Saturday, 17 August 2013

A-Z Book Survey...

Following in the wake of Ang over at Ang Writes and Eric over at Project Gemini, I thought I'd answer these twenty-six book related questions in the A-Z Book Survey, which was created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner...go take a look now and see why she started this!

By Lisa Shambrook (Please do not use without permission)

Author(s) You’ve Read The Most Books From: 
Garth Nix, JRR Tolkien, Harlan Coben (and we might leave my childhood preference for 'The Famous Five' and 'Malory Towers' by Enid Blyton out of this!)

Best Sequel Ever:
‘Lirael’ the sequel to ‘Sabriel’ in the ‘Abhorsen’ Trilogy from Garth Nix…I didn’t think it could get better, but ‘Lirael’ blew me away!

Currently Reading:
‘Dead Sea Games: Exiled’ J. Whitworth Hazzard…can’t wait for the next one either.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Water or something like Blueberry juice.

E-reader or Physical Book?
I love both. I didn’t think paperbacks could ever be bettered, but the accessibility of ebooks and the ease of storage is making a difference to my buying habits. I love my Kindle, but still love the feel of a paperback in my hands…I love flicking pages…

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I was way too shy to have dated in High School…

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
I wasn’t going to read ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar, but when I did I loved it and it made me cry…I avoid the movie at all costs though.

Hidden Gem Book:
‘I am David’ by Ann Holm, I owned it as a child, and meant to read it, but didn’t ‘til I was in my twenties…I adored it. I also have to add 'Ella-Minnow-Pea' by Mark Dunn a brilliantly original book where letters of the alphabet are removed from the community in the book and subsequently removed from the text too! And...'What I Was' by Meg Rosof, a twist that I wished I'd thought up myself...wonderful!

By Lisa Shambrook (Please do not use without permission)


Important Moment In Your Reading Life:
Funnily enough, probably the first Harry Potter as when I’d finished, I suddenly thought, hey, I could do this too, and I began writing.
Second is when I was 11 my teacher read us 'Over Sea, Under Stone' by Susan Cooper, and I was hooked. 'The Dark is rising Sequence' the whole collection from Susan Cooper totally changed my reading habits, one of my most read and thumbed through books!

Just Finished:
‘The Selkie Sorceress’ by the lovely Sophie Moss.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:
I generally don’t rule anything out, but I’m not a fan of erotica.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Probably ‘The Lord of the Rings’ if you count them as one book…which takes me to 1069 pages in my omnibus version, though it is set up as six books…the appendices, which I have also devoured takes it to 1172 pages…

Major Book Hangover Because Of:
Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’…just kept me thinking…

Number Of Bookcases You Own:
At least six…all packed. I grew up in a home packed with bookcases and books…I could browse anything anytime!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
As a teen my favourite book (series) ‘The Silver Brumby’ by Elyne Mitchel and it still delights me even to this day!

Preferred Place To Read:
Curled up on the sofa, or in bed…

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You’ve Read:
“Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.” - Lewis Carroll from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Reading Regret:
Watching movies of The Book before reading The Book…or even the other way round, only a handful of movies manage to work!
Oh, and reading ‘New Moon’ in the Twilight saga…barely got through it without wanting to strangle Bella or myself. Also see above comment about movies…

Series You Started And Need To Finish:
I read Christopher Paolini’s ‘Eragon’ and enjoyed it, then ‘Eldest’…got a bit bored by his extended descriptions…and have both ‘Brisingr’ and ‘Inheritance’, but just haven’t found the time or inclination to delve…
…and in need to read the latest ‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer, as I love those!

Three Of Your All-time Favourite Books:
‘Loser’ by Jerry Spinelli…a beautiful book, which I love because it reminds me of my own style.
‘Lirael’ Garth Nix, I love the ‘Abhorsen’ Trilogy.
And it has to be ‘The Hobbit’ followed by ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Narnia and Middle-Earth, and anything by Garth Nix.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
I’m excited for imminent releases by my indie author friends…there are several on the horizon!

Worst Bookish Habit:
Flicking pages with my thumb as I read…

By Lisa Shambrook (Please do not use without permission)


X Marks The Spot: Start At The Top Left Of Your Shelf & Pick the 27th Book:
‘The Hobbit’ JRR Tolkien…

Your Latest Book Purchase:
‘Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire’ by Paul Ramey…which I loved. I have a £25 Amazon voucher sitting patiently, but my list is so long, I still need to decide what books to buy with it!
The first book on my next to purchase list is ‘Acid’ by Emma Pass.

Zzzzz… Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late:
I stayed up way past ‘lights out’ to finish ‘The Selkie Sorceress’


12 comments:

  1. Fabulous list!
    1. OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH BELLA?!?!?!
    But really? I threw that book more than any other book. Well, maybe Eclipse. I threw that book a lot too. AND you would have thought it'd stop me from reading the last book BUT NO! I read all four AND started a blog THUS my descent into madness. BUT it's the reason I started blogging and writing in earnest so I should be grateful not bitter but I am... bitter.
    2. Narnia! I *still* need to finish the series. I've read four of the books. Or maybe five. Or three? No I'm pretty sure four. Why am I rambling on about this?
    3. Blueberry juice sounds delightful!
    Annnnd end scene! *huggles*

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  2. I don't know much of the books, but that means more book recs!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks Fida, it's always good to hear about great books!

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  3. I love this article...and not just because you mentioned my book. :) The Hobbit is my all time favorite too. I'll have to check out Garth Nix. Great recommendations.

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    1. I love Garth Nix, rather surreal fantasy, but just my thing!
      ...and you can't fault The Hobbit :)

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  4. What a fun read! And I agree with you - can't wait for the next Dead Sea Games to come out :D And Orison...

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    1. I love looking into the imaginations of our fellow writers, so those book releases are special!

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  5. Ah Narnia, my first love before moving on to gruesomeness. Found myself agreeing with you on a few things, Bella, Orison and Dead Sea Games. Just loved this, great insight to your world.

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