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A-Z Bookish Survey Tag

A little while ago Alex @ The Paperback Piano did the A-Z bookish survey, and it looked like fun so I decided to play along.

Author you’ve read the most books from

Probably Mercedes Lackey? Especially if you count re-reads.Though Anne McCaffrey is another contender. (Lackey: lots of Valdemar books, the 500 Kingdoms, the Diana Tregarde trilogy, several SERRAted Edge books, and the Elemental Masters series. McCaffrey: lots of Pern books, the Talents series, the first one or two Petaybee books, I think all of the Acorna series, and one or more stand-alone books. Plus one or more short story compilations from each author.)

I could check Goodreads, but I’m not sure that would be 100% accurate since I don’t know how well I recorded all of my pre-Goodreads-books.

Best sequel ever

Indexing: Reflections! I love this series, and the sequel is just as good as the first book in the series. I just wish I knew if there were ever going to be more in the series.


Currently reading

The Best of Connie Willis, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and the audio version of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.

Drink of choice while reading

Tea! Alex said tea, too, and I’m not trying to copy… but tea. Definitely tea.

E-reader or physical book

I use both, but much prefer the physical book over the e-reader. There’s something about the feel of the pages. However, I do appreciate having an e-reader on my phone, so that I am never without reading material.

Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school

I didn’t date in high school. However, I loved reading Anne McCaffrey’s Talent series at the time, so if one of the boys from the LyonRaven clan had shown up, that would have been awesome.

Glad you gave this book a chance

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This falls into the “depressingly realistic” section of books that I usually avoid (see below) and — since I didn’t have it as assigned reading — I’m glad I decided to read it on my own.

Hidden gem book

This comes up periodically, and I’ve listed a lot of different books. (Previous mentions have gone to Seanan McGuire’s Indexing and Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball.) I’m going to include something different this time — a middle-grade book:


Half Magic by Edward Eager. It is so much fun, and I’ve only ever encountered one person outside my family who has read this book. (That was Chris, who alerted me to the fact this was part of a series.) It’s an easy read, but a good one.

Important moment in your reading life

I don’t remember exactly when, but at some point when I was fresh out of college I realized that I didn’t have to finish every book I started reading. You aren’t supposed to DNF school books, so the realization that I was now “allowed” to put aside books I didn’t like was so freeing.

Just finished

I just DNF’ed Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. Does that count? I think that counts.

Kind of books you won’t read

Most horror books. Also books that are known to be extra problematic / triggering. I read to escape, and (except for hand-picked non-fiction) I tend to avoid anything too depressingly realistic.

And Steinbeck. I am done with Steinbeck.

Longest book you’ve read

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – at 870 pages.

Major book hangover because of…

I don’t know that I’ve had a book hangover? It’s not something I’ve tracked, at any rate.

Number of bookcases you own

That depends on what you count. We have lots of bookcases, but some don’t hold books. So, counting just the bookcases with actual books on them: five. Two are my book collection, one is Mr. Wyrm’s collection, one has our joint Disney books, and one has reference material (like “how-to” books and cookbooks).


My solo bookcases… which also contain scrapbooks, writing binders & reference material, and stuffed animals. Because. You know. Stuffed animals.

One book you’ve read multiple times

The first one (of MANY) that comes to mind is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

Preferred place to read

Curled up in my corner of the sofa, with my cat, a comfy blanket, and a mug of tea. (Or a glass of wine.)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels

from The Phantom Tollbooth

Reading regret

I regret not having read some books when I was younger and would probably have appreciated them more. Anne of Green Gables, for one. I enjoyed it as an adult, but I think I would have loved it if I’d read it when I was still the target audience.

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

Hmm. Many of the series I have on the go are still unfinished. I know that the Discworld (Terry Prachett) series counts here, though. So does the Feline Wizards (Diane Duane) trilogy. The Bannon & Clare (Lilith Saintcrow) series might be complete, I’m not sure. I haven’t caught up though, in any case.

Three of your all-time favourite books

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Indexing by Seanan McGuire
  3. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey

Unapologetic fangirl for…

Seanan McGuire. (Though I think you could have guessed that by now.)

Very excited for this release more than all the others


Though the next Elfhome book is a very close second!!

Worst bookish habit

Reading when I’m supposed to be doing something else.

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

The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

Your latest book purchase

The Art of Point and Click Adventure Games by Bitmap Books. Super-cool coffee table book for those (like me) who enjoy adventure video games.

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

I don’t honestly remember the last book that kept me up too late reading. So instead, I’m going to list the last book I read that I had trouble putting down: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. (I was finished before bedtime, or this one may have kept me up way too late.)

So there’s a bit of bookish fun! I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you decide to play along, let me know so I can see your post!

3 thoughts on “A-Z Bookish Survey Tag

  1. It is so freeing to DNF a book you don’t want to slog through. It took me a while to figure that one out, too, but now I don’t waste my time reading something I don’t care enough about! This is a fun survey. Might have to do this sometime! 🙂

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