While visiting new blogs I ran across this list on Hidden Staircase, and thought it sounded like fun. In the “Bookish Alphabet,” you have to answer the questions from A-Z about your books, reading habits, and favorite quotes and memories. If you decide to participate, just copy and past the list onto you blog, and then link back your post in the comments below. So without further ado… here’s my “Bookish Alphabet!”
A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
Ann M. Martin. I owned the entire series of her The Babysitter’s Club when I was in middle school and high school. I ended up donating them to my mother’s elementary school’s library when I left for college.
This one is tough. There are several sequels I loved. Off the top of my head I would Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager was great. In fact, it’s my favorite of the entire Outlander series. I also loved George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s LUX and Covenant series got better as the series developed.
C. Currently Reading
I’m reading The Borrowers by Mary Norton, and The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell.
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
I love to drink either a soy Caramel Macchiato or Green Tea Latte from Starbucks. However, if I bought one every time I picked up a book, I’d be homeless. And then who would look after by books? Usually, I just settle for black coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Occasionally wine, but that often ends up with me passed out in some strange position, while my book falls to the wayside. Waking up to discover a crick in your neck, with no idea what page you were on sucks big time.
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
I prefer physical books. There’s just something about the smell, the feel of the pages, and holding one in your hand that an e-Reader can’t duplicate. However, e-Readers making traveling with books easier, and saves you from being trapped in your home by your beloved books. I also like that I can easily look up words, take notes without writing in my books, and can change the font size. I’m not getting any younger, you know.
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I decided to read it after I watched the first few films, which I loved immensely. I felt kind of foolish buying a children’s novel, but it was so good, that I quickly got over it. It’s also what helped bring me back into the YA fold.
H. Hidden Gem Book
One of my cousins lent me Charlie Huston’s Caught Stealing, the first novel in a trilogy. The book hooked me right from the beginning, and I have since read every one of his books. A lot of people I meet haven’t heard of Huston, so I like trying to put new people on to him. I’m still waiting for the series to be adapted for film.
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
Participating in “Battle of the Books” as a kid. It gave me an excuse to read as much as I do, and I got to associate with other readers in the culminating tournament.
J. Just Finished
I’m reading Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories series as part of my TBR Pile and Historical Fiction reading challenges. I just finished the fourth book in the series, Sword Song. I also just read an ARC for Vaun Murphrey’s Chimera.
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
I don’t really like to read fictional religious books. Last year I read Left Behind, and it just wasn’t for me. I also don’t like to read Harlequin romance novels. I used to in elementary school, and there was too much acceptable rape in them that have turned me away from the romance genre almost completely.
I’ve read a lot of books over 1,000 pages, but the longest was Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross. The fourth book in the Outlander series comes in at 1,443 pages. Second place goes to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings at 1,216 pages.
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of…
That would probably be The Fault in Our Stars. I finished it while on a train to Toronto, and cried so ugly, everyone aboard was concerned for my mental state. I would have embarrassed if I wasn’t so heartbroken.
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
Do I count all of my boxed books on shelves in the garage? How about the shelves filled with old books I’ve read in my classroom? If not, then I have 10.
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
The book I’ve read the most is probably The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. It used to be my go-to book when I wanted a good read, but couldn’t afford to buy new books.
P. Preferred Place to Read
In my bed with tons of pillows behind my back, and one across my knees.
“Whenever you’re unsure of yourself, whenever you’re in doubt, ask yourself three questions. What do you believe in? What do you hope for? But most important, ask yourself, what do you love? And when you answer, Tania, you will know who you are. And more important – If you ask these questions of the people around you, you’ll know who they are, too.” – Paullina Simons, The Summer Garden
R. Reading Regret
My biggest reading regret is allowing the majority of what I read be book series. It’s so much anguish waiting for the next installment, and many of the series I read release new novels around the same time.
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
I generally finish series I begin, but I need to finish James Patterson’s Alex Cross mysteries, as well as his Women’s Murder Club series. I also need to finish Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles, and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Oh, and I also need to finish The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
This is difficult to select just three books. Off the top of my head I’d pick:
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Harry Potter. I don’t care how old I am, I will always love this series.
W. Worst Bookish Habit
I used to read the ending of every book, but then I ruined a book I really wanted to read, and stopped. I also will write the definitions of words in the margins of books. However, now that I primarily read ebooks, I’ve stopped doing that. My worst bookish habit these days will probably be buying books when I am surrounded by new books I have yet to read.
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
That’s a hard one… that would be either Soundless by Richelle Mead or J. R. Ward’s Blood Kiss.
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book
This depends on the shelf… The 27th book in the bookcase in my room is Richelle Mead’s The Ruby Circle. If I count the “bookshelf” in iBooks, then the 27th book wold be Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. The 27th book in my Nook would be nothing, since I don’t have that many, but the last book on the shelf (#22) is Withering Heights by Emily Brontë. On my Kindle the 27th book is Paullina Simons’ The Summer Garden.
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
My last ebook purchase was Bernard Cornwel’s bundle of the Saxon Stories/ Warrior Chronicles books 5-7. My last physical book purchase was Paper Towns by John Green.
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
That would be Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman Trilogy. I read it last summer, and existed on only a few hours sleep, because I could bear to put it down. Diana Gabaladon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood was another that kept me up, and I read it right before TBH trilogy. Suffice it to say, last summer was very tiring. LOL!