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The A to Z Bookish Survey

When I spotted the A to Z Bookish Survey on Eleanor’s blog, I knew it would just be a matter of days before I completed it. I’m a sucker for surveys and love talking about books. So here goes!

Book review: I'd Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mare

Author you’ve read the most books by: Jodi Picoult. I have read and own all of her books.

Best sequel ever: This is a tough one because I’ve read a few series and some of my favourite writers have featured the same character in various titles but I don’t think I’ve read a direct sequel. I’m excited to read The Last Beginning though, as I loved The Next Together.

the next together by lauren james

Currently reading: I’m reading an ARC of Pep Talk for Writers, which I’ll be reviewing next week.

Drink of choice while reading: I don’t really drink while reading as I’m usually on the commute. Although sometimes I’ll have a coffee on my travels.

E-reader or physical book: Physical book. Always. The worst thing you could do is buy me an e-reader.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school: Bruno from Ms Marvel? Noah from Raven Boys? A John Green ‘hero’? Someone a bit geeky and angsty anyways.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Soulmates by Holly Bourne. I go on about this book a lot but it’s the first book I’d read outside of school that I didn’t know anything about and loved it. Then I went on to read all her future books and can’t wait for the next one.

Hidden gem book: Danny the Champion of the World. I read this for the first time as an adult and it quickly became my favourite Roald Dahl book. It’s really lovely.

danny the champion of the world

Important moment in your reading life: I can’t remember my first book or the first one I read to myself but I can remember the first time a book made me cry – PS I Love You!

Just finished: You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School. A fun kids’ book which I’ll be reviewing in a couple of weeks.

Kinds of books you won’t read: I’m not a lover of fantasy but I’ve had a crack at Game of Thrones and was surprised by how much I liked Raven Boys and Caraval.

Longest book you’ve read: Probably the first two Game of Thrones books. The time it takes me to read them has put me off carrying on with the others for a while because I like to read a book in three days. If it takes longer I have to wait a few days until I’m back at work to pick it up again.

Major book hangover because of: My Sister’s Keeper. An ending that truly packed a punch and kept me thinking.

Number of bookcases you own: I have a small one at the bottom of the stairs, a big one at the top plus another in the office. Then Luke has one in the office and Jenson has one in the living room. We like books.

One book you have read multiple times: The Bell Jar. Still one of my faves.

Preferred place to read: It tends to be on the bus because that’s convenient but I love to curl up in a good chair. I’m crap at reading in bed because I always fall asleep, even if I’m really into it.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels: This one from Jane Austen is one of my faves.

Northanger Abbey quote

Reading regret: I always have to know how something ends, even if I’m not enjoying the book, so I begrudgingly powered through The Road, even having seen the film, just in case the book’s ending was different.

Series you started and need to finish: The Raven Boys. I won the first one in a Twitter giveaway and now I need to know how it all ends. Dammit!

Three of your all-time favourite books: The Bell Jar, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Batman: The Long Halloween. I could list (and not rank!) 20 quite easily though.

Unapologetic fangirl for: Ms Marvel.

ms marvel volume 7

Very excited for this release more than all the others: Whatever Jodi Picoult comes up with next. Although I’m waiting patiently for the new releases from Holly Bourne and John Green.

Worst bookish habit: Judging a book by its cover.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Lucky by Alice Sebold. If you’ve read The Lovely Bones, check out her memoir.

Your latest book purchase: The Power. Still TBR.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late): I was reading Jane Harper’s Force of Nature on the bus and had to finish it in bed that night.

I’d love to know your answers. Leave a link below if you have a go – ooh, that rhymed!

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