A. Author you’ve read the most books from
B. Best sequel ever
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I loved Six of Crows, but Crooked Kingdom took everything I loved about the first book (i.e., the characters) and amplified it. Plus, admittedly it took me ages to get into Six of Crows, but I pretty much loved Crooked Kingdom right away.
C. Currently reading
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; The English Wife by Lauren Willig. It’s actually taking me longer to get into Days Without End than I’d been expecting; Northanger Abbey is fine, I don’t really love it or hate it; The English Wife is a ridiculously fun ride that I’m enjoying immensely.
D. Drink of choice
E. E-reader or physical book
Physical, but I use both. But actually, lately I haven’t been using my Kindle as much? I think it’s because I stare at a screen all day at work so my eyes like switching to paper books when I’m home. I think it’s just a phase though… I am very fond of the convenience of Kindles.
F. Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school.
Back to Leigh Bardugo, then. If these books had been out when I was in high school, Kaz Brekker 100% would have been my fictional boyfriend. I didn’t even really have fictional boyfriends. But he is so hilariously my type it is not even funny. When I started reading this, like six separate people said to me ‘I knew you’d love Kaz.’
G. Glad you gave this book a chance
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. After disliking the Chronicles of Narnia when I was younger, I think I would have been content to never attempt reading C.S. Lewis again. Fortunately Steph brought this book to my attention, and it seemed too good to resist. It sure was. I want everyone to read this.
H. Hidden gem
An Arrow’s Flight by Mark Merlis. Another Steph recommendation GOOD JOB STEPH. This is a pretty obscure book – it’s actually out of print, unfortunately – but required reading for fans of Greek mythology and anyone interested in a very allegorical examination of the 1980s AIDS crisis.
I. Important moment in your reading life
Reading The Secret History in 2015. This book sort of re-sparked my love of reading that I lost when I was in college, just because I hadn’t had the time to read for fun. After I graduated I’d started reading again, but at a very slow pace. But then I devoured this book and realized what I’d been missing for so long. Also this reignited my love for the classics.
J. Just finished
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – it will be published in January 2018. Review here.
K. Kind of book you won’t read
Sappy bestsellers, like Me Before You and its brethren.
L. Longest book you’ve read
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, twice. (Ish. Actually I have a confession: the second time I read Les Mis, I stopped with 100 pages left because I had finals and was busy doing as many Italian things possible before I left Italy, and then I just… never went back and finished those 100 pages. But if I read 1300/1400 pages I’m allowed to say I’ve read this twice, right? Right??)
M. Major book hangover because of…
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I literally lost sleep over this book. I went into work running on about two hours of sleep and said to my boss ‘I feel like shit. Have you read A Little Life?’ Unfortunately he had not, so he didn’t understand my pain. But this book fucked me up in a very physical way.
N. Number of bookshelves you own
Uhhhh…… it’s hard to say. Three, I guess??
O. One book you’ve read multiple times
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I read this when I was like… 16? and really enjoyed it, and then I had to re-read it for a book club in 2015 and I ended up hating it. Oh well.
P. Preferred place to read
I’m partial to reading on my couch when I’m the only one at home and it’s sunny out and my cats are sitting with me and I have tea.
Q. Quote that inspires you
“What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.”
— Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
R. Reading regrets
That I chose American War for Book of the Month and forced myself to read it for a book club. This was one of the most tedious reading experiences of my life. And I’m mad that I actually paid for it.
S. Series you’ve started and need to finish
JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. I loved The Cuckoo’s Calling and was less impressed with The Silkworm, but I’ve heard really good things about Career of Evil. (I may be annoyed with JK Rowling over the Johnny Depp thing, but I’ll always love her writing.)
T. Three of your all-time favorite books
I tried to pick three from my ‘favorites’ shelf that I don’t talk about quite as much. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
U. Unapologetic fangirl
W. Somerset Maugham is the single most underrated twentieth century writer, the end.
V. Very excited for this release more than others
Circe by Madeline Miller – I was actually blessed with a physical ARC of this, now I’ve just got to find the time to read it!
W. Worst bookish habit
Being unreasonably stubborn about never DNFing. Starting a new book when I’m already reading 5.
X. X marks the spot: Pick the 27th book from the top left shelf
Pass – I’m at work!
Y. Your latest purchase
I actually think there may be one more recent than this, but I’m drawing a blank, so, Himself by Jess Kidd which I bought on a total whim since my bookstore was having a sale. I’m very excited to read it – you know me and the Irish.
Z. Z snatcher–book that kept you up way too late
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This book was all kinds of creepy and I could not put it down.
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