An A-to-Z of questions about books

Plucked from:

Author responsible for the largest percentage of books I’ve read:

Stephen King, followed by F. Paul Wilson.

Best Sequel Ever:

ALL CLEAR, Connie Willis – though it’s no so much a “sequel” as it is the second half of a whole.

Currently Reading:

MAYHEM, Sarah Pinborough.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Strong black tea, sick amounts of it. Filthy strong.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I will always opt for an e-book for my Kindle (or whatever e-ink device I’ve got at the time) if one is available. If I adore the book I then buy it in hard copy for no real reason, because I’ll likely re-read on my device.

I have thousands of paper books that I’m trying to unload. It’s bad. Two moves in one year made me vow that hauling an entire moving truck’s worth of pulp is never going to happen again.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

This is supposed to reveal something about who I was in high school or something, but I can’t be bothered. I certainly don’t read books with an eye toward whether or not I’d have imaginarily-dated characters in the book when I was a kid.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

UNHOLY GHOSTS, Stacia Kane. I want to like Urban Fantasy but usually get mighty irritated mighty fast, but the Downside Ghosts books I’ve read so far are a blast.

Hidden Gem Book:

WHITSTABLE, by Stephen Volk. It’s not hidden, I just want everyone to read it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

My dad taught at a high school. When I’d read my way through all the stuff at my own school’s library & the bookmobile, he got me permission to check stuff out of the high school’s library. I was ten, and the first book I selected was THE TALISMAN. Hot damn.

Just Finished:

All of Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery books, which I read in one giant marathon faceful.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’ll compulsively read anything, but I tend to steer away from romance. I have no interest in religious stuff. I’ve enjoyed some hard SF but haven’t read very deeply in the genre.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I have no idea. I think it’s THE STAND, uncut edition, 1153 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

I was really, really into those Mo Hayder books, man. Also: JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL (pretty much constant), BLACKOUT/ALL CLEAR, and THE KING OF ELFLAND’S DAUGHTER.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

We have bookcases, plus books stashed in end tables and on mantels and on desk shelves and packed shelf-to-ceiling on planks we bracketed to the walls, plus boxes of books in the closets, plus both our bed and the kiddo’s bed are built on platforms of boxes of books, plus our “laundry room” is full of boxes of books, plus goddammit.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 

One, huh? Argh. Just one? Ok, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL is probably tied by now with JANE EYRE for my most re-reads at this point.

Honorable mentions go to F.  Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack books, IN THE WOODS by Tana French, THE TALISMAN by King/Straub, A PRAYER FOR THE DYING by Stewart O’Nan, THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy, stop stop stop.

Preferred Place To Read:

I love to read in the back yard, and I have a lovely comfy chair inside. But my first instinct is to read outdoors. It’s usually in the early morning, which, since I’m a backwards nocturnal person, is “just before bed” to me. I need to get some torches or tree chandeliers or something for the yard so I can read at night. 

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

On all sides she gathers hordes of the dead, back bent to bear them homeward to Hell. Shield-maiden, skull-heavy. – Elizabeth Hand, AVAILABLE DARK.

Reading Regret:

I am confused by this concept. 

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

If a series is finished, I’ve finished the series.
Series I’m following via preorders, etc: Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery series, Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books, Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May (that series isn’t done, is it? I’m not done.)

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

I don’t feel like copying/pasting my “read multiple times” answers.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Jason Statham. What? I bet he writes.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

THE SECRET PLACE, due out in August 2014 from  Tana French. She gives me a birthday present every two years.

Worst Bookish Habits:

Being totally disorganized. Vanishing for days into a nonstop multi-volume gorge (I’m looking at you, Repairman Jack.) Inability to get rid of books, even when they are inaccessible due to being used as furniture.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

VOICE OF THE BLOOD, Jemiah Jefferson. I had to stand on a chair with a flashlight for this.

Your latest book purchase:


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Any/all of those damn Mo Hayder books. Hooked HARD, man.

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