Hi everyone, I’m back with the Book Blogger A-Z survey today. I saw this on Evie Jayne’s blog, and decided that even though I am not a dedicated book blogger, that I’d love to do this tag. If you haven’t already, you should pop over to Evie’s blog and give her some love! (Also I loved the way she highlighted the first letter with a colour, so I also took inspiration from that – I hope you don’t mind, Evie!)
I used to read a lot when I was a kid/teenager (more Harry Potter fan fiction than I’d care to admit when I was a teen) and I’m trying to get myself back into reading, as it was a huge passion of mine. I still love it; I just don’t do it often enough!
Now, let’s get into it!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
It would have to be J.K. Rowling with her Harry Potter series. But since Harry Potter is so popular, and that is probably everybody else’s answer as well, my next author is Michelle Paver with her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.
This rivalled Harry Potter for my love – it was one of my favourites series to read as a kid, and Outcast (the 4th book) was, I think, the first book to every make me cry. The “cry count” has just sort of spiralled since then.
Best Sequel Ever:
I’m probably going to have to say Spirit Walker, the 2nd book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, again. As you grew with Torak, the story just got better and better. No other sequel as ever stood out to me more than this one.
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. My friend and I both love murder mysteries, and picked this one up together in a book shop thinking it was going to be full of it. It’s still a good read, but so far I’ve noticed that it is more about the lives of the people who are affected by the disappearances, rather than the story and resolution of the disappearances themselves.
Drink of choice while reading:
I want to say tea, but every time I make one I get too distracted by what I’m reading, and it ends up going cold. I think the best drink for me is something like lemonade, or water flavoured with fruit.
E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book, always. I get that an e-reader is much more convenient, both space-wise and because no matter where you are, you can read any book you feel like. However, it just doesn’t feel as fun or as encompassing reading from a screen that it does when you are reading from the book in your hand.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:
Harry Potter, for sure. I was obsessed with this boy, and Daniel Radcliffe was my ultimate crush for years. It might be a basic answer, but there was never anybody else.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Paper Towns by John Green. I think a lot of us went though a John Green phase, myself included, and even though I loved his other books before reading this one, I’m glad I did pick up Paper Towns, too. Without giving too much away, it didn’t have a super satisfactory ending. Nor did it have a bad ending, either. It just ended.
The entire book was very “it’s not about where you end up, it’s about the journey”. And the conclusion of the book played with that. It was the first book that made me realise that not everything ends they way we want it to. Sometimes it ends badly, sometimes it just ends. And we need to learn to put it behind us and start again.
Hidden Gem Book:
I’ve yet to find my “hidden gem” book, that isn’t already popular and loved within the community.
Important Moment in Your Reading Life:
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (don’t worry, you’ll be hearing about this book a lot in this post) is a book that got me through a rough time with my depression. I came out of the other side of this book, in a way better place, and having so much love for the novel and how it helped me change the way I think about myself, and just in general. It helped me in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be obvious when reading about the plot of the book.
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac & William S. Burroughs. I bought this books years ago after Kill Your Darlings just came out, and I fell in love with it and the characters. I only ended up reading it this year, and I’m sad I waited so long. It was such a great read, I enjoyed every second of it and finished it all in the one go.
Kinds of Book You Won’t Read:
I’m not as keen on full blown romances as I once was. Especially supernatural, lovey romances. I used to adore them (it was basically all I read) but I’ve grown out of that now, and it’s not something I’d be inclined to pick up unless it had a more realistic or gripping edge to it.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The longest and BEST book I have ever read. This is my all time favourite. Once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down for ages. It’s a real slow burner, with a lot of detail and characters, and the language is a bit more sophisticated as it is a translation from the original that was completed in 1844.
HOWEVER, it is the best revenge story – and if you’re going through a rough time, this is definitely the book to get you out of the dark place your in. It helped me so much!
Major Book Hangover Because Of:
I can’t think of a particular book that ruined me, other than Outcast from the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, as it was the first book to make me cry. But I can think of several fan fiction that have completely destroyed my soul. (If you’re wondering which fan fiction destroyed me the most, it would have to be Beautiful World by Cinnamon. RIP.)
Number of Bookcases You Own:
I have one main bookcase, although the shelves have started dipping under the weight of my books, so I do need to get another. I then have at least one massive box of books that I don’t have space for, or no longer read but I’m keeping them for sentimental reasons.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. When I first bought this years ago, it was around Christmas and I stayed up all night reading it. It was such a beautiful read, and I loved it, and was so sad when I ended up finishing it at 4am and didn’t know what to do with myself. Since then, I’d try and read it most years around Christmas time – however, the last few years at Uni have been riddled with Christmas exams, so I haven’t read it in awhile.
Preferred Place to Read:
My bed. I wish I had a cute little nook I could sit in and read books, and I’m renovating my room soon so hopefully I can incorporate that, but right now I usually read my books in bed (and try not to fall asleep while I do).
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from the book you’ve read:
“It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”
That I stopped. I used to be such a huge reader, and now I am so behind on what is out, what is new, what is good, etc. And just behind on reading in general. I want to get back into it!
Series You Started and Need to Finish (all of the books are out in series):
I don’t think there are any series that I started and haven’t yet finished. However, I would like to start reading Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland, and I know she has another release in the series coming out at some point, too.
Three of Your All-Time Favourite Books:
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Count of Monte Cristo. Sry not sry.
Very Excited For This Release More Than Others:
As I’m not really up to date with books at the moment, I don’t have any fiction releases that I’m excited for. However, I am excited for Zoella’s Cordially Invited – I love a good spread of food, and I’m excited to read this one.
X Marks the Spot: Start on the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
My books are currently all over my bedroom floor, so… this one isn’t happen.
Worst Bookish Habbit:
Starting a book and leaving it so long that when I do go back to it, I have to start re-reading it all over again.
Your Latest Book Purchase
Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe. I did buy this last year, though, so I should maybe get around to buying some new books. If you have any suggestions for me, leave them in the comments!
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)
Like I mentioned earlier, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares kept me up until the early hours of the morning. Such a lovely and sweet read!
Thank you so much for reading this post. I had so much fun reminiscing on past books that I’ve read – I’d encourage you to do the same and take this A-Z challenge on board!
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What’s your favourite book right now? Leave me some recommendations in the comments!