Monday, August 18, 2014

A-Z Book Meme

It's time again for me to prep for my fall courses so this is the perfect moment for procrastination with this book meme I got from Ros Clarke!  The procrastinatory instinct probably also accounts for how distracted some of my answers may sound.

If you'd like, feel free to post your own answers, either in the comments or in your own space (and let me know where to find them)! Enjoy!

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: Hmm...Diana Gabaldon, I think. Definitely DG if you count pages. Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series may be a close second just in terms of number of books I've read in the series. Oh, wait, do the Nancy Drew books count?
B. Best Sequel Ever: Ever? That's saying a lot. I...I...oh, the pressure, I have no idea!
C. Currently Reading: WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
D. Drink of Choice While Reading: Depends on the type of book and the season. Hot chocolate in winter, mostly. Wine or whiskey sometimes during purely fun reads.
E. E-Reader or Physical Books: Depends on my mood, but I most often read on my e-readers (Kindle and iBooks apps on my iPad and iPhone). It's so wonderful to have dozens of books at your fingertips at any given moment!
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School: Huh. What an interesting question. My high school self would probably have said Ponyboy from THE OUTSIDERS.
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: SURVIVOR by Chuck Palahnuik - not for everyone, but so intriguing and unique. The book works backwards, sort of like the movie MEMENTO, and it deals with interesting questions of religion and identity.
H. Hidden Gem Book: Haruki Murakami's HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD. I don't know if it's accurate to call this a "hidden gem." I kind of hope not because I think more people should read Murakami.
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life: There are many, too many for me to recall at the moment, because I've always been sort of a loner-introvert so books have been almost constant companions. I suppose one important epiphany I experienced in the past 10 years has to do with "guilty pleasure" reading. When I was a grad student, I stopped reading "trashy" novels (basically genre fiction in general) because I felt I was only supposed to read and appreciate "serious" literature. I'm happy to say I've made a full recovery! Any book that speaks to you, that draws you in, is worth your attention. Literary works have value too, even if they sometimes feel like a slog, but books can work in different ways and their value is highly subjective. 
J. Just Finished: FIT by Rebekah Weatherspoon, a short and sexy novella with an overweight Asian heroine (Amara looks around, suspicious that Rebekah has her under surveillance, if it weren't for...) and a professional trainer who mixes a little BDSM in with her training. It was a lovely, refreshing sorbet in the midst of my writing and course prep!
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I wouldn't say there's a kind of book I *won't* read. I would be willing to try virtually any book if it's well-written. I generally don't read procedurals or thrillers, not because I have anything against them but just because they haven't appealed to me recently.
L. Longest Book You’ve Read: Probably one of the OUTLANDER books, although Victorian novels like MIDDLEMARCH and BLEAK HOUSE are doorstoppers too.
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of: Susanna Kearsley's THE WINTER SEA. Stayed up late to finish it and then pondered whether I was satisfied with the conclusion.
N. Number of Bookcases You Own: Five, although probably have enough books for six or seven, just piled up around the house.
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times: George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH
P. Preferred Place to Read: The sofa. Sometimes in bed. Would really love to have a designated big comfy chair in a big wood-paneled library, but alas...
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You: Let's see how many times I can reference Eliot's are the last lines, which I find bittersweet but beautiful, tragic yet hopeful: "Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
R. Reading Regret: That I haven't read James Joyce's ULYSSES. I keep trying but not getting more than a few pages in before I get distracted. Oh, and also that I *have* read GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Let's just say it wasn't my cup of tea.
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish:  Well, it's not done yet, but Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series. I haven't read the most recent book yet, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, and need to catch up!
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH, Gabaldon's DRAGONFLY IN AMBER (book 3 of the Outlander series), and Dr. Seuss's OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO.
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For: historical romance novelist Courtney Milan. Seriously. I'd probably squeal upon meeting her...just because she's so awesome.
W. Worst Bookish Habit: Buying books even when my TBR stacks are unrealistically large. I just can't help it. And e-readers are total enablers! At this point, it would take me years to get through all the books I've bought but haven't read yet. *hangs head*...*glances at Amazon recommendations* 
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other: a tie between Joanna Bourne's ROGUE SPY and Sonali Dev's A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR 
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book): Christopher Hibbert's THE GREAT MUTINY (about the Indian Mutiny of 1857).
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase: MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY by Sherry Thomas
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late): I can't remember. It's definitely a bad habit I have, but I'm so tired from lack of sleep that the books are blurring togeth.........

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