A-Z – Books and Me

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner created this doozie of a survey, and I couldn’t help but partake.


Author you’ve Read the Most Books From:
J.K. Rowling, I’ve read practically all she has written.

Best Sequel Ever:
No More Parade’s by Ford Madox Ford – does it still count if it is the second of four books? It’s just wonderful, moving from England to France during the First World War, I feel blissful just thinking of it.

Currently Reading:
Origins of Love by Kishwar Desai

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Nothing. I tend to find I forget to eat or drink, so I take breaks to do so. I suppose if it were anything it would be water.

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book.
I have both; an e-reader is perfect for the more cumbersome of books and to travel with, but there is nothing quite like holding a book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Let’s take a moment to assume someone would have wanted to date me in high school first, because otherwise the answer would be no one. No, scratch that, I am going to answer who I would have had a crush on instead. Bill Weasley, maybe? Four from Divergent? …. I have no idea, any books I have read with teenage characters in have escaped me.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; I put off reading this for years, now it is one of my favourite books. Odd how the mention of time-travel in a synopsis can put you off a novel.

Hidden Gem Book:
Fifty Shades of Feminism! I wish it had more publicity than it has; fifty tales of what feminism means to fifty diverse women.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
When I finished The Reader by Bernhard Schlink; it changed the way I thought about the world.

Just Finished:
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I try to read a wide section of literature, but for the most part I won’t read Chick-Lit or YA (with a few exceptions.)

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford I think (the series is published as one book) at 836 pages.

Major book Hangover Because of:
Parade’s End (are you sensing a theme here?) it took me two weeks before I picked up my next book, Quiet by Susan Cain

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Just one, I have no room for anymore.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Harry Potter series and Six Cousins by Enid Blyton

Preferred Place To Read:
In bed, or snuggled on the sofa with a blanket; I prefer to be cosy, but I’ll probably read almost anywhere.

Reading Regret:
I regret having wasted my time reading Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, however, on the other hand, I can’t complain about it if I’ve not read it.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Just three?? (I have a Top 25)

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin – words cannot describe how fantastic this series is!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
It’s a tie between The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin and Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Scribbling all over my books when inspiration or ideas hit, rather than grabbing a notebook.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Persuasion by Jane Austen – how freakishly wonderful, it’s my favourite!

Your latest book purchase(s):
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (I previously had it only on e-reader.)
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
About Love and Other Stories by Chekhov

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I’m not sure, I tend to cut myself off at a certain time.

8 thoughts on “A-Z – Books and Me

  1. I adore And Then There Were None! Such a great book 🙂 Caitlin Moran is also responsible for my willingness to describe myself as a feminist and I’m definitely going to add Fifty Shades of Feminism to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation!


    1. Yay! You’re welcome 🙂 lovely to interact with fellow feminists.

      And The There Were None tought me you don’t always need a detective – I watched a black and white adaptation of it recently, sadly they gave it a happy ending.


  2. Now I’m incredibly curious about Parade’s End. I had vaguely heard of the television version, but I have no idea it was adapted from books.

    And I write in my books to. I think of it as a sign of love. I like when a book looks well read.


    1. Me too; if it is falling apart, it is falling apart with love.

      I could go on for days about how much I love Parade’s End, if you ever get your hands on a copy (it’s a monster) definitely give it a go. Although, skip the last part – the last book 4 of 4 – if you like, it has an utterly different tone.


  3. Fun questionnaire. I too don’t drink or eat whilst reading. Eating = potential for messy book, and the number of cups of tea I’ve made and left to go cold is too large. Regarding 50 Shades and Twilight, it’s important to have the knowledge to be able to back up your opinion, and it’s always good to read bad books from time to time, it helps you appreciate the good ones more.

    The second book of a series definitely counts as a sequel 🙂


    1. Phew! Hehe, that’s good.

      Judging by the way I eat, eating around a book is going to lead to crumbs in the spine – which I hate. Completely agree that reading the bad books help you gage what is good.


  4. Ohhh I love Persuasion too! It’s my favourite from the Austen novels I’ve read. I have to re-read Pride and Prejudice. I stopped because Jane reminded me too much of myself lol. Yay for including Six Cousins :). I haven’t read The Reader, but a movie adaptation came out right? I do want to check out Fifty Shades of Feminism. It sounds interesting! Thank You for stopping by my blog :).


    1. Yay fellow Persuasion fan!

      Yeah, I think the adaptation of The Reader starred Kate Winslet, the book is better, but I found it difficult to get into the film.


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