Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A-Z Bookish Survey

(Warning: Some of these answers may be lengthy. I do get chatty when it comes to books and I can’t help that. Plus, I love these survey things and this is a totally adorable idea, right?! All credit goes to Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner for creating this awesome survey. Check it out, leave your comments, participate also! I’d love to see your answers so leave a link if you--or you’ve already done so--do it!)

Author you’ve read the most books from:

This is a toss up between William Shakespeare and Richelle Mead probably. A huge gap, huh? Haha.

I’ve read a good majority of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. When I was in school, I got picked on a lot for being a “Shakespeare Geek” and especially around the time when it came to the class reading and I’d already read that particular play probably a year or two before everyone else as they were just getting introduced to it. I have officially read 12 plays so far in my lifetime. My favorite is still Romeo & Juliet.

I didn’t pick up Mead’s work until my early twenties and completely fell in love with the Vampire Academy series. Became a huge fan girl (guess I still am), and had to wait around on each book to release. It was torturous. But it was easy to decide I’d always read a book if her name was on the cover. With that, there’s all six books of the VA series, 3 books of the Bloodlines spin-off so far (soon to be 4 coming in November!), two books of her Dark Swan series (I really need to finish this one because I love it), Gameboard of the Gods, and the first book in the Georgina Kincaid series (Succubus Blues). Whew.

If there was an author I’ve read just as much of as these two, it would be another series author like Charlaine Harris (9 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series), JK Rowling (HP), and JR Ward (8 books in Black Dagger Brotherhood series).

Best sequel ever:

How can I name just one? Seriously? Sequels are hard though, for real. I think they’re a make it or break it with me when it comes to whether I’ll continue that series right away when I can or not. In recent years, I’d probably say a true good sequel would be Shadows, the sequel of Ashes, by Ilsa J. Bick. If you liked Ashes, this one takes you on a mind-bending ride. Hell, even if you thought Ashes wasn’t quite up to your expectations, Shadows may change your mind. Completely different type of style. New characters. Gritty. Insane. Haha.

Also, it may just be me, but Catching Fire. Finnick. Am I right or am I right? =D

Currently reading:

I’m currently reading Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. Though not really reading. I’ve been in a bit of a slump so I haven’t had the urge to pick up the book lately really so I’m still in chapter one. :/

Drink of choice while reading:

Usually tea or Sobe Life Water. Sometimes a Monster Absolute Zero.

E-reader or physical book:

Physical book definitely. I have a Kindle Fire, but don’t use it for reading. I can barely understand how to (as far as downloading the approved galleys directly to it) and I’m ashamed of that. Haha. So all of the e-books I read for review are read on the computer. No biggie really.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated (in high school):

Hmm… This is where the problem may start. I read more paranormal I think, soooo… a fictional character I might choose would probably not even exist in the real world even then? Bahahaha! Hilarious. I think the character I would’ve actually dated would’ve been a bit like a Seth type (Wicked Lovely). The rocker guy with piercings, a few years older, maybe already graduated or dropped out and has GED, my best friend, a hard-ass on the outside but complete care-bear.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’d been hearing about it for years, but only just gave it a shot late last year to find that it ended up on my favorites list. I never thought I would like it so much. TBH, it’d never really appealed to me before. So yep, glad I read it after all! =P


Hidden gem book:

Ultraviolet (and its companion, Quicksilver) by R.J. Anderson. Seriously, if you haven’t read this set yet, you’re missing out.

Important moment in your reading life:

Uh, yeah, this is something I don’t get into much. But it is important both in my reading and writing life and I guess I could share. When I was 10-12 years old, I was molested everyday by my mother’s boyfriend at the time. I became suicidal. I starved myself. I was depressed. Everything I loved before, I just stopped having the motivation to do or care about. Which of course included reading--I hadn’t given much thought to writing yet at the time even though I had written short stories and poetry before--and I think losing reading made my dark mood worse in the long run. It's not fair or right for any kid to have to have those feelings at an age like that, but I dealt with it, and I still struggle with some of those thoughts. The important moment came when one day, shortly before I turned 12, I was digging around in some boxes, mostly trying to keep occupied and hidden away from that nasty jerk for a couple extra hours, I found a couple books. Some Anne Rice, some Stephen King. Not many. But nothing I’d read or heard of before. I started reading the Stephen King book right there and found myself immersed in my first adult book and wanted more (it was The Shining, btw). Soon after I even found myself writing stories of my own again and journaling in a notebook that I'd picked up off the ground at school. I found my mood changing. I kept thinking I couldn’t let myself just give up or else I’d never be able to read all the books I want to, or write the stories that had started bubbling in my head again. It took another few months to finally get my mother to believe me (this is a whole other story in itself that I'd rather not discuss or bore you with), but I didn’t give up and kept fighting it. So yep. Finding and opening that one Stephen King book I guess would be the important moment in my reading (and writing) life.

Just finished:

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Kind of books you won’t read:

I’m not too terribly picky, but I generally won’t read strictly Christian Fiction (or Christian Non-fiction) because I’m Atheist and I can’t read a book in that category without it feeling uncomfortable to me in most cases. Needless to say, I do respect readers’ and the authors’ beliefs, but I’m not of that audience so I wouldn’t be a suitable fit. I have read Christian Fiction in the past that I personally requested and didn’t realize I had, but it turned out to be a nice read without any problem. So I can enjoy books in the category at times--I just prefer to try and avoid them so as to be fair.

I also usually can’t stand most erotica reads (though I have enjoyed some depending on story/author)--especially this sudden “demand” of BDSM. Obviously you will not see me reading Fifty Shades. What else does this mean? I effing hate published fan-fiction, too, now that I mentioned that.

Longest book:

Earlier this summer: Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick (821 pages)

Major book hangover because of this book:

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I just finished this one recently and I think this is why I have been in a reading slump. Haha.

Number of bookcases you own:

Two. But only one for me. The other is the kids’ shelf for their folders, notebooks, games, a shelf used for the books they own, etc.. They are built-in-the-wall bookcases four shelves each. On mine, I use three (the very top shelf I not only couldn’t reach anyway, but it’s being used for fam photos and that sort of thing). At least they hold close to a hundred of my books at a time, not including all the books I stack on top of each other inside the shelves in all kinds of chaos. Haha. Other places I keep more books: A pile on the side table right in front of the bookcase, a box under the side table, small pile on my dresser and nightstand, and then there’s also about 6-7 large full boxes closed and put up in our small storage building outside.

One you’ve read multiple times:

I am a major re-reader. I love re-reading favorites. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to do this much in the last year and a half or so. But ones I have on multiple occasions would be Wuthering Heights, the first four Harry Potter books (Can you believe I’ve only read HP 5, 6, & 7 once? I’m ashamed of this. I just haven’t had the chance to re-read those. The first four I got to long before the releases of the others.), Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, the first three Vampire Academy books, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Preferred place to read:

On my couch--the best corner against the armrest.

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

“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
--Hamlet, William Shakespeare


Reading regret:

Most recent would be Uses For Boys. Gah. I don’t even want to get started on that.

Series started, but need to be finished (all books are released):

There are a few because I have this strange attraction to series’ books. It’s a love/hate thing. Ha. I need to finish the Chemical Garden trilogy (Wither) after reading the first two, and still have not bought the last book. If I’m not mistaken, all of the books in the Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz are released. I’d like to finish it. It’d been a favorite at one time a few years ago--despite my hatred of most of the characters--because I did like the plot. I think I read 4 or 5 books? I’m pretty sure I’d have to re-read them all to refresh my memory before I continued with the series (which would be interesting to see where I would stand in opinion now a few years later as well). And I also need to finish the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. It’s a fabulous adult/urban fantasy series and I’m interested to find out what happens with the characters. Unfortunately I haven’t continued because I’ve heard some spoilers and it makes me reluctant to bother. I probably still will in near future anyway though. And then there’s the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’ve managed to stay away from all the final book spoilers. Yes! So don’t you dare. Haha. I’m on book ten, but I have been slow because the last bit of this series just hasn’t been that great for me, tbh. I read the first six books last year in a week. But by this point, I just haven’t been in a rush to pick them up like I had once been. Guilty Pleasure: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Loved it. Jumped right into book two. Then I hated the second installment. So I guess you can say I started that series and haven’t finished. But I don’t really have any intention of ever doing so like I do with the others I mentioned before.

Three of your all-time favorite books:

Harry Potter. Hunger Games. The Fault in Our Stars. (That was hard. My all-time faves list consists of at least ten. Ha.)

Unapologetic fan girl for:

Anything that has to do with Vampire Academy, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter. Well okay, I’m also a fan girl for Wicked Lovely, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and Shakespeare. And I’m a comic book nerd (X-Men!)… Does that count? But mostly the first three.

Very excited for this release more than all others at the moment:

Movie or book? For movie it’d be a toss up between Catching Fire and Vampire Academy. Can’t wait to see both. Excited! For book: Well that’s tough. My “highly anticipating” list is always changing because I either get access to a galley and read early, or another just as awesome-looking book comes along and it gets bumped up there. Ha. At the moment, my highly anticipated read would be These Broken Stars.

Worst bookish habit:

I can’t say if I have any real bad bookish habits? Probably the worst is when I start reading, I may get sidetracked easy if my attention isn’t grabbed right away (and I do read more than one book sometimes), so this has caused me to either DNF more books than I like, or take longer to read one. I used to never DNF a book, always forcing my way to finish no matter how long it took me, but the last 2+ years of blogging have changed some of those habits. Also maybe reading multiple books at once isn’t a good habit either. I usually do it as a time maneuver, but may go back to reading one book at a time and see how that helps also.

X marks the spot: Start at the top left side of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

My signed copy of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa =D

Your latest book purchase:

An X-Men novel. I haven’t done much shopping the past few days. Going to buy a few books this weekend though!

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

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I stayed up until almost four in the morning to finish that book and it was worth every hour of sleep lost.


Wow, okay. That was long. Bahaha. Thanks for putting up with me and my answers!




  1. I need to do this one soon! I loved reading other blogger answers and I want to do it, too :)
    I was in a reading slump the whole of June, because I read this really awful book which I finished just to write a review for it all. And I tend to read a couple of books at the same time too, for the same reason as you do ;)
    Oh, and Hunger Games and The Fault In Our Stars would be on mu list too! I looved them to no end.

    Great answers!

    1. Thanks!
      I love doing these survey things...always have. Haha. Yet, I can't fill out an "About Me" section for the life of me. O_o Oh yeah, a really awful book can certainly put me in a reading slump too. I'm sorry to hear that. :/ Luckily my recent reading slump has been because of good books. Lol. Fingers crossed your next read is a great one!
      Thanks again for stopping by! :)


  2. Wow, you took quite my breath away with your honesty. I'm really glad you found refuge in books during that terrible time in your life. I love that books have the capacity to absorb us and mentally shield us from current unpleasantness that we really want to escape from. :)

    Wow 12 Shakespeare plays! I've read Shakespeare, and I love to read classics, but I only read them in moments I'm sure I could devote a huge part of my brain activity to :)

    Have a nice day!

    1. Thank you for the visit and sweet comment. I agree too. Honestly don't know where I'd be without books. :)
      I do love classics and Shakespeare, but I also can't read them all the time. Since they're usually dense and take time, I may only pick them up a few times a year at best when I'm in the mood. There's still many classics I haven't read yet--and I have this challenge on myself to read as many as I can through the next few years. Just not all at once. :D

      Thanks again for visiting! <3

  3. I'm re-reading the HP series at the moment (I think I must have read books 1-4 around 5 times each now, but I've only read the later ones maybe 2 or 3 times). My favourite Shakespeare is Much Ado About Nothing, but I do like Romeo & Juliet too!

    1. Everyone always tells me "Romeo and Juliet is the most common one, though!" Haha.. but I really do still love it. I've probably read it at least 10 times in the last decade, seen so many adaptations, read different types of rewrites/adaptations as well. I think it's because it's the FIRST Shakespeare play I read through, fully analyzed everything and such. I also really love Much Ado and recently have been getting into Hamlet a lot (even though up until the last few years or so, I didn't really like Hamlet much). Haha. :)
      I need to sit down and do some HP re-reading. I miss it with a passion. I've probably re-read the first HP books a few times, but books 5-7 I've only read once. Sigh. I know when I do re-read, I'll just cry like a baby all over again. :P

  4. Oh Gods, it was horrible what you went through! It hurt my heart to read your words describing your life with your mother's boyfriend! It is amazing to see that you pulled through and made the best of it. But, wow....just wow.

    Ultraviolet is awesome - agreed.

    1. Eh. Like I said, I don't really discuss that part of my past life much. Haha. I could write a biography about it, but it would be really damaging to her when I have a semi-decent (though at times still a bit dysfunctional) relationship now. And I just wouldn't do that anyway. *shrugs* My only intention up there was answering the question honestly--because it'd truly been the most important part of my life involving books. :) I would looove to meet Stephen King one day also to be able to just tell him "Thank you." Because I think he saved my life during that time-- while inspiring me to not just become more of a reader, but to pick up that notebook and pen and start writing. ^_^

      Oh man, Ultraviolet is one of my fave books ever. I want everyone to read it. And Quicksilver. Have you read that one yet? I can't decide if it's better or not! =O I love them both.

  5. Shakespeare! I'm actually not sure how many plays of his I've read, but I don't think it's more than 37, so he's not at the top. I REALLY liked Meg Cabot. Lol.

    I think I've only read 6 Richelle Mead books. Lol.

    Catching Fire! I almost went for that one. TOO MANY GOOD SEQUELS.

    Lol, you and your Monster.

    Oh man, your type is SO not my type. I'm like piercings and tats, no thank youuuu. Piercings would probably be a dealbreaker and tattoos would depend.

    Still haven't read Perks.

    Pixie! *bear hugs*

    HOLY SHIT. I didn't know Monsters was so long. Wow.

    I've only read HP 5 twice and the other two one. I need to fix that.

    1. Can you believe that I don't *think* I've read any Cabot? I've seen the Princess Diaries movies though and adored them. (she wrote that book, right? I think I'm correct on that one. Ack.) Lol. I should probably read her. She follows me on Twitter. O_o

      Lol. I think I'm starting to lose just a bit of my Mead fangirl-ish-ness the last few months. Maybe. I don't know. I'm definitely looking forward to book four of the Bloodlines' series, but I don't follow all the quote spoilers for it. Did not enjoy Gameboard of the Gods, so I probably won't continue that series. Still excited for the VA movie though.

      There are a lot of really good sequels. Which is surprising because sometimes it's a win/lose for me. I either get middle book syndrome because the sequel isn't so great, or the sequel is amazing. I don't think I've really come across anything that's just been in the middle of those. It's one or the other for me. Haha. I also thought about naming The Eternity Cure, which I thought was better than Immortal Rules. Or Days of Blood & Starlight. Damn..now I think of more as I'm replying. Ha!

      Yes. I love Monster energy drinks! Except I can only stand certain kinds. So I'm picky. =D

      My 'type' usually ends up varying. Bahaha. I'm not really into piercings much. The whole ear gauging thing is kinda blegh to me, but something like a tongue piercing or a lip ring doesn't bother me. Mostly I like tats... if they're nice and not some bad backyard art or something. LOL. I also really like nerd types. However, I did marry someone completely opposite my usual type and it works just fine. :P

      You should read Perks! It's awesome. I could loan you my copy if you want to.

      *hugs* I'll just say that you can read the comment I said to Lyn above so I don't have to re-type most of the same thing. But thanks, hon.

      Yep. Monsters was a monster of a book. Took me nearly a month to finish reading it. *blinks* That was my reaction when I looked in the Egmont catalog earlier this year before requesting and saw the page count. Pretty unusual for a YA to be that long--even if it is a final book to a trilogy. But I think it's also because it has such potential to be a cross-over. Either way, when/if you get around to the book, get ready to set aside TIME.

      I know this feeling. I'm about to get out my HP box set in the next couple months and just start re-reading. It needs to be done. Also, I really want that new box set. It's so pretty. *grumbles* LOL.

      Okay. My book of a reply is done!

      <3 Thanks. :)



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