Recently I browsing articles by Lala’s Book Reviews and came across an awesome “getting to know the blogger” post she did called Bookish A to Z. I loved it so much that I was inspired to do it for myself! You can view Lauren’s original post here, and check out her awesome reviews while you are at it! Without any further ado, here is my 2019 Bookish A to Z!
A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From
If we are talking YA, it would def be Cassandra Clare, simply because she has so many books. If we are talking all genres always, its Nora Roberts, again because she has so many books and she’s my go-to when I want some adult romance but want to avoid the smut one finds in many adult romance books.
B: Best Sequel Ever
This is a toss-up, but I will have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. It’s all about that Illyrian Wingspan!!! The runner ups would definitely be Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
C: Currently Reading
Nothing! I JUST finished Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (like…literally finished it this morning before work) but haven’t chosen my next read yet!
D: Drink of Choice When Reading
I usually have a sparkly water close at hand, although I adore tea in both hot and iced forms.
E: E-books or Physical Book
I prefer physical books, specifically hardcover, most of the time. However, I also adore my kindle and love that it fits so neatly in my purse and also means I can read late into the night with the lights off, therefore not bothering my husband. In order I’d probably go Hardcover, eBook, Paperback.
F: Fictional Character You Would Have Dated During in High School
Ooooh, this is tough. Nik from Gemina would probs have been my hardcore crush, but I probs would have dated Clark from The Unexpected Everything (helloooo, geeky teenage fantasy author?! That was my dream in HS).
G: Glad You Gave This Book a Chance
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I had some serious reservations about this book because the formatting was just soooo weird. I had also never read anything by either author before, so I didn’t even have that pulling me in. But EVERYONE said such great things about it and I stuck it out and ended up LOVING IT. Now they could publish their grocery lists and I would buy both the US and UK editions.
H: Hidden Gem
My go-to-recommendation is always The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray. If you enjoyed The Infernal Devices, you will love this trilogy. The vibe is so similar, despite being about very different things. Plus the names of the books are soooo good: A Great and Terrible Beauty. The Sweet Far Thing. Rebel Angels.
I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life
Probably when Harry Potter released in the US. I have ALWAYS been a huge reader, but that series has stuck with me from the beginning. I never would have guessed then that I would love it just as much (probably more, tbh) now – 20+ years later – as I did then. I actually read Sorcerer’s Stone the year it came out in the US, loved it, and then promptly forgot about it (12 year old me wasn’t tracking series). When the craze hit with the release of Chamber of Secrets, I read it again and remembered it! The rest is history!
J: Just Finished
As mentioned before, I JUST finished Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. It was a fun and funny YA that I had always seen but never read! Apparently the series is up to 12 books now, so I will definitely be checking out the rest!
K: Kind of Book That You Won’t Read
Horror, Mystery, or anything where the author’s name is bigger than the title on the cover. It’s a good rule to go by and I always regret it when I break it.
L: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read
That’s tough, as I have read a LOT of giant books. I will have to go with “longest book in recent memory” which would be The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon. It clocks in at 1456pgs and I think I’ve now read it three times? Being a super fast reader means I generally stay away from anything under 300 pages, and try to aim for 400+. The longer the better, in my opinion!
M: Major Book Hangover
Oh, this is easy. Empire of Storms by SJM. I literally sob my way through the last 80 pages of that book EVERY TIME and I remember being totally hungover for WEEKS after I finished it the first time.
N: Number of Bookcases You Own
I have 5 custom bookcases in my home library. Collectively they span something like 25ft of wall space and are 8ft tall. My dad built them for me for my 31st birthday! I actually have no space left on them and am constantly juggling books to make room for more.
O: One Book That You’ve Read Multiple Times
Just one?! I am a huge rereader, so there are so many options here. Harry Potter probably tops the list, since I reread that annually.
P: Preferred Place to Read
Definitely in my bed. I also have a very comfy chair in my library, but that room has been in varying stages of chaos since before Christmas, so I haven’t been able to read down there lately.
Q: Quote that Inspires You/ Gives You All the Feels
“Until the very end”, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This quote resonates with me so much that I have it as my one and only tattoo.
R: Reading Regret
I regret that I have no idea where my original HP books went. I went to the midnight releases of every book from GoF through DH, so I def had first run editions. I also moved like 10 times in a 10-year span, so I purged often.
S: Series You Started and Need to Finish
Basically my entire TBR. One that comes to mind is the Red Queen series. I didn’t particularly love it, but I made it through 3 out of 4 books and feel like I need to finish it off. It’s on my list for this summer.
T: Three of Your All Time Favorite Books
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (this is a contender for most-read; I read it 4 times within the first year from my initial read, and many times since)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (along with the entire series)
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
U: Unapologetic Fangirl For…
V: Very Excited for This Release
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. Like seriously, I would trade my left kidney for an ARC of that right now.
W: Worst Bookish Habits
I don’t know that I have any? I don’t fold pages, I always finish what I start. Maybe just buying books faster than I can read them? But isn’t that all of us? 😉
X: X Marks the Spot? Start at the Top of Your Bookshelf and Pick the 27th Book
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard. I haven’t actually read it or Sightwitch yet, but I have plans to read the whole series in June!
Y: Your Latest Book Purchase
Not counting the 7 or 8 books I preordered this month, it would be Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine. I love the Great Library series and I was missing this 4th book from my physical collection (I read it on eBook originally). Not only is the series super good, but the books themselves are super pretty! I already have book 5 on order for fall!
Z: ZZZ-Snatcher! Last Book That Kept You Up All Night.
This happens all the time. Maybe Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte? But if we want to talk SERIOUS book binge, it would be Kingdom of Ash (SJM) which I read on release day in one single 11.5hr sprint that ended a little after 1am.
This was super fun to do, and I hope it gave everyone a little more insight into me! If you decide to do this challenge yourself, please drop the link below!!!
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I love you’re answers 🥰. And I LOVE Clark aka the nerd with abs 😂.