Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A-Z Book Survey

This is an awesome survey that Jaimie  from The Perpetual Page-Turner put together. I love surveys but I haven't actually filled one out in ages, so this should be fun!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Difficult. I've read tons of Wolfgang Hohlbein's books (I must own between 20-30 and have read more), also quite a lot of Rachel Vincent (11) and Stephen King (20? no clue).

Best sequel ever:
Um... I really like The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. It's the second book in the trilogy and my favorite of the three. I also loved The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

Currently Reading:
I'm re-reading Melissa Marr's Ink Exchange.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Coke Zero, but I'm forbidden to drink it at the moment because the artificial sugar troubles my intestines. So now it's Rivella Blau, a Swiss drink.

E-Reader of Physical Book?
I prefer physical books because the covers are pretty and you get something tangible for your money. I like putting them on my shelf and smelling them ^^'' But as my shelves become more cramped, I've learned to appreciate my kindle. Also, you can have the book immediately.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: 
 I was horribly shy and not popular enough to have many picks/dates but I love Noah from the Mara Dyer series. Seth from Wicked Lovely is also a fantastic guy.

Glad you gave this book a chance:
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter. I didn't expect it to be this good! It's a vampire book but it felt by no means like 'something I've read before' if you know what I mean.

Hidden Gem Book:
A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Unf. Many. But one was reading Stephen King when I was 15 and realizing that I liked him, that I liked dark, liked horror, and that was okay. My mum had warned me off him for years because he 'writes these gross, bloody horror novels' but she'd never actually read one. Reading and liking him made me realize that I could like books that my mum didn't like (our reading tastes are otherwise quite similar).

Just Finished: 
 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I can't read books about cancer. That includes The Fault in Our Stars. I'm not ready to go through that and relive certain memories. Not doing that to myself.
I also dislike books where girls obsess so much over boys that their whole life and tastes etc. revolve only about them and they only like what their BF likes etc. Also, books where the sex substitutes for plot. I don't mind sex in books but I need an actual story and great characters.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Probably The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley. I was 14. The version I read had 1115 pages. Closest to that came Shogun by James Clavell and the 5th Harry Potter (both 1000+).

Major book hangover because of:
The Book Thief. That's why I decided on a re-read. Divergent by Veronica Roth also really lingered on my mind, as did all of Stephen King's Dark Tower books.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two in my room at my parents' house. Another big one for my apartment, plus two smaller ones that also have other stuff on them. But I also have a number of books in a closet and in various boxes... I must own over 500.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
I love to re-read, but in the last 2 or so years I've rarely had the time :( I've read Katja Brandis' Daresh series multiple times, same for all the Harry Potter books, The Hobbit (5 times), The Lord of the Rings (4), Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite, Holly Black's Tithe (4?), and lots of books by German authors.

 Preferred Place To Read:
My bed, the table, or one of my parents' sofas. I also read on the train a lot but it's not a preferred place.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.” 
Poppy Z. Brite - Lost Souls

There are soooo many quotes! I tend to remember poetry though and it's too lengthy to quote here.

Reading Regret:
Beautiful Disaster. What a waste of time.
Also, not reading the Mara Dyer books and Divergent sooner!

 Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
A LOT. I still need to read Oath Bound by Rachel Vincent. Finish Kim Harrison's The Hollows. The Sookie Stackhouse books (I've 2 or 3 left). There are many more I'm simply behind on, and some that are finished but I haven't started them yet.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
You are trying to kill me >.<
Stephen King - Wizard and Glass
Holly Black - Red Glove
Laini Taylor - Daugher of Smoke and Bone
And, to throw in a classic, Jane Eyre.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: 
Holly Black, Kelly Creagh, Melissa Marr. They are so good. If I met them, words would fail me.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke - my copy has shipped!!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Worst Bookish Habit:
Err... I read way more of them than I review? I buy too many of them?

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Can't do that right now because nearly all my books are boxed up in the basement... those on the shelf in my old room where I currently live again are nearly all German.

Your latest book purchase:
Nachtgeister (Nightlife) by Rob Thurman. Spontaneous buy at a store that's closing and now everything's 40% off or more.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Book Thief
Shadow and Bone
Where She Went

I just spent over an hour doing this and it's now 2:40am... I need to sleep.
Do we have anything in common? Have you done the survey too? Please link me up :)


  1. I haven't tried reading Stephen King books, but maybe I will soon, at least so that I know for sure if I can handle them or not! I can't wait for The Coldest Girl in Cold Town either!! Anyway, we have a lot in common, but I already knew that :) here's mine: http://fairytalesandfaroffplaces.blogspot.ca/2013/08/a-to-z-survey.html

    1. King really is a master storyteller! And his On Writing is the only book on the craft I've ever read (multiple times though) and was a huge help when I started writing at 17!
      Only about a month until Coldtown :D Thanks for commenting, I'm off to check out your post now :)

  2. When I was in middle school my mom wouldn't let me read her Stephen King books, said I'd be too scared. Then the summer before my freshman year, she left one sitting out on the table, and I read it while she was at work, and she never said a thing when I started reading them around her after that.

    1. Similar stuff to that happened with some other books my mum owned that she thought I couldn't handle ;) Cool that yours reads King!

  3. This survey is just too much fun, yours is the 2nd I've found today by some of my favorite bloggers so I may just whip up my own soon!

    Anyways, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black are all high priority TBR authors, and I do own a copy of Coldest Girl in Coldtown so I'll check off that last one on my list soon enough :D YES to your re-reads of Harry Potter, Hobbit, LotR ♥ and another YES to your favorite reads having DoS&B ♥ XD I plan on getting into the Hallows series and Shadow and Bone soon!! Oh and I'm still so happy you enjoyed Divergent so much when you finally read it haha Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Eep, thanks for commenting and I really hope you do the survey!! I'm very curious about your answers :)
      I'm really glad I read Divergent! I pushed it on my sister too and now we're both pining for Allegiant ^^ It's suddenly out so comparatively soon though o.O This summer has totally flown by me...

  4. Oooh. Good answers!!

    I'm so glad to see that I wasn't the only one who had a hard time limiting themselves!! And I should copy your answer for the kinds of books you won't read because it's perfection, except I read TFiOS out of peer pressure.

    Thanks for sharing your answers!!

    1. You mean the part about obsessed girls and sex without plot? :P
      I admit, sometimes I'm tempted to read TFioS because there are so many amazing quotes floating around. But I know Green is a great writer (I've read Looking for Alaska) so I know he'll make me feel everything. And right now I just don't think I can take it. A couple years down the road, who knows?

  5. This is so much fun! I'm so glad I saw your post via Bloglovin' - otherwise, I might have missed the A-Z survey. I love your answers, especially about the role of Stephen King in your reading life! Here's my link for A-Z: http://bookshelffantasies.com/2013/08/13/a-to-z-bookish-survey/

    Thanks for inspiring me to participate!

    1. I had no idea people were searching for posts via bloglovin', but needless to say I'm glad you found me :) I'm off to check out your answers now!

  6. I read tons of Stephen King and I just love dark books, but I don't like to read about cancer or really any kind illness either. (mostly because I'm a little hypochondriac :) Wow, I love that quote! I really should check Lost Souls out :) Haha, I agree, Beautiful Disaster was pretty much a waste of time. I DNF'd Sookie Stackhouse. I don't want to read the last books, because I know I wouldn't like the ending... Yes! Holly Black is SO good.

    Hm, I'm not really a survey person, but I think I'll do this. :)

    1. I'll probably finish the Sookie books at some point (I think I have 2 left) because though I heard about the threats etc. surrounding the last book, I haven't actually spoiled myself about the ending. Also I don't think who Sookie ends up with is the most important thing about how the series is rounded off.
      Yes! Someone else who doesn't like Beautiful Disaster! I always feel like I'm in the minority there... but the relationship is just sooo unhealthy and every character in it is crazy. Ahem.

  7. So clearly I need to get on reading the Mara Dyer books! I've heard awesome things! And I also need to read The Book Thief! :D That stinks you can't drink Coke Zero anymore! Mega bummer! I am way too addicted to that stuff. I won't drink more than 2 a day though. LOL. I'm with you on TFIOS. I can't do it. Maybe someday, but probably not. I loved reading these Carmen!