A-Z Books Survey!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

This is hard… Part of me says J.K Rowling. Part of me says Lucy Maude Montgomery… Part of me thinks it’s neither and it’s actually some obscure book series I read as a kid. Maybe it’s Meg Cabot? I’m going to go with all of the above!

Best Sequel Ever:

Quite honestly, I can’t think of one. I’m not a huge series reader and I often find the first book to be the best in the series.

Currently Reading:

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves. Going through this rather slowly as I’m annotating it for my thesis and want to go through with a fine tooth comb to save myself time later!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

A nice big cup of tea, white with one sugar!

E-reader or Physical Book?

I don’t really mind, to be honest. They both have their merits!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School:

I can’t think of any right now that aren’t wildly inappropriate for that age group!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I had to read it for Extension English in year 11. I’d hated very other book they’d set, so assumed I would hate this too. I was so very wrong and am now a huge Du Maurier fan!

Hidden Gem Book:

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod. It’s so beautiful!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Harry Potter. Those books will be my first loves. Always.

Just Finished:

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. It’s so very funny!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Self help. Like I need a book to tell me my life is problematic!

Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Lord of the Rings. It is technically one book and runs at somewhere around 1200 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

Jane Eyre! It’s just so wonderful and I went into a big slump after reading it for a month or so.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Two in my room, one big one in the study and a smaller one in the lounge room.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It’s definitely one of my most favourite books!

Preferred Place To Read:

Either in my bed or on the couch, providing everything is quiet. I hate reading when it’s noisy or when can hear people talking, unless I’m on the train.

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

“In spite of everything I loved you, and will go on loving you―on my knees, with my shoulders drawn back, showing my heels to the headsman and straining my goose neck―even then. And afterwards―perhaps most of all afterwards―I shall love you, and one day we shall have a real, all-embracing explanation, and then perhaps we shall somehow fit together, you and I, and turn ourselves in such a way that we form one pattern, and solve the puzzle: draw a line from point A to point B… without looking, or, without lifting the pencil… or in some other way… we shall connect the points, draw the line, and you and I shall form that unique design for which I yearn.”

Invitation to a Beheading- Vladimir Nabakov

Reading Regret:

I wish I hadn’t stopped reading classics after the age of 12. I’d read all the children’s classics and didn’t really get into reading adult ones until I was maybe 17, and by then it was a bit late. Even re-reading some of my favourites as a child is something I find challenging!

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Maybe the Dark Lover series by J.R. Ward. At least I think all of them are out… And I doubt I’ll finish it.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling… Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte…. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

If you hadn’t noticed, Harry Potter!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Does it count if there isn’t any news of a new book? Because I will be all over anything Kate Morton writes, but haven’t heard news of anything upcoming. It’s been 2.5 years!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying wayyyyy more books than I can read! Or starting books and getting bored, then not finishing them!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie!

Your latest book purchase:

I got the Hogwarts Library box set because I had a voucher, The Great War by Les Carlyon, a hardcopy of Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (I already have it on my Kindle but find annotating easier in a physical copy) and a physical copy of The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell. Gearing up for my thesis next year!

Oh, and a few unit readers, Billy Budd and Other Stories by Hermann Melville, Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden and Civil Disobedience by Theroux, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Poe and a few others that I can’t remember. All for various units this semester!

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

Agnes Grey, but mostly because I just wanted to finish it. The last one that really made me forgo sleep was The Lord of the Rings last year. I stayed up until 4am, sobbing at the ending!

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