A to Z Book Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Hands down, Anne McCaffery

Best Sequel Ever:

I haven’t gotten there yet, but I know it will be War and Remembrance  by Herman Wouk.

Currently Reading:

Zoo Station David Downing

Dr. Zhivago  Boris Pasternak

Rainbow Six Tom Clancy

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Well I usually read in bed at night or in the morning after I wake up on (non-football) Saturdays, but if I’m in a vertical position while I’m reading, it’s herbal tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

¾ physical books, ¼ e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Probably anyone but Edward Cullen. Seriously, though, I dated dorks in high school, so probably someone like Ronald Weasley.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk. The length was a bit daunting but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Hidden Gem Book:

Can’t really think of one at the moment. Maybe The Story of Beautiful Girl  by Rachel Simon, though I don’t know if it’s a book that didn’t get its literary due.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Switching schools between second and third grade, and finding myself in a school where I could read whatever I wanted instead of being pigeon-holed into “grade level appropriate” books. I read my first Anne McCaffery book in third grade and had read most of Madeline L’Engel’s books by fifth grade.

Just Finished:

Good Omens Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Anything with a half naked couple on the cover.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Up to this point, The Winds of War,  (800+ pages) but once I start War and Remembrance, I’ll trump that at about 1000 pages. Long but so gorgeously written and completely worth it.

Major book hangover because of:

Ok, well this takes some explanation. In the winter, my husband has to be up at 4:00 a.m. most every morning to film the team’s workouts at 6:00 a.m. He goes to bed around 9:30 most every night and instead of staying up by myself, I crawl into bed with him, fire up the Mighty Bright booklight and read for an hour and a half or so. Since I’m not tired, I don’t fall asleep and can lose track of time while I’m reading. I’ve been known to stay up until midnight or later; then, in the mornings, when I have to get up by myself, I have a book hangover and don’t want to get out of bed.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Two small ones, so I usually donate my books to the library instead of keeping them. That being said, I don’t need a bookcase for my books anyway. I have a pile in my bedroom that is like the Leaning Tower of Pisa…and I bought three more books at a used bookstore yesterday. Citizen Hearst,  The Pillars of the Earth, and Winds of War. Just a little light reading;)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I don’t re-read books. There’s too many I want to read to repeat myself.

Preferred Place To Read:

In bed on a winter night, with the space heater going and the wind howling outside.

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

It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.

“You needn’t worry about them”, said his companion. “They will be all right – and thousands like them. If you’ll come along, I’ll show you what I mean.”

He reached the top of the bank in a single powerful leap. Hazel followed, and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood where the first primroses were beginning to bloom.

(the ending of Watership Down by Richard Adams, so tenderhearted and beautiful I’m about to cry while I’m typing this)

Reading Regret:

Cross Roads by William P. Young. As much as I loved The Shack, I wanted to love this book, but when I found myself hoping Jesus just walloped the hell out of the protagonist, I put it in my pile to donate to the library.

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

Zoo Station  is the first in a series of WWII spy novels, and I’m really enjoying this book, so I’ll probably keep up with the series. I’ve also read Divergent, and it was an interesting enough book to read the other two in the series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Good grief, I only get three? Ok here goes…

Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell

1984 George Orwell

Winds of War Herman Wouk

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Post-apocalyptic fiction, classic Russian literature, and anything with dragons.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I don’t read books that the media says I should, so I don’t follow the new releases. In fact, I’m more likely to buy off the bargain bookshelf than I am any other shelf in the bookstore.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I buy books faster than I can read them (wait, you want bad things, right?).

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

Non Campus Mentis, which I believe was re-released as Ignorance is Blitz – a book of supposedly true  college students’ world history test answers. Hilarious, scary and sad all at the same time

Your latest book purchase:

S., conceived of by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst….my brain may implode while reading this, but it seems too awesome not to at least try to read.

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

Probably Dr. Zhivago.  It’s completely different from the movie because the book focuses more on Yuri’s transformation from an elite Russian doctor to a downtrodden man who mourns the loss of his country’s innocence, whereas the movie focuses on his passion for Lara. Pasternak’s prose is so vivid and beautiful it’s like reading a painting (if that doesn’t sound too weird). I’m always asking my husband if he minds if I go to bed with John Clarke, John Russell or Yuri Zhivago, and somehow Yuri wins out most times.

2 thoughts on “A to Z Book Survey

  1. Fun to read your A to Z book survey. Of the ones mentioned, I’ve read Wouk, Pasternak, Mitchell and Orwell. I’m with you on classic Russian literature (actually, pretty much everything I’ve ever read of 19th century English, French, and Russian lit. I was crazy about). As for Orwell, although I’ve read his “1984” and “Animal Farm”, the three I enjoyed more were “Burmese Days”, “Coming Up for Air” and “Down and Out in Paris and London”. This last one is autobiographical, a fascinating account of his early life just barely surviving before he became known as a writer. “Coming Up for Air” is about an Englishman who returns to his hometown after 20 years and finds it is almost unrecognizable. In some respects it’s a bit like Thomas Wolfe’s “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

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