Thursday, September 5, 2013

A to Z Book Meme

I found this on Beth's Living a Goddess Life and just had to give my two cents.

Author You've Read The Most Books From:  Probably Agatha Christie.  When I need something easy to read, yet entertaining, I can always count on Dame Christie.

Best Sequel Ever: I don't read a lot of books that are in series, but I would say The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nestwas a pretty good sequel to The Girl Who Played with Fireand a great way to end The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

Currently Reading:
The Sound of Paper  by Julia Cameron It's a nonfiction book about creativity.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Coffee or Chai.

E-Reader or Physical Books: Physical books.  I haven't decided if I want to make the switch yet, and I have plenty of books to keep me busy for a long time, so I don't see the need to change yet.  :)
Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School:
Hmm... maybe Ray Singh from The Lovely Bones.  I like quiet, thinker types, who would write you notes.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: 
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  I had this book sitting on my shelf forever, before I gave it a read, and I just loved it!  It had a touch of fantasy/ fairy tale magic to it and was wrote at a pace where it was hard to put down.
Hidden Gem Book:
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.  It's about all these murders that happened during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  And while, the murders are a central part to the story, they spend almost as much time detailing the building of the fair that year, on the banks of Lake Michigan, and all the adversity that the planners ran into between the weather, finding enough workmen, finishing all the projects on time, fires, and more.  I was not at all familiar with this page of American History, but it really was a good read.

Important Moments of Your Reading Life:
Summers when school was out and making trips to the public library.  I just remember the thrill of checking out books about all different subjects- cooking, history, sign language, plants, Scott O'Dell historical fiction.  I just felt like there was nothing I could not find a book about and I just loved the freedom of finding something that interested me and taking the book home to learn more.

Just Finished:
Don't Breathe a Word  by Jennifer McMahon
Kinds of Books You Won't Read:
Romances is about it.

Longest Book You've Read:
I'm guessing The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  It clocks in at just over 700 pages.  But was worth it.
Major Book Hangover Because Of:
Into the Wild by Jack Krakauer really made me want to sell everything I owned and just go on an adventure.  It also gave me about six more books I want to read and resulted in lots of Google searches of different people and places.  I saw the movie first and really liked it, but I loved the book.  While it's not a happy ending, there's may lessons it can teach you about happiness.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Three- two nearly floor to ceiling, one about three shelves high, plus a milk crate full, and a large tote in the basement.  I usually get rid of them once I finish reading them though.  Eventually I'd like to get down to one floor to ceiling shelf.

One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times: "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis.  I rarely read a book twice, but I read this series in grade school and had to do them again after I got out of high school.

Preferred Place to Read:
In bed, under the blankets, regardless of what time of day it is.

Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels:
I really can't think of any.

Reading Regret:
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.  Oprah Book Club, you let me down with this one. 

Series You Started and Need to Finish:
I don't read a lot of series, but I do still need to read The Amber Spyglass.  I've read the other two books in the trilogy, but just kind of lost interest.
Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Timetraveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
I'll always fawn over Jane Austen and I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy.

Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other: 
Maybe MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood.  I read Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood and this book goes with them.  I really like Atwood's writing.

X Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th):
Lady Susan/ The Watson/ Sanditon by Jane Austen

Your Latest Book Purchase:
A stack of books at a library book sale as well as The Portable Door  by Tom Holt from the thrift store.   I bought all these the last time I was over visiting my friend, Lori.
ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late): If a book is suspenseful, it will usually keep me up late.  So, Don't Breath a Word did it, and so did In the Woods by Tana French.  But, I usually still set it down and get to sleep no later than 2am.  I'm too old to stay up all night reading.


  1. How did you like Don't Breathe a Word?
    I have The Year of the Flood, languishing n my shelf. Same with In The Woods. So many to catch up on!
    It's over now, but every year The Book Rat runs "Austen in August" (or "Jane in June", as it was initially), with tons of interviews, discussions, etc on Austen's work. If you haven't checked it out, I think it's a fun supplement to Austen novels (and inspiring):

  2. I really liked Don't Breathe a Word, until the last few pages. I like nice, tidy endings. So, I'm still mulling what I thought of it. But, it was nice and suspenseful and definitely worth the read. I kind of feel the same way about In the Woods. It kept me turning right up to the end, but the ending left me a little disappointed. I love Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood isn't my favorite of hers, but worth the read, especially if you've read Oryx and Crake. I just missed "Austen in August". :( At least I can go back and read the posts. Thanks for sharing the link.