So you like to read. A lot.
Which is why, when people ask you “what’s your favorite book?” you shrivel a bit inside.
Instead of dealing with such questions, give these interesting A-Z questions a shot, instead, and see what you can learn about yourself and your reading habits.
(Below are my answers. At the end, you’ll get a chance to give it a shot yourself 😉 )
A — Author you’ve read the most books from
Probably Wendelin Van Draanen, simply because I’ve read all 17 of the books in her Sammy Keyes series.
B — Best sequel ever
Erm. Does Artemis Fowl 3: Eternity Code count? That one made me laugh out loud 😀
C — Currently reading
- Thomas Sowell: The Quest for Cosmic Justice
- Jordan Peterson: 12 More Rules for Life
- Fredrik Backman: Things My Son Needs to Know About the World
- Rod Dreher: Live Not By Lies
- Abigail Shrier: Irreversible Damage
- Brandon Sanderson: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians Book 2 The Scrivener’s Bones
D — Drink of choice while reading
Usually nothing or water. But if I had a choice, something cold and sweet on a warm day. Ice cream float?
E — E-Reader or Physical books
Used to be hard-core physical, but now I primarily read e-books from sheer necessity (also, it’s easier to highlight)
F — Fictional character you would have dated in High School
Didn’t date in high school. Easy. Next!
G — Glad you gave this book a chance
Hmm… * tap, tap, tapping on the chin *
H — Hidden gem book
- Lynn Austin: Chronicles of the Kings series. Hands down.
I — Important moment in your reading life
The first book I remember reading on my own was a picture book about turtles that my mom bought me from a school Scholastic catalogue (I LOVED Scholastic book fair days!)
J — Just finished reading…
K — Kinds of books you won’t read
Horror. (Especially graphic, twisted, psychological horror). Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.
At most, I will read their Wikipedia entries if needed, but not the books themselves.
L — Longest book you’ve read
The Bible, Steinbeck’s East of Eden, or Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov — which one is longer?
(Technically it would have to be one of the latter, I think. The Bible is 66 books, not one)
M — Major book hangover because of…
Frankenstein. Forced to read it twice. Hated it both times. The second more than the first.
N — Number of bookcases you own
One. Thank goodness for ebooks.
O — One book you’ve read multiple times
Only one? Grr.
P — Preferred place to read
Anywhere, really, but if I have to pick…at home, in my room 😉
Q — Quote that inspires you / gives you the “feels”
Not sure what “feels” you’re talking about, but my go-to writing quote is:
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. — Jack London
R — Reading regret
I regret having to read Frankenstein. And to a lesser degree also Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, The Great Gatsby (except insofar as now I know what people are talking about when they mention those titles)
S — Series you started, but need to finish
Hrm. Can’t really think of one. I have left several series unfinished, for sure, but don’t feel the need to finish them.
If I had to pick, maybe…Bruce Coville’s Into the Land of the Unicorns? It’s been too long, but it was influential when I was a wee kiddo.
T — Three of your all-time favorite books
- Lynn Austin: Chronicles of the Kings (technically, 5 books, but can I call them one big book?)
- Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
- Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
U — Unapologetic fangirl for…
V — Very excited for this release more than any others
No particular book, but always keeping an eye on my favorite authors (primarily Lynn Austin. But to some degree also Regina Jennings, Carl Hiaasen, Jordan Peterson, Gordon Korman, Tessa Afshar, Mesu Andrews, Gerald Morris, Wendelin Van Draanen…)
W — Worst habit
I’m assuming “worst reading habit?” …Probably staying up too late to read. Or reading in the near-dark.
X- X Marks the Spot: the 27th book on your shelf
Sigh. I don’t have 27 books on my current shelf. Everything is in e-book form now.
Oh wait. I do:
Robert J Morgan: Then Sings My Soul
Y — Your latest book purchase
- Lisa Cron: Story Genius
- Christopher Yuan: Out of a Far Country
- Barbara Cohen: Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
Z — Zzzz snatcher: last book that kept you up way too late
Several. But one that unexpectedly kept me up ALL NIGHT was Henryk Sienkiwics’s Quo Vadis.
And that’s it for me!
If you’d like to play along, I have a blank copy of the questions inside the Brilliant Writer app (along with a few other goodies). You can access it at https://beabrilliantwriter.com/bbw-app
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