A to Z Bookish Survey

Posted September 18, 2013 by Jana in About Me / 15 Comments



Author you’ve read the most books from:
Mary Higgins-Clark. I’ve always loved her mysteries, and have read a TON of them!

Best sequel ever:
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone. Time Between Us was amazing, and Time After Time blew me away as well.

Currently reading:
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. It’s really good so far!

Drink of choice while reading:
Chamomile tea with cream and honey. :)

E-reader or physical book?:
The battle will go on forever with me. Some days I really love my Kindle, and some days I jump for joy when I get a real book in the mail. I love my Kindle on vacations, though. I can pack a TON of books, so choosing is not necessary.

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school:
James from Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker. This guy is amazing, and I really adore him. I love his philosophy, which is basically this: you can be sad and you can mourn what you’ve lost, but the memories you created before that loss are yours forever. Never discount the happy times in life, just because they ended unhappily.

Glad you gave this book a chance:
Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Hidden gem book:
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer

Important moment in your reading life:
I found Goodreads! I had no idea what to read. Ever. I didn’t know any readers, so I always resorted to romance novels with not too sexy a cover as a teen. I had no idea about young adult books! Once I found Goodreads, I found a ton of books, found the Goodreads College Students Group, started The Broke and the Bookish with Jamie, ended up starting my own blog too, and then decided on getting a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Goodreads started it all, and led to me changing my life. :)

Just finished:
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney. It’s a brand new favorite! I loved it SOOO much.

Kinds of books you won’t read:
Erotica, books with a lot of gore, books with a lot of band language, books with animal deaths, books with super upsetting subject matter.

Longest book you’ve read:
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, which is 756 pages.

Major book hangover because of:
Twilight Saga. I was was hungover, and had a hard time finding something else to read after that.

Number of bookcases you own:
Two floor-to-ceiling (triple stacked) and then the shelf across my headboard.

One book you have read multiple times:
I’ve never re-read a book!

Preferred place to read:
Well, in an ideal world I’d live on a cruise ship bound for Italy and spend my life on the balcony reading. If I’m being realistic, though, my bed is my favorite place. :)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I guess I work in small ways. It’s kind of like this story someone told me, about a guy on the beach in Mexico throwing starfish in the sea. Thousands had washed ashore. Someone asked him why – ‘Why are you wasting your time, when there are so many? You can’t possibly make a difference.'”

“I know that story! The man threw another one back, and said -”

“‘Made a difference to that one!'” Rowan finishes.”

– From Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Reading regret:
I really regret not having read The Chronicles of Narnia as a girl. I’m making up for it now, but I know I needed the magic in my early years. :)

Series you started and need to finish (all books in the series are out):
Study series by Maria V. Snyder

Three of your all-time favorite books:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Unapologetic fangirl for:
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney. Seriously, people. It’s so unique, and it spoke to my inner art history nerd. I flailed with this one. It’s amazing.

Very excited for this release (more than any others):
Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Worst bookish habit:
If I really want to read a book, but don’t know what, I’ll go to my shelves and look for something. As I try to decide, sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the MANY choices I have, that I give up and watch a movie instead.

Your last book purchase:
On Christmas Hill by Nichole Chase (Getting ready for Christmastime!!)

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

That was so much fun! Thanks, Jamie, for writing such a fun survey! Have you taken Jamie’s survey yet? If so, link me up!

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15 responses to “A to Z Bookish Survey

    • Jana

      I think I’m going to plow through all of Narnia during Christmastime. It just seems like a wonderful time to read them!

      I kind of wish I only had one shelf, just because I’m running out of space! However, I will never complain about the amount of books I can fit on them, so I guess I’ll keep them. :)

    • Jana

      Goodreads is definitely the black hole where all my free time is trapped. Haha. But it is an amazing place to be!

      Yeah, you’re not the first to be surprised by the fact that I’ve never re-read a book. There’s a couple I’ve wanted to re-read, but I keep thinking “need. new. blog. content.” Haha.

    • Jana

      Yes!! Push it ahead! It was absolutely amazing. My review goes up on Friday, if you want to read my organized thoughts. :)

    • Jana

      Ugh. Poorly edited books are the bane of my existence. I’m sorry you’re not loving your current read!

      Friday is a great day to start Starry Nights! It’s definitely a book you’ll want the weekend to gobble it all up. :) You’ll have to keep me updated on your thoughts about it!

  1. I loved reading your survey! It’s so much fun to read about fellow bloggers and get a glimpse into their bookish lives :) Starry Nights sounds so interesting! I love art history, too. I’ve added it to my Goodreads shelf. Speaking of Goodreads, I LOVE your comment about that and how it led to everything awesome. :) I’m also really glad that I gave Divergent a chance. So good. I also had a hangover after reading Twilight. There was just something so addictive about the series. This is my survey: http://booksandstuff-kstar.blogspot.ca/2013/08/a-to-z-bookish-survey.html
    Kaley @ Books Etc recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Pumpkin Spiced…Reading?

    • Jana

      Oh, yay! I’m going to go read yours in just a second! Hopefully you love Starry Nights like I did. :) I can’t be believe I waited as long as I did to read Divergent. Have you read Insurgent yet?

      • No, I actually *just* picked it up from the library yesterday. If I had a job and money I would have bought each book and preordered Allegiant (I’m third on the list at my library…I literally checked every day until it came up and was able to be requested haha). I have two other books I need to read first but I can’t wait to read it. Then I’ll have to wait until the third!
        Kaley @ Books Etc recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Pumpkin Spiced…Reading?

        • Jana

          I should get Insurgent soon. I also have no job or money that’s not in my grad school fund, so I feel your pain! Hopefully people read Allegiant fast so you don’t have to wait for it for too long!

  2. I was so excited to see you had completed the A-Z survey as I’ve had a blast reading through everyone’s answers since Jamie created it :D

    I could really relate to your answer regarding e-readers vs. physical books. I never thought I would say this when I first received it as a gift, but I could easily make a list of ten reasons why I adore my Kindle. That said, I always feel as though I’m betraying my original love of print books if I compliment my e-reader too much or show a marked preference for it. It’s a very complicated, very silly process :P

    I was admittedly a little surprised to hear you’ve never re-read a book. As someone who has a list of books she re-reads every year without fail (The Bell Jar, The Blue Castle, etc) it’s always strange to meet somoene who has never done it. That said, I seem to be in the minority on this one, especially amongst book bloggers. I will say that I find I have far less time to re-read now that I blog, when the emphasis is on consistently reading new material to review. I find I, unfortunately, have less time to re-read books I adore.

    P.S. You have me extremely excited to read Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney now! To be honest, it wasn’t really a priority on my to-be-read list, but given how much you seem to have enjoyed it I’ll definitely be bumping it up my list, although I’ll obviously have to wait until it’s published. I can’t wait! :D
    Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader recently posted…Review: I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison