September 19, 2013

A to Z Book Survey

I saw the A to Z Book Survey on Jamie's blog, The Perpetual Pageturner, awhile ago and was saving it for just the right moment (in other words, for when I didn't have another review all ready to go :D). So, let's get to it, shall we?

Author You've Read the Most Books From

This is a tie between J.R. Ward and Jennifer L. Armentrout with 13 books each. 

Best Sequel Ever

WOW. Hard question. It's a toss-up between Dragonfly In Amber (Outlanter #2), Voyager (Outlander #3) and Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3). It's been years since I've read either Outlander book, but I think there are details in each that will stick with me forever. And, Clockwork Princess and Dragonfly In Amber probably tie for the most emotional ending ever. I bawled buckets over both books. BUCKETS, people. That's good stuff there. 

Currently Reading

Reading:  Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove
Listening to:  Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Drink of Choice While Reading

Coffee. It's my drink of choice when I'm doing pretty much anything.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both have their place. I love my e-reader for the ease of use, convenience for traveling, and accessibility to ARCs through NetGalley and Edelweiss. Also, since I'm a huge new adult fan, and many NA books are only available in digital format, an e-reader is a must. But, there's just something about a physical book that can never be replaced. That, and they look so pretty on my shelves. 

Fictional Character You Would've Actually Dated in High School

Tough one - they are all so gorgeous and interesting, it feels like none of them would've looked twice at me. But, if I had to pick one, I'd say Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. He's smart, has goals, isn't pretentious and is shorter than me. That's pretty much par for the course. If only I could've dated a guy with his accent, though...

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs. I hadn't had much luck with urban fantasy up until this point, so it was with great reluctance that I gave it a go. I am completely in love with this series now.

Hidden Gem Book

Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren. It's listed as "christian fiction," and I think that scares most people away before they even give it a try. To be honest with you, I didn't even realize it was classified as that until AFTER I had read it, and it's sequel, Cascade. This is an AMAZING series full of action, adventure, a little sci-fi and tons of delicious romance. It is very light on the Christian aspect - mostly reflective and never in your face. 

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Reading Outlander in 2005. It was recommended by some friends, and up until that point, I hadn't been reading much (although I read a lot in high school). Once I read Outlander, though, I tore through the series, and then immediately started the Harry Potter series to fill the hole that was left in my life afterwards. From there, the rest is history. 

Just Finished

Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey

Kinds of Books You Won't Read

horror, self-help, "women's lit"

Longest Book You've Read

In my recent reading history, it is Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) at 756 pages. If we're talking EVER, it is The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) at 1,443 pages (mass market).

Major Book Hangover Because of

My biggest book hangover came after I finished Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. I had read all seven Harry Potter books all in a row, and I was so, so sad that it was finally all over. 

Number of Bookcases You Own


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

I've read both Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon four times each. That's the most so far. 

Preferred Place to Read

On my couch. 

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You've Read

Quote that inspires me: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the decision that something is more important than fear." - from Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Quote that gave me tons of feels: “My name is Ashallyn'darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court...Let it be known--from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on..." His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. "I am yours." - from The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Reading Regret

Not sticking with it through college. I was an angsty, emo mess in college at times. Books would've helped remind me that I wasn't alone in that. 

Series You Started And Need To Finish

The Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent. I've read the first two. 

Three of Your All-time Favorite Books

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Honestly, I don't fangirl too often. Maybe it's my age talking (I'm 37). But, I'm not all about the ZOMGs and SQUEALs. I will gush, however, about any book that captures me and doesn't let me go. There are a bunch of those. Some of the 5-star books I've gushed about so far in 2013 include:

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

(There were more, but I picked five of my favorites from five of my favorite authors.)

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Another one I just can't possibly narrow down. I can think of three 2014 releases that I am DYING to read:

Worst Bookish Habit

Peeking at the back of the book to see what happens. 

X Marks The Spot - Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book

 Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie - hardback

Your Latest Book Purchase

Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Zzz-snatcher Book - The Last Book That Kept You Up Way Late

Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
So, there you have it. What do you think? You want to scream at me for admitting that I peek at the back of the book from time to time, don't you?

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