Bookish Survey

Two facts about me.

  1. I love books
  2. I love surveys

So here are both, in one tidy, neat form. Hoorah. This marriage of loveliness came from expert crocheter (is that a word??) and pug-owner, Habitual Homebody.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Not counting school books, since I have read a lot of those, I guess it would be Michael Connolly or Robert Crais. Some people haven’t written as many books, which makes it tricky, since I might really have enjoyed them, but they weren’t quite so prolific. Shakespeare would be up there if he wrote books, but he didn’t. He wrote plays. So I can’t say him. I think Isabel Allende, maybe. I’ve read everything of hers. Or Angela Carter.

Best Sequel Ever:

The Silence of the Lambs. No doubt. There are lots of books I’d like to read a sequel of, but this was my favourite. Red Dragon was epic.

Currently Reading:

Anthony Horowitz’s Sherlock Holmes story. Something soie in French. Maybe it’s called House of Silk? I’m too lazy to look.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea or coffee. Or coffee. Or tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. I did stick my nose in a book yesterday, though. I love the smell of books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Knowing my track record, Holden Caulfield. I fell in love with all the boys in The Outsiders (and the fact that S.E. Hinton was 17 when she wrote it.) and although I have a special place in my heart for the Johnny Cade boys, I was always a Dallas Winston girl. But a neurotic, semi-psychotic grumpy contradiction like Holden Caulfield was probably what I would have ended up with. No. I lie. I had funny, wisecracker boyfriends. I think Two-Bit Matthews from The Outsiders, then.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. Best book I ever read that I didn’t expect to be good. I was hooked right from the first page. The ending broke my heart. I’m glad he’s writing a sequel.

Hidden Gem Book:

I’m stuck here, because I’m such a populist reader. I just read whatever the bookshop have gone to the trouble of displaying. It’s a compulsion. Once I pick it up, I’m hooked. That’s why I don’t get past the appetiser books they put out on tables. I’m going to say The Wasp Factory just because it’s not something most people have read, though Iain Banks is very popular. Or The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. Great story.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Being in Bury Children’s Library as a child. From Noel Streatfield and Ballet Shoes to Monica Dickens, right the way through to the teen section in the adult library, that was it for me. Free books. Free books they let you read. What more could you want?

Just Finished:

It’s ages since I read anything non-work-related. I can’t even remember.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I am not a romance girl. I hate “rom-coms”. I’m not a Catherine Cookson type, either. It makes me all bleurgh.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Possibly the last ones in The Game of Thrones series. That was epic. It kept me reading all April and May. And got me in bed. If not, something by Stephen King. It is pretty long, or Needful Things. A Suitable Boy, also, absolute epic. I like what Stephen King said about long books – a short story is like a kiss from a stranger in a train going through a tunnel. A long story is like a love affair.

Major book hangover because of:

I’m sticking with Habitual Homebody on this one. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. She said “The very last book in the series, I was sobbing hysterically and felt really damn sad it was over.” It will seriously alter how you read, I promise you. It’s Shakespeare, it’s The Tempestit’s fantasy, it’s modernist, it’s an epic, it’s brilliant. End of.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Twelvety. Seriously. Hundreds.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden… anything for school that I had to teach… God, hundreds. I love re-reading.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed!

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

I’m going to be really sad now, because it’s a smooch and if anyone gets the idea I’m soppy, I might have to come and punch you, but my quote is from The Great Gatsby. 

“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

Genius. Not inspiring as such, but what a kiss.

Or else this from Angela Carter…

““We must all make do with what rags of love we find flapping on the scarecrow of humanity.”

And my third favourite is a quote from a poem (for poems are my quotable hunting grounds)

“There is a crack in everything. It’s how the light gets in.” by his Highness of Deep, Leonard Cohen.

Reading Regret:

Vernon God Little. I used to have a boss who was very literary. She used to recommend me books. I never enjoyed reading any of them. I used to wonder why she read. If you like Holden Caulfield, read Catcher in the Rye. If you don’t like whiney little bitches, stay the hell away from this. In my head, I hoped it would be like Napoleon Dynamite. It wasn’t. I’ve regretted many a Booker Prize book (though many have been great) Vernon God Little beat the marvellous Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Shameful.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

None. I am a compulsive reader. I devour all until there is nothing left on the bones to pick over. It’s why I’m hoping George R.R. Martin doesn’t die, because I will be well cross at him if he doesn’t finish the book.

Three of your All-Time FavoUrite Books:

I can’t pick three. That would be too difficult. Gatsby, Shadow of the Wind, Daughter of Fortune,

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

George R.R. Martin. I’m hooked. Him and Robert Crais or Michael Connolly. And Angela Carter. And Margaret Atwood.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth. I don’t even know if he has started it yet.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I leave books in my bed. I have a bed full of books. And I take my socks off in bed too, so I have a bed full of books and socks.

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

Depends which shelf… I live in a library, virtually! I picked three shelves.

1. Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises

2. William Nicholson The Wind Singer

3. Joanne Harris Blackberry Wine

Your latest book purchase:

The one I’m reading tonight – the Sherlock Holmes one. And Benedict Cummerbatch has become Sherlock. Damn.

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

The last George Martin one. I couldn’t sleep. And the nearer I got to the end, the less I wanted it to finish!

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4 thoughts on “Bookish Survey

  1. An interesting survey. I also live in a library and, if I could, I would include a picture of the bed which has its own bookshelf. Just now I am reading a very good novel – “Someone” by Alice McDermott. I highly recommend it.

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