Book Meme: N-Z

I found this A to Z book survey on Books: The Final Frontier – If you missed part one, it’s here – Now on to part two, N-Z:

Number of Bookshelves you Own:
5 and I desperately need more!

One Book you have Read Multiple Times:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Preferred Place to Read:
Snuggled in bed, or if it’s nice out, on the porch.

Quote that Inspires you:
“No two persons ever read the same book.” –Edmund Wilson

I think it’s important to remember that we an all have a different experience when reading the same book and that’s part of what makes reading magical!

Reading Regret:
I really can’t think of any – I could say that it’s possible I’ll never read all the books I own, and I guess that’s sad. But I choose to think of it as never running out of books to read!

Series you’ve Started and Need to Finish:
Katharine Kerr’s Deverry series – it’s so epic – I took a break from it but I’m hoping to pick up the next book this month.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Okay, my all-time favorite list is definitely longer than three, but I’ll say The Hobbit, Pride and Prejudice and A Game of Thrones.

Unapologetic Fangirl for:
I don’t feel like I really go into what I think of as “fangirl mode” but I probably talk up the A Song of Ice and Fire series often.

Very Extremely Excited for this Release:
The next book by Walter Moers! I loved The City of Dreaming Books and the sequel, The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books is definitely leading to a third book. I NEED THAT THIRD BOOK NOW.

Also, if you haven’t read any of his work, please check it out. I would recommend The City of Dreaming Books to start – it’s a fantastic and incredibly creative world Moers has made and if you like reading about books and clever literary references, I think you’ll really enjoy the series.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Buying them faster than I can ever hope to read them!

X Marks the Spot–Look at your bookshelf. What is the 27th book?
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – I could probably start counting a million different ways on just one shelf, so there’d be a different answer every time!

Your Latest Book Purchase:
I bought three books by Marjane Satrapi because I’m in love with her style!

ZZZZ Snatcher–The Book that Kept You From Sleeping:
There have been several of course, but most recently it was probably Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – it was so much fun I didn’t want to put it down!

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This was fun! I’ve always loved little surveys and I try to do stuff like this now and then. Gets me thinking about more than just reviewing books.

Book Meme: A-M

I found this A to Z book survey on Books: The Final Frontier – I’m going to split it into two parts – starting with A-M:

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Christopher Moore

Best Sequel Ever:
This is really difficult – I can’t say best ever, but I’ll say the first that comes to mind is A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Currently Reading:
Sand by Hugh Howey

Drink of Choice While Reading:
I don’t typically have something nearby when reading. But in the spring/summer it would probably be a beer or wine, and in the fall/winter it would be tea or hot cider.

E-Reader or Physical Book:
If I had to choose, I’d say physical book, but e-readers have their merits. We have a Nook and Kindle (both first generation, I think) in the house and they’re useful for the free classics from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, as well as receiving ARCs from NetGalley. But I don’t use them as often and I’m less likely to pick a random book from one of our e-readers than I am to grab one from the shelf. The experience just isn’t the same.

Fictional Character You Would Have Dated in the Past:
Hmm, well teenageMillie probably would have loved Aiden from Blood and Chocolate. He’s into the mystical and fantastical, in pretty decent shape, longer hair and quiet and kind. He also has a pretty diverse group of friends that teenageMillie probably would have felt comfortable with.

Glad You Gave this Book a Chance:
Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio – I never would have picked up this book, as I’m not a big fan of non-fiction/memoirs, but I received it as a gift and I’m so happy I read it. It was surprisingly absorbing and touching.

Hidden Gem Book:
The Water Trilogy by Kara Dalkey – a friend and I were discussing this series the other day.

Description from Amazon:
Nia, a young mermyd of the Bluefin clan, has had one wish all her life — to be an Avatar in her beloved home of Atlantis. The ten Avatars rule the beautiful and peaceful undersea city alongside the ancient Farworlders, whose magic keeps their world alive. To be an Avatar is an honor and a great responsibility, and Nia dreams of taking her place among the noble ten. Now, at sixteen, Nia has a chance to see her dream come true. Atlantis is choosing its next Avatar, and Nia knows she is supremely qualified. But there is something Nia doesn’t know — if she gets her heart’s desire, it could mean the end of her treasured world of Atlantis forever.

That description doesn’t quite do the series justice – it’s a wonderful young adult (maybe even middle grade?) series that grabbed me more emotionally than I thought it would.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
It sounds silly, but my freshman year of high school I won an award at the library for the summer reading contest. I read the most books, won little prizes along the way (bookmarks, etc.) but for being the top writer, they dedicated a book to me! They put a sticker inside a book that mentioned my name and that I won the award. It was A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, a book about a girl who wanted to be a writer – so of course I read it and now it’s probably one of my favorite books. I’m not sure what went into their choosing that book, but because of the experience I now have a deeper connection to the book, and I may never have heard of it otherwise!

Just Finished:
Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t know that there’s any book I would flat-out refuse to read, if it sounded interesting enough. But I don’t generally pick up non-fiction books of any kind. As far as fiction, I tend to veer away from mystery or romance, but that’s not to say my collection is devoid of those.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
I assume it’s one of Martin’s books, I believe A Clash of Kings is upwards of 1,100 pages…

Major Book Hangover due to:
Love Virtually gave me one actually – while we might define our book hangovers differently, that book gave me a real emotional punch and I just wanted to wallow in the fantastic sadness of the ending for a while.

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Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow!

June Wrap Up

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June!

In June I read 10 books for a total of 3,291 pages and an average of 110 pages a day. I read more books last month, but more pages this month. So far, for the year I’m averaging 49 pages a day, with my books being an average of 320 pages in length.

Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

Saga vol. 2 and 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Singapore Noir edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Companions on the Road by Tanith Lee

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (review forthcoming)
Notable quotes:
“What was the point of saying words if we didn’t know what they meant?”
“[People] need a story. They need to have something from the past to hold on to when they go forward into the future.”

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So far I’ve read 56 books this year! How about you? Do you track how many books you read a month, a year? I really enjoy tracking my reading this way.