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I read Kristin’s take on the A-Z Book Survey from Perpetual Page Turner and jumped at the chance to answer 26 questions about books!

Author you’ve read the most books from.

Last year I read the complete works of Shakespeare and that was my biggest undertaking. But those aren’t novels, so for novels I’d guess Kurt Vonnegut. According to Goodreads, my top authors after Shakespeare are J. K. Rowling and Chuck Palahniuk, but it’s not up-to-date. And if we’re really getting technical, the answer is probably R. L. Stine.

Best sequel ever.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Currently reading.

Harry Potter A L’Ecole Des Sorciers and I Am Legend.

Drink of choice while reading.

Coffee in the mornings, ice water or decaf tea with milk and honey at night.

E-reader or physical book?

Physical! I love the way they feel and smell, they are better for memory, and if I break it, I’m out fifty cents to a few dollars for a used book vs. hundreds for an electronic device. Though I get the benefits of ebooks too, and I’ve read a few that way, I prefer physical books by far.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school.

That REALLY depends on what year of high school. Beginning of high school: Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. Infatuated fast, big talk, turns into a jerk around his friends, and is overly melodramatic. Oh, and us vs. our parents. (Old friends, you know of whom I speak.) Mid high school, the high school version of Rob in High Fidelity. Which is not much better. I would have been cool with Tyler Durden of Fight Club, which all goes to show that it’s a miracle I ended up with Jake.

And you all know that I started dating Jake in high school, so that leaves late-high school Megan to pick a Jake-esque character. It’s hard for me to think of high school Jake: because now when I try to think of characters I come up with calm justice-driven dads like Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Ned Stark (A Game of Thrones) with the goof of Phil from Modern Family (that’s not a book; but I can’t think of any written characters who capture that). But Jake then was probably some combination of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Peeta (The Hunger Games), with a little bit of Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet) and young Lupin (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) thrown in.

(FIY: Jake says that teenage Megan can be described by Hermione intelligence + Katniss independence and authority rage).

It’s super hard to paint a picture here with these idealistic characters, but you maybe get the idea.

Glad you gave this book a chance.

I found The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) cheap at a local used bookstore and gave it a chance, expecting it to be pretty bad based on how popular it was (remember: this is at the hight of Twilight hype). They were actually wonderful, deep, and disturbing. I’ve already written about them, so if you are curious you can find more in this post.

Hidden gem book.

It’s not all that hidden, because it was assigned reading in my high school and has a classics edition now, but I choose Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. It is certainly one of the most moving books I’ve ever read, and though it was critically acclaimed, it hasn’t won awards and most people don’t know about it. Which is nothing short of a travesty (read it!).

Important moment in your reading life.

The first book that moved me to tears was Where the Red Fern Grows, which I read in the fourth grade.

Just finished.

The Lovely Bones

Kinds of books you won’t read.

Romance novels. I don’t mind fiction with romance. I even like books with romantic relationships at the center of the plot like Wuthering Heights or Let the Right One In. But straight up romance? Can’t do it. I still need to read Rebecca, which is a romance novel recommended to me by a creative writing teacher in 2009 after I told her I found writing romantic scenes difficult. And I’m still avoiding it.

Longest book you’ve ever read.

The King James Version of the Bible. Second longest: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Major book hangover because of…

The Hunger Games Trilogy. In a nutshell, it put me into a dark hole because I’m not using my talents and education enough for social justice.

Number of bookcases you own.

This is a hard call, because there are SO MANY pieces of furniture in our house with books on them. Books are everywhere. But I think technically four.

One book you have read multiple times.

If I love a book, I’m going to read it again. The book I’ve probably read the most, not counting reading to the kids, is The Little Prince.

Preferred place to read.

In bed, in a bubble bath, in a hammock… anywhere.

Quote from a book you’ve read that inspires you.

“But fear and anxiety are not the same at all. One is an appropriate response to a real situation which I can accept and learn to work through just as I work through semi-blindness. But the other, anxiety, is an immobilizing yield to things that go bump in the night, a surrender to namelessness, formlessness, voicelessness, and silence.” -Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals

Reading regret.

I wish I’d stop filling myself with false hope that post-Rant Chuck Palahniuk will be any good. And I wish I hadn’t bought those new books in hardback.

Series you started and need to finish.

The rest of the Drizzt books by R. A. Salvatore (which are complicated to follow as a series, because there are a bunch of chronological trilogies and collections). I used to have a huge collection of the books from my Uncle Brad, but now I only have my favorites: The Dark Elf Trilogy.

Three of your all-time favourite books.

The Little Prince, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Harry Potter.

Unapologetic fangirl for…

Fantasy lit.

Very excited for this release more than all the others.

The Winds of Winter, the 6th book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Worst bookish habit.

Reading while taking a bath. I’ve dropped two books in over the past year. Both I saved with a blow drier and a lot of time, but they are crinkly now.

X marks the spot: the 27th book on my shelf.

The Silence of the Lambs

Your latest book purchase.

I bought Doctor Who: Companions and Allies for Eliza (stashing it away until Christmas).

Zzz-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late).

I was up until the wee hours reading I Am Legend.

What about you? I’d love to hear about your A-Z books. Link up in the comments, folks!

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