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.
You put me to shame! I tried to answer the questions in my head, and my answers were pathetic, e.g. Just Finished: “Edward Trencom’s Nose” by Giles Milton (only I finished it over a year ago when I was stuck in hospital with a broken ankle). I’m embarrassed to say it, but I rarely read anything unless I have to. 😦 I shall try to change my ways…
Never too late 🙂
This looked like it was a lot of fun…..would you mind if I gave it a shot?
Please do 🙂
😀 AWESOME picks here Alex, fun read!
It was fun reading yours back too. Which of the 26 was the toughest to answer?
Hidden Gem and Three All Time Favourites… yours?
Best reading quote. It took me a bit to think of it, even though I had put it as a post before. I’m guessing books you don’t read was your easiest one ha.
Definitely! We all know what it is we just don’t read! 😛
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I love your list! Coke would be my preferred option if I couldn’t have coffee haha! Hmm maybe I must try the book you are rereading… sounds interesting 🙂
I know. Especially if it’s from a can. A Confederation of Dunces is literary art. it won the Nobel Prize for Literature too.
Ha,coke is bad! I used to be a fan,but now I only drink water,Iced Tea and other juices.
Honestly,you should really really read Borges! Especially if you’re much into short stories!
Hmm,I guess I should give The Bostonians a chance! As for the children books,it’s never too late to read them! Being Mauritian,there are many classics,like Charlotte’s web,Roald Dahl’s stories or Wind in the Willows,that I didn’t read as a child; it’s only now when I’m nearing 21 that I’m catching up!
I guess I should do a survey someday! 😉
I hope you do. I’ve really enjoyed your recent features. You have to give The Bostonians a chance! I never read Charlotte’s Web either. Roald Dahl really is wonderful. His short stories were so clever too.
Great challenge Alex 🙂
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I LOVE seeing all of the responses to these! Such a fun idea! Some very nice choices here, Alex. 🙂
Thanks. What are you reading at the moment?
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill! Excellent book. Have I recommended Hill’s stuff? Because you should look into it. 🙂