A to Z Bookish Survey

Posted August 10, 2013 by Renae // 25 Comments

Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner recently shared this excellent survey, and I decided it would be an excellent idea for me to participate in said excellent survey. (I kind of love the word excellent today, okay?). So here are 26 answers to 26 questions. And maybe you’ll learn something new about me! (Graphic was created by Jamie, but I tweaked the colors to match my blog.)

Author you’ve read the most books from

  • Carolyn Keene (31 books)! Gotta love Nancy Drew. I think there are almost 500 Nancy Drew published books right now, and wouldn’t it be nice if I could read them all sometime? HOWEVER, Carolyn Keene isn’t one person, so she might not count…

Best sequel ever

Currently reading

  • Lady of Passion by Freda Lightfoot: Regency-era story of well-known poet, actress, and feminist Mary Robinson, mistress of George IV

Drink of choice while reading

  • Water—I’m a health nut, and water is pretty much my beverage of choice. Or I’ll juice something and have a fresh smoothie (spinach + grapes = delish)

Ereader of physical book?

  • I like the look of physical books on my shelves, but I’m really attached to my Nook HD for portability, library cybershelf access, and weight. *shrug*

Fictional character you would probably have dated in high school

  • Sigh. I don’t really do book boyfriends. I just don’t read that way, and I honestly find it weird to lust after paper-people. BUT, the fictional character I think is most like me would have to be D.J. Schwenk from the Dairy Queen books; I relate to her in so many ways.

Glad you gave this book a chance

  • A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean, because it reminded me that historical romance is AWESOME, and that I’d kind of lost myself in the blogosphere’s YA mania (I wasn’t originally a YA reader before blogging)

Hidden gem book

  • I had an entire Top 10 Tuesday list for this topic, but the one that comes to mind right now is Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. That book KILLED me, and it’s just…gah. IT IS GOOD.

Important moment in your reading life

  • When my parents bought me the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was 5 years old, and that was the first time I remember being excited about reading.

Just finished

Kinds of books you won’t read

  • I automatically DNF for slut-shaming/victim-blaming. There are enough great books out there that I refuse to read books that perpetuate modern rape culture. I also DNF books that disregard historical fact for no obvious reason.

Longest book you’ve read

Major book hangover

  • I don’t tend to get book hangovers. Honestly not sure what that feels like. But the book that made me feel feels long after I finished was definitely Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. (Again, that book KILLED me.)

Number of books you own

  • About 200, not counting ARCs. I’m a library user primarily, and I rarely buy books unless someone is buying them for me.

One book you have read multiple times

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell! I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I went through a serious obsessive phase with this book/film. My copy of the book is literally falling apart. It’s the only book I own that I’ve read to death.

Preferred place to read

  • Somewhere clean. I find messy/dirty environments extremely stressful, so I can’t concentrate on reading there. Otherwise, I can read wherever: car, bed, chair, beach, kitchen table.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels

  • “I belong to no race nor time. I am the eternal feminine with its string of beads.” — from “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by Zora Neale Hurston

This quote is my, I don’t know…my motto. If anyone ever asks me a quote that defines me, or one that I love, or WHATEVER, it’s always that one. I think it might sound a bit pretentious at times, but I don’t care. That quote means everything to me, as does the essay it came from.

Reading regret

  • I can’t say that I have any. Reading is reading for me. I do it because I love it, which doesn’t tend to create regretful feelings.

Series you started and need to finish

  • I don’t really read many series, and the ones I do read I generally finish quickly. I did recently start Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series, and I plan on finishing that once life calms down.

Three of your all-time favorite books

  • Um…this is like a really HARD question. I don’t even have “favorites” to be honest. Three books that I’ve read multiple times and really love are The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Unapologetic fangirl for

Very excited for this release

  • The next Sebastian St. Cyr book, no matter what. I LOVE THIS SERIES. Madly, passionately, forever. Currently, I’m waiting on Why Kings Confess and HOMG, I literally just saw the cover!!! *dies*

Worst bookish habit

  • Um? I eat while reading and get grease smudges on the pages sometimes? I don’t know. I don’t have any quirks, I don’t think. I do have a habit of using my head as a bookmark (book looks like a roof on my head), but that’s not a BAD habit.

X marks the spot: 27th book on my shelf

  • Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff! (shout-out to one of my favorite authors!)

Your latest book purchased

  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset! Um, does this look awesome, or does it look AWESOME? Also, it won the Nobel Prize.

Zzz-snatcher book

  • I don’t stay up late to read books, because then I’ll be too tired to write a review when I finish. (If I don’t write a review the second I finish a book, the review isn’t getting written. Period.) If you DO catch me reading late at night, it’s probably a romance novel of some sort.

And now, hopefully, you have more information about me than you EVER wanted to know! 🙂

Renae has written book reviews and other miscellany for Respiring Thoughts since 2012. She loves dogs, Mexican food, mountains, Shakespeare, and procrastinating. She's currently working on an undergrad degree in English/Spanish lit in the Midwest. Connect with Renae on Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr.

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25 responses to “A to Z Bookish Survey

  1. Yay, I love these surveys! I’m with you on the book boyfriend thing. I don’t really read that way either, and I find it hard to understand how people are always lusting after the “hot guys” in books. =/

  2. Surveys are awesome! I put Paper Valentine on my to-read list months ago and still have not got around to reading it.

  3. Naznin Azeez

    It was much fun reading this post!. Love the idea of a survey like this :).. 1462 pages in a book?… Jeez… That’s crazy.. I think the longest book I read had like 800+ pages that’s it.

  4. I am with you on having to write reviews RIGHT after reading. My memory’s just so terrible that the quality of the review really suffers if I put it off – even just one day.

    Aww man xD I was so hoping to see you confess your love for a fictional character xD DARN IT RENAE.

  5. Great post and fabulous idea for a survey. I have so many books that I haven’t reviewed because I’ve left it too long after reading to start writing up my thoughts. Will definitely let you count Carolyn Keene as one author 🙂

  6. Ha I picked water too. Aw I read Little House as a kid! I so want to read the Count of Monte Cristo. I read the very abridged version in school and didn’t love it. I should totally read it as an adult. LOL I love Gone with the Wind as a teen. Scarlet was pretty much my hero 🙂 That was fun to read.

  7. I don’t eat while reading anymore, because I wouldn’t want to leave marks on the pages. And I drink water too, because I rarely ever drink anything else. 😛

    And if you catch me reading late at night, most likely it’s me trying to finish an eARC, haha. Anyway, it was fun getting to know you a bit better!

  8. HAHA I love this one! XD I eat a lot when I read as well, so I’m kind of guilty when it comes to greasing pages 😀 I also used to read a lot of Nancy Drew and I loved them! It’s sad that I will never get to collect all of those books 🙁 I also prefer physical books, though I only recently started using my iPad for e-reader purposes 😀 It’s been convenient, actually 🙂 Paper Valentine was also really amazing~ And it was great knowing more about you!

  9. I also listed The Ask and the Answer as a favourite sequel. Mad love for that series! I enjoyed reading your answers and have added Ilsa Bick’s novel to my TBR list. I LOVED Ashes.

  10. Growing up, I loved the Little House books; still have a battered copy of On the Banks of Plum Creek, my favorite, on my shelf. I’m with you on finding botched historical facts beyond annoying, especially so if I’m reading a book that’s supposed to be historical fiction.

  11. This is such a fun survey! I LOVED The Count of Monte Cristo. I skipped (I had to!!) Deadline and went straight to Blackout. But I’m sure I’ll go back and read it…at some point…. I sort of have “book boyfriends”, but I can’t imagine dating with them either and certainly can’t pick just one. And water is a great choice, imo 🙂

  12. OMG that is so many Nancy Drew novels! I love them and read so many in my childhood but I didn’t know there were that many!

    I feel the same way about book boyfriends. I am an adult so it feels weird but I didn’t do it when I was young enough to date these boys either. O_o

    ON your worst bookish habit. I do that too once in a while and I hate when I get something on the pages and yet I still do it. LOL.

  13. I eat popcorn when reading, and sometimes, I get the pages a little buttery,

    This is so much win. I am going to have to steal it for the blog!!

  14. The word excellent is an excellent word.

    It’s sad how long it took me to place Carolyn Keene’s name. X_X

    DEADLINE. Why didn’t I put that one? Gah. I knew I was forgetting something important. *headdesks*


    I thought your book boyfriend was Max DeWinter?

    Drowning Instinct! YAY!

    Woo, we have the same chunky book.

    Given your thing for neatness, I’m surprised you would get food on the pages.

  15. Ah, I adore this survey! Such a fun thing. You’re like the third person mentioning how great The Count of Monte Cristo is in this survey, which makes me very curious about it. Even if, you know, it’s BIG.
    I’m also a water person, but the combination of spinach and grapes sounds… interesting? 😛
    I love that you use your head as a bookmark, lol.

  16. haha yeah Carolyn Keene is a ghostwriter. But she’s listed as an author on Goodreads and similar sites, so I suppose you can get away with that answer. 🙂
    So you recommend Sarah MacLean’s historical fiction? I was considering trying out her works, but was hesitant, romance not being a genre I tend to read and all. I guess I will make sure to now! Also definitely reading The Count of Monte Cristo at some point!
    And yay for other book bloggers who don’t own all the books.
    I have one question for you: when you say that you DNF for slut-shaming/victim-blaming, do you mean in any form? Like if one character slut-shames, that doesn’t necessarily mean the book as a whole condones that sort of behavior. Or do you tend to not stick around to find out the book’s message about those thoughts/actions? I think those two actions are also not okay, but reading about a character who does so doesn’t necessarily turn me off of a book.

    • With slut-shaming, it depends on the presentation, though I’m definitely turned off with it at all, because portraying that behavior for any reason (unless the author is making a point and that character learns better at some point, which I’ve NEVER experienced in a book) is not okay, no matter what. I recently read a book where the main character commented that another girl had “gotten herself raped” and therefore should not be upset. I DNFed that immediately. Today I read and finished a book where the MC made casual conversation about other women being “sluts” like it was nothing, and that book received 4 stars, though I was VERY uncomfortable with that entire part of the book. It depends on the intent and wording behind the slut shaming.

      • Oh, I agree. And I think you explained your thoughts here very well. Also, that’s a terrible quote. Geez!) It’s not something I guess I pay too much attention to when I read, perhaps because it is unfortunately so common within our culture. But it does make me appreciate all those books that don’t do those things much, much more.

  17. I’ve been seeing a lot of water on people’s surveys. I thought I was the only one to choose it. Glad I’m not alone! Haha. (Thinking back, though, it seems pretty ridiculous for me to feel like I’m the only one to drink water while reading. It’s water!)

    I think my book collection is around the same as yours. I use the library a lot too. I don’t really buy books I haven’t read before OR books I don’t know I’ll love. What usually happens is I’ll read a book from the library or an ARC and if I like it a lot I’ll go ahead and buy it. Saves money. Haha.

    I really like that Zora Neale Hurston quote. I might have to go read that essay now. I have Their Eyes Were Watching God on my shelf, but haven’t read it yet. I started it a while ago, though, and it wasn’t bad.

  18. 500 Nancy Drew novels? I’ve only read like four. But I love Nancy Drew.

    I’ll have to check out Drowning Instinct. Also, I love Gone with the Wind so hard. It’s just such a great book! Thumbs up for Rebecca.

    Also, I need to start writing reviews soon after finishing reading. I used to write immediately after but then I just stopped one day.