A to Z Survey

Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea recently did a 'Bookish Survey' and it looked really fun, so I've appropriated it. She in turn got it from Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner.

Be prepared! to know more about my book-habits and book-life than you were asking for! Huzzah!

Author you’ve read the most books from: Lemony Snicket - unless we're counting Graphic Novels in which case it's Tite Kubo with his 40+ volumes of Bleach. I've read all of A Series of Unfortunate Events (12 books) as well as his Unauthorized Autobiography and will be starting his new series All the Wrong Questions when I get home.

Best Sequel Ever: Lirael by Garth Nix.

Currently Reading: Rubinrot by Kerstin Gier.

Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea or coffee/barley coffee. Summertime? Just add ice.

E-reader or physical book: Physical books. It's often easier to read on my nook or even on my iPod, but I still prefer the physical books, being able to hold them, write in them, and pass them along. Although looking up words in the dictionary is easier on a reader. (Also, the smell. My God Hill of Devi smelled ridiculously good. Unbreak Me on the other hand...)

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Realistically? Probably someone like Nicholas Sayre from Lirael and Abhorsen, I would have adored him. I couldn't date him now though, unless this is post-Abhorsen Nicholas, which of course violates the idea that we're both in High School. This is also assuming that Remus Lupin is as opposed to student/teacher relationships as a guy like him should be.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro, I almost returned this book instead of keeping it that one last day. DING-DING-DING! Guess who won the Nobel for Lit this year? It's the first time I've actually read something by a Nobel laureate before they got the award. I'm chuffed.

Hidden Gem Book: PostApoc by Liz Worth.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: While reading Harry Potter certainly was important to me, I didn't read Harry Potter until the last moment I could. An earlier moment for me was when I began to track all the books I read in a notebook in 2002. A recent moment for me was the creation of this book blog, because I thought critical book reviews had to be boring like those we read in middle school, not like the fun snippets I wrote on Goodreads.

Just Finished: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I've always avoided Horror, but I've read a few scary books despite that. Out by Natsuo Kirino was a standout for me. I've recently developed a bad taste in my mouth from erotica.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Ignoring Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I (1,059) - which is the invariable answer - Dune by Frank Herbert clocks in at 883 pages. That includes the appendices, though. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is only 870 pages by comparison. Of course I haven't read any of my Peter F. Hamilton books yet. :D

Major book hangover because of: The Assault by Harry Mulisch. I was buzzing for days.

Number of Bookcases You Own: In my bedroom - floor to ceiling - five. I recently stopped double shelving books and sorted them by author. This also does not take into account all the other bookcases in my house, which would probably be another 6 or 8 floor-to-ceiling IKEA shelves. We're bibliophiles, okay? (PS I think I also have two smaller bookshelves beside my desk filled with books I want to get rid of??) (PPS Also, all those boxed books still in the attic and garage from my Grandma, and the ones in storage in Germany - omygawd.)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: I've surprisingly never read the Harry Potter books more than once, except The Prisoner of Azkaban. I've re-read The Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton a lot over the years, but I think I've read Lirael or Moorchild by Eloise McGraw most often.

Preferred Place To Read: Anywhere I can, really, but laying on my bed or on the couch is best.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: "[N]ot all those who wander are lost." - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Reading Regret: Spending more time reading about books than reading them.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): Honey and Clover by Chica Umino, The Sand Chronicles by Hinako Ashihara, The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman, Dune by Frank Herbert and Keys of the Kingdom by Garth Nix.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young. 15 April 2014!

Worst Bookish Habit: "Hoarding books." The source will remain anonymous.

X Marks The Spot - start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.

Your latest book purchase: Otherborn (Otherborn #1) by Anna Silver.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):  I've seldom read a book until the sun came out again, The Deathly Hallows was the last real culprit. Midnight release, yo. Although a couple romances have goaded me into early hours recently, and PostApoc was a serious offender. I had to make the conscious decision at a certain point, because when you're that tired, you can't really appreciate the book anymore.

Did you do Jamie’s survey? If you did, please make sure to leave me a link to your own post below so that I can check it out. Visit Vicky's survey here.