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A to Z Survey

It’s time for a post about books. I found this list of book-related questions to answer here.

Author you’ve read the most books from
Counting only from the books I’ve rated on Goodreads – which is inevitably somewhat skewed – we’ve got Margaret Peterson Haddix at 39. Would not have called that.

Best sequel ever
Huh. What an interesting question you ask there.
I shall say Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde. It’s technically the second in a loosely connected series and is so much better than the first. And there’s no need to read the first to follow this one.

Currently reading
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumburg.

Drink of choice while reading
Tea or water.

E-reader or physical book
Currently I read mostly physical books, with occasional e-books on my phone or computer. I had a Nook in college and was very thankful that I could borrow e-books on it through libraries, because I didn’t have a car to get myself to a library regularly. But eventually it died.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school
Look. So many. I don’t know how to narrow that down for you.

Glad you gave this book a chance
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. I read this because the description on the back sounded so much like a Lord of the Rings ripoff. But it ended up being sufficiently different and the start of a series I like a lot.

Hidden gem book
Shada by Gareth Roberts, an excellent novelization of a lost Doctor Who episode.

Important moment in your reading life
Perhaps when I decided to start reading some religion-related books I wanted to get to a little bit at a time alongside other stuff instead of waiting for gaps in my endless to-read list.

Just finished
Princess Mary’s Gift Book. This story collection was published during WWI and the profits went to the war effort. I was kind of surprised I found a library that would let me borrow one. I didn’t love all of it, but some of the stories were enjoyable. By far my favorite was J.M. Barrie’s “A Holiday in Bed”.

Kinds of books you won’t read
Not really interested in horror.

Longest book you’ve read
According to Goodreads, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. That one took forever to read, but I’m glad I did.

Major book hangover because of…
I don’t have a specific answer for this, but what most consistently makes me feel like not-reading is when I start and decide I’m not interested in a whole bunch of books in a row. It’s annoying and tiring.

Number of bookcases you own
There are two in my room currently. Another sitting in the garage that should be brought back in…

One book you have read multiple times
Pretty sure I’ve read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 14 times now.

Preferred place to read
I don’t know? I read a lot on the loveseat in the living room. There’s a chair in my bedroom and it can be nice to open my curtains to let in some sunshine and read there during the day.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read
I love this one from Les Misérables: “There is a spectacle greater than the sea, and that is the sky; there is a spectacle greater than the sky, and that is the human soul.”

Reading regret
Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I spent way too much time and effort on that book for the ending I got.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)
The last book in The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan has been on my Goodreads to-read list for… eight years…

Three of your all-time favorite books
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Unapologetic fangirl for
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I just love them.

Very excited for this release more than all the others
That description seems excessive for my feelings, but I am looking forward to Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, which should be out in September. It’s the third in a series of graphic novels. I enjoyed the first two, and the art is lovely.

Worst bookish habit
I guess sometimes I get distracted reading when I have other things to do.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
That brings me to a one-volume collection of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Your latest book purchase
I recently bought Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines for the Spiritually Exhausted by Gretchen Ronnevik because I couldn’t find it at any libraries.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way too late)
Last week I stayed up late finished The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson, but more because it was just okay and I was ready to be done than because I couldn’t put it down.

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