A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From:
I am cheating a bit here and naming two authors. I read Stephen King voraciously as a teen and young adult…and then didn’t read anything by him for a couple decades until I picked up Joyland, which reminded me of why I read him in the first place: he’s awesome. I am looking forward to reading Revival, which sounds terrific. Carolyn Slaughter is probably the other author whose work I’ve tracked down relentlessly over the years based on her novel The Banquet, which remains one of my all-time favourite reads.
Stephen King: Joyland; Misery; Bag of Bones, On Writing; Cujo; It; ‘Salem’s Lot; Christine; The Shining; Firestarter; The Talisman; Carrie; Nightshift; Pet Sematary; Needful Things; The Dead Zone; Rose Madder; The Dark Half; Dolores Claiborne; Skeleton Crew; Danse Macabre; Gerald’s Game; Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Carolyn Slaughter: Story of the Weasel; Magdalene; Dreams of the Kalahari; The Banquet; A Perfect Woman; Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood
B. Best Sequel Ever:
I am brutal for starting series and not finishing them, except when it came to Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, which begins with the book The Knife of Never Letting Go. and continues with The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men, both of which I devoured in short order.
C. Currently Reading:
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes; When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
D. Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea
E. E-Reader or Physical Books:
Oh please. Physical books. My brother gave me a Kobo a couple Christmases ago and I still haven’t figured out how to work it.
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School:
Some bad boy who is really good beneath the tough exterior. (I have a type; don’t judge me.) Lucas from Easy comes to mind.
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Book Thief I know, it seems ridiculous considering how much I love this book but in the beginning…not so much.
H. Hidden Gem Book:
It’s amazing how many books get published each year to little or no fanfare. I don’t know enough about the publishing world to understand why mediocre books get all the bells and whistles and books like Lauren B. Davis’s riveting novel Our Daily Bread, despite being shortlisted for the Giller, barely made a blip on the literary landscape. I only discovered it by accident and I am so glad I did. Read this book!
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life:
I find the moments that I bond with my students over books the most meaningful. I love it when they discover books because of my recommendations. I also love it when they offer suggestions to me – although it doesn’t always work out. (John Dies at the End!)
J. Just Finished:
Love Remains by Glen Duncan
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Straight up Science Fiction.
L. Longest Book You’ve Read:
Probably Stephen King’s It, which clocks in at over 1000 pages and I loved every single moment I spent with those characters.
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of:
I don’t know what this means. Does it mean books that I can’t stop thinking about? Or books that drove me crazy? I dunno.
N. Number of Bookcases You Own:
I have beautiful built ins thanks to my brother, Tom. He also built me a nice set of shelves for behind my couch. Plus, let’s not forget the TBR shelf, which you can see in this post. I have a really nice IKEA bookshelf, too, but it is currently being used for a non-book purpose.
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times:
I have read Kristin McCloy’s novel Velocity multiple times. I bought the book at the Strand in NYC probably the summer of 1984 and I’ve read it every couple of years since. Maybe it’s time to revisit and write a review, since I talk about it so much.
P. Preferred Place to Read:
Reading is the last thing I do before I turn off my light – so in bed. But I’ll read just about anywhere, though maybe not as comfortably.
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You:
“Imagine the sense of peace that comes from knowing you’re in control of your life.” Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Debt-Free Forever
R. Reading Regret:
I don’t really have too many reading regrets – maybe that I don’t have all my childhood books. Or maybe that sometimes I do other pointless stuff when I should be reading.
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish:
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins…seriously. Also Ilsa Bick’s Ashes and Kelley Creagh’s Nevermore
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books:
This is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child, you know that, right?
Velocity – Kristin McCloy
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
A Little Princess – France Hodgson Burnett
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Ryan Gosling. Enuf said. (Oh, okay, an actual writer – John Green. Love him and everything he stands for.)
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other:
This is not something I follow because I don’t run out and buy books as soon as they come out.
W. Worst Bookish Habit:
Buying way more books than I can possibly read in the time left in my hourglass.
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book):
(I used my tbr shelf for this instead of my books read shelf) – Best Friends by Thomas Berger
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase:
The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes…let’s not talk about the box of YA books I received via Bookoutlet this week.
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Probably The Fault in Our Stars I was bawling into my pillow at 3 a.m. On a school night!