The A-Z Bookish Survey

22 May 2015

I'm here today with a tag created by The Perpetual Page Turner. This tag is an A-Z survey of various bookish related subjects. This is going to be a long one, folks, so settle in and enjoy! Since there are 26 categories, I'm going to try and get through these as quickly as possible, so I probably won't give any major explanations for my choices. Sorry about that!

Author You've Read The Most Books From:

Rachel Caine — I've read 14/15 books in The Morganville Vampires, and I'm almost convinced she's my most read author purely because of that series.

Best Sequel Ever:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth — As much as I loved both Divergent and Insurgent, this book blew my mind in the best kind of way.

Currently Reading:

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead — I absolutely love Mead's Vampire Academy series, but I have to say that, though I'm only on the second book, I can actually see me preferring this series.

Drink Of Choice Whilst Reading:

Tea. I'm English, what do you expect? Okay, that stereotype is lame, but it really does fit me perfectly. I love tea.

E-reader Or Physical Book:

I'm definitely a physical book kind of girl. Check out the post describing my Kindle experience if you want to know why.

Fictional Character You Would Probably Date If They Were Real:

Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) — I'm not going to lie, there are an absolute ton of fictional characters whom I have completely fallen in love with, but I have to say that Will Herondale still stands out. There's just something about him that I adore, and if I were a few years younger (and he were real, and we, y'know, lived in the same time), I'd go out with him for sure.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma — Incest is a nasty subject to cover in literature considering how taboo it is, but Suzuma managed to create a novel that could inspire empathy in even the most stoic of readers.

Hidden Gem Book:

In A Heartbeat by Teodora Kostova — This is a self-published novel that I read a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. It's a new adult novel about a girl suffering from cancer, as well as dealing with the depression following the car accident that killed her brother and her father. It's a heartbreaking book with a side order of love, laughter, and a whole lot of drama. 

Important Moment In Your Reading Life:

Creating my blog. When I disappeared from the blog in 2014, I also disappeared from the reading world. I barely read anything last year, and I know it's because I wasn't pushing myself to read as much as I could so I had enough reviews to post on the blog. You would have thought that I would have read just as much - or even more, since writing a review can take a long time for me - but it went the opposite way. I need this blog to push me to read, otherwise I end up getting distracted with other things.

Just Finished Reading:

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead — After finishing the Vampire Academy series, I just couldn't say goodbye so I decided to immediately pick up this book. I read the first three in the series a couple of years ago and absolutely loved them, and now that I have the whole set, I can marathon them to my hearts content.

Kinds Of Books You Won't Read:

There are a few genres that I won't touch, but religious novels are the main ones. I do have my own beliefs, but I wouldn't say they were religious in nature. I'm pretty much a complete atheist and simply don't have any interest in religious novels.  

Longest Book You've Read:

Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling — 870 pages.

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare — This trilogy is just amazing, and the way that Cassandra Clare wrote the final installment definitely exceeded all of my expectations. It took me a month to read anything else after experiencing the heartbreak and joy of this book.

Number Of Bookcases You Own:

Well, I own 3, but only 2 of them are full of my books. They're both 6ft high and about 3ft wide, and overflowing. The third is just a tiny little thing that is home to most of my boyfriend's Star Wars books.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling — I've read a lot of books multiple times, but this is definitely the novel I've read the most. I grew up with this series, after all!

Preferred Place to Read:

My bed. It's so squishy and warm. Though I will admit that I prefer reading outside in summer.

Quote That Inspires You:

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." - Oscar Wilde.

Reading Regret:

Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James — Yes, I read it. Shame on me, I know.

Series You Started But Need To Finish:

The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl — I'm not going to lie, I struggled with the first three books in this series. I did purchase the fourth, however, and I'm so desperate to read it, purely to say that I have. It's been sitting on my shelf for years and since they're all in the American hardcovers that cost me a fortune, I can't bear to part with them until I know they're not for me. Who knows, perhaps I'll actually enjoy them this time around? P.S. How bad was the Beautiful Creatures movie? I watched it and nearly wept, despite not even liking the book all that much.

Three Of Your All Time Favourite Series':

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine — Yes, I changed the question because I didn't like picking three favourite books. All of these series' are amazing though, and you should definitely read them.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare — I know this series is a big deal and whatnot, but I'm still always telling people to read it. I've talking my boyfriend's ear off more times than I can count about this series, and I have no regrets.

Very Excited For The Release Of:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare — Are you noticing a trend here? I seriously do love this author. I can't wait for the new Shadowhunter series to come out next year (fingers crossed), and I'm so excited to experience more of Clare's writing.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying multiple copies of the same book. Now, I'm not like, a hoarder or anything, I'm just very anal about the way my shelves look. If a book is getting pretty beat up, I'll replace it. I'll also buy a new copy if covers have changed... It's a terrible habit, but one that I'll never break out of.

X Marks The Spot (27th Book On Your Shelf From The Left):

Shelf #1: One Day by David Nicholls - I have yet to read this novel, but I've heard amazing things about it. Supposedly the movie is pretty good, too?
Shelf #2: Burned by P.C. & Kristin Cast - I absolutely love the House Of Night series, and this is definitely one of my favourite books within that series. 

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - I bought this book a couple of weeks ago because everybody raves about this author's writing. I can't wait to see what all the fuss is about, that's for sure.

ZZZ-Snatcher (Last Book That Kept You Up Late):

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead — Despite having read this novel before, I still stayed up until the early hours of the morning to finish it. It's THAT good.

So what books would make it into your survey answers? If you want to do this tag, leave me the link to your post/video and I'll be sure to check it out!