Lost in a Book

Monday, August 25, 2014

So, I shamelessly stole this from Making Melissa. Yes, I know I have yet to post about the move and the wedding, but my brain is on overload, so this is all I've got. I love books. I wish I could read more books. By that I mean, I wish I could read more books that didn't have titles like Lippincott's Illustrated Review's: Biochemistry or Histology: A Text and Atlas. I am an avid Goodreads user, but now my Goodreads list is really more of a depressing litany of novels and non-fiction books that I'll get to reading around... 2018. Maybe. Alas, I continue adding things to my "to-read" list and adding things to my Kindle, and they continue to pile up. And yeah, I'm always taking recommendations! (I never learn, do I??)

Author you've read the most books from:
Hm. If we go back to childhood, probably Ann M. Martin or Christopher Pike, because Babysitter's Club and teen horror novels were my jam. Yeah, I was a weird kid. As an adult, I think Douglas Adams takes that title.

Best sequel ever?Hm. I loved The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which is one of the sequels to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I tend not to read things that have sequels, now that I think of it. I had been really excited for The Years of the Flood, the sequel to Oryx and Crake, which is one of my favorite Atwood novels, but I didn't love it. :-\

Currently reading:
I randomly downloaded some free YA-dystopian fiction, so right now I'm reading Born. It... isn't great. I don't know why I keep trying to read YA fiction, the writing style always bores and irritates me, and I find myself wishing I could just get to the end so I could put the damn thing down. This is a post-apocalyptic-zombie-virus type novel, but so far, the main character hasn't done anything useful, really. Meh. I have some non-fiction on my Kindle to start, but most of it is about depression, and since I just finished The Noonday Demon, I am kind of tapped out on depression.

Drink of choice while reading:
Hm, good question. Coffee... a mocha... caramel apple cider... tea. Unless it's summer. In that case, hand me an unsweetened iced tea with a lime!

E-reader or physical book?
Oh, physical book, hands down. I resisted getting a Kindle for so long, but I finally broke down because I wanted to be able to carry more than one book at a time and also have something that would serve some tablet-type functions. I love my Kindle, but I still buy real books and can lose an entire day in a library or a bookstore. 

Fictional character you would have probably dated in high school:
Hm. I have no idea, actually. I haven't read anything with any redeemable male characters lately, haha. Most of them are psychopaths or whiny. Perhaps I need to read different books.

Glad you gave this book a chance:
The Great Gatbsy. We had to read this for summer reading the summer before 10th grade honors English, and I wasn't thrilled because the summer reading books were notoriously horrible. However, I read it and fell in love with it and now it's one of my favorites that I'll read over and over again. 

Hidden gem book:
Middlesex. This was one of those books that I picked up 93 times in an airport bookstore but never bought it. I finally read it and I think I binge-read the entire thing in a weekend. SO GOOD.

Important moment in your reading life:
Discovering that I liked non-fiction. I love that I can learn something and be entertained, simultaneously! Some of my favorite non-fiction authors are A.J. Jacobs, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and Andrew Solomon.

Just finished:
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression  by Andrew Solomon. Good read, but a bit self-indulgent at times.

Kinds of books you won't read:
Chick-lit/romance novels.

Longest book you've ever read:
Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand (ugh, never again... so long)

Major book hangover because of... 
Cutting for Stone  by Abraham Verghese. I wanted to start over and read it again right then because I missed the characters. What a story.

Number of bookcases you own. 
2, but we're buying at least one more for the third bedroom because we got rid of a big bookshelf when we moved and now we are sadly lacking. 

One book you have read multiple times.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Preferred place to read:
Bed, or curled up in the nook of the sectional. If I had my druthers though, (whatever those are), I'd be on a lounge chair by the beach in southern FL, thank you very much!

Quote from a book you've read that inspires you:
Oh... so many. The first one that came to my head is "You save yourself or remain unsaved," which is from Alice Sebold's memoir, Lucky. Not even one of my favorite books, but the quote stuck with me.

Reading regret:
I definitely wish I hadn't spent so much time reading A Separate Peace in high school. It was SO bad and I hated it and I should have just given up and read the Sparknotes.

Series you started and need to finish:
The MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood. I read the first two, but didn't ever finish MaddAddam. 

Three of your all-time favorite books
American Gods  by Neil Gaiman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Unapologetic fangirl for... 
Margaret Atwood, Douglas Adams, Mary Roach, A.J. Jacobs

Very excited for this release more than all the others:
I honestly have no idea what is being released soon. I am a terrible book-reader. I guess Jenny Lawson's next book, whenever that comes out. Her first one, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was amazing and I laughed so hard I thought I might choke. She's amazing.

Worst bookish habit: 
I get too many books from the library and they sit around and I don't read them and then owe fines on them. Whoops. At least I'm supporting the library?

Your latest book purchase:
Some lame textbook. My latest "fun" book purchase was The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of Depression by Jonathan Rottenburg. As you can imagine, this isn't exactly thrilling, and as I said before, I have a depression hangover from The Noonday Demon, so I haven't started it yet.

Zzz-snatcher book (the last book that kept you up way late):
Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. (Related: I actually liked Sharp Objects even better, though!)

So that's what I have for you today. Books. What are some of your "must-reads"? What about the book you started but wanted to throw out a window because you couldn't stand it? Tell me in the comments!

- A


  1. i LOVED Christopher Pike when I was in middle school!

    also, i'm so bad for getting fines on my library books. whooooops.

  2. I had to vow to never borrow books from the library again. I'm AWFUL at letting them sit and racking up late fees!

  3. I read every Babysitter's Club book that my library had.


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