Thanks Rebecca at Rust Belt Girl for this fun idea, who got it from other groovy bloggers. I hope you find the prompts as amusing and thought-provoking as I did. And please share your answers, too!
Author You’ve Read the Most From:
Probably Agatha Christie. I started reading her in high school, and she’s my go-to writer whenever I’m feeling restless or picky – or if it’s Halloween.
Best Sequel Ever:
Firsts in series are pretty much 97% the better than the follow up. But since I adore the Grisha trilogy, I’m going to have to go with Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.
I’ll share from my non-fiction pile: Is this anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax, and (rereading) Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Drink of Choice While Reading:
In the words of my dear departed friend Stephen, “I’m not fussy.”
E-Reader or Physical Book:
Kindle for pleasure and e-readers for work. I’m too nomadic to have physical books anymore. Waaahhh.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
No one. I know, sniff, sniff, so sad, but nobody wanted to date me. It’s okay, I had really questionable taste in men… Hmmm, trying to decide how much has changed…
Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:
Dune by Frank Herbert
Hidden Gem Book:
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
[It was a number 1 bestseller on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a notable book of the year (2017) by the New York Times and a best book of the year by National Geographic, the Boston Globe, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.]
Important Moment in Your Reading Life:
Most likely when I walked into a bookstore out of desperation to find something to do after my family relocated to the middle of the Mojave Desert when I was 13.
Kind of Books You Won’t Read:
Won’t? I’d like to think that I wouldn’t cut myself off of a particular genre, but I suppose gory, violent, or anything that glorifies hate will do.
Longest Book You Read:
Does reading most of The Stand by Stephen King count? Okay, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley comes in at 884 pages.
Major Book Hangover:
Piers Anthony’s Xanth series. Once I discovered these fun fantasy books, I read like 24 of them in a row before finally deciding I needed a break.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
None. My books are in boxes in my ex-boyfriend’s parents’ house. Yeahhh.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
ONE? Just one? I don’t understand the question. Okay, I’ll give you the Sunfire series.
Preferred Place to Read:
Quotes that Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels From a Book You’ve Read:
They agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything. – Catch-22, Joseph Heller
You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail. – Catch-22, Joseph Heller
[Currently reading this with one of my students and the book is full of ridiculous and hard-hitting quotes.]
So many, many, many… we’re still talking about books, right?
Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):
The Winternight Trilogy from The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:
Impossible! But I’ll choose novels that are fresher in my memory. For example, A Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. [Thank you, Jeremy!]
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse [Who else watched the Netflix series?]
Worst Book Habit:
Abandoning books that don’t hold my interest with easy abandon – and stuffing my face while reading.
X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:
In my e-library, it’s Galatea by Madeline Miller.
ZZZ-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up Way Late):
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
Now, it’s your turn! Happy reading!