The talented and amazing creator of Banana Man herself, Ang Writes, posted her responses to an A-Z book meme, and challenged others to do the same. So I did. Hers is prettier. Mine is mineier. Here’s hers: http://www.angwrites.com/2013/08/a-to-z-book-survey.html?spref=tw
Author(s) You’ve Read The Most Books From:
I think I have to go with Stephen King. Might be Isaac Asimov, though. Or whoever really wrote the Hardy Boys novels.
Best Sequel Ever:
There are so many choices. The Two Towers, which hooked me on the series (read it before Fellowship, actually). Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul.
Dreams and Shadows, C. Robert Cargill
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Water, Iced tea, or Coke
E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical book, but I have read a growing number of books on my iPad. Good for some things, not for others.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Presuming I’d dated in high school, you mean?
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Nine-Billion Names of God, Arthur C. Clarke. A short story collection, I bought it knowing very little about science fiction and it sent me on a wonderful path of discovery. The title story and The Star stuck with me for a very long time.
Hidden Gem Book:
I’m not sure what really qualifies anymore, but I’ll go with The Riyria Revelations series, by Michael J. Sullivan. He’s an indie author who had enough success to grab a publisher, and I really liked the series.
Important Moment In Your Reading Life:
The latest? When I decided I wanted to write. I read very differently now.
The Daylight War, Peter V. Brett (Demon Cycle, #3)
Kind of Books You Won’t Read:
There’s a lot that just doesn’t grab my eye, but I’ll focus on books that I might otherwise read and don’t. I’m just not a big fan of overly complicated naming structures. If I read the blurb, and it’s got a bunch of “Kl’theyorianismistism the Third was the lost scion of the Melipinatiortianianthian clan,” I’m done.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
Had to look it up. I’m going with the revised version of The Stand, at 1153 pages, because I can’t think of anything longer.
Major Book Hangover Because Of:
There are a lot of things that make me think, or I wouldn’t enjoy reading them. The last one was (hope this isn’t repetitive) Joyland, by King. There was an awful lot in there about getting older that really resonated with me as I close in on 40. Does staying up all night to finish the last two HP books on the night they were released so that my wife could read them upon waking up count? Because I felt awful after those. 🙂
Number Of Bookcases You Own:
Five, all stuffed to the gills. Could use a couple more. And that doesn’t count the ones at work.
Why read a good book only once? I get to LotR about once a year. The Belgariad/Mallorean probably 10 times in total. The early HP books 6-7, rereading as the new ones came out. The Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Books about 7 times, until Clancy went insane. The various Thomas Covenant books, a bunch of times. And too much King to mention.
Preferred Place To Read:
Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read:
“Optimism is an excuse to behave optimally,” Ray Bradbury, Yestermorrow.
There are times I’m too busy to read.
Series You Started And Need To Finish:
The Gentlemen Bastard Books
The Kingkiller Chronicles
The Demon Cycle
A Song of Ice and Fire
Three Of Your All-time Favorite Books (not mentioned above – ed):
- Angry Candy, Harlan Ellison. If you haven’t read ‘Paladin of the Lost Hour’ or ‘The Function of Dream Sleep,’ find a copy, read it. NOW.
- The Fireside Book of Baseball, Charles Einstein, ed. Non-fiction, fiction, poetry. Excerpts from some of the most amazing writing on my favorite game.
- A Man on the Moon, Andrew Chaikin. The book used as a basis for the HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” A wonderful history of the greatest adventure I could imagine.
Unapologetic Fanboy For:
Anything written by Jack McDevitt or Joe Abercrombie. Two of my favorites working today.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Orison, by Daniel Swensen. And no, I’m not blowing smoke. I really want to see what the finished product looks like.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Folding the corners in to mark my pages.
X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf & Pick the 27th Book
Foundation’s Fear, Gregory Benford. On one of the bookshelves, anyway.
Your Latest Book Purchase:
I don’t buy a lot of books, because we have a fantastic library. I honestly think the last book I purchased for pleasure (ie, not a text I needed for work) was Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Unexpected Fairytales, ed S. J.I. Holliday, Anna Meade. I know one of the authors. 🙂
ZZZ-Snatcher Book: Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late:
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss. That book captivated me.
5 replies on “A-Z Book Meme”
YAY! LOVE this!
1. I too don’t buy a lot of books and mainly read library books. One of my favorite things to do it walk around reading book jackets and picking up whatever sounds good. It gets me into trouble, but I’ve also met a lot of fantastic books.
2. My step-mom is a HUGE Horror/Mystery/Suspense fan. She had this anthology of short stories by King when I was a kid. I picked it up and read Rage when I was probably 12 or 13 and it freaked me the hell out. I also started The Stand around that time to, but it was long and I got grosses out by rat eating. I *think* it was an age thing, however. Because later on, I started reading mystery novels and a few select horror. I picked up some Lovecraft recently, which was insane to try and interpret but still a blast to read! And I’d like to read The Shinning now that I’m a wee older and a lil wiser.
3. One of my all time favorite memories of my Dad was him reading The Hobbit to me and my sisters when we were little.
p.s. I ain’t got my glasses on & I’m coffee-less at the moment, so this comment is probably a HUGE mess. You’re welcome!
Great A-Z! I’m the same way with naming structures. I even put down the LotR the first time through as a teenager because of it. I’ve been meaning to pick up Harlan Ellison for years now. Great recommendations. 🙂
Afraid I tried on several occasions to read LOTR and The Hobbit but just couldn’t get into it, my son on the other hand is a total Hobbit fan. Just to say bad bad boy for turning down corners, that’s my pet hate, all my books look like they’ve never been read I’m such a book snob lol
lol. I have a friend who won’t loan books to anyone if they might come back damaged at all – he gets really annoyed at creased paperbacks. I have to be super careful when reading books I borrow. 🙂
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