Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A - Z Bookish Questionnaire


I am feeling out of it and painful today, so I am enjoying my time in bed by doing a survey filled with questions about books! Woo!
I found this over on Speculating on Specfic (here), and I believe it was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner (her original post here)! These bloggers and their awesome blog names :D

AUTHOR YOU'VE READ THE MOST BOOKS FROM:

Hmmm... I'd probably go with Juliet Marillier... or if we go back to my school reading days, I would maybe say Annie Dalton!

BEST SEQUEL EVER:

Ohhhh mannnnn. This is a tough one. >thinks< I'd sayyy The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.... >thinks for awhile more< I am sure there are others, but that's the one that comes to mind right now.

CURRENTLY READING:

Stuff I've Been Reading by Nick Hornby, Reunion (Rift Runners #3) by Jennifer Fallon, Cloaked in Fur by T. F. Walsh, and How to Wake Up by Toni Bernhard. The last one I'm not really actively reading.... but it's lovely to dip into occasionally. And Reunion and Cloaked are Aurealis Nominations.

Stuff I've Been Reading is just for me, and it's awesome :)

DRINK OF CHOICE WHILE READING:

Tea - lately it's been either Chamomile or White White Cocoa (may review that one soon... oh my goodness it's like a Lamington in tea form!) - or just good old water :)

EREADER OR PHYSICAL BOOK:

I read both, but I still love physical books a bit more. The tactile sensation, the smell, being able to put it up on my shelf and look at it. I love books...

FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY DATED IN HIGH SCHOOL:

Hmm... Jem from the Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare... Flynn Rider from Tangled....  Many characters from Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters series.....

GLAD YOU GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE:

So many books! Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Most recently...Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. I wasn't blown away, but it was an awesome story idea and I find myself thinking about it from time to time. Maybe time to read the sequel?

HIDDEN GEM BOOK:

A series of manga that I have yet to finish, but is so wonderful anyway: Wandering Son by Shimura Takako. So wonderfully interesting and complex.

IMPORTANT MOMENT IN YOUR READING LIFE:

The others I linked above mentioned starting their blog - also important to me - and discovering Goodreads - man I love Goodreads - so I will mention something different. Deciding to be involved in the Aurealis Awards and sending in an application. It has started to open so many doors for me, and made me so excited about being able to include my love of books in a future career. :)

JUST FINISHED:

In terms of Aurealis Awards stuff... Shadow's Fall (Shadow Series #3) by C. M. Simpson.
Last book for my own pleasure outside of the awards? Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan. I love Shaun Tan's work so much.

KIND OF BOOKS YOU WON'T READ:

Horror. I just don't like to scare myself and sacrifice sleep that much (because that is what will happen if I 'consume' horrific media of any kind (ie. books, movies, tv shows). I will occasionally read some horror or scary fiction, but not often. I do try to read fairly widely outside of that, but I must admit to not reading much Crime fiction.

LONGEST BOOK YOU'VE READ:

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I seem to be mentioning him a lot in this survey...

MAJOR BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE OF:

Uhh I think about a few Aurealis books from time to time... but I haven't really had a huge hangover since Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier... Is she going to write another one? Seriously....does anyone know? D:

NUMBER OF BOOKCASES YOU OWN:

Hahaha this is going to be funny. Eight. I have six fairly large bookcases in my study (not completely filled with books, other stuff on there too) and then two half-sized bookcases in my bedroom (also not entirely filled with books). I also pile books up on the floor, in a bedside table, next to my records... near my games.... Yeh. Books are everywhere.

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES:

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. Yes, that's two books, but you know. Deal.

PREFERRED PLACE TO READ:

In my reading chair and in bed. I think those are my two favourite spots. But honestly, anywhere is good. I prefer big squishy chairs, too :)

QUOTE THAT INSPIRES YOU/GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS FROM A BOOK YOU'VE READ:

"Reading journeys are still the richest, most stimulating and the cheapest journeys of all, and you don't even have to go anywhere apart from the inside of your own head." ~Stuff I've Been Reading by Nick Hornby
There are many quotes that give me the feels and inspire me more than this, but this one is sticking with me lately. I love reading.

READING REGRET:

I don't really stick with books if I'm not enjoying them... I don't really feel the need to push through if it doesn't seem worth it... I am more likely to regret not reading certain books earlier in life, or to feel guilty for not reading some books yet. I guess that means I don't have an answer for this one!

SERIES YOU STARTED AND NEED TO FINISH (ALL BOOKS ARE OUT IN THE SERIES):

Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn. Oh man do I need to get around to them. The Brideo Chronicles by Juliet Marillier.... the Tir Alainn Trilogy by Anne Bishop... I could go on.

THREE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS:

This survey is HARD. Okay... Matilda by Roald Dahl. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

But there are so many more...

UNAPOLOGETIC FANGIRL FOR:

Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books. Cheap, smutty paranormal romance! Annie Dalton's books about teenage angels rocking it in all different eras. If it makes me squeal with happy, then it's all good XD

VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE MORE THAN ALL THE OTHERS:

I haven't had much time to think about what's being released soon, so I will fall back on one I know I'm eagerly awaiting: The Caller by Juliet Marillier. (Man, I do go on about her, don't I?)

WORST BOOKISH HABIT:

I'm not sure! To other people, I guess it would be ignoring the need to be social so I can read.... to me, probably buying more books before I've finished half the ones on my shelves...

X MARKS THE SPOT: START AT THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR BOOKSHELF AND PICK THE 27TH BOOK:

I have eight shelves... I will just go with the small amount of books on my bedroom shelves...
On This Same Star - a collection of tanka poems by Mariko Kitakubo.

YOUR LATEST BOOK PURCHASE:

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor. Yet to read, but excited!

ZZZ-SNATCHER BOOK (LAST BOOK THAT KEPT YOU UP WAY LATE):

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I lost a fair amount of sleep on that one... XD



And that's it! This may have bored you senseless, but I had fun! If you decide to do this, please let me know so I can come and read your answers! :)

6 comments:

  1. I think I need to get onto those Patrick Rothfuss books!!
    With the regret, maybe it could be a book you regret *not* reading/getting, for time or money etc?
    Tanka poems, eh? Poems about tiny water bottles I hope?

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    1. I'm thinking of re-reading them sometime! :D
      Perhaps... but I tend to eventually get around to them anyway... XD
      hahahaha oh my. That's adorable. Tanka are kind of like haiku - they have a very specific format and rhythm. (Japanese - Tahn-kah) :D

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  2. Oooohh, I'm proud at the fact that I can recognize some of the names although there's still so many that are lost to me. The world of books is so huuuuuge! \o/ Eat, Pray, Love is indeed an amazing book! I might actually try Patrick Rossfuss, though I'm now curious to try Ender's Game now thanks to all the hype Asep and a group mate has been creating. Ahahaha... 'xD

    I'm probably going to do this survey in my dA, though reading your blog really inspires me to create one. >_<' Kinda suppressing that urge because I'm never good at managing one lol.

    On the side note, have you watched Hunger Games: Catching Fire? If you haven't, go watch it already! It's surprisingly amazing and, as a fan of the second book, it did the book justice. \o/

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    1. Haha I'm glad you recognise some names :D I often read mainstream stuff, but then have huge respect and love for some obscure authors, too.

      I never used to be terribly good at managing a blog until this one was created. I'm still a bit off my timing since uni finished, but getting there!

      I've read the books and seen the first movie, but not the second one. It's more a case of not having the money or energy to go to the movies at this point, but I'm sure I will see it eventually! :)

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  3. Oooh, Wise Man's Fear is a good one for best sequel. I needs (hear me, NEEDS, PATRICK ROTHFUSS!) the 3rd book. Killing me! (Also, I'm dreading seeing how big it's going to be, but also kinda excited about that.)

    I've been meaning to read Across the Nightingale Floor for AGES. Need to get around to that.

    I agree on so many of these. Yes, yes.

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    1. I agree - NEEDS is the right word here! I am very interested in how long it's going to be... the last one made my wrists hurt, but was so worth it :P

      I still haven't finished the Tales of the Otori series, so I need to get around to finishing them anyway... XD

      Thanks for reading!! :D

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