Thursday, August 29, 2013

A-Z bookish survey

Yes, it's time for another meme about books, this time stolen from Willie!!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Definitely Terry Pratchett. Over 40 books and counting!

Best Sequel Ever:
'The Lost World' by Michael Crichton. Don't judge it by the movie version, which was complete and utter shit. Or 'Redwoodian' by Alysia Gray Painter, because OMG SQUEE.

Currently Reading:
'Magic Bites' by Ilona Andrews, and 'At Home' by Bill Bryson.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Usually just water. Unless it's the middle of the afternoon, and then it's hot chocolate.

E-reader or Physical Book?
When I'm travelling, it's an e-reader because it means I can carry around a millionty books without paying a small fortune for excess baggage or breaking my back carrying them around. But otherwise, I prefer physical books. The e-book system that libraries use in Australia isn't compatible with Kindles, which means I need to buy any e-book that I want to read, so it's impractical to rely solely on my Kindle!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Uhhhhhhhhhhhh. I honestly have no idea. Maybe Cricket from Stephanie Perkins' 'Lola and the Boy Next Door'??

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
'Beauty Queens' by Libba Bray. Ordinarily, I probably would have been put off by the cover. But it was for a class I took last year on YA, and I had to read a certain number of books off a long list of authors, one of whom was Libba Bray. I'm so glad I read it, because holy CRAP this book was hilarious.

Hidden Gem Book:
The Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter. These books are SO FREAKING ADORABLE AND SQUEE-WORTHY AND I MUST HAVE MORE OMG (Alysia, I know there's a pretty good chance that you're reading this. Please write faster. Kthxbai <3). Seriously, go and read them. They're only $1.99 for the Kindle editions, and they're a wee bit bonkers but completely fabulous.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Um... When my library removed the limit on the number of books you could borrow?? Either that or the point at which I got sick of having books read to me and just worked out that whole reading thing for myself. Four year old Kirsti got shit done, yo.

Just Finished:
'Wentworth Hall' by Abby Grahame. Don't waste your time, it was pretty awful.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Fifty Shades of Bullshit and all its little friends. Also, I tend to judge books by their covers, and if the cover features nothing but some dude's naked chest, the chances are pretty good that I'll immediately put it back on the shelf. It could be a Booker Prize winner, but if the front cover is a half naked dude or the most middle class white couple ever about to kiss (AHEM, Nicholas Sparks), then it's back on the shelf. Sorry not sorry.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
'Les Miserables', I would guess?

Major book hangover because of:
'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. SO MANY FEELS.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two, plus four shelves in a cupboard that are stacked at least two deep, and numerous books shoved in boxes under my bed. Plus my Kindle, which I guess is technically like a bookshelf unto itself?!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
All of them ever?

Preferred Place To Read:
Anywhere and everywhere.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
"I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant. But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old." - Elizabeth Wein, 'Code Name Verity'.

Reading Regret:
Definitely the Twilight books. I actually threw 'Breaking Dawn' across the room in anger at one point.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The True Blood books. I've read them all except the last one, and I just want to read it so that they're out of my life. Because they've gotten progressively shittier, but I still need to know what happens in the end, you know???

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen
'Carpe Jugulum' by Terry Pratchett
'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
John Green, all things Harry Potter, Gail Carriger, Terry Pratchett.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Veronica Roth's 'Allegient', Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl', Stephanie Perkins' 'Isla and the Happily Ever After', and Alysia Gray Painter's 'Fairwil'.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Skim reading. Because I'm a fast reader anyway, I sometimes can't tell when I'm skim reading. So I'll turn the page and have absolutely no idea what a character is talking about because I skim read the previous passage and missed it. Whoops?

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
'Timeless' by Gail Carriger.

Your latest book purchase:
In physical form, it was Bill Bryson's 'At Home'. In e-book format? J. Meyers' 'Anywhere'.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
'The Cuckoo's Calling' by Robert Galbraith (*cough* J.K. Rowling *cough*)

So there you have it! What's your bookish A-Z?

K xx


  1. Another John Green fangirl. I've been silently fangirling throughout VEDA because I could see TFiOS on the shelve behind you, ahem, moving on.

    Ugh, yes, I judge books by their covers yo badly, like you said, the most boring white couples and naked guys or bored and pale teenagers on books? Sorry not sorry but you're not coming home with me.

    1. I've gotten a little less judgey about covers since I got my Kindle. But as a general rule, naked guys = NOPE. Also anything with love hearts on the cover...

  2. Yeah.... I needed an idea for tomorrow. So I'm stealing this. lol

    1. Also, I did finish the True Blood Books. They do get worse and worse and worse... but I'm glad to know how it ended. I'm actually one of the few fans of how it finished. Which I'm okay with. And I totally called it!

    2. I read the first three or four books YEARS before the series was developed, and really loved them. But from the time Quinn was introduced, they've just gotten crappier and crappier. The last one I read was AWFUL. But I still need to know how it ends, dammit!

  3. I've just started Richard Burton's translation 1001 Arabian Nights - it's three volumes each about 1000 pages long. I'm not going to read it all at once, so I imagine it will take me a few years :)

    Loved this, gave me some good book inspiration for reading.

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    1. Go for it!! Such things should be shared around :)

  5. So I weighed and pondered and head-scratched over how many exclamation points might be acceptable here, and I landed on eight. Kirsti!!!!!!!! You are too much. TOO. MUCH. And I love it. Thanks for the sweet shout-out, the sparkles, the peachy-fuzzy words and all around most-excellent-ness. Off to type faster (while keeping a happy eye on MoMM, of course). Cheers!

    1. You are more than welcome!! I wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And eight exclamation marks is definitely the perfect amount :)


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