Book Survey: A Tag Post about Reading

I found this survey on Wellies, Crochet, & Cows and thought it looked fun.

Author you’ve read the most books from.
I'm honestly not sure if it counts as a "single author" because I have learned that rather than a single person "Carolyn Keene" was a pseudonym for multiple authors, but the consistency of style across the Nancy Drew series (of which I read 52 over the course of my childhood) makes me still want to say those. If we rule out Keene, then it is probably Gertrude Chandler Warner (for while the Boxcar Children have since been carried on by other authors, she did write the original 19, I believe, by herself) or P. G. Wodehouse who was extremely prolific but I'm honestly not sure how many books of his I have read, upward of a dozen, I would  say. 

Best sequel ever.
I tend to blend "series"  into one book. I can't view the Lord of the Rings as three separate volumes, for instance, it just isn't. Oh! Do you ever start a question not knowing the answer and then when you are writing it just COMES to you? That just happened! The Princess and Curdie, excellent book, almost as good as The Princess and the Goblin. It has adventure and allegory and magic. I adore George MacDonald and his magical, spiritual way of thinking.

Currently reading.
I just finished The Magic Half by Annie Barrows yesterday, so I guess my answer will have to be the The Princess Academy: Halls of Stone by Shannon Hale, but  while I  love this author generally, this book is not holding my attention, and while I say I am "reading it" what I really meant was that I put it down a couple of chapters in about two months ago and just haven't taken it off my nightstand yet.

Drink of choice while reading.
I'm an equal opportunity drinker between coffee, tea, and red wine.

E-reader or physical book? 
Physical book but I  have never tried an e-reader. I am sympathetic to them because they make practical sense and since I recently "self-published" (see image link below), I really appreciate how much easier it is for authors to break into publishing with an ebook rather than a more expensive to produce and distribute "hard copy." My husband keeps telling me I need to start reading ebook exclusive writers to understand the market better, but unless he is buying me a kindle for Christmas, I don't see that happening. 

That said, I do adore the feel/smell/look of books and have a sizable collection and have been known to buy a book simply because it looks "old" (notably things like prayer books and dictionaries that really aren't fun to read, but can have really awesome old style covers). 

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school. 
I had such a major crush on Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings, still kind of do, if we are keeping this to books, though if you mean "fictional" as in across all media, I also had a huge crush on Lt. Tom Paris from Star Trek:Voyager, those are my two types: strong, silent, and honorable or bad boy with a heart of gold. Aragorn is my first choice, but I think I would've had a higher chance at getting Tom to ask me out so it's a toss up.

Glad you gave this book a chance. 
The Hobbit probably. When I was a kid the cartoon version scared me to death and it took me several years to get the courage needed to read this  book. I had similar hang ups about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The  Chronicles of Narnia. Scary movies can traumatize a gal.

Hidden gem book.
My most recent thought is 13 Clocks. I had never heard of this book which apparently has been around since 1950 (You can read my review here) and was only vaguely aware of the author at all until I (somewhat ironically) saw it on the "new arrivals" shelf of my library about a month ago and something just drew me in and I thought, "How is this not on everyone's reading list?"

Important moment in your reading life. 
Learning to read. I was kind of a stubborn student and my mom had to convince me this was "need to know" stuff. At first I just wasn't interested in learning.

Just finished.
As mentioned above The Magic Half by Annie Barrows. I liked it a lot. I'm not sure I'll do  a review of it or anything because I  didn't like it "that much,"  but it was sweet and clever and fun.

Kinds of books you won’t read. 
There's a couple of different answers to this.

A. I have limited time to read so  I generally stick to genres I like so a lot of books will probably never be read because of that even though I have nothing against them personally.  I'll break genre for enduring classics that have stood the test of time and therefore probably have some redeeming characteristics.
B. I told my sister a long time ago that I wasn't going to read Jane Austen until she read J. R. R. Tolkien, and to my knowledge she has not yet, so I feel honor bound to stick to this.
C. I don't read stuff that I know has a lot  of gratuitous  sex and violence and can even be turned off by swearing. There are enough books out there that I  haven't read that if I read all the clean ones first before I  get to the dirty ones, I'll probably still never finish before I die, however. 

Longest book you’ve ever read. 
According to Goodreads David Copperfield which is surprising to me because War and Peace certainly felt longer. . .oh wait, I forgot to add that to my bookshelf. Okay, fixed, yeah, War and Peace was longer.

Major book hangover because of
I don't really regret books being over because they stay with me.

Number of bookcases you own. 
The house we purchased a bit ago came with two massive built in bookshelves that are a mixture  between full and just messy right now. One of my old bookshelves now holds my daughters' books and the other is holding craft supplies, but they are technically still in the house, so the answer is four. 

One book you have read multiple times.
Lord of the Rings, the Bible, various children's books my kids want to hear over and over and over again. 

Preferred place to read.
no preference.

Quote from a book you’ve read that inspires you.
So many from Lord of the Rings that it is hard to choose. I'm more likely to be inspired by stories than by "quotes," but sometimes I just like to imagine Aragorn facing down the Riders of Rohan, declaring himself with "Elendil! I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn," and it makes me happy.

Reading regret. 
Just how much my book  intake has slowed as of late (meaning since I became a mom).

Series you started and need to finish. 

The "Inheritance Cycle." I will admit to being overly harsh on Christopher Paolini in the past, but it really wasn't a bad series and it wouldn't hurt me to actually pick up the books again.

Three of your all-time favourite books. 
Lord of the Rings considered one book; The Brothers Karamazov, and The Tale of Desperaux. These are also by my three favorite authors.

Unapologetic fangirl for… 
Lord of the Rings is the only book series I'm a huge fan of that has what  people consider to be a fan following.

Very excited for this release more than all the others.
I'm generally not aware of what books are going to come out. If my favorite author announces a new book, I'll get mildly excited, but I generally live in a haze and prefer to stumble on my books than to anticipate them.

Worst bookish habit.
buying books that I know I'm going to take forever to get around to reading but being unwilling to put books away that I haven't read yet so they start to stack up.

X marks the spot: the 27th book on my shelf. 
This turned out to be The Secret Garden. 

Your latest book purchase. 
I mentioned buying old books just because they look pretty? Well, my last purchase was spending 50  cents at a library book sale to get a red covered, ancient looking French/English dictionary, and no, I don't speak French or have plans to learn it.

Zzz-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late). 
Redshirts. I really got into it.

So that's the survey. If you decide to to it as well, tag me in your post and let me know. I'll check out your answers.

Willamette Valley Wonder Woman


  1. Keep going with "Princess Academy"! It starts off a little slow but it's fabulous and has a FANTASTIC message. I buy extra copies to give away. That one and 'till we have faces by C.S. Lewis are my 'buy copies to give away' books. They both spoke to me and influenced changes in my life. 'Goose Girl' by Hale is terrific as well. Have you read any Robin McKinley or Joan Aiken? Or Mary Stewart?

    1. McKinley yes, but not the other two. I loved the "The Goose Girl' and "Enna Burning" (might have that title wrong), and I'm surprised I don't hear much talk about "Book of a Thousand Days" because it is also excellent. This is the sequel to "The Princess Academy"not the original. The original was very good, but some of the magic is lost when they leave the mountains for the city in this new tale.

  2. Wow! I don't think I have the time to write such a detailed post. I love the Lord of the Rings too. I only got into them after the movies came out. As a kid, I found the Hobbit too boring and never finished it, but I loved the movie! And, I read very little now that I'm a mom. I am presently enjoying reading your two books in one. :)


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