I’m knocking out a short survey snagged from Lorna because I miss reading. Kai yanked my bookmark out — again — and I have been working too much to sit down and figure out where the heck I left off. Which is why I dog ear, people.
Author you’ve read the most books from: Oh, Stephen King, no question.
Best Sequel Ever: The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower series, so not technically a sequel)
Currently Reading: The Obsidian Chamber, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Drink of Choice While Reading: Ginger tea
E-reader or Physical Book? Both. I don’t have to dog-ear Kindle books. And thanks to the app on my phone, I can take a whole library with me wherever I go. But I am never going to convince my parents to buy me books online, let alone e-books; also, half of my to-read pile/shelf/bookcase are books my mom read and gave to me. So physical books are still on the menu.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Holden Caulfield (gotta get my lit cred in there), though I likely wouldn’t have been cool enough for him. Joe Goffman from The Book of Joe probably would have dug me, though.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts. So not the kind of book I normally like, but I fell in love with it, and her writing. I just discovered she died, and am sad now.
Hidden Gem Book: gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson. I don’t know if it’s all that hidden (I’m quite out of the reading loop, as you can probably tell by the books I mention), but I certainly didn’t expect it to stay with me the way it did. Also The Book of Joe because I’ve read it until the pages literally started falling out; it’s one of the books that reignited my desire to write.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: This is one; I’ve happily(?) set aside my reading to read to my kids (or just snuggle them and watch the same Disney movie for the 111th time). Another was when I was about 7 months pregnant with Anya and had to start seriously censoring my reading material because I just couldn’t handle anything with dead, dying, or endangered children. (This has not really changed.) Actually, since becoming a mother, I simply cannot handle as much horror as I used to, because…well, I just can’t stand to read about people being mean to one another. Make of that what you will.
Just Finished: The Crimson Shore, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: War. Sports. Anything involving dead, dying, or endangered children. Jodi Picoult, while I respect her as a writer, is pretty much a no-go for me. Family biopics spanning generations. Romance. Most biographies. And unless I am deeply, deeply interested in the topic or the author, nonfiction.
Longest Book You’ve Read: The Stand. It’s over 1000 pages, I believe. And I’ve read it so many times that Mom bought me a new copy. I still have my original, though. It’s covered in notes from when I wrote a paper on it in grad school. I would teach college English if I could teach King. Just saying.
Major book hangover because of: Hearts in Atlantis. I was upset for days, and it took several rereadings to get to the point where the ending didn’t make me sob.
Number of Bookcases You Own: I have narrowed my collection considerably, because I realized I was going to have to buy a bigger house just for my books and some of them weren’t worth all that. So I weeded to make room for better books. (I plan on living a really long time.) Right now I have four 5-shelf bookcases that have wiggle room. And an ever-growing Kindle library.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Stand, obvs. Also Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding and Ticktock by Dean Koontz. (If you are a fan of supernatural thrillers or slapstick comedy, read that one. It’s hilarious.)
Preferred Place To Read: Snuggled up on the couch under a blankie.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I forget what book it’s from, but Robert Fulghum wrote it. “Things were never ‘the way they used to be.’ Things never will be ‘the way it’s going to be someday.’ Things are always just the way they are for the time being. And the time being is always in motion.”
Reading Regret: Red Dragon. I had to read it for a class. Had nightmares for weeks. (Yet still watched Hannibal. I make no sense.) Also Moby Dick, and anything Emerson. I was an English major in undergrad and grad school, so I read those a lot. Never did get to the point where I enjoyed either.
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series): A Series of Unfortunate Events
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: That I haven’t already mentioned: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (I have the compilation, so I tend to think of it as one book); The Talisman, by Stephen King; Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts from a Secret Life, by Robert Fulghum (though choosing just one of his is like picking my favorite child)
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Preston/Child (though I think they need to stop churning them out quite so quick), Nick Hornby, Robert Fulghum
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: I am so out of the loop that I can’t even answer this.
Worst Bookish Habit: There are those who would stone me for the dog-earing, but I’m not even sorry. I only dog-ear my own books, though.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, by Robert Fulghum
Your latest book purchase: Confessions of a Funeral Director, Caleb Wilde. It obviously breaks my rule of dead babies, but it was light on the emphasis of them because, usually, people are much older when they die.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): See above.