As the end of the semester looms and projects pile up, my book reviews begin to dwindle. I’m also reading several ARCs, whose reviews will be published a month prior to their book publication, and editing a few manuscripts for MFA students and friends. So my time is dedicated to work over play, which means fewer posts. So I thought…why not add in another bookish theme to split across several posts? I’ve decided I’ll incorporate The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s A to Z Bookish Survey!
So over the next couple weeks, if a Top Ten Tuesday isn’t posted or I feel this place has been too silent and forming cobwebs, I’ll add some more letters to the survey for you to peruse. Or scan. Whichever.
At first I wanted to shout SARAH DESSEN, but that’s not the case. I’ve read more JK Rowling and Jane Austen than Sarah Dessen, but even Rowling and Austen don’t make the cut. The author I’ve read the most books from is Jodi Picoult.
Best Sequel Ever:
Tough one. I want to say Prisoner of Azkaban or Deathly Hallows, but I feel like a massive series like Potter shouldn’t be counted. Since I’m being hard on myself, I’d have to say Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Her world-building is phenomenal. You’d think she completed it all in the first book, but oh no, there’s more. (My review)
I’m reading four things at the moment. An ARC by Jenny Hubbard called And We Stay, re-reading Prisoner of Azkaban (can you see this Potterhead trend here?), a manuscript about a boy who discovers a dragon’s egg, and a book for my Children’s Topics in Publishing course called SPHDZ (Spaceheads). PHEW.
Drink of Choice while Reading:
Usually Twinings Earl Grey (decaf if reading in the afternoon/evening), Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea if the morning is off to a rough start, or hot chocolate if the book is a particularly cheerful one.
E-reader or Physical Book?:
Physical book. I like to see my bookshelves, my library forming. I do have a Nook, though, that I use almost exclusively for ARCs now, but I also used it for vacations.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
I would have wanted to date Will Herondale from Infernal Devices, but I probably would have actually dated Peeta from The Hunger Games. There’s the brooding character that no mother wants their daughter to date; and then there’s the guy whose heart and ambitions are on his sleeve. I was too worried in high school about discovering secrets and hidden agendas, and truly went after the guys who were sweet and didn’t hide anything. (Now, I also would’ve had a major major MAJORLY OUT OF CONTROL crush on a teacher. And that teacher would be Matthew Clairmont from A Discovery of Witches. Older men are better than boys.)
What are your answers to these first six letters? Anything you’d recommend I read that could change these answers?