A Bookish A-Z

An old post from The Perpetual Page Turner inspired this one.

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Author You’ve Read Lots from:

Hmm. I have favourite authors, but they don’t have lots of books. I read quite a bit of Enid Blyton when I was a young ‘un (/ younger ‘un. I’m still twelve, aren’t I?) Though maybe JK Rowling? I’ve of course read all of Harry Potter, plus her spin offs. I just haven’t read the Casual Vacancy. My sister has and she hated it with a passion.

Best Sequel Ever:

The Return of the King. By far my favourite of the series.

Currently Reading:

Game of Thrones, though its kinda a heavy read, so I’m reading Airman by Eoin Colfer, Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, and the Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater in parallel.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

W-water?

E-reader or Physical Book?

I prefer a physical book, but I do have an eReader. Lighter reads that I don’t think I’ll love, I’ll buy on my eReader because they’re cheaper. When I get a book out from the library and it becomes a favourite, I’ll buy it as an eBook so I always have access to it. But I love the smell of books 🙂

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Would of? I haven’t even started high-school. I’ll change that to best friend at primary/elementary school. Let me see.. Maybe Luna Lovegood, so we can be weird. No, no, Meggie Folchart, from Inkheart! She could read aloud passages from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and I could get my own pygmy puff. Meggy is also very cool.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Giver by Lois Lowry. I was scrolling through the GoodReads best YA books list, hitting Want to Read on all the ones I haven’t read. Evidently, the Giver came up, as its kinda mandatory YA dystopian reading. The Book Depository offered it for eight dollars, so I bought it. Then hid it for a month because I didn’t actually want to read it. But I ran out of material, so I picked it up and…. KA BLAMMO! Indescribably good book.

Hidden Gem Book:

If I Could Fly by Jill Hucklesby. One of my favourite books, no-one I’ve come across has read it, nor have I seen it for sale anywhere. I found it digging in the back shelves of abandoned paper backs at the library, which only has one copy. Brownie points if you’ve read it!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I was at the ripe age of six, I threw down the last book in the Rainbow Fairies series with disgust. ‘Boooring!’ I yelled. My sister then told me I could pick from her personal library- she meant the little pile of childhood books by her bedside, but I made a beeline for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban. “I’ve seen that movie!” I said excitedly. She calmed me down and forced me to read the Philosophers Stone first, which I loved. That started my love of fantasy (unless you include the Rainbow Fairies series.) and my love of books. Harry Potter is still one of my favourite books- on my bucketlist is to stack up the whole series and read it without stopping. And no, I do not mean without reading other books in between, I mean reading from ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’ to ‘All was well.’ No stops. 😀

Just Finished:

The Supernaturalist, by Eoin Colfer! I am envious of his writing. *glares*

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Vampire books. I tried Twilight. I tried Vampire Academy. Some are okay, but if you use the words vampire and sexy in the same sentence, you will not be gaining my readership.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Sherlock Holmes (though that is probably cheating) I have the complete autobus of all of the novels, short stories, novellas, etc. It makes for quite an extravagant book, and lots of Oohs! and Aahs! when I read it in public.

Major book hangover because of:

The Little Prince. Its not that its a difficult read, nor a long read. I just went ‘wow.’ Then I went to the library.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Two and a half purely for books, two with three shelves and one with three (a floating shelf) Then a large 6 by 2, of which three shelves are dedicated to books. Two of them are my non-fiction, and one is where I keep my library books as of last month when I was fined a whopping $60 for a graphic novel. I found it a day later /shot.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One of my favourite in the series, I just read it again. And again. And again

Preferred Place To Read:

On a rainy day (like today), lying on my bed, with my feet wrapped in my Gryffindor fleece pillow (don’t ask.) Or, at school under my desk. My teacher is a saint, and the lawbreaking just adds a little zing! to my reading experience.

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

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” The same as one of my three readers, nevillegirl!

Reading Regret:

That I read the first fifty pages of the Perks of Being a Wallflower. I heard someone my age reading it- no. It’s okay if your sixteen, but not twelve. *scarred*

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Heroes of Olympus. Okay, not all the books are out, but enough to keep me going. I read Percy Jackson in 2009, and the Lost Hero when it came out, but I was never motivated to finish the series for some reason. I read too many spoilers via the Percy Jackson wiki.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Gah! Don’t make me choose! I’ll lengthen it to five because I’m sneaky like that. The complete Harry Potter series, the Sherlock Holmes series, the Lord of the Rings series, Inkheart, and a Wrinkle in Time. There is probably more. They were just the ones sitting on my shelf.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

As in books? Harry Potter. Once -and this is a true story- I was at a birthday party, a sleepover party. I was the first to fall asleep (weird, because I have mild insomnia. The meds worked well that night.) A friend filmed me on her phone; everyone was saying Harry Potter-ish things (they’ve seen the movies, bless. muggles.) Like, Hermione! Your late for Charms! I had a small leg spasm at every call. When they said, ‘Harry, its Quidditch time!’ I said ‘Shut up, Wood!’ Okay, I woke up for the last one.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I’m not actually dedicatedly following a series at the moment. All of my favourites have tied up their loose ends, though Winter comes out soon /next year 😦

Worst Bookish Habit:

I accumulate books, so many that I can’t read them all in time. From friends, teachers, siblings, stores, libraries, second-hand shops, and my own collection for re-reading. It feels horrible to be surrounded by all the books but not know what happens *sob*

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo. Sad book.

Your latest book purchase:

Foundling by D.M Cornish, the first book in his Monster Blood Tattoo series. Its a lovely illustrated edition.

ZZZ-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, the most recent book I’ve read. Curse you, Colfer! Nah. I love your writing *hugs*

Since this is really helping me remember my alphabet, which could really help at school, how about an A-Z of to-read?

Airman

The Book Thief

City of Bones (I mentioned my taboo on demons/vampires earlier, didn’t I? I’ve heard such good things that this is an exception.)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Enders Game

Foundling

Great Expectations

Harbinger

I,Robot OR I Capture the Castle

Jane Eyre*

The Kite Runner

The Light Fantasy

Montmorency

Noughts and Crosses

Over Sea, Under Stone

(Tales From the) Perilous Realm

The Quietness

The Raven Boys

Starters

Tricksters Choice

Un Lun Dun

VIII (Roman numerals count, right?)

(The Shape of) Water

Far From Xanudu

You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Readers of All Ages

Zenith

*Will probably fail