11 August 2013

A to Z Book Survey

So, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner (who is one of the most amazingly creative bloggers EVAH!) came up with an awesome idea - the A to Z Book Survey. And I couldn't resist because I'm that person that has to fill in every single survey possible...

Author you’ve read the most books from:

The kings of horror tie on this one - I've read 7 books by both Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Best Sequel Ever

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi - no second book syndrome here! I struggled with the beginning of Under the Never Sky, but once I moved onto Through the Ever Night - wowzers.  How long until Into the Still Blue releases?!

Currently Reading

Apocalypse (Rapture Trilogy #3) by Phillip W. Simpson - I adored the first two books, and I've been putting off reading the final book for months because I'm going to be so sad when it's finished.

Drink of Choice While Reading

Iced tea or diet coke. I am addicted to diet coke but I have to cut back - seriously.

E-reader or Physical Book?

My e-reader changed my reading life, but there's nothing like curling up with a physical book - it just FEELS different - and I read faster on paper than on a screen.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake because I've always been a sucker for slightly-oddball dudes with sarcastic senses of humour.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa.

I've never really enjoyed vampire books, and the Iron Fey series really didn't sound like my thing so I wasn't all that enthused about this book.  And then I loved it!  It also made me be a lot more open-minded about trying things I didn't think I would like.

Hidden Gem Book

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King.  After Christina mentioned A.S. King multiple times I knew I had to read one of her books.  And I'm very pleased with my choice - everyone should read this!

Important Moment in your Reading Life

Getting an e-reader for Christmas 2009.  Suddenly I was no longer limited to the crime/mysteries and chick lit paperbacks that were the only English language books I could find in the Netherlands.  I now have, erm, three e-readers and a Kindle App on every device possible.

Just Finished

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis - if you hate cliches, or are sick of the same old dystopian/PA formula in YA, you should read this one!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
Erotica. Because I'm so emotionally mature, I'd just laugh at all smexy bits. Kinda defeats the purpose.

Longest Book You’ve Read

The Stand by Stephen King - my version had more than 1300 pages.

Major book hangover because of

Every Day by David Levithan - after I finished it, I couldn't bring myself to put it back on the bookshelf.  I left it on my bedside table for several weeks just so I could touch it every now and then.

Number of Bookcases You Own

Only one. But it's stacked three-deep now so it may be time to get another one....

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer - this is also one of my all-time favourites.  I read it for the first time when I was 13 or 14 and for the last time only a few months ago and I still love it just as much as the first time.

It's Historical Romance but the characters are just perfect and their romance is so sweet and meant-to-be.

Preferred Place To Read

A tie between my bed and in my garden.  This is the first summer in five years that I've had my own outdoor space and I love it!

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

Not exactly inspiring, and in fact it's kinda sad, but it's SO TRUE

''If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.'' 

From Every Day by David Levithan.

Reading Regret

Not reading for most of my late teens/early twenties.  I got so caught up parties, boys and work that I just stopped reading.  All those lost years still make me sad!

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

There are a lot of series on this list, but the one I want to finish the most is  the Zombie Fallout Series by Mark Tufo. I want to re-read book three and then I'll be halfway done.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer - see above ;)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - as a child this was my absolute favourite book.  Plus I have the memory of it being a gift from my beloved grandmother.

Every Day by David Levithan - and yes, I will push this book until the end of time!

Unapologetic Fangirl For

David Levithan - Every Day was one of my absolute favourite books this year and then I went out and bought nearly every other book he's written or co-written.  Also one of only three or four authors on my auto-buy list!

(And I've almost forgiven him for Invisibility)

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Oh this is so hard - so I'm going to cheat and pick two.

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma because she writes such amazing realistic fiction with characters you just want to hug and squeeze and save.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan because it's David Levithan.  'nuff said!

Worst Bookish Habit

I'm a reformed spine-cracking, dog-earer but occassionally I fall off the wagon.  OK, quite often because I get a twisted sense of satisfaction from cracking spines mwhahaha!

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

The Absolutist by John Boyne.

Your latest book purchase

Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack - I was going to stop with this series because I didn't LOVE Losing It - but then I read Keeping Her and completely changed my mind.

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

I very rarely stay up late reading because I am a sleep-ho, but the last book one that had me up late was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I HAD to find out what happened and then I was so upset I couldn't sleep!


  1. Haha, I only have one bookshelf technically, but it's definitely 2 or 3 books deep in places!

  2. HA! I'm a compulsive survey-filler-outer as well! (Wow, that sounded weird) I think I'll do this next week.

    Aw, I wish I had a garden so that I could read outside too. I usually read in bed or in my beanbag but it would be nice to be able to get a suntan while I'm enjoying a book :D

  3. I love how you said that nothing beats a paperback because you can read faster on paper... me too!!!

    And I really need to get my hands on a copy of Not A Drop To Drink.

    Zombie Fallout? I've seen it around, but wasn't sure about it. Hmmm. Must look into it.

    Cheers and great answers!

  4. I'm really glad I'm not the only one who snickers at smexy parts in books. It makes me feel so immature, but then again, that's probably because I have the mentality of a 13 yr old boy!

    Sigh. Roar. Is it January 2014 yet? I NEEED to read Into The Still Blue!

    You and I are both serious Every Day pushers. Getting people hooked from both sides of the globe! YEAH! Funny thing: I almost picked that quote for my survey too! That's yet ANOTHER thing we have in common. We really are bookish soulmates.

  5. Mine would probably be Dean Koontz or Clive Cussler. It's a toss up.

    I'm glad Not a Drop to Drink impressed you. I cannot wait to read it now!

    I have the same reading regret as you. :(

    Also, The Secret Garden would probably make my list as well.

  6. Oh, I've heard Through the Ever Night is fantastic, but haven't read my signed copy yet!

    YAY! Victory. So glad that I forced you to read A.S. King!

    Bahahaha, I love that you would laugh at erotica.


    Will have to add Morning Glory to GR!

    You read in the garden! That's so precious.

  7. I love that Every Day quote! I can't wait to read that book, it sounds so good. It's out in the UK soon. I love David Levithan! Boy Meets Boy is one of my favourites

    Cait x



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