A to Z Bookish Survey

Hey guys.

I originally wasn’t going to do a post today. I figured ya’ll could use a break, since I’ve posted a ton of reviews and Bout of Books-related stuff. I should be working on my True Grit review right now. Or reading, because Bout of Books ends Sunday and I want to finish at least this one more book. But my brain needed a break, so here we are!

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner posted this a while ago and I’ve been saving it for a rainy day, so to speak. I’m going to post this and then leave my link on her page to let her know I borrowed it – you should do the same if you choose to partake in this lovliest of time-killers. (I’m apparently feeling wordy today.)

Author you’ve read the most books from: Diana Gabaldon, I think. 11 books, plus some short stories / novellas found in anthologies.
Best Sequel Ever: Dragonfly in Amber, which is the sequel to Outlander. Trust me, these books go hand-in-hand perfectly. They should actually be sold as one, except it’d be about 1700 pages long and no one would want to read it then.
Currently Reading: Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler (yay for comedian lady memoirs lately!)
Drink of Choice While Reading: Monster energy drinks, or iced water with Mio. Or coffee, except then it runs the risk of getting cold while I’m totally sucked into a book and then I have to get up and microwave it.
E-Reader or Physical Book? PHYSICAL BOOK.
Fictional Character that You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School: Ummm… who knows. Mr. Darcy, maybe. I like assholes. But in high school I was more into guys in bands, like Maynard from A Perfect Circle or that drummer from Slipknot. I was such a weird girl. (Thank goodness I outgrew that phase.)
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
Hidden Gem Book: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, which got a lot of buzz earlier in the year but not enough.
Important Moment of Your Reading Life: When I read Outlander. I’m not kidding. The honeyman talked me into reading it during our first year of dating, I believe, and then he bought me each sequel as I tore through them. And every year he gets me a piece of Outlander jewelry for Christmas from The Author’s Attic. And I might get an Outlander-related tattoo. I take my Outlander love seriously.
Just Finished: True Grit by Charles Portis.
Kind of Books You Won’t Read: Political jibber-jabber. No thanks, Ann Coulter and Michael Moore.
Longest Book You’ve Read: Probably one of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander sequels. Or The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George, which is a huge freaking novel.
Major Book Hangover Because of: Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. I didn’t want to read anything except the sequel, which I had to wait until payday to go buy because the library didn’t have it.
Number of Bookcases you own: 5, but I’m getting rid of 1 of the 4 big ones because we’re moving to a smaller apartment and I’ll have less room.
One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Harry Potter. Duh.
Preferred Place to Read: The couch, or at work, or in the car. I miss reading in the car.
Quote that Inspires You: Ummm… I don’t know. Just do it?
Reading Regret: Not writing reviews of all the books I read sooner. Like, if I had started doing that in high school I’d be fucking amazing at it by now. Instead I feel like every review I write is a bit of a struggle, because I suck at describing books and trying to convey the appropriate feels. I still love it though.
Series You Started and Need To Finish (all books are out): Dante Valentine series, and I will finish it after I move.
Three of Your All-Favorite Books: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. It is CRUEL to pick just three though. Seriously, this could’ve been ten, or twelve, or thirteen, or twenty… so many T numbers!
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Diana Gabaldon, obvs. And Harry Potter. And books in general.
Very Exited For This Release More Than All the Others: The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding comes out in September. It is the fourth and last Ketty Jay book and I have to order it from The Book Depository because I don’t want to wait for the U.S. release, but I’m psyched. Oh and the 8th Outlander book comes out in March, which is still so far away that I won’t let myself get TOO excited until at least January.
Worst Bookish Habit: Borrowing books from the library, or buying books, and then never getting around to reading them. Or doing so years later.
X Mark the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: I can’t because they’re all packed 😦 My god I’m so happy that the move is next week, I miss my books.
Your Lastest Book Purchase: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff and The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig.
Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.
Seee, wasn’t that a blast?! And now my brain is nice and relaxed so I can go back to reading until the Bout of Books chat starts (which I’m going to try to follow on my phone which is going to be hell, but oh well.)


  1. I need to catch up on the Outlander series. I loved book one, LOVED it. I stopped reading after book three and haven’t been able to pick up book four yet. This makes me want too.

    And you like assholes? As in actually, or did I miss the sarcasm?


    1. Book 4 I remember being a tiny bit of drag the first time I read it, but now I think the slowest one is the fifth one, The Fiery Cross. Really, they’re all lovely though.

      So the asshole thing – it’s not sarcasm, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. I like people that have that certain snarky quality to them – that are kind of blunt and don’t have great filters and have just a hint of a mean streak. Like Tony Stark (Iron Man). For instance, my honeyman has all those qualities, and it’s one of his best features – he’s still really sweet to the people he cares about. This is probably making no sense… lol.


  2. I’ve seen this survey circulating around, but this is the first time I actually recognise lots of books mentioned 😉 I’ll add Mr Penumbra to my list, it sounds so nice and bookish, and now I feel I want to read The Poisonwood Bible, like, RIGHT NOW 😀


    1. I didn’t recognize most of the books that have been posted around either – too much YA for me.
      You definitely should read both Mr. Penumbra AND The Poisonwood Bible, because both are great. I first read The Poisonwood Bible when I was a teenager but I loved it so hard and it’s one of the few books I like to re-read.


  3. Ah yes, the musician phase. I had one of those that resulted in a teen marriage, ha ha. (True story)

    I SO wish I had done reviews earlier as well. First of all, it would be great to have an accurate record of books I’ve read ever since way back when. Second, we’d be able to write reviews in our sleep!


  4. Oh man, I love these bookish surveys. I will totally be nabbing this (with credit links back to you and Jaimie OF COURSE). Can’t wait to see your thoughts on the Aisha Tyler book. When you read it to you hear her Lana voice? (which I guess is just her voice but still)


  5. I didn’t know your boyfriend got you into Outlander! I always imagined it’d be the other way around with you trying to get him to read it because I know how much you love it. How cool is that?! How lucky and awesome to have a guy who likes books and reading! 🙂


    1. I know! He had to read it for a college class, and he liked it although he didn’t continue on with the series. I had heard of it before, but he finally convinced me that I would probably love it, and he was right 🙂


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