Zoe, Natasha and Kim have all done this very cool A – Z feature based on reading. Literature has been a big part of the blog and has always meant a lot to me, so there was no way I wasn’t going to get in on the fun.
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Roald Dahl. He had such a wonderful imagination and was one of the writers who got me into reading from a very early age.
Best Sequel Ever:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The third of the series and still my favourite. It really was a jump up from the previous two and introduced some wonderful new characters.
I’m re-reading A Confederation of Dunces. An incredible book. I can’t think of any character in literature like Ignatius T. Reilly.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Coke, but I am trying to cut down on it.
E-reader or Physical Book:
Physical. I really do like a hard copy book, especially if it is well-thumbed from use. A room lined with books is always a great sight. Something Cicero will attest to 🙂
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
Vesper Lynd From Casino Royale would have been mysterious and easily the most glamorous girl in school.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
I enjoyed the first Twilight book. I thought it captured the charm of being new to a small town and the wonders and complications of a first romance, as well as the aura of mystery in a vampire world.
Hidden Gem Book:
Bodyline Autopsy by David Frith. It’s about the Ashes Bodyline series between England and Australia in the 1932-33 series. It’s full of details about a fascinating tour that had repercussions for decades to follow.
Important Moment in Your Reading Life:
Discovering the wonder of short stories. I was given a book on short stories by a friend and it inspired me to read so many more, as well as write my own. It even lead to a further explanation which I put as a post.
Random Acts of Management by Scott Adams. I’m a big fan of Dilbert and his office life.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Celebrity autobiographies, especially if they are in their twenties.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Lord of the Rings.
Major Book Hangover Because of:
Sherlock Holmes. The stories are incredible, unique and set the standard for detective fiction.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
Two long shelves and more than a few piles in different places.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Bostonians by Henry James. For me it is the greatest character study in literature. A phenomenal achievement.
Preferred Place to Read:
My bed. Looking out of the window every once in a while is a cool feeling too.
Quote that Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From a Book You’ve Read:
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood.
There are some children’s classics like The Secret Garden and Wind and the Willow I didn’t read as a child.
Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):
The Narnia series. I read the first four of the series but have never got round to the others.
Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Bostonians – Henry James
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’ve quoted it twice on Line(s) of the Day)
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Unapologetic Fangirl for:
Enid Blyton. Along with Roald Dahl she helped get me into reading at a really early age, and I am super grateful.
Very Excited for this Release more than the Others:
None comes to mind actually. Too many other books to get through first.
Worst Bookish Habits:
Misplacing books after I’ve read them. My excuse is I have too many.
X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. It has a nice book cover too.
Your Latest Book Purchase:
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, though it will have to get in line.
Zzz-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I read it years ago, but High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. It kept me up to ridiculous hours but was totally worth it. I even have a personally signed copy.