A – Z Bookish Survey

I saw this tag floating around and I decided it would be a nice little post for when I stuck on what to post. A review will be coming this week but it’s been a bit crazy and I have been struggling to finish any books!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Agatha Christie. As of now, I have read 11 of her books and I plan on reading one more this year. Since she has written so many books, I try and read at least two of them a year. I have so many on-going series and a massive TBR list, that even managing to read two a year would be good going. I just love her books so much!

Best sequel ever:

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah is a very good one. I preferred it over the debut book. I also loved Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman as well.

Currently reading:

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Drink of choice while reading:

I don’t really have one to be honest. I just drink whatever is available. Nothing super fancy and I am not much of a tea or coffee drinker.

E-reader or physical book?

Definitely physical books. I like watching as my physical book collection grows, especially with series. Even though, I actually manage to get through books quicker and easier on a Kindle, not sure why, I do like the ability to collect and hold a physical book. I am very lucky and fortunate to be able to do that. That being said I just found out I can read manga on my Kindle so I will 1000% be looking into that!

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school:

I have never really found myself crushing on fictional characters. Maybe from TV shows and films but not from books. I just haven’t met a character who has impacted me in that way I guess. There are loads of characters that I love wholeheartedly but not where I would call them a fictional crush. If I had to choose my choice would be Hades from Lore Olympus because I love the way he treats Persephone in that comic.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft! You guys know how much I love The Books of Babel series and I can distinctly remember picking up the first book and reading the first page in the book store and thinking “Ah, what the hell!” and buying it. Now, I am just anxiously waiting for November to roll round so I can read my copy of the last book!

Hidden gem book:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Again, this was a book I randomly picked up in a airport book shop because I needed something to quickly read on the plane and I ended up loving it. It’s not my normal go-to book at all but I ended up being really moved by it and the message it was telling.

Important moment in your reading life:

I would say the year 2017 was the year I finally got back into reading. After spending my secondary school experience reading books I didn’t enjoy I was happy to finally start reading books I wanted to read. I ended up reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Alice by Christina Henry etc. I think that was the beginning of what would be me falling back in love with reading.

Just Finished:

I recently DNFed The Child Thief by Brom

Kinds of books you won’t read:

I tend to not read books that have contemporary settings. For some reason I can read urban fantasies fine but if it’s just set in modern day with modern day struggles or it’s just a slice of life I just don’t enjoy them that much. The other one would be romance, for some reason I get super invested in romance plot lines when they are secondary to the main plot but when the romance is the sole plot I tend to lose interest. I have recently been reading romance web comics and I have been enjoying those so maybe it’s the medium in which I am reading them. Who knows?

I have a whole post about this specific prompt which you can read here >>>

Longest book you’ve read:

So, this is actually a web comic. It’s Always Human by Ari North, funnily enough a romance web comic. This comic was 1,260 pages.

My longest novel is The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan which is 804 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. That ending hit me hard. It had me crying at 2am!

Number of bookcases you own:

I own one big bookcase and one book cart. My book cart is for all my unread books and my bookshelf is for all my read books. I now have resorted to stacking books like a pillar next to my bookshelf as I have so many. That stack is actually physical books I didn’t enjoy and plan on giving to a charity shop or library.

One book you have read multiple times:

The only book I have read multiple times is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. I have read that book 4 times. Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire 3 times and the other books only once.

Preferred place to read:

My bed. To be honest, I can read anywhere but my bed is the comfiest place to read.

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

I have to be completely honest. I don’t keep track of quotes that much.

Reading regrets:

I regret picking up Rivers of London by Ben Aaronnovitch. It was not a good book.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):

Ok, so I actually keep track of this and here is the list of just the series that are fully complete. I have 4 other series I am reading that are not complete yet.

  1. The Broken Earth Trilogy – N.K. Jemisin (2 books left)
  2. Wax and Wayne Quartet – Brandon Sanderson (3 books left)
  3. Fullmetal Alchemist – Hiromu Arakawa (6 books left)
  4. The Books of Babel Quartet – Josiah Bancroft (1 book left)
  5. Detective Kosuke Kindaichi – Seishi Yokomizo (33 books left)*
  6. Hercule Poirot – Agatha Christie (40 books left)
  7. Lightbringer – Brent Weeks (4 books left)
  8. Heroes of Olympus – Rick Riordan (5 books left)**
  9. The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan (12 books left)
  10. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang (2 books left)

(* This a complete series but only a couple of books have been translated and I’m not sure if I will be able to read the whole series)
(** This series is a continuation from the Percy Jackson series)

Three of your all-time favorite books:

So, off the top of my head I am going:

  1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
  2. The Hod King – Josiah Bancroft
  3. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

I have so many faves these are just 3 of them!

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Oooo, I’m not sure really, I am only recently getting into new book fandoms. I was a major Harry Potter fan but since all the transphobia J.K. has been proclaiming I have found myself moving away from it. It still has a place in my heart but I am focusing on new things. So at the moment its anything Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan and Josiah Bancroft. I am also loving Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan.

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

I have to choose The Fall of Babel. The final book in the Books of Babel Quartet. I know I bang on about this series but it’s my absolute fave!!! It is meant to come out Nov 2021.

Worst bookish habit:

I don’t think I really have one to be honest.

X marks the spot – start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

So I am going based on my un-read book cart and it is, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. I am so excited to get to this book!

Your latest book purchase:

The most recent book was a physical copy of a book I read as an ARC last summer. Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson.

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

I mentioned this earlier in the tag but it was The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. It had me up at 2am trying to read the ending. I cried a lot of tears finishing it.

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