Reading A to Z

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What a treat to have found this fun reading questionnaire at Ally’s blog, The Spectacled Bean!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From: Probably Lawrence Sanders (RIP). I read all his Edward X. Delaney and Archy McNally detective stories, plus some other one-offs, and I read some of the McNally books his successor wrote after he passed. That’s probably 20-25 books, and I don’t think any other author can beat that on my read list. Unfortunately, my spreadsheet of books written is accurate for only the past 10 years because I didn’t keep track of all the books I read before that, although I began to list some oldies as read 1/1/1980. I should add more as I think of them.

Best Sequel: Probably Faking It, Jennifer Crusie’s story of another Dempsey sibling we meet in Welcome to Temptation.

Currently Reading: I am about to begin Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng for my book club (also hoping I can fit it into one of my remaining Genre Bingo Challenge squares).

Drink Choice While Reading: Hot tea and cookies.

Book tea cookies

E-Reader or Physical Book: Most of my books are on Kindle now, but the last few have been real ones, which I usually prefer, except for reading in bed. My Kindle works better there ~ it’s more comfy to hold and provides its own light.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: Archy McNally, but he would have broken my heart with his unfaithful ways.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance: I’m glad I finally read Rav Hisda’s Daughter by Maggie Anton, which I bought in 2013 and just got around to reading/finishing. It was a bit intimidating to dive into because of all the unfamiliar names and places.

Hidden Gem: So many! How about Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien?

Important Moment in Your Reading Life: When I read Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie in Y2K, I realized there was a market for my kind of snarky romance writing, as opposed to the Regency romances I loved but couldn’t emulate. So I began working on my own snarky contemporary romance novel (Fiona’s Fling), which for some strange reason didn’t do as well as Jennifer’s books.

Just FinishedSemi-Charmed by Isabel Jordan.

Kind of Books I Won’t Read: I generally steer away from non-fiction unless it’s about animals.

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Longest Book You’ve Read: Probably The Stand by Stephen King (1152 pages).

Major Book Hangover Because Of: Well, I stayed up all night when I was 14 to finish The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

Number of Cases You Own: None. I dumped them when I downsized. My keepsake books are in a large plastic bin in my closet, and there’s a little more room in the bin, but not a lot. I either stick with e-books or else give away any hard copies when I’m finished with them.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple TimesThe Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

Preferred Place to Read: Anywhere, really, but I guess my living room sofa is the most comfy.

Quote That Inspires You, or Gives You All the Feels, From a Book You’ve Read: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Reading Regret: None.

Series You Started and Need to Finish: I want to read the sequel to Rav Hisda’s Daughter.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Where I’m Calling From (short stories) by Raymond Carver tied with Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (short stories) by Haruki Murakami

Unapologetic Fanperson For: Romance novels.

romance novels

Very Excited for This Release (more than all the others): None. I have a million books to read already.

Worst Bookish Habit: So engrossed in a story that I don’t realize I’m sitting all crooked and giving myself a worse back/neck ache.

X Marks the Spot—start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th bookMasked Intentions by Diana Bold (from my Kindle unread list).

Your Latest Book Purchase: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer for a December book club meetup (I’m in a few clubs).

Zzz-Snatcher Book (the last book that kept you up late): The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak.

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14 responses to “Reading A to Z

  1. Thanks for answering the questions and linking to my blog. I’ve never heard of Lawrence Sanders, so I’m intrigued to know that you’ve read as many books by him as you have. Probably the best part of reading everyone’s answers to the questions has been learning about new-to-me authors.

    I’d forgotten about The Unbearable Lightness of Being and should re-read it. I love Rebecca so your choice of quote resonates with me too. So many feels in just a few words.

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  2. I’ve been meaning to start reading novels again; I usually stick with non-fiction, but it does get stressful at times.

    Thanks for all the book suggestions. I’ve read bits and pieces of the Unbearable Lightness of Being. Really profound stuff!

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  3. Hot tea and cookies sounds delightful 🙂

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  4. I’m not going to answer all the questions, but I suspect (although haven’t checked) that the novel I’ve read most is Terrance Dicks. Not a name most people have heard of, but he wrote sixty-four Doctor Who novelisations, and a number of original Doctor Who novels, and I read most of them as a child/teenager! He wrote for Doctor Who on TV too, including co-writing one of my all-time favourite stories.

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  5. These are really cool questions and I love your answers, although I haven’t heard of most of the books you mention. I have absolutely no idea what the longest book I’ve read has been.

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  6. Your reading list is impressive! Many of the works you mention, I have heard of, although I have not read them all. However, I have not heard of… The Unbearable Lightness of Being, sparks my curiosity, I will have to read it!
    The importance of being Earnest is one of my favorite books. Read it many times!

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  7. Interesting questions and I liked reading your answers. I have my favorites and types I’m drawn to, but I do branch out for some different kinds quite often. 🙂

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