A to Z Bookish Survey

Posted 22 September, 2013 by Trish in Reading Nook / 20 Comments

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen the A to Z Bookish Survey sweeping through the blogosphere. I first saw the survey over at Laura’s (Devouring Texts) and have since seen it several other places but believe it originated with Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner. If you haven’t joined the fun yet, what are you waiting for? ;)

Author you’ve read the most books from: Stephen King, Jodi Piccoult, Margaret Atwood, Tim Robbins, JK Rowling, Charles Dickens, Neil Gaiman, John Green. Wow–pretty varied list!

Best Sequel Ever: Did y’all see my post about being terrible at reading series?

Currently Reading: Mockingjay. I WILL finish it this time!

Drink of Choice While Reading: In theory coffee. In reality water.

E-reader or Physical Book? I love the idea of a physical book, but I love the actuality of an e-reader. However, since I have more physical books than e-books, I mostly read paper.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Once upon a time I would have said Edward. Yes, that one. I’d like to think I’ve since grown up. Or have I?

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve since been on a King binge!

Hidden Gem Book: The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson. It’s a short little book but packs quite a punch.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: When I read Wuthering Heights as a high school senior. I went from a casual (albeit voracious) reader to one who took literature more seriously.

Just Finished: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (no just about it–I finished in August)

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I know this makes me a total snob, but if the character on the cover of the book is not fully dressed I won’t read it. I’m also not a big fan of paranormal or urban fantasy type books. Again, mostly because of the cover designs. #booksnob

Longest Book You’ve Read: Without comparing the page lengths I’d say either The Stand or Pillars of the Earth.

Major book hangover because of: Most recently A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. So stinking good.

Number of Bookcases You Own: Not including Elle’s, we have 4.5 bookcases. Except one is Scott’s. I’m working on taking it over…slowly but surely. Muhahahahaha!!!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Wuthering Heights. It’s so pulpy but I’ll read it again and again.

Preferred Place To Read: In bed. Except this also usually means I’ll fall asleep. I don’t always mind.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: From Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The book that made me feel ALL THE THINGS.

“‘I’m gonna bury my feelings deep inside me.’ ‘what do you mean, bury your feelings?’ ‘No matter how much I feel, I’m not going to let it out. If I have to cry, I’m gonna cry on the inside. If I have to bleed, I’ll bruise. If my heart starts going crazy, I’m not gonna tell everyone in the world about it. It doesn’t help anything. It just makes everyone’s life worse.’ ‘But if you’re burying your feelings deep inside you, you won’t really be you, will you?'” (Oskar and Therapist. 203).

Reading Regret: That I don’t have a better memory for the books I’ve read. Like I can’t remember the ending of the book I read two months ago. Shameful.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): Ahem. Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve only been working on Mockingjay for a year now…

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The God of Small Things, Fall on Your Knees (ask me tomorrow and I’ll give you three different books…)

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Does it make me a bad reader to say I’m drawing a blank? Lots of authors I love but no one I go gaga over.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: I think I’m the only book blogger who doesn’t pay attention to new releases but I will be really curious about the new Bill Bryson – One Summer: American 1927.

Worst Bookish Habit: I am a reformed spine-cracker. Though I still dog-ear pages with quotes I love.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Poor book has been languishing unread on my shelf for years.

Your latest book purchase: A Half Price Books trip the day before Evie was born! I picked up Night Film, The Humingbird’s Daughter (I know nothing about this one), A Red Herring Without Mustard, A Map of True Places.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Gone Girl. And by late I mean 11:00 pm.

Ready to play along?

20 Responses to “A to Z Bookish Survey”

  1. I love this because all of your answers are so very Trish-esque! My favorite one is the Edward one! “Yes that one!” Hahaha! I’m really excited about the release of the new Diane Sutterfield book! :-)

  2. I think my top three books are always the same but only because I read them all so long ago that they stick in my head. Now I read much faster and I can hardly remember three books I read this year!

  3. A you list is quite varied indeed. Stevie King and Jodi all in the same list amazing.

    E. I keep loading my e reader, and then there are issues, almost threw it out the bus window the other day, I must go to the store and get a geek lesson.

    I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on your latest book purchases. Great fun learning a little more about you. did I tell you, your amazing. I was so tired when my boys were little, I think I fell asleep reading nursery rhymes.

  4. Yes, THAT Edward was on my fictional characters I’d date in high school as well! Even now I enjoy that character in a story but would kick him to the curb in real life. And I’ve got the Bryson book on pre-order! B&N.com has signed copies on sale!

  5. I didn’t take you for an Edward kind of girl! :) Also, how did I miss that you were such a Wuthering Heights fan! I think most people fall into the “I hate that book” category! I am not one of them!

  6. You are definitely not the only blogger who doesn’t pay attention to new releases! I only ever know about them if they’re from authors I love with all my heart (this month I’ve actually known about 3 new books: Maddaddam [Atwood], That new Donna Tartt one that I can’t remember the name of, and Doctor Sleep [obvs!]) so yeah. There are too many good, old books that I haven’t read yet to worry about new ones!

    Also the reading memory thing: Yes. This is pretty much why I started a book blog. Also why I need to reread ALL THE THINGS I read pre-blog.

  7. This is fun! I may have to borrow it :)

    And, I think I’m with you on the reading regret. I wish I could remember details better.

  8. What a great post. I think I’ll do it too!

    I’ll always like physical books more than ebooks, but my Kindle does come in handy sometimes.

  9. I’m fairly certain if we’re all honest with ourselves, Edward would have been someone we’d all have dated or drooled over. SHAMEFUL…lol. I need to do this little bookish tag/meme.

  10. I know this makes me a total snob, but if the character on the cover of the book is not fully dressed I won’t read it. I’m also not a big fan of paranormal or urban fantasy type books. Again, mostly because of the cover designs. #booksnob

    That technically makes you a cover snob. Right? I’m kinda the same. If the cover sucks, I turn to the title. If it’s a dumb or clunky title, I’m like, “Two strikes, my friend.” Then, if the first paragraph of the book synopsis on the back or inside jacket cover is a snoozer, you’ve lost me. Three strikes. YOU’RE OUT!!

    I used to hate dog earing and spine cracking. Wanted to keep my books pristine. Now, I prefer a well read book. I’ll crack spines and sort of bend the cover back a little to give the book some character. I don’t dog ear or highlight, but if someone loans me a book they love and have had for years and it looks like it was just taken off the shelf, I decline and buy my own copy. I just don’t have the patience to keep books perfect looking with a 3 year old in my house that loves to steal my book and run away laughing while throwing away my bookmarks.

    Oh, and I agree 100% about e-readers. I like reading paper better, in theory. But in actuality, I prefer reading on my Nook. It’s easier in every possible way. Especially with larger, clunkier hardbacks. I wish I’d read 11/22/63, Talisman and Stand on my Nook but I found those books so cheap it was embarrassing.


  11. What a fun survey, love so many of your answers, Trish. I’m a book snob, too…I won’t read books with undressed men or women, in whole or part, or women in corsets or ripped bodices on the cover. I’m not a fan of paranormal or urban fantasy either. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of these books and I don’t see it happening! Bed is my favorite place to read, too and 11 pm is a late night for me, too! You named some great books. I’ve never read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. but I might have to now!

  12. I’m with you. Eleven at night is for me too. I enjoyed reading your responses to this survey. I’ve considered doing it but I don’t think I’d know what to write for half the categories. LOL