A-Z Book Survey

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Author You’ve Read The Most Books Of: Elizabeth Chadwick  And it’s down to a combination of me absolutely loving every book she’s ever written and her having a prodigious output – she takes up an entire shelf on my bookcase.

Best Sequel Ever: I preferred Catching Fire to both The Hunger Games and Mockingjay; I’m really excited to see the film in two weeks!

Currently Reading: I am in-between at this exact moment in time! I’m due to start Fractured by Dani Atkins when I go to bed; I’ve got high expectations as a lot of book bloggers I respect the opinions of have loved it.

Drink Of Choice While Reading: Can’t beat a cup of (English Breakfast) tea – black, sugary. I prefer one of my two ‘plus-sized’ mugs – either my Slytherin crest mug (which my other half got me as a joke after I was Sorted into Slytherin on Pottermore) and one that reads ‘Reading Is My Superpower’ (which one of my best friends bought me off the cuff one day!).

eReader or Physical Book: I resisted getting a Kindle for the longest time. I full on threatened my mother with a tantrum if she ignored my wishes and bought me one for Christmas. But then I started to get a lot of e-ARCs and reading them on the Kindle app on my phone was an absolute eye-ache. I caved and got my Kindle Touch. Now I feel naked and panicked without it. BUT! Physical books win for me every time, hands down. When I’ve really enjoyed an ebook the first thing I do is buy a ‘real’ copy. I lose myself in bookshops for hours, splurge on Amazon, buy armfuls of tatty paperbacks from charity shops. I think as someone who reads a lot, every day, my Kindle allows me to manage my time a lot better, and keeps my handbag lighter on my shoulder. But hard copy books, bookshops and paperback culture is NOT something that’s worth giving up in exchange.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Park from Eleanor and Park, although I of course wouldn’t have wanted to distract him from Eleanor!

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves. On the face of it, this book has massive squick-factor. Teacher/student relationship, a bit of the heavy stuff, plus SHARKS. I’m so glad I picked it up (although to this day I do not know why – I think it’s because it was a freebie on Amazon that particular weekend) – it’s a firm favourite.

Hidden Gem Book: The Under the Never Sky series. It staggers me how few people have even heard about these books. I finished the last one very recently and really loved this series.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life: My dad used to bring me home Enid Blyton hardbacks every Friday after work and I read pretty much constantly throughout my childhood. Ironically, whilst at university studying for an undergraduate and Masters degree in English, my reading-for-pleasure ground to an absolute halt. I couldn’t shake the guilt – why was I wasting ‘reading’ time on non-course material? It actually took me quite a while after graduation to get back into the swing of things, but when I was, I knew life wouldn’t waylay me again!

Just Finished: I just finished Jane Lark’s decadent The Illicit Love of a Courtesan which kept me enthralled. Bef0re that I was reading The Boleyn Deceit, the second in an absolutely amazing revisionist history series where Anne Boleyn’s miscarried son survived to become Henry IX. I’m getting so caught up in that author’s vision of the revised Tudor age that I’m getting grumpy it didn’t actually happen!

Kinds Of Books You Won’t Read: As a rule, I try not to say ‘no’ to anything. I do tend to avoid straight-erotica, purely because it doesn’t do anything for me and I get frustrated at the paper-thin plots behind all the romping – but there are exceptions to every rule.

Longest Book You’ve Read: I’m certain it would have to be one of the Game of Thrones books (isn’t A Storm of Swords the longest?). Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell *felt* very long when I was reading it…

Major Book Hangover Because Of: Every Day by David Levithan. Seriously, I only picked it up to flick through the first couple of chapters in the later part of the evening. Come 4am I was sitting there, blinking at the blank page at the end of the ebook and trying to sort through my scramble of thoughts. I met David Levithan at the Cheltenham Literature Festival the other month and basically just word-vomited on him about how much of a book hangover he caused me. It’s still so strong I actually can’t bring myself to read any of his back catalogue.

Number of Bookcases You Own: I was made to throw one away when we moved, as well as donate three suitcase loads of paperbacks to charity shops (an appropriate unit of measurement as I had to load my suitcase three times in order to wheel said books down to the high street). At the moment I have three bookshelves in my study, but they are shamefully double-stacked and squished.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: I am always going back and reading books out of Tamora Pierce‘s Tortall series. The earlier books are quite short – I’ve been known to get through the first Alanna book in the bath! I get something new from them every time – and I genuinely don’t know how I’m going to be patient enough to a) have a daughter and b) wait for her to grow up enough to have the epic stories read to her.

Preferred Place To Read: I’ve got an armchair in my study that a previous landlady gifted to us. It’s big enough that I can actually sit on it in many different combinations! My office is only a few minutes walk from my flat and if I’m having a bit of a mare of a day I will nip across and spend a portion of my lunch hour curled up in said armchair with my Kindle. In the evenings when my other half is in I do tend to stay in the same room as him though; I’ve learned to read through the noise of Call of Duty/Fifa/television I find boring.

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read: “We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” – from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. I love this quotation so much I used it as the basis for the title of my undergraduate final year dissertation.

Reading Regret: Putting off reading the Game of Thrones books because I thought they simply couldn’t live up to their hype…

Series You Started And Need To Finish: I’ve actually got an entire shelf on Goodreads for keeping track of my incomplete series. I absolutely loved Beth Revis’ Across the Universe so I actually have zero clue why I haven’t carried on with the series. Hopefully I’ll rectify that soon!

Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: Child of the Phoenix, Of Bees and Mist and Delirium.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Sarah J. Maas. I know she’s only released two books from her Throne of Glass series, but I have such a girlcrush on this woman! We are the same age and we were writing for Fictionpress/Fanfiction.net at the same time in our teens. She’s done amazingly, and Throne of Glass/Crown of Midnight are both amazing reads.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Dreams of Gods and Monsters – if this book is as good as its two predecessors, this could become a legendary series… Roll on April 8th! GET ON MAH KINDLE!!

Worst Bookish Habit: Absolutely loving the first book in a series and then leaving it ages before I pick up book 2. I think I tell myself that I should read a mix of things so deny the urge to pick up sequels straight away, even if I have them waiting – and then get a little sidetracked by my toppling, insurmountable TBR pile.

X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf And Pick The 27th Book: Aha!! Books #26 and #27 were both paperbacks of my novel when it was self-published as Little White Lies, so I’ll skip on to #28, which is Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, which was given to my physically by a HarperVoyager editor when I told her that the fantasy novels I read as a child were on the whole much better than ‘modern’ fantasy. I’m glad to say I was proved wrong!! I’ve got the rest of the ‘Assassin’ series lined up to be read.

Your Latest Book Purchase: I just purchased a beautiful hardback, The Ring and the Crown, about royal weddings through history. It was only £3.99 in my local bookshop!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): That would be my re-read of The Sunne in Splendour, which I decided to read for the third (or fourth?) time after old ‘Dickon’ was found in that car park earlier in the year. It’s testament to the greatness of this book that it still keeps me enthralled.

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