The summer has always been a hard time for me as a blogger. I hate being inside. I want to be outside doing things and enjoying the weather because it’s my favorite kind of weather and summer always has great activities to take part in! I feel so unmotivated to sit and blog when I could be hiking or at an outside flea market or laying by the pool. Not only that but I came off a really big, weird blogging slump where I got so discouraged with how serious everything was becoming that I feel like I’m JUST getting back into the groove and I’m feeling like I want to get back to the basics of what I love about all of this: the fun of it all!
So I decided for the next few Fridays I just want to have some fun and just talk about books in non-serious ways and let you guys get to know me a little better! Feel free to join me(and link back) if you are feeling like you want to let down your metaphorical blogging hair and do something silly to relieve some pressure off your blogging shoulders as summer starts to wind down.
You all know I love surveys since I’ve hosted the annual End of Year Book Survey for the past 3 years and plan to again this year. BUT back in the day I was a Xanga and Myspace addict and I used to do ALL OF THE SURVEYS. A popular one was the A to Z survey with questions corresponding every letter of the alphabet about things like your age and the last person you talked on the phone with. I decided I wanted to to a bookish A to Z so I decided to create one myself!
Author you’ve read the most books from:
Judy Blume (Want an easy way to figure this out if you have Goodreads and keep good track of your stuff? Go to your account, hit “my books”and on the left hand side under your shelves you will see “most read authors”)
Best Sequel Ever:
Though The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. I LIKED UTNS but TTEN blew me away.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (FINALLY..ok people??)
Drink of Choice While Reading:
Tea! I really like all sorts of green and white teas and always down for recommendations of new teas to try!
E-reader or Physical Book?
I’m definitely a physical book girl but love my Kindle for the gym, review copies and for vacation so I can have lots of options with me.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I definitely went for the nice, kind-of-into-dorky-things boys in high school. Also I had a thing with MY boy next door that never blossomed.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Hidden Gem Book:
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Discovering Goodreads. Without Goodreads I would have never started reading again. I was a huge reader but then fell off the map in high school/some of college. Goodreads led me to book blogs and here we are!
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I’m trying to get better about shutting myself off to some genres (you can help me!) without trying them but I’m certain I won’t ever read any erotica. It’s just not my thing. I don’t mind smutty but not super explicit.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (897 pages)
** easy way to find this out. Go to your Goodreads “read” list, don’t scroll down but where you are on the screen there will be this little tab on the bottom that lets you choose how you want to scroll or how many books you want display. There is also a sort option with a drop down and you can sort by page.
Major book hangover because of:
Number of Bookcases You Own:
4. Two are really tall and then the other two are smaller. I’m out of room so I have piles here PLUS I stored some books on bookshelves at my stepdad’s house.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
The Giver by Lois Lowry — definitely the book I re-read the most ever. I don’t reread often but when I do it’s been just one re-read. The Giver I just kept re-reading over and over again as a kid.
Preferred Place To Read:
In the tub. It really is my favorite place to relax and read. Also, in bed!
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.” — Just One Day by Gayle Forman. That book actually kind of changed my life and made me say YES to things I had been thinking about.
I regret not having read Harry Potter when it came out. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT CLUB WHO GREW UP WITH IT! You did see my secret project, yes? I was going to list a book I regretted reading but NOT reading this was a bigger regret.
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
I have many but I’d say Jessica Darling series. SHOCKING I haven’t finished it considering how much I love it, huh? I’ve read the first three books but just can’t bear to finish it!!
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusack, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Pride & Prejudice
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Trish Doller. Her debut, Something Like Normal, is pretty popular in the book blogosphere and one of my favorite contemporaries but Trish deserves so much more praise and I will shout it to everyone who will listen!!
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. PLEASE GET IN MY HANDS, book!
Worst Bookish Habit:
Tricky! What I deem as my worst bookish habit or what you all would? haha. I already laid out my book crimes and you guys cringed so I’ll just go with what I deem it to be…overdue library books! ALWAYS. I can never get it there on time!
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Your latest book purchase:
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. I loved The Girl of Fire of Thorns and got book three for review and then I saw this one was on sale!
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
The Program by Suzanne Young. I was going to put it down before bed but was like “what’s one more chapter?” and then uh oh…it’s 3am.
Ahh now I’m going to go put on some Dashboard Confessional and write my most emo post I can that is so perfectly pointed and my meaning is thinly veiled. Oh wait, I’m here…not actually in 2004. Doing a survey just TOOK ME BACK.
I’d love to see yours if you do it too — link back to me and then leave your link in the comments so I can come visit yours!
Happy Friday, loves!! Do something fun tonight!