My Bookish Life From A to Z.

Since last week was very video game heavy when it came to the posts; I thought I would shake things up a bit and start this week with a post about books!

This tag I actually found over at Drizzle and Hurricane Books, a blog that focuses on young adult books. If you’re interested in reading, I suggest you give the blog a look. So, without further ado, let’s get into this tag!

Author you’ve read the most books from.

That would have to be Kelly Armstrong. I’ve read 19 of her books, all of them part of her urban fantasy universe, the Otherworld. She pretty much introduced me to the urban fantasy genre, which is probably why I read so many of her books, although the last time I read one was back when I was studying my A-levels. Maybe its time for a re-read…

Best Sequel Ever.

OK, this is a tough one! I’m torn between two- A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin and Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks. Both of these novels belong to book series that are quite dark and cover incredibly dark topics.Somehow, both of these novels take the twists and turns of the first novels, along with the dark tone, and completely up the stakes.

Currently Reading.

I’m currently reading A Dance With Dragons: Dreams and Dust by George R.R. Martin.

Image source: Goodreads.

Drink of choice while reading.

Uh, pretty much anything. Normally its some sort of fruit juice or squash but if its cold then maybe tea or hot chocolate.

E-reader or physical copy?

Easy, physical copy. There is something about holding a book in your hands that is so much better than holding a tablet or reading a screen. That being said, I do have a tablet and I do occasionally read books on it.

Fictional character you would have dated in high school.

I’ll be honest, I tend to not develop crushes on book characters.

Glad you gave this book a chance.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. On the surface, this looks like its a dense, historical novel, which could easily put even the most dedicated bookworm. I was pleasantly surprised by the novel, which turned out to be an historic epic, spanning decades. Definitely one for history fans to try.

Image source: Goodreads.

Hidden gem of a book.

Nothing in my Goodreads shelves really jumps out at me. My only suggest would be Jade City by Fonda Lee. I’ve found recently I’ve fell out of love with the urban fantasy genre, as a lot of the books released are very similar. With Jade City, I found it had a nice mix of urban fantasy, gang warfare and eastern traditions. Yet, despite its uniqueness, I haven’t found a lot of people talking about it.

Important moment in my reading life.

This sounds a little corny, but reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time was an important moment in my reading life. At that time I was around eight or nine and my love of reading was slightly diminished at that point. Then, I read the first Harry Potter book and suddenly reading was interesting again. I don’t think I would be the bookworm I am today if I hadn’t read that book and I certainly would have such a love for the fantasy genre, either.

Just finished.

This ties up quite nicely with the currently reading section. I just finished A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. If you couldn’t guess, I’m doing a bit of A Song of Ice and Fire marathon!

Image source: Goodreads.

Kind of books you won’t read.

Books that are solely about romance or ‘chic lit’ books.

Longest book you ever read.

That would be It by Stephen King at 1,166 pages long. I generally love longer books, so must books I read tend to be 700 pages or more.

Major book hangover.

OK, I had to look this up as I didn’t know what a book hangover was. Apparently, its when a book or a book series’ ending causes some serious emotions to happen. I don’t tend to get this a lot but I remember reading the end of the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan and feeling pretty sad at its ending. I guess the last time I can say I was seriously upset was at the end of the Harry Potter series, as it did feel like a part of childhood had just ended.

Number of bookcases you own.

Two. But I seriously need to buy another one or get rid of some books… I know which course of action I’ll be taking.

One book you’ve read multiple times.

Frequent readers of this blog will know I have this tradition at Christmas to read three books in particular. One of these books is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Its a book from my childhood that holds a special place in my heart. To date, I must have read it at least 10-15 times.

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Preferred place to read.

I’m not a fussy person, I can read pretty much anywhere. But the best place is either in bed or sitting on my sofa.

Quote that inspires you.

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family. 

From Proven Guiltyby Jim Butcher.

Reading regret.

Not setting enough time aside for reading. As I get older, I swear I have less and less free time. Unfortunately, it seems to be my books that get neglected the most…

Series you started and need to finish. (All the books are out)

Where do I start with this one? To keep it simple, I’m only going to pick out two series, otherwise we would all be here all say! The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Three of your all time favourite books.

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  2. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.
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Unapologetic fangirl for…

Like with the high school date question, I don’t really fangirl over books. I guess the closest would be, I’m a huge fan of the A Song of Ice and Fires series.

Very excited for this release.

Jade War by Fonda Lee and Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin.

Worst bookish habit.

Probably not the worst habit to have, but I can’t stop reading a book mid-way through a chapter. Seriously, I have to finish the chapter or it drives me crazy.

X marks the spot. Start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book.

The twenty seventh book on my shelf is… Blackout by Mira Grant, which the is the third book in the Newsflesh trilogy. A great trilogy for zombie fans to read!

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Your latest book purchase.

If we are talking about physical book purchase then that would be Feedback by Mira Grant. If we are also including e-book purchases, then that would be Moon Knight Volume 1: From the Dead.

Zzz-snatcher book. The last book that kept you up way too late.

Again, that would be the last book I finished, A Feast for Crows. Seriously, I was not going to leave the last one hundred pages for the morning!

And that is the end of the ‘My Bookish Life from A-Z’ book tag. It was actually pretty fun to complete, so if you want to give it a go, please put a link to your answers in the comments below, so I can read your responses. Again, if you want a great blog that focuses on young adult novels, I seriously recommend Drizzle and Hurricane Books, which is where I found this tag.

That’s all for today- enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll talk to you soon!

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7 thoughts on “My Bookish Life From A to Z.

  1. My responses to this tag would bore most people/I wouldn’t really be able to do it in it’s intended form… (I read very little fiction.)

    Currently checked out from the library and sitting on my coffee table are books on:

    – the development of IJN Naval strategy from the Restoration to the end of WWII.
    – book binding forms & structures.
    – two cookbooks, one on pies, one on ice cream.
    – a history of Japanese swords.
    – the establishment of the warrior class in medieval Japan.
    – the history of establishing the provenance of a rare photograph of a blues musician.

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      1. I make ice cream all the time… 🙂 I picked up the book from the library because it’s highly regarded in the home made ice cream community, and Amazon sent me an email telling me that the Kindle edition was on sale pretty cheap. I’ll probably buy it now that I’ve seen it, and I did just add the ingredients that I don’t have on hand for one recipe to my shopping list. Will probably make it over the weekend.

        The pies, probably not. Beyond bread, I have very little interest in baking. I just picked it up to check out, again because it was an Amazon recommendation related to another cookbook by the same author that I just picked up.

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