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10 / 30 books. 33% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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- England (8)
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- Ireland (2)
- Italy (1)
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My Progress:

23 / 51 states. 45% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

16 / 50 books. 32% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

21 / 50 books. 42% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

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42 / 50 books. 84% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

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38 / 52 books. 73% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

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25 / 40 books. 63% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

15 / 40 books. 38% done!

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9 / 25 books. 36% done!

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33.2 / 26.2 miles. 127% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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21 / 100 books. 21% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

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56 / 104 books. 54% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

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42 / 52 books. 81% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

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57 / 165 books. 35% done!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bookish Me, From A to Z

I've been wanting to do this fun A to Z Survey ever since I saw it posted over at The Perpetual Page Turner.  Everyone else's responses to the questions have been so fun to read that I decided to give it a go.  Enjoy!  Oh, and if you posted your answers, will you leave me a link?  I'd love to stop by and see what YOU had to say.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I'm not a frequent enough user of Goodreads to look there for help with this one, so who knows if this answer's accurate or not, but I would guess Jodi Picoult.  I've read every book she's written except the two or three newest.  She's definitely one of my faves!

Best Sequel Ever:

I'm going to go with Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  I loved Cinder so much that I was a *little* bit afraid to read the sequel.  Turned out, I had no reason to fear.  In Scarlet, Meyer introduced a whole new set of characters with their own storyline, which was disorienting for a second.  But only a second.  Then, it was awesome!  The new cast was just as compelling as the old, plus Meyer kept the action going strong and used the continuing plot from Cinder as a parallel, then intersecting, storyline in Scarlet.  I think I just made it sound a whole lot more confusing than it is.  Just trust me on this one, Scarlet's a fine example of a sequel that gets everything right.  

Currently Reading:

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron.  Why didn't I pick this one up earlier?  I'm devouring it.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Most of the time, I go with a nice, big glass of ice water.  I'm just boring like that.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I used to rage endlessly against e-books.  Then I got a Kindle Fire.  And I didn't hate it.  In fact, I sorta loved it.  I still read more *real* books than e-books, but I like the flexibility that  owning a Kindle gives me.  This quote from Stephen Fry sums up my feelings on the subject exactly:  "Books are no more threatened by [e-readers] than stairs by elevators."

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I don't know, probably someone sweet and nerdy, like Simon from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer.  This swashbuckling YA novel really didn't sound like my kind of thing, but lots of bloggers were raving about it, so I decided to give it a try.  It ended up being a huge favorite.  

Hidden Gem Book:

Can I cheat and use the answer above for this one, too?  

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I didn't realize it at the time, but deciding to keep an online reading journal changed my reading life forever.  It was the earliest incarnation of this blog.  Creating BBB opened up my reading world in ways I couldn't even fathom back in the day.  

Just Finished:

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis -- It's one of the most frightening YA dystopians I've read in a long time because it presents a scenario that could actually happen.  Plus, it's intriguing, well-written and peopled with compelling characters.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica -- just, no thanks
Poetry -- usually I'm too dense to understand it
Boring Non-Fiction -- zzzzzzzzz

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Hm, I don't know for sure.  Probably something by Stephen King.  Or Brandon Sanderson.

Major book hangover because of:

A couple years ago, I had a thyroidectomy, followed by two rounds of iodine radiation therapy.  While radioactive, I couldn't leave my bedroom, so I spent lots of time reading.  During the first round, I read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare back-to-back.  The story definitely kept me entertained, but man, I was in some pain afterward: my eyes stung, my head throbbed and my hands hurt from holding those big, ole tomes.  

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have bookcases all over my house, but there are 5 main ones.  I haven't posted pictures of my brand new, 9 feet tall x 12 feet long beauty, but heck, there's no time like the present.  Here's the unfilled version:

I'm about 5'5", so that gives you an idea of this bookcase's crazy bigness.  I LOVE it!  I'll post the filled and frou-frou-ed version later.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I'm not much of a re-reader, although I've read both Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins twice—does that count?

Preferred Place To Read:

My reclining couch or in my adjustable bed.  Yes, I am a senior citizen.

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

I can't think of a book-specific quote, but I like this one from Stephen King:  "Books are a uniquely portable magic."

Reading Regret:
I regret not having re-read the Harry Potter books yet.  I enjoyed them all as they came out, but haven't gone back  to re-enjoy them yet.  I definitely need to do that—and soon!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

It would take me years to list all the series I've started and haven't finished yet.  'Course, most of them are still being written.  So, for this question, I'll choose ... the original Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

The Hunger Games series.  Even if the movie didn't quite capture its essence and my husband now thinks I'm a cold-hearted monster for loving the story, even then, I adore it.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I've been waiting and waiting to get my hands on The Shade of the Moon, a new entry in Susan Beth Pfeffer's YA dystopian series.  The story officially ended with This World We Live In, but we fans pressured her to continue the story and voila, she did!  The good folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently sent me an ARC and I can't wait to dive into it.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably eating while I read.  I can't count the number of times I've dripped something on a page or marred it with a greasy fingerprint.  Unforgivable, I know.

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

Since I have about a bajillion bookcases, I chose the behemoth that houses all my adult review books (see photo above).  The top left section houses non-fiction, so the 27th is Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  I've had this cookbook since it came out and haven't even cracked the spine yet.  What's wrong with me??

Your latest book purchase:

Probably The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  I love his quirky, creepy stories, but this one's getting mixed reviews so I've been hesitating to read it.  I'll get to it eventually.

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

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts.  The book wasn't even that good, I just wanted to finish it, even though I knew reading it late at night was going to give me nightmares.  Which it totally did.  
So, what do you think?  Did you learn anything new about me?  Have you done this survey on your blog?  If so, let me know as I'd love to come learn more about you and your bookish life.  If you haven't done the A to Z survey yet, do, it's a whole lot of fun!


  1. OH MY GOODNESS! Your book cases are GORGEOUS! I am so jealous!! I don't really like re-reading books either, but The Hunger Games is one I think I could read a hundred times! Same with Harry Potter (it's a goal of mine to re-read that series as well). I loved your survey, it gave me a lot of books to check out! :)

  2. What a fun survey! I would have to think too hard to answer it myself.

  3. This is very interesting and informative. BTW I really love your new bookcase :)

  4. I KNEW you'd love The Dark Unwinding!! :) This was a fun post...and if I didn't have a three year old in my lap demanding I find Youtube videos of babies swimming (?!?!?!?) right now, I might do one myself. Love those bookshelves!

  5. What a fun survey. I love the quote you shared by Stephen Fry. It's so perfect! I love my Kindle and actual books too. :)

    Your bookcase is very lovely!

    I think I may post this survey on my blog too!

  6. What a fun survey! And I love those bookcases of yours!!!

  7. You know, it's not everybody who gets to say "I was radioactive so I couldn't leave my bedroom."

    Great bookcases, too. My house is full of 'em and my husband and I still have books piled everywhere in our house.

    I think you and I have extremely different reading tastes, but that doesn't take away the fun of reading your survey answers. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. I STILL have not read Cinder. I think I picked it up as an ARC and wasn't in the mood, but have yet to go back. Must remedy that.

  9. My daughter is currently devouring Cinder. I had to literally tear the book from her hand tonight so she would go to sleep at a decent hour.

    I am positively jealous of your bookcase...


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