Your latest book purchase

The first 3 books of The Missing series by Margaret Petersen Haddix (I really liked her Shadow Children series, so I decided to give it a go. Also, I got each book for Php30, around 75 cents US, so it was a total steal)

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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I only started it because I wanted to fall asleep and figured that I’d read a couple of chapters and go to sleep. I ended up finishing the book at 3am, sobbing like my heart was breaking.

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