Bookish questions are my absolute favourite questions to answer – there is just something I find very satisfying in sifting through the books you’ve read to figure out the answers to a book-related tag. So, today I am doing the A-Z Bookish Survey: 26 bookish questions, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. Thank you to Alice (@ Most Ardently Alice) for tagging me; I have seen this tag floating around for a while and loved the look of it, so I am very excited to answer the questions myself!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Definitely Cassandra Clare – I have read all of her books, I’m pretty sure, and I own all except the two books in The Dark Artifices series. They have their own space in my room, so that I can go back and reread them easily.
Best Sequel Ever:
For this, I have to say The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury. I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, but the sequel was the book that really made me fall in love with the trilogy, and it added so much wonderful depth to the plot.
I am currently reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which I am loving – I really enjoy Jane Austen’s writing, and I always find her books entertaining and adorable.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Honestly, I don’t usually bother getting a drink when I sit down to read. But, if I do, it’ll usually be tea – chai tea, specifically.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Definitely physical; occasionally, I really get into a book I’m reading on my kindle, and obviously it’s way more convenient to carry, but I generally prefer reading a paperback or hardback.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Probably Simon from The Mortal Instruments, simply because he is such a funny, genuine character, and far less intimidating than many of the other characters in this series.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I tried to read this in the second half of 2016, and could not get past the first thirty pages. In the summer of 2017, I forced myself to go back to it, and once I got through the first third, I actually really enjoyed it, and I am now glad that I read it.
Hidden Gem Book:
A Room With A View by E. M. Forster – this was on my recommended reading list for summer 2017, and so I decided to read it in August. I was caught by surprise at how much I loved the story, the characters, and E. M. Forster’s writing. If you’re looking for a classic to read, I would definitely recommend this one!
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Meeting Cassandra Clare – this was at YALC in 2015, and the first bookish event I ever went to. Not only was it amazing to meet her, and to get some of my books signed, but it also introduced me to the YA community. It was still over a year before I started blogging, but it was definitely a significant moment to me as a reader.
The last book I finished was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I have a lot of opinions about this book – I had heard both very positive and very negative things about this book and this series, so I went into it very cautiously. I am enjoying it, though, so I think I will review it soon.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t think I would read historical fiction, but honestly, if one was recommended to me a friend, I would probably give it a go anyway.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
I think the longest book I’ve read was City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, which is 725 pages long. I bought the book when it first came out, and it took me about a month to get around to reading it because I was kind of intimidated by the size!
Major book hangover because of:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This book is the kind that leaves you with a headache, but in a good way.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Four – one proper bookcase, and three bookshelves that are on my bedroom wall (these are fairly new, as I physically ran out of space in my room for books in the summer).
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
For this, I’m going to have to go with Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I think I almost exclusively read the books in the Twilight saga from the ages of twelve to thirteen, although I think my favourite was Eclipse.
Preferred Place To Read:
On a sofa – the softer and bigger, the better. I also read in my bed a lot, as I often only have time in the evenings. I generally just like to read where I can be all wrapped up and comfortable.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
Not so much a quote to inspire, but this quote from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath literally gives me chills (the whole book does, to be honest):
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
I found this question quite difficult to answer, as I don’t really regret any of the books I’ve read; I think the only thing I wish I’d done is start keeping track of the books I’ve read via Goodreads earlier. I only started last year, so I’ve forgotten a lot of what I’ve read in the years before.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I read Cinder back in December, and although I wasn’t blown away by the book, I did enjoy it, so I definitely want to continue the series at some point.
Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:
Caraval by Stephanie Meyer, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I am so excited for Legendary by Stephanie Garber; obviously, there are so many awesome books coming out in 2018 (in fact, I did a whole post on them here), but there’s been a lot of hype around this book on Twitter recently, so I have been looking forward to it even more!
Worst Bookish Habit:
Letting my books pile up all over my room. For example, I take a book off my shelf to reread a bit of it, and then leave it on my bedside table. Which would be fine, except I do this with at least ten books until there is physically no space left. And then I have to put them all away.
Your latest book purchase:
I am overdue a book shop, so I think the last books I bought were back in December – I bought Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I read The Fandom by Anna Day whilst on holiday, and it got so late that, as I was sharing a room with my sister, I had to go and camp out in the bathroom so I could keep reading and she could go to sleep!
That’s all from me – I do hope you enjoyed reading my answers. I tag:
- Kate @ Reading Through Infinity
- Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles
- Annalise @ Annalise Books
- Beth @ The Reader’s Corner
And anyone else who wants to have a go!