A to Z Bookish Survey

Posted August 16, 2013 by Bonnie in End of Year Survey / 22 Comments

I’ve totally fallen behind on my blogging duties and am feeling fairly uninspired this week so I decided to do something fun and different instead this Friday. Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner came up with this survey so go check out her post and participate too if you want!

Author you’ve read the most books from

If I count all the kids books I’ve added and rated to Goodreads then R.L. Stine (46) because I was OBSESSED with Goosebumps. If I don’t count them then Iris Johansen (20) because her Eve Duncan series was never-ending.

Best Sequel Ever

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon was an amazing follow-up. But so was Dark Triumph by by R.L. LaFevers. And The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

Currently Reading

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.

Drink of Choice While Reading

Tea. Specifically Chai Tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I love the convenience of my Kindle and it goes everywhere with me but nothing beats a physical book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Considering I had horrible taste in men in high school I probably would have dated someone liked Draco Malfoy. 

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I really had never intention of picking this up because of the yucky subject matter but was extremely emotional and powerful.

Hidden Gem Book

Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller. This was the first vampire and romance book I ever read and I remember adoring this series. Linda Lael Miller is known for her cowboy books but did you know she wrote an entire vampire series? Worth checking out.

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I’ve been a huge reader my whole life but discovering Goodreads took it to a whole new level. It became a hobby and ended up getting me into blogging as well. I don’t know what I’d do without Goodreads!

Just Finished

Night Film by Marisha Pessl and Shooting Scars by Karina Halle.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

I do try to be open and willing to try any and all books but I’m super picky when it comes to Paranormal Romance, fantasy and sci-fi.

Longest Book You’ve Read

According to Goodreads it’s A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon at a whopping 980 pages.

Major book hangover because of

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Nothing sounded good after this and I went on a bit of a southern-gothic-noir spree afterwards. Still haven’t found anything to compare though.

Number of Bookcases You Own

2. One large and one small. (Plus tons of boxes and assorted piles for the ones that don’t fit.)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

I am not a re-reader by nature but I’ve been trying to squeeze in time with some of my favorites. Recent re-reads are: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. I’m currently re-reading Little House in the Big Woods and plan on joining in on a huge Harry Potter re-read in November.

Preferred Place To Read

I love reading in bed but I also love napping so sometimes the two clash. 🙂
In the summertime I love sitting on my balcony.

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

“The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.”
-Susanna Kearsley, Mariana

Reading Regret

Missing out on reading some really great kids books when I was younger that I didn’t know about. I went on to read them later in life and loved them but I can’t help but think I would have loved them so much more if I had read them when I was younger. A few are: The Golden Compass, Winnie the Pooh (seriously, how did I miss this?), Roald Dahl in general (I only read James and the Giant Peach), The Enchanted Wood and The Little Prince.

Series You Started And Need To Finish

I have so many series I need to catch up on but these series are already completed: Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Saga, Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Three?? *sigh* Fine….

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Ellen Hopkins. I’ve read all of her books and adore her writing. She also lives in the town next to me. I was once at a stoplight and I could have swore she was in the car next to me and I almost had a melt-down.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. They keep pushing out the release date too and it’s driving me MAD.

Worst Bookish Habit

I set myself up for failure when requesting ARCs. I’ve gotten better in recent months though. Also? Buying books that sit on my shelf and gather dust. Operation ‘Read My Own Damn Books’ needs to occur, now.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Your latest book purchase

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This was spectacular and not only did I stay up way too late to read it but I would daydream about this book at work. 🙂



22 responses to “A to Z Bookish Survey

  1. YOU'RE CURRENTLY READING JUST ONE YEAR?!?! *flails with jealously*

    Bahahaha, at the boys you dated in high school.

    Awww, I love both the Secret Garden and The Tao of Pooh. Good choices!

    That's a nice reading regret. I wish I'd thought of it. Some things just are never as awesome if you don't experience them first as a kid.

    I feel you on the ARC requesting habit, both on asking for too many and getting hopes up too high that it might actually come, which is my issue with Just One Year right now. I need to accept that Penguin will only send me books I didn't desperately want.

    The Book Thief is an excellent book purchase!
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  2. Lauren

    I really love that quote. It's so…inspiring. If that's the right word. I've never heard of that book before, but I'm a sucker for beautiful words so I may have to look into it.
    And yay, I'm also a HUGE fan of A Great and Terrible Beauty. What did you think of the rest of the trilogy?
    I hope you love The Book Thief as much as I did! It's by far one of the best books I've ever read.
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  3. Hehe for Draco Malfoy! ^_^

    Oooh you shared pictures of your bookshelves!! The one on the left looks a lot like mine. Seems like we never have enough room for all of our books! 🙂
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  4. I love your answers Bonnie! I love that you'd date Malfoy, that would probably be one guy that I would have a heard time saying no to. I also love how we both have the same favourite reading drinks and reading in the same place, I also don't know what I'd do without Goodreads!
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  5. angwrites

    Okay. Get ready for a book:

    The cuties LOVE Goosebumps! I have Dark Triumph & Grave Mercy BUT they are three months past due & if I don't return them this week I fear my mister will freak the hell out (as well he should since I've been telling him for months now I'd take care of it)! JOJO! I'm so excited to read her! YAY TEA! Physical books FTW. I ship Luna & Neville. Like I would date either or. But I guess as a couple they'd be cute too. LINDA LAEL MILLER FTW! Did you ever read her time travel novels?! I *heart* Goodreads. I've actually been on it longer than my account says. I deleted it & started new cause of my judgement friends. I'm gonna spy on EVERY book named in this post. BOOM! You're not picky, you have standards. Unlike some people *points at self*. READ ALL THE WORDS! LOVE YOUR BOOKSHELVES! HARRY POTTER FTW! I read smut as a kid. Well when I was 13. Still. I CRINGE thinking about my girls reading what I read now.Want to read Anne Rice one day! I've avoided Outlander & I *heart* A Great & Terrible Beauty (which I'm pretty sure I read. Hm…) I would have jumped out of my car & been arrested if I saw an author I loved in traffic. It would get ugly. That's the worst, when they push back a book release. It's why I try not to pay attention. ARCs overwhelm me. It's one of the reasons I had to step down from book blogging. It's just too much and I want them all and then I can't read what I've got plus library books and books I've bought and then you HAVE to review them and it's like homework and ANXIETY!!! I rented The Book Thief but had to return it. Again, I'm ridic. *jots down another awesome book*

    Annnnnd scene!
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  6. Maja

    I have books everywhere too! Under my bed, in the kitchen, even in the bathroom. It's a good thing I'm moving into a bigger apt or something would have to give. And I'm totally with you on The Queen of Attolia and Dark Triumph -best sequels ever.
    I'm sorry I wasn't here to do this survey, it's super fun.

  7. I love Mary Stewart's Merlin series sooo much! GREAT GREAT books. So glad I picked them up…. you must finish them!!
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  8. Hahhaha! I totally would have dated a Draco too! My taste in men was SHIT-tastic!

    Looks like you need a new bookshelf, girl! I got two for my birthday and they are already filling up!

    I love reading in bed too. And on my balcony but I have to save that for fall and winter because of where I live. Gets too hot otherwise.

    Haha, maybe you and I can host a 'Read My Own Damn Books' challenge for 2014. That could be fun!

    I think you will probably LOVE The Book Thief. I think our bookish tastes are very similar (I am slowly learning this).

    And yay for Night Film. I could not agree more. I am pushing it on everyone I know!
    My recent post Stacking the Shelves #54

  9. miss_bonnie13

    Yep. Just One Year is mine. I can't wait for more people to read it so I can talk to SOMEONE about it.
    Penguin can be real buttheads like that. lol

    My kid is reading The Book Thief in school and the library had like a bajillion holds so I just used it as an excuse to buy it. Figured it was about time… plus I wanted to read it before the movie comes out!

  10. miss_bonnie13

    I loved the rest of A Great and Terrible Beauty but that was one crap ending even though I still love it to death. lol
    I've heard such amazing things about The Book Thief, figured it was well past time for me to read it myself. 🙂

  11. miss_bonnie13

    NEVER. Never enough room. I should have taken pictures of my stacks right next to my shelves. And I didn't even include a shot of the very top of the bookcase… I started stacking the ones I've read but don't want to get rid of up there. The shelf is bowing if that's any indication. lol

  12. miss_bonnie13

    Tea's the best! Used to be coffee but I stopped drinking and now just drinks hoards of tea instead.
    I don't know about you but I can't recall how I managed without Goodreads.. honest. lol

  13. miss_bonnie13

    Oooh bigger apartments are good! I have space, I just need to buy more shelves. Or get rid of books. Even after I read books and I know for a fact that I won't likely ever re-read it I still have such a hard time getting rid of them. That? Is a problem.
    You should still do the survey! I still see people doing it. Would love to see your answers. 🙂

  14. miss_bonnie13

    I really do. I loved The Crystal Cave so I have no doubt I'll love the rest of the series. 🙂 Hopefully soon.

  15. miss_bonnie13

    Shit-tastic is right.
    I think I need a few new bookshelves… you didn't even see my stacks. It's bad. lol They sure fill up quick don't they??
    Ohhh me too… balcony reading hasn't happened in a few months because like hell I want to sit out there in 100 degree heat. No thank you.
    EVERYBODY has loved The Book Thief and I decided it was time I finally figure out if I feel the same.. hopefully I get to it soon!
    Night Film was freaking fantastic… I'm hoping it's a massive success.

  16. miss_bonnie13

    The Goosebumps were the freaking best! Three months past due… to return to the library?! LOL Yeah I think you need to give them back. Linda Lael Miller has time travel novels? *runs to goodreads* I totally feel you on the stress of ARCs. I've cut back a lot but giving it completely would be sad to me even though I'm not the most popular blogger and people likely wouldn't even notice I left. lol It still makes me happy so whateva! I was never a popular chick anyways and I am 100% a-okay with that. Yes. The anxiety. I would pull up my google calendar (I kept my ARC publishing dates on there) and my calendar would practically explode. Or my brain. Or both. Plus I'm getting better at just not reading some ARCs and accepting if the publisher doesn't want to approve me anymore then so be it. Not wasting my time on shit books. Got too many awesome ones waiting for me. 😀

  17. miss_bonnie13

    Outlander is a HUGE undertaking and I'm not sure I would ever pick up a series like that during my blogging days. I read this when I was in my late teens and it was like nothing I had ever read before. Really want to do a re-read to see if it leaves the same impression. Hope you give it a shot one day! 🙂

  18. miss_bonnie13

    It was fun! It was a good decision to do something different. 🙂
    Yes, I need more like The Devil All the Time in my life. Have you read his other, I think short story collection… Knockemstiff? Dying to get my hands on that one.

  19. Michael

    What a fun survey, I feel I've learnt more about you. Also I agree about The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock, more please thank you
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  20. Bahaha, Draco Malfoy, really? That's hilarious! Really fun survey – loved reading your answers. And dang, do I ever need to read Outlander!! I've been putting it off way too long despite it being among many people's favourite books.
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  21. Michael

    I'm a big fan of non review post, people can actually say something instead of "sounds good/interesting" to a book they haven't read. Haven't got my hands on Knockemstiff yet either, not many Southern Gothic novels feel the same as The Devil All the Time.
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