A-Z Bookish Survey

I was tagged by Mariel quite a while ago and is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner but I’ve finally decided to do it. I hope it’s fun!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Probably J.K Rowling and John Green. And maybe Cassandra Clare as well.

Best sequel ever:

I don’t knowwww. This year though, I would have to say Hollow City by Ransom Riggs or World After by Susan Ee. They were both really amazing. I highly recommend both series.

Currently Reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder, Atonement by Ian McEwan, and The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Some sort of latte for cold days and homemade lemonade for hot days. But I mostly drink water because don’t have the resources or supplies to attain this kind of sustenance.

e-Reader or physical book?

I read from both. Though, an e-reader is far more convenient, I’ll always enjoy reading with an actual book in my hands more.

Fictional Character you would have dated in the past:

Patch from Hush, Hush. Lol. In my former stupidly naive hopeless romantic days, I would have definitely dated Patch. Now, not so much. 

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:

We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo. I saw her at the LA Times Book Festival award ceremony and her book at the Vroman’s booth a day later, the cover and the blurb drew me in. Both my friends, were kind of meh about it but I decided to buy it anyway. I’m really glad I gave this book a chance because I didn’t really read this genre and it was really eye-opening. I realized that I had many misconceptions about African culture and this book portrayed Zimbabwean life and culture in a way that I hadn’t seen in the media.

Hidden gem book:

Dark Eyes by William Richter. It isn’t a very well-known book in the YA genre and deserves a lot more attention and love. It’s fantabulous.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Getting my first ARC!

Just Finished:

One Hundred Steps by Susan Ee like 2 minutes ago. It’s one hundred words and pretty interesting. You can read for free on wattpad.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Stupid YA books, generally mystery and crime books. Religious books. Stupid erotica.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin at 1,177 pages.

Major Book Hangover due to:

Never really had one.

Number of Bookshelves you own:

One. But does my headboard with two shelvish looking dividers count as well since I also but many of my books there as well?

One Book you have Read Multiple Times:

Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan or the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And the series by Stieg Larson. Good stuff.

Preferred Place to Read:

On my bed, my back facing the window.

Quote that inspires you:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Reading Regret:

Not being able to read more. 

Series you’ve started and need to finish:

The Legend series by Marie Lu and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I’ve been procrastinating. Oops.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Unapologetic Fangirl for:

John Green!!!!! And of course, J.K Rowling, the queen.

Very Extremely Excited for this release:

Winter by Marissa Meyer and the next Ransom Riggs book.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Putting books in the black hole of my backpack.

X Marks the Spot–Look at your bookshelf. What is the 27th book?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Your Latest Book Purchase:

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by James Meek

ZZZZ Snatcher–The Book that Kept You From Sleeping:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, a book I’m currently reading.

Whew, that took a while. But it was pretty fun.

People I’m Tagging:

Emily @BooksandCleverness

BooksBizarre

DFTBA!

-Selina

 

The Book Blogger Test Tag

I was awkwardly tagged by no one but this tag sounds like fun, so. . .

1) What are your top three book pet hates?

A badly written character

Stupid relationships which includes instalove, love triangles (most of the time), and weirdly-possesive-stalkerish-guy in an unequal relationship with some girl portrayed as a healthy and normal relationship

an overload of cliche lines. If I have to read one more book describing some guy’s back, neck, chest, leg, or throat muscles again. . . ahem Cassandra Clare and among others as well.

2) Describe your perfect reading spot.

On my bed. But I have to squirm into a new position every other minute so it would a beanbag or a chair with my feet propped up another chair. I think those readings thingies in a bookshelf are pretty cool.

3) Tell us three book confessions.

1) Sometimes I accidentally damage my books. I feel really bad about it. Normally, it’s food or getting sucked into the black hole of my backpack and coming out pretty banged up.

2) I don’t like classics most of the time. I think the last one I did read was To Kill a Mockingbird, which was quite good. But the classics I stay away from are the ones that that are over a hundred years old. Sometimes though, if it is forced upon me to read then I’ll read it.

3) When people recommend books to me by talking to me about them, I’ll nod enthusiastically and completely forget about them the minute I stop talking to them. It’s the lack of the tangible book and being able to gauge the cover and blurb and other stuff that makes it so useless.

4) When was the last time you cried during a book?

When I read the Aviator’s Wife. It’s apparently a “book club” book. It gave me so many feels but also introduced me to the gender roles of 20th century America.

5) How many books are on your bedside table?

There’s currently one, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. However, I have a headboard with two horizontal shelves and that has about 10 or so books.

6) What is your favorite snack to eat while reading?

I try not to eat while I’m reading in order to minimize the damage I inflict on my books already. I do enjoy a cup of coffee or tea though. I remember that one the highlights of my trip to Spain and Portugal was when I walked into the gorgeous cafe called Majestic Cafe and ordered a coffee and a scone. I sat and read a Dance of Dragons there for an hour, it was so beautiful. 🙂

7) Name three books you would recommend to anyone

– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, because it was and still is my childhood.

– The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, it destroyed my feels and my American privilege unawareness bubble.

– The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

8) Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.

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a little messy but I like it.

9) Write how much books mean to you in three words.

hmmmm…… escapism, perspective, feels. Books are just totally the shit.

10) What is your biggest reading secret?

I read the seventh Harry Potter book before sixth one. *Hides under the bed* oops.

I hope this was at least slightly entertaining. And happy 4th of july! 🙂

-Selina