A-Z Book Survey

The lovely Emma over at The Stationery Geekette has tagged me in an A-Z Book tagSurvey. Since I love a challenge as much as I love books I think this is a fab idea. She was inspired by Charlotte over at Wonderfully Bookish, however the original A-Z Book  Survey came was created by created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner way back in 2013.

A – Author you’ve read the most number of books from

Patricia Cornwell

This could be one of several authors as I tend to binge read once I find an author I like. Off the top of my head I think it is probably Patricia Cornwell as I have read most of her early books and really want to get back to her later books.

Other authors that could come close include Roald Dahl, John Grisham and Kathy Reichs. All of these authors have provided me with some fabulous reading material over the years.

B – Best Sequel Ever

Red Queen by Christina Henry

I’m not sure I would say this was the best sequel ever, but it is the most recent one I’ve read and really enjoyed and I can’t think of another at the minute.

C – Currently Reading

TSG Book Box

Wintersong by S Jae-Jones and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I usually have two books on the go one on my Kindle and one paperback. My current kindle book is Wintersong by S Jae-Jones and was the March book from TSG Bookclub Box. My current paperback choice is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

D – Drink of choice while reading

A hot drink of some kind

This would more than likely be a cup of tea, although depending on my location I could be persuaded with a hot chocolate or latte.

E – E-Reader or Physical Book

Both for totally different reasons

I must admit that from a practical point of view I prefer my kindle to a physical book. This is mainly due to the ease of being able to carry around hundreds of books which means I never run out. It also means I can read in bed long after my OH has turned the lights out. However, I’m not prepared to give up physical books completely. I love the feel and the smell of a new book.

F – Fictional character you would have dated in high-school

This is hard and I don’t think I have an answer.

I was quite a swot at school so books always came before boys. Plus I think there may have been a bit of an issue if I’d have dated any of the male characters from the books I read in high school as they would have been far too old for me. I never really got into the young adult books from my teens; I seemed to switch from Roald Dahl/C S Lewis/Penelope Liveley to John Grisham/Danielle Steel.

G – Glad you gave this book a chance

Fearless by Nicola Claire

This was a book my mum had shared with me for my kindle and while we both love a good crime/thriller book, my mum also loves her historical fiction and romance.

This book has both and more and I once I got into it, I was hooked. I’m no eagerly awaiting the next book in the series Breathless which is due in April 2017.

H – Hidden gem

I don’t have an answer for this as it can’t have been hidden very well if I’ve read it! Unless I’m interpreting it a little too literally 🙂

I – Important moment in your reading life

Finishing my first hardback book and owning a Kindle.

I’m not sure I can pick just one moment as there are a couple the immediately spring to mind. The first was finishing my first ‘adult’ book – Message from Nam by Danielle Steel. This was quite a big thing for me as the book was a hardback novel and made me feel grown up when reading.

The second is being bought my kindle. Initially I couldn’t get used to it as I was so used to have a book in my hand but it definitely came into its own when we went on holiday and I could take a well over a week’s worth of books without having to sacrifice my clothes!

J – Just Finished

The last book I read was Betrayal by Tim Tigner.

This is the second book I’ve read by Tim Tigner and it probably won’t be the last. You can read my full review very soon.

K – Kinds of books you won’t read

I don’t think there are any.

I’m the kind of reader that will give most genres of books a try. However, I’m not a lover of romance unless it’s in additional to another storyline/plot.

L – Longest book you’ve read

The Lake House by Kate Morton.

I can’t tell you the longest book I’ve ever read as I have only started tracking my reading history recently so I will have to go with the longest book I’ve read in the last 12 months.

M – Major book hangover

Dominic Grey Series by Layton Green

I think my most recent major book hangover was when I finished all the Dominic Grey series by Layton Green. I picked up the fourth book in the series The Shadow Cartel as part of the Kindle First promotion and quickly went back and found and read the first three books.

N – Number of bookcases you own

Just the one.

Personally, I only own 1 bookcase and at the minute that is only half full. Last year I had a mass cull of my paperback books as there were a lot that I’d inherited and they were just gathering dust so I made the decision to get rid of them.

Overall in the house we have four separate ‘library’ areas which include all the kids books too.

O – One book you’ve read multiple times

From a fiction point of view, I tend to be a ‘read it once’ kinda gal as I have so many books to get through. I’m also assuming children’s books don’t count it (The Gruffalo anyone!!) That leaves my productivity books which I refer to regularly so my answer would probably be Getting Things Done by David Allen.

This book is great and, when I implement it correctly and keep up with it, it improves my productivity immensely. I have a copy on my kindle and a paperback on my desk so I can refer to it whenever I wish.

My son recently began reading Roald Dahl books at bedtime so from a purely fiction point of view it would probably be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

P – Preferred place to read

Anywhere.

Provided I ‘ve got something to read I’m more than happy to read anywhere and everywhere. Unfortunately, since life and family tend to get in my way, the most likely place to find me reading is in bed.

Q – Quotes that inspire you

I love quotes in general but here are a few of my favourites specifically from books that have stuck with me.

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ― Dr. Seuss

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

R – Reading regrets

I have no regrets about any of the books I have read, apart from maybe jumping on the 50 shades bandwagon.

However, one thing I wish I had started to do earlier is to track the books I’ve read over the years. I’d love to be able to look back now and see what books I read when I was 20 to see how my reading style had changed.

S – Series started and not yet finished

Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell

I have read quite a lot of her books to date but have recently tended to go with my free downloads on my kindle over purchasing new books so I do have a few to catch up on.

T – Three of your all-time favourite books

Picking just three is harder than I thought but the ones I keep coming back to are

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis

My favourite books do tend to change over time so choosing books that stood the test of time was quite difficult. I have chosen to go with books that I know I could read again despite knowing the outcome.

I first read To Kill A Mockingbird at school and unlike most of the other books I read during my English GCSE, I actually enjoyed this one and have read it again several times.

I loved all the Harry Potter books, this was my favourite even though it marked the end of an era.

I loved all of the Narnia book but this still remains one of my favourite books when I was younger. I can’t wait until my children are old enough for me to read this to them.

U – Unapologetic fangirl for

I’m not sure I’d class myself as a fangirl 100% but I’d probably have to say Harry Potter

V – Very excited for this release

Match Up

Match Up is a collaboration written by twenty-two of the world’s top thriller authors, who have paired up their best-loved characters in eleven short stories. I’m particularly looking forward to the pairing of Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

W – Worst bookish habit

This most definitely has to be not knowing when to put a good book down.

There have been moments in my past where I have been reading while making dinner because I just had to know what happened next.

X – X Marks the spot: Start at the left and pick the 27th Book on your shelf

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

I haven’t read it yet, but I already love this book. The rose gold spine is gorgeous, plus it’s a hardback, which is rare on my bookshelf these days (I can’t justify the price to myself)

Y – Your latest book purchase

I haven’t actually received is yet as it is the April TSG Bookclub book – The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

However, if we are talking books that I can actually start reading now then the last one I paid money for was Alfie the Doorstep Cat by Rachel Wells. I also regularly download books from Bookbub for free, the latest one being Dark Heart by Catherine Lee.

Z – Zzzz-snatcher (book that last kept you up late)

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

Although this book was quite disturbing, I found I couldn’t put it down. Read my full review here (blatant self promotion there!!)

 

 

I enjoyed completing this list, even if some parts were a little harder than others.

I’m tagging Alex at Better Together Home, Johanne at Jo’s Writing Space and Rebecca at Lawyer In the Making

Thanks for reading, until next time

Debbie x

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