Who can resist a survey? Well, we’ve all gotten better at it over the years, or maybe it has just become more distributed, spread out across various social media platforms, so that your Goodreads friends know what you’re reading and your Twitter followers know who you thought should have won Best Picture and your Facebook friends know you “like” the new Matt Damon movie (not to mention all the old Matt Damon movies).
Anyway, my friend Linda (ThreeGoodRats) found this survey at Roof Beam Reader, created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, and I’ve been suckered in.
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Ann Patchett comes to mind first – I’m fairly certain I’ve read every book she’s written. But there there were all those series books I read as a kid, so it could be one of those authors, like Joanna Campbell or Joan Lowery Nixon or Lois Duncan or Caroline B. Cooney.
Best Sequel Ever:
I did love The Subtle Knife, the second book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, even though it had a cliffhanger-y ending. I also liked Gayle Forman’s Where She Went,sequel/companion to If I Stay.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub, and Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (audiobook).
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Depends on the season.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical, mostly. I get a lot of digital galleys on the e-reader, and it’s a nice way to read the really long books (Bleak House, Anna Karenina, The Goldfinch) and not have to carry around a four-pound block of paper.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
“Would have actually” is pretty far from “would have wanted to.” I quite like Sean Kendrick from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell; these were book club picks and I needed the nudge, but I’m so glad I read them and got to discuss them. Another book club book I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise: Anna Karenina.
Hidden Gem Book:
Overture by Yael Goldstein was really lovely.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Er…learning to read? My parents read to me every night until I was about eight and decided it would be faster if I read by myself.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf, The Secret Place by Tana French, The Cove by Ron Rash, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Self-help/inspirational, diet books, celebrity memoirs, Nicholas Sparks.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Anna Karenina, I think. Unless you count the whole Harry Potter series as one book. Updated to add: is Gone With the Wind longer than Anna Karenina? If so, GWTW. But Anna Karenina felt longer.
Major book hangover because of:
This happened more when I was younger. Last year when I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes I couldn’t face reading anything else right away so I just read it over again. Sometimes a magical place or particular writing style/voice will linger with me. Updated to add: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Six, plus a basket of New Yorkers in the bathroom.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Hahaha, ONE? I’ve probably read The Time Traveler’s Wife more than any other book, but I love re-reading.
Preferred Place To Read:
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“It occurs to her that there is one thing about people you can never understand well enough: how entirely inside themselves they are.”-Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
“No one can do a thing about feelings, they exist and there’s no way to censor them.” -Identity by Milan Kundera
I regret spending time on books I disliked from the start when I should have abandoned them; I regret not having read certain books yet, but I plan to remedy that eventually.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
Not sure there is one. There are series I haven’t finished but it’s a conscious choice.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett, His Dark Materials (trilogy) by Philip Pullman.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
“Fangirl” certainly brings Rainbow Rowell to mind…I’m also vocal on behalf of Ann Patchett, Neil Gaiman, Simon Van Booy, John Green (though he has enough fans now), Chris Cleave, David Levithan, Julia Glass…
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I’m always wildly excited for new Tana French or Maggie Stiefvater books. Right now I’m looking forward to The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.
Worst Bookish Habit:
I often have more library books checked out than I can read in any given three-week span. Then I give the library books priority (because they have due dates) and take forever to get around to reading the books I actually own.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
The Likeness by Tana French. (Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author.)
Your latest book purchase:
Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid from Porter Square Books.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Secret Place by Tana French.