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
- Deadline by Mira Grant and The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness! (I couldn’t pick just one, okay?)
- 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.
- Gracie Faltrain Gets It Right (Finally) by Cath Crowley! I love this author, and this series was cute and funny and adorable.
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
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1,462 pages)! Guyyyys, this is one of the best books ever. Love it so hard.
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.
- 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
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. OMG. OMG! ALLLLL THE FEELS. Really.
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.
- 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! 🙂