This is pretty cool. Spotted a post on Scribbles in the Margin about the A-to-Z Book Tag, originated by The Perpetual Page-Turner. I haven’t participated in a book tag before, but the concept seems straightforward; it’s like the blog community’s version of a chain letter! Let’s do this!
Author you’ve read the most books from
John Irving. His novels are rich with character development, vivid landscapes, and melancholy. All his stories are absolutely beautiful, and quite the page-turners. I especially like to read him when I travel, because his books are so engrossing that they relieve my anxiety.
Best Sequel Ever
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. I read Interview with the Vampire because I loved the movie, but it was The Vampire Lestat that got me hooked to The Vampire Chronicles.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I know, I know, I’m pretty late to the game on this one. I’m blasting through The Mindy Project right now, and I thought it was an excellent opportunity to read one of her books too.
Drink of choice while reading
Water, my drink of choice at all times.
E-reader or physical book
E-reader. The romantic in me will tell you I miss the smell and feel of the printed page, but the practical side of me loves the lack of clutter. Also, reading in bed in the dark is much easier with an E-reader.
Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school
Dean from On the Road. I was a total deadbeat magnet, and I’ve always loved a bad boy.
Glad you gave this book a chance
Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but Marcia’s story was truly captivating, and all of the details from the O.J. trial were super fascinating. It was a great precursor to watching The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Hidden gem book
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I wasn’t familiar with this author, but I bought this book on a whim and loved it! Beautiful prose and complicated relationships, what’s not to love?
Important moment in your reading life
When You Are Engulfed By Flames by David Sedaris. I like his style because he acknowledges what a horrible person he can be at times, and he embraces it.
Kinds of books you won’t read
Stuff that’s too fantasy or sci-fi driven. I don’t mind reading some of that stuff, but not if the focus is on the tech/magic and not the characters.
Longest book you’ve read
The Stand by Stephen King, I think. What an epic story, totally worth it!
Major book hangover because of
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. I was psyched to read this because it had received so much critical acclaim, and I was eager to support a new up-and-coming Latina author, but I was really disappointed. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe I should have read the original Spanish version instead, but her experimental prose gave me a headache. The story was difficult to follow with all the tangents and weird asides. I was super bummed.
Number of bookcases you own
Zero. I only have like two real books left, everything else is on my Kindle. 🙂
One book you have read multiple times
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Maybe that sounds weird, but it’s a fantastic novel when you really think about it. The way Nabokov is able to inspire sympathy for a pedophile is truly masterful. The imagery, the dialogue, the suspense, the horror, it’s all so beautifully written.
Preferred place to read
Cozy in bed.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read
“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” ~Carl Sagan, Contact
I regret not reading more classic literature post-college, but there’s just so many great contemporary novels out there!
Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in the series)
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m ready whenever you are, George!
Three of your all-time favorite books
This was difficult to answer because I read books for so many different reasons. These books came to mind because they had such an impact on me at a young age: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
Unapologetic fangirl for
Sweet Valley High!!!
Very excited for this release more than all the others
IDK, nothing’s really on my radar. Getting through my current stuff.
Worst bookish habit
Judging a book by its cover.
X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick your 27th book
Your latest book purchase
Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout by Lynn Mie Itagaki. It’s a scholarly look at race relations in south central Los Angeles in the aftermath of the riots. I’m really interested in getting deeper into L.A. culture and history.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)
The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch.
That’s the A-Z Bookish Survey! If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged! Make sure you leave me a link so I can read your responses.