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A to Z Bookish Survey

I've recently been obsessed with watching through BookTuber Super Space Chick's backlog of videos. I love that she is so bright and positive during a time where book discussion has gotten so bleak and negative. She is also interested in a lot of the same books as I am. I just watched her answers to this A to Z Bookish Survey, and I thought it would be nice to answer more questions about books and reading here. Please feel free to take! Please also be aware that these are just my opinions based on personal enjoyment of books and reading. I never claim to rate or recommend things objectively.

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

If we're talking re-reads, J.K. Rowling is my most read author, easily. But for most read unique books, Meg Cabot takes the prize. According to Goodreads, I've read 20 of her books. What's great about Meg Cabot is that she's shown talent for writing in a wide variety of genres. My favorites from her are The Mediator series and The Princess Diaries series.

Best Sequel Ever:

I don't know if it's the best ever, but Where She Went by Gayle Forman comes to mind. I didn't think I would love the follow-up as much as I loved If I Stay, but I might've liked it even more! Definitely a short series that I absolutely loved.

Currently Reading:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. It's a Sci-Fi YA about jumping between parallel universes, and it's really cool so far!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water. I mean, I don't really drink anything except water and tea and smoothies. But mostly water.

E-Reader or Physical Book:

I prefer physical books, for sure. But I'm pretty much always reading a print book and an ebook at the same time these days. I just spend more time with the print book I'm reading.

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

Thanks for the reminder that I never dated in high school. Or ever. This is really difficult. If we go recent, I guess maybe Josh Sanderson from To All the Boys I've Loved Before or August Flynn from This Savage Song. But I haven't finished either of those series, so don't quote me on that. Also from a series I need to finish, Aiden St. Delphi from The Covenant series. But he's not in high school, so I don't know if that counts.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

This Savage Song wasn't really on my radar, but a friend gifted it to me for Christmas, and I ended up really enjoying it.

Hidden Gem Book:

Griffin & Sabine! I talked a lot about this series in my last survey, but yeah. Still really in love with these books.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

This might be cliché, but... picking up Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone for the first time at 9-years-old and discovering that I actually loved reading.

Just Finished:

Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz. It was cute romance, with some serious subjects, but the pacing felt way too fast in a lot of places. Characters changed their minds so quickly. But I still enjoyed it, overall.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Horror. I don't mind slightly creepy stories, but no gore. I have a weak stomach. I also don't like erotica. If there's a really good story that happens to have sexual bits, I can usually deal. And I sometimes even enjoy slightly sensual stuff. But yeah, flat out erotica with little else to offer is a big no for me at this point.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (870 pages)

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

I'm not actually sure what this means? Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma left me traumatized, with a shattered heart. And four years later, that book still haunts me.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Three. Two upstairs, one in the basement for kids books. I need more shelves and have nowhere to put them.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Any of the Harry Potters. Especially the first three. I think I've read them too many times to count.

Preferred Place to Read:

In bed. I don't really have free access to the rest of the house most of the time.

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels from a Book You’ve Read:

I struggle with quotes, actually. I love them in the moment, but they don't often stick with me. I've been thinking about this quote a lot recently, though. Because I've been going back and forth between anxious intensity and depressive numbness.

"You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

Reading Regret:

I don't often regret reading a book. I mean, sometimes there are books I felt like I wasted my time on, but it's not a huge regret. I guess I regret that leaving high school early and never going to college led to me missing out on the chance to read and learn to appreciate more Classics. Yeah, I could try reading them on my own, but I just don't know if I could get the same meaning out of them. I struggle with adult fiction.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (All Books are Out in Series):

So many. Ugh. I think I most want to finish The Covenant series, The Mortal Instrument series, and The Sweep series right now. But also, The Lunar Chronicles. And the Monsters of Verity series. And the Shatter Me series. And the Delirium Series. And the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series. Eek! I'll stop there before you get tired of reading.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

I'll try to give some choices I haven't mentioned yet. The Truth About Forever & Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. And The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

I'm not sure if I'm unapologetic about anything these days. Closer inspection brings out issues with everything. No story is perfect. And while I do very much like focusing on the positive, I don't think that means we should just completely ignore problems. The closest obvious choice for me is Harry Potter. It's been utterly huge in my life, and I honestly don't know where I would be without it. But yes, I acknowledge that it has its issues just like anything else.

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others:

I'm not actively craving many books that aren't already out, but Someday by David Levithan.

Worst Bookish Habit:

You might be able to guess this from earlier answers, but I am absolutely awful about finishing series these days. Even if I'm in love with the first book in a series, I find myself starting something else and getting distracted. I also tend to hoard experiences I think I will love for some unknown time I will "need" them more. This does work out with astonishing synchronicity sometimes. But other times, that just leads me to miss out on the excitement I had built up.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book:

My top shelf has mostly thick books, so I only counted 24. But if I continue my counting to the next shelf, Impossible by Nancy Werlin. Which I remember really enjoying at the time, but it didn't really stick with me. *Shrug*

Your Latest Book Purchase:

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.

ZZZ-Snatcher Book (Last Book That Kept You Up WAY Late):

I very rarely read past 9PM. But the last book I struggled to put down was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I just had to know!