Sunday, September 22, 2013

A to Z Bookish Survey

I saw this over at Books, Biscuits and Tea (run by the lovely Vicky) and since its been forever and a day since I did one these types of surveys I figured why not?  

Author you’ve read the most books from: Hmm I suppose Julia Quinn--between her Bridgerton Saga, stand alone novels, duology and now her Smythe-Smith Quartet that's a over a dozen books right there. In close second would have to be Andrea K. Host, Maria V. Snyder, Juliet Marillier and Brandon Sanderson.  

Best Sequel Ever: Damia by Anne McCaffrey - I *love* the Rowan. I loved her as soon as I read the short story "The Lady in the Tower", but her daughter's short story ("Meeting of Minds") and her book? I adore. I related to Damia in a way I couldn't with the Rowan because she was...well...THE Rowan. Damia grew up in not only the shadow of her illustrious mother, but also that of her father, Jeff Raven, (and assorted other relatives who distinguished themselves quite notably). She screwed up and learned the consequences of that screw up. clashed with her mother even as she started to become more like her. Seriously. I love Damia.

 Currently Reading: Quite a few, but mainly Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington, a rather creepy horror/scifi story.  

Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea. Always tea. VERY occasionally will it be iced, but mostly black tea of some nature with one teaspoon of sugar and a lemon wedge.

E-reader or physical book: Physical, though I've become more enamored with e-books especially as they allow me to read authors I wouldn't ordinarily have a chance to.  

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Well I didn't date in HS (stuck on one guy), but Elend possibly from the Mistborn books--kind of bookish, a bit idealistic, handsome and popular because of his determination. Would have had a mad crush on Valek (from he Poison Study books) though.

 Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Before that I didn't read male author written books featuring a female main character. Then I became obsessed.  

Hidden Gem Book: The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K Host OR The Girl Who Would be King by Kelly Thompson -- seriously they are both so worth reading and obsessing over.

 Important Moment in your Reading Life: Ten years old, stuck at home with the chicken pox and this was before TVs in kids' bedrooms was the norm (and before I got a clock radio). Couldn't get out of bed to play with my toys, so my mom brought home a stack of books. Somewhere between wishing I could have been a pioneer girl with Laura Ingalls and hoping that by the time I turned 13 my stormy blue-grey eyes would be silver and I could move things with my mind like Katie (from The Girl with the Silver Eyes) I realized I had been doing my life wrong to not be focusing on books more.  

Just Finished: Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach - I love her fantasy books (under Rachel Aaron) and her scifi books (so far) are just as fun!  

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I tend to avoid true crime books, a good chunk of non-fiction, any romance that deals with adultery/cheating as the okay choice for the main romantic pairing or horror (zombies not included).  

Longest Book You’ve Read: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, 1008 pages.  

Major book hangover because of: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder -- I picked this up around 6pm one night, but couldn't get to starting it until closer to 1am due to studying for an exam. I then stayed up until 7am to finish it, had my exam at 8am and came home to re-read the book now that I didn't have to worry about remembering math equations.

 Number of Bookcases You Own: 4 "tall" bookcases (floor to ceiling so about 9 and half feet?), 2 "small" bookcases (about 3 feet tall each), and four DVD shelves I converted into bookcases. And that doesn't even hold half my collection...prolly closer to a third?  

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts--19 times...once a year every year since I was 10.  

Preferred Place To Read: My bed, or if I've very fortunate curled up against a guy.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: Well here's a whole bunch of them:

quotes Lexie likes

"I am Sailor Moon, champion of justice! On behalf of the moon, I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you! - sailor moon"— Naoko Takeuchi

But my favorite is this “Live the life you choose and enjoy the happiness and regret that comes with that life." Yong-Kum from Antique Gift Shop by Lee Eun

Reading Regret:  Not being able to read every language known to mankind--there are so many books out there that will never be translated that are so interesting looking/sounding that I want to read them.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): Technically the Sevenwaters books--I think all 3 trilogies are out now?  I'm missing the newest book (ah Flame of Sevenwaters I believe)

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

 Unapologetic Fangirl For:Brandon Sanderson, Andrea K. Host, and Maria V. Snyder

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson - bring on the next Stormlight Archive book! Shallan is the main focus!!

Worst Bookish Habit:Buying multiple editions of the same books

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:Searching for Shona by Margaret J. Anderson

 Your latest book purchase: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

 ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Shadow's End by Moira Katson - I desperately wanted to know if there would be a happy ending for anyone.  Was reading that until about 45 minutes before I my shift started at work -.-;;