The A-Z Bookish Survey

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I recently came across this tag on The Book Journal and knew I had to give it a go, so here's the A-Z Bookish Survey, where I talk too much about The Hunger Games and can't actually think of any inventive answers!

Author you've read the most books from:

I think it's going to be the same for a lot of people, really - good old J.K.

Best sequel ever:


I'm going to have to say Catching Fire as it does such a good job expanding the world of Panem that we already know, and taking the format of the Games to the next level. Plus, it's a whole lot darker and you get to meet the best characters in the series, namely Plutarch, Finnick, and Joanna.

Currently reading:


Orlando by Virginia Woolf. I'm really upset because I only have 20 or so pages left and I've been absolutely loving it, however it does mean I can watch the film with Tilda Swinton (swoon) in. 



Drink of choice whilst reading:

Probably not tea, despite my first thought. I would end up needing a wee every half an hour, so I'll settle for my bottle of water. I am partial to a peppermint tea though when I'm in relaxation mode.

E-reader or physical books:

I'm going to say physical books even though I completely see the appeal of ebooks for long holidays and travelling. There's a strong market for both but I doubt print books would ever fall out of fashion.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

Tommy from Never Let Me Go. No doubt in my heart.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

I would actually say Orlando, the book I'm reading at the moment. I thought I'd really struggle to make it through but I adore it now.

Hidden gem of a book:

Joyland by Stephen King. It's not one of his well-known ones and feels very YA, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's a fast read so I'd recommend it to anyone!

Important moment in your reading life:

For any of you who have read The Wasp Factory, you'll know what I'm talking about, but I won't give it away to anyone who isn't in the know. This Iain Banks work taught me that books can be horrifying when before I didn't believe words on a page could have the same psychological impact as a film or TV show. I was very wrong and will never, ever forget this book. He was an absolutely superb writer and could construct such realistic images for his readers.



Just finished:

The graphic novel series Y: The Last Man. An absolutely incredible read. Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, are the last two males remaining on the planet after a mysterious occurrence kills off all of the others. That's all you need to know. That, and that all of the female characters are positively kick-ass.

Kinds of books you won't read:

After attempting a historical romance recently (I can't even remember who wrote it), I'm probably going to swear off them for a few years. It was so dull.

Longest book you've ever read:

Ulysses. ULYSSES.

Major book hangover because of...:

The Hunger Games trilogy. I whizzed through them all so quickly and now feel lost without their world. Waiting around for Mockingjay Part One on the big screen is agony.

Number of bookcases you own:

Only one, alas. But it's one of those huge IKEA units, and double-layered. I really need to buy a new one.

One book you've read multiple times:

I'm not really one for re-reading as my reading list is already so long, but I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone a handful of times for nostalgia's sake.

Preferred place to read:

Since moving back home, I've got my own sofa on the other side of my bedroom that creates the cosiest little nook of blankets and pillows to read it. It's sufficiently far away enough from my laptop too to stop me from being distracted! I also really love reading on public transport with just atmospheric sounds around me.

Quote that you like from a book you've read:

'The end is in the beginning, and yet you go on.' - Samuel Beckett, Endgame.



Reading regret:

Whinging when I was at university that I had no time to read, when I knew damn well that I had plenty of time to read. That was pretty much three years of reading time wasted.

Series you've started and need to finish:

A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I got about 6 or 7 books in before I fell into a reading lull and never got through the rest. However I do plan to get through the series again at some point!


Three of your all-time favourite books:


Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (for the laughs)
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (for the tears)
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (for some extra tears, just in case)


Unapologetic fangirl for:


The Hunger Games. I don't even care. This obsession has just grown in me and I'm trying to push it onto as many people as possible. I hate how people just shrug YA off as 'not real literature'. 

Very excited for this release more than others:

I'm not sure, I'm pretty bad at keeping up with book news. I only know about things once they're released! Maybe Meg Cabot's new fiction that was announced. I always loved The Princess Diaries.

Worst bookish habits:

I personally don't think it's a bad habit, but a lot of people have looked down on me for it, and that's writing in books. I think books are an experience and it's important to highlight passages that made you feel certain things, annotate parts that reminded you of other stories/films/art, etc. Documenting the experience is really important, I feel. 

X marks the spot - start a the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Mockingjay

Your latest book purchase:

I recently picked up It by Alexa Chung and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I was giggling in the bookshop over how every YA book on display had a quote from John Green on either the back or front cover. He is the YA king. 



Zzzz-snatcher book - last book that kept you up WAY too late:

For the last time I'll say it: The Hunger Games.

I tag all of you lovely book readers out there! I'd love to know your answers to these questions and see what books you recommend reading. You can also add me as a friend on Goodreads here if you want.

M x

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