A To Z Bookish Survey

The wonderful Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner decided that we all need to have some fun and posted a bookish survey that she encouraged other bloggers to fill out. I definitely agree that we all could use some fun, so I decided to take part and maybe you can learn a bit more about me through this! I know I'm a little late to the game on posting it, but I was already behind so I needed to catch up before I could work on this.

Author you've read the most books from: 

Well, technically it's Mary Pope Osborne because I was obsessed with the Magic Tree House books as a kid and I added them to my Goodreads in case I ever decided to go back and read the rest of the series from where I left off. But if we exclude children's books, it's Robert Muchamore (British teen spy novels... they are awesome).

Best sequel ever:

There are so many I could touch on, but I'm going to cheat a tiny bit and go with one that while technically is the second book in the series, is more of a companion novel than a direct sequel:

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore. I really enjoyed Gilt, but Tarnish totally blew it out of the water and I was in love.

Currently reading:

As of writing this post, Bubble World by Carol Snow.

Drink of choice while reading:

I know this is totally boring, but water. Every once in a while I'll take a nice alcoholic beverage, but water is my go-to.

E-reader or physical book?

I am and think I will always be a physical book girl. I've always been surrounded by physical books and I have stacks of my own, and I don't think I could ever let that go. I love seeing them out in front of me, I love the feeling of the pages, and I love not getting headaches like I do reading ebooks (which, since I don't have an e-reader, is inconvenient and eye-tiring).

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:

Hmm. If Luca from Fiona Paul's books was modernized, I probably would have adored his kind, supportive, loyal ways. Same with Sam from Jodi Meadow's Incarnate, I think. Smart and musically talented... sounds like my real high school (and still current) bf!

Glad you gave this book a chance:

I'm glad I tried Cinder by Marissa Meyer because I loved it just like everyone said I would. Plus sci-fi wasn't really on my radar too much before this one but now I'm all over it.

Hidden gem book:

Canary by Rachele Alpine definitely comes to mind. It was a very powerful and a very important book and I'm disappointed that not a lot of people seem to be taking notice of it. My review (aka a big post on why you should read it) is here.

Important moment in your reading life:

I think I have to go with Jamie on this one and say discovering Goodreads. Before Goodreads, I was a reader (always have been), but Goodreads really made me get my butt into gear because I had access to information on more books than ever and I was able to set goals for myself to meet and actually keep track. It changed the experience for me and was what ultimately led me to discovering book bloggers, so it was huge.

Just finished:

Again, as of writing the post, The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky.

Kinds of books you won't read:

I really prefer YA and some upper MG, but I'll sample everything at least once. The only stuff I don't even want to try out is legal/crime dramas and horror stuff. No horror for me.

Longest book you've read:

That would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at 870 pages. Not as impressive as some of the other bloggers, but I'm not someone who loved adult books (or has braved tons of classics) before I started blogging like many others are.

Major book hangover because of:

Ooh. Well, I could count on having to take a break after reading each Harry Potter book for the first time because I loved them so much. 

Number of bookcases you own:

I own two that are overflowing, plus I've taken over a couple shelves on my mom's bookcase and have many, many piles lying around. It has been determined that I need another shelf (or two) for myself ASAP.

One book you have read multiple times:

Okay, so there's this one book that I first read in third grade for school and I absolutely fell in love with it. Which might seem ridiculous because it was about all the adults dying and how one girl takes it upon herself to save her and her brother and ends up saving a whole neighbourhood of kids. It's The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson and I adored it. I couldn't tell you how many times I've reread it.

Preferred place to read:

I love reading on my couch, but only when there is nobody else sitting around being distracting. If I can't get peace there, I move to my bedroom and get cozy reading in bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

"Kiss Me, Hardy." 

If you've read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, this is self-explanatory and I apologize for the pain I've just brought up. If you haven't read it, rectify that immediately. 

Reading regret:

Hmm. This isn't "reading" exactly, but I regret taking so darn long to find and start book blogging. I've always, ALWAYS read books and I've always wished for people who read like I did to share and talk with. I've found that here, but it took me until I was 18 to do it and I wish it hadn't.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):

I really need to finish the Unearthly series. I really enjoyed the first one and I have the other two sitting in my room, but it's just about finding the time for them!

Three of your all-time favourite books:

Only three? Sheesh Jamie! I genuinely don't think I can do that. Okay, these are just the ones that came to mind first.

Code Name Verity

The Book Thief

The Archived

*sneaks The Scorpio Races and The Chaos Walking series in there as well*

Unapologetic fangirl for:

Is it cheating to say Elizabeth Wein again? Because I gladly will. If it is cheating, I'll say Fiona Paul aka Paula Stokes. I love these ladies.

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

Oh my gosh, ONE? I can't possibly pick one! I'm so excited for Starling by Fiona Paul, Cress by Marissa Meyer, and Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. There, I stuck with just 3 that are all series continuations.

Worst bookish habit:

I don't know that I really have any bad bookish habits... Maybe just not keeping up with series as they come out because by the time I get to the next book it has been ages past its release date and I'm usually lost.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White.

Your latest book purchase:

I think it was The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher.

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

That could be many, but recently was Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. I read the whole book in essentially one sitting, stopping only to eat a late-night snack.

Major props to Jamie for putting this together and I'm so glad she encouraged us to fill it out too, because it was fun! 

Do we have anything in common? Make sure if you fill it out, you share yours with me too!


  1. I physically couldn't finish reading this post until I added The Girl Who Owned A City to my Goodreads TBR. It sounds fantastic!

    1. I'm glad! There is just something about that book that grabbed third-grade me and has stuck with me ever since.


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