Today on YouTube, I watched my lovely friend Susie do the A to Z Bookish Survey and immediately recognized the questions. I searched back through my old blog posts and found it — almost EXACTLY a year ago, I posted my answers to this survey which was originally created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner, whom I just rediscovered thanks to this post. Jamie’s blog is gorgeous (the colour combos are fabulous)! Check it out :).
Since it has been almost exactly a year, I feel it is fate that I redo this survey and see how my bookish tastes have changed over the past year. I will note which answers stay the same!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
[Same] Still Cecelia Ahern. Though sadly, the last time I did this survey, it was splattered with my love for Ahern. I was eagerly awaiting her new novel, How to Fall in Love, which did release and I couldn’t bring myself to finish. I was so bored. Over the years, I have begun to enjoy her books less and less. Looks like Cecelia and I have grown apart despite our beautiful past together. She will always hold a place in my heart, but I think it’s time we start seeing other people.
Best Sequel Ever:
[New!] Changing this answer to Harry Potter, because I have since read Chamber of Secrets (for the second time) and declare it superior to my previous answer (Vampire Academy).
[New!] TOO MUCH! I have so many books on the go, I can’t even fathom how I will ever bring this back down to a reasonable number:
– The Cuckoos Calling by J.K. Rowling
– Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me by Rachel Bertsche
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
– Black Science Vol 1 by Rick Remender
– Runaways Deluxe Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Drink of Choice While Reading:
[New!] Last year I said coffee, this year.. it’s wine. As I write this, I am curled up in bed with my books and a glass of red wine. Jay is out with friends so I thought my books and I would have a romantic evening together.
E-Reader or Physical Book?
[Forever the Same!!!!] Physical book!
Fictional Character that You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
[New!] Marko from Saga. Okay, I know he’s technically a science fictional being (not just character – he has horns) but he’s so sentimental, and let’s face it.. super cute. He probably would have played the guitar and I probably would have melted like the hopeless romantic that I was.
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:
[New!] The Secret History by Donna Tartt. This book blew my mind. I thought of nothing else while I read it and spent far too long looking up dream casting when I finished. This was a book I highly doubted I would enjoy based on the highly literary nature of it, and also that I had been warned about how dense it was. I am so glad I persevered because this has become an all-time favourite!
Hidden Gem Book:
[New!] Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. This book is so unique and wonderful but I fear that it may be lost in the shelves given it’s categorization. This is technically a teen graphic novel but it is so much more. Though it could be for teens, it could just as easily be for adults and features some of the creepiest, darkest fairytale-like stores that are both stunningly illustrated and hauntingly narrated. As graphic novels for teens are a smaller sort, I worry that people may not find this book. So please, if you get a chance, pick it up and flip through it. I guarantee you will NOT want to stop.
[Exactly the same :)] Being introduced to Anne Shirley. I think my philosophy on life comes directly from that red-headed genius.
[New!] Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This is the story of five different characters, multiple decades of their lives, and the apocalypse. It was a gorgeously written, captivating novel from a very talented Canadian woman and contains travelling symphonies, fame and fortune, knife tattoos and a very disturbing man named “the prophet”. I finished late last night and will DEFINITELY be recommending this left right and centre when it releases in early September!
[Sadly Same] To be honest, I don’t think I’ve read many huge books. Probably something around the 600 page mark? Night Film by Marisha Pessl, perhaps?
[New & Same] Night Film was still one of the most intense book hangovers I have ever had, but The Secret History is now up there too. Gah. Those two books!
[Same] 3 :)
[NEW! WOO!] At this time last year, I had never re-read a book before. BUT NOW! In the past year, I have re-read the first two Harry Potter books (currently re-reading the third) and also The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (which I read entirely out loud with Jay before we went to see the movie together. It was a really neat experience!)
[Exact Same] In bed, late at night, or early in the morning!
[Same & New!]
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
– R. W. Emerson [Same]
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
– Leonardo Da Vinci [New]
[Same] Not finishing the Harry Potter books when I was a kid. They are still brilliant as an adult but the experience is just not the same :(.
[Same..] Harry Potter…
[Same & New!] I’m taking this opportunity to add a few new favourites. These are my old ones:
1. Tabloid Love – Bridget Harrison
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
3. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
… And the new ones (chosen from books I have read in the past year since this survey):
1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
2. The Secret History by Donna Tart
3. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
[New!] The Secret History. Donna Tartt is a genius.
Very Exited For This Release More Than All the Others:
[New!] The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. The Rosie Project was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to dive back into Don and Rosie’s world! If you haven’t read The Rosie Project — please do!!
[New!] I used to buy too many books, but that has (thankfully) slowed down a bit. BUT. Now I constantly have a million books on the go and I feel like I read a ton, and never finish anything.
[New!] The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. I adored this book. Adored.
[New!] The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. For some reason, I just wanted to read this.
[New!] Last week, I stayed up late to finish The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero. The ending was so messed up and everything basically blew up in the past few pages. I was reading at lightening speed — or so I thought — until I realized it was 1am and I had to wake up a few short hours later.