Friday, 9 August 2013

A-Z Book Survey

So, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner posted the A-Z Book Survey earlier today, and seeing as it's Friday and I got out of work early, I thought I'd spend ten minutes indulging my teenage self (who was always a sucker for a survey).

Author you’ve read the most books from:

According to Goodreads: Philip Roth and Agatha Christie.
I'd add Ann M. Martin to that list, as well Francine Pascal (or rather, her ghostwriters).

Best Sequel Ever:

Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry.

Currently Reading:

The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, by Jessica Valenti, and The Inspector and Silence by HÃ¥kan Nesser.

Drink of Choice While Reading:


E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books, although I do have a Kindle and I do love it, particularly on long journeys. I also use my Kindle to read a lot of articles when I'm researching.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Probably Hutch from the Ruby Oliver books, or Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. (It's a solid type. I stand by it.)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett - my introduction to the Discworld!

Hidden Gem Book:

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

My first library cards. Joining the library is still the first thing I do whenever I move to a new city.

Just Finished:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I don't read a lot of science fiction, or romance (although 'won't' is a strong word!)

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Major book hangover because of:

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer and Naive. Super by Erlend Loe spring to mind.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

One. Most of my books are in my mum's attic - I move around too much to keep more than a shelf's worth with me!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. The first book of my favourite series.

Preferred Place To Read:

In the bath - but I do a lot of reading on the train, on the sofa, in bed...

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

I don't know about all the feels, but some of the feels: “The only thing I can be sure of at any given time is what I am thinking myself. I have no idea what the others are thinking. Do they think space is big and dangerous? I do. What do they believe in? I think nobody ought to be alone. That one should be with someone. With friends. With the person one loves. I think it is important to love. I think it's the most important thing.” - Erlend Loe, Naive. Super

I reserve all the feels for anything Jim Henson ever said.

Reading Regret:

I'm not sure I have many - but I wish I'd have learned to DNF sooner.

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

The Ruby Oliver series, by E. Lockhart. I have read (and loved) the first two books (The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book), but there are two more I am dying to read!

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

Into The Wild - Jon Krakauer
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Stephanie Perkins.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I dog-ear pages, much to the horror of my mum (who works in a library).

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

Pearl Jam Twenty.

Your latest book purchase:

I just bought 4 Ira Levin novels in the Kindle sale: Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, A Kiss Before Dying and The Boys From Brazil. I spent a total of £3.96.

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

I Feel Bad About My Neck, and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron.


  1. Kit I really enjoyed reading your survey :D

    Which Francine Pascal books did you read? I didn't know she had a ghost writer :( I was a huge Sweet Valley High fan when I was in my early teens, loved, loved, loved the series! I want to re-read soon.

    I'm actually starting to love my e-reader, which in my case is a Nook, nearly as much as printed books, I think it may even over take my love for physical books soon. I just love the highlighting, notes feature, especially for reviewing purposes. I also love the fact that I can carry several books, I can rotate what I'm reading as the mood sees fit.

    I loved going to libraries, actually I still do to this day, I can absolutely get lost in the library for hours! I'm so envious that your Mother works in the library, damn this would be my dream job!

    I've just learned to DNF, before I just push through as I hate not finishing something. I absolutely love that quote!

    My A-Z Survey

  2. Oh my goodness, I absolutely should have written getting a library card as the most important moment in my book life. I can't believe I didn't think of that! The freedom and access to knowledge a library card gives you is amazing.

    I have Gillian Flynn's Dark Places to read, and am looking forward to eventually getting round to that.


  3. Love Owen from Just Listen! I think he's my favorite Dessen guy which is saying something. I forgot about Ann M. Martin for my list, but I definitely read a ton of her BSC books. Great job!

  4. Great answers! "Hutch from the Ruby Oliver books" <3 <3

    And my fave drink is tea, for reading and all the time :)

    I hope you get to read the final Ruby books soon - I fancy a re-read of the series!

  5. I have heard so many great things about Philip Roth's books from my dad who has read near all of them. So apparently I need to get on it. :)


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