A-Z Book Survey
Since all the cool kids are posting their A-Z book survey, I thought I’d take a stab at it. After reading a few, I realize it is quite telling about what your influences are as a reader and a writer. I hope you learn a little something about me while you’re invading my bookshelves. Enjoy!
Author(s) You’ve Read The Most Books From:
Piers Anthony. WAIT! Before you think less of me, I was 13 and relied heavily on my older brother’s collection of books. It’s not my fault the man wrote forty books full of pun-laden schlock and my brother bought them all. I’m innocent-ish. Heinlein comes in as a close second. Some of my favorite authors that I’ve read more than a few but less than their full catalog: King, Herbert, Hogan, Weiss, Hickman, Tolkien, Adams, Clancy, Crichton, Eddings, Feist, Rowling.
Best Sequel Ever:
Magician: Master by Raymond Feist. If we’re talking strictly sequels. There are tons of mid-series books I absolutely loved, but as a book two to an original series…Magician: Master was the bomb.
Eon by Alison Goodman, The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, and Micro by Michael Crichton. I’m never reading just one book.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Dr. Pepper. It’s always Dr. Pepper. When they put me in the ground I’ll be 97% Dr. Pepper.
E-reader or Physical Book?
E-reader lately. I love the smell of real books but I hate the space they take up when I’m finished, especially if they stink. Then they’re a constant reminder of unmet expectations.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Hermione Grainger. I went to a “special” high school too, so we’d have that in common. Plus, I dig smart chicks.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Moonshine War by Elmore Leonard. The man is a genius. Everything about the way he writes is smooth, evocative, and completely enjoyable.
Hidden Gem Book:
This is a tough one because I read mostly main-stream novels. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy was a hidden gem for me (although popular) I never expected it to be as good as it was.
Important Moment In Your Reading Life:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This book made me fall in love with reading at the age of 11 and it holds the honored title of “Favorite Book.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Revisiting the classics is always fun.
Kind of Books You Won’t Read:
Self-help books. If you hand me “The Secret” I’ll turn it into kindling.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
The Stand by Steven King. Worth every page.
Major Book Hangover Because Of:
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell. I love philosophy and science books but they force me to lose sleep.
Number Of Bookcases You Own:
Two for me, one for the kids. It used to be more but, you know…kids.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. 8 times. Eight.
Preferred Place To Read:
On the washing machine. HEY! I’m not weird! It’s a long story.
Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read:
I don’t memorize quotes from books but when I want quotable material I usually fall back on Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, or Douglas Adams. All smarter men than me.
“Don’t panic.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” – Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
“In order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” – Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. I’m barely halfway through and I already regret picking up this piece of trash.
Series You Started And Need To Finish:
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I liked the first book but wasn’t too jazzed about the concept of returning for a second go-round but with the movies coming out I’ll need to finish the series.
Three Of Your All-time Favorite Books:
Just three? Excluding the Hobbit because I’ve mentioned it twice already…I’d have to go with: World War Z by Max Brooks, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
Unapologetic Fanboy For:
World War Z by Max Brooks. The Zombie Survival Guide had some questionable advice in it, but the way Mr. Brooks wove a complete tale of the apocalypse from dozens of different view points and nationalities was nothing short of brilliant. No one can convince me that the novel isn’t a masterpiece of story telling.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Most of my favorite authors are dead, so…not many. But I am stoked about finally getting to read Orison by Daniel Swensen. Only the second book put out by the newly formed Nine Muse Press, I’ve been hearing great things about this book all summer long.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Stopping in the middle of a book and setting it aside for days or weeks.
X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf & Pick the 27th Book:
Since I have tons of tech books mixed into my bookshelves, I’ll do this on my Goodreads bookshelf: My Side of the Mountain by Jean George.
Your Latest Book Purchase:
Eon by Alison Goodman. Barnes & Noble in Chicago, IL.
Zzzzz… Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Talk about marathon reading. Finally getting your hands on the hardcover seventh and final book in a world-wide best selling series is a little like savoring that last line of cocaine. I mean… I’m just guessing.