The A to Z Book Survey

Hey, everyone! I’m back today with a book tag called The A to Z Book Survey. I’m not going to tag anyone at the end, so if you like it, feel free to do it too.

A – Author you’ve read the most books from

Okay, so if we’re counting manga, it’s Arakawa Hiromu. But I’ve technically read 27 books by Arakawa making her an outlier that shouldn’t have been counted. So I guess the award goes to Rick Riordan instead by whom I’ve read 8 books.

B – Best sequel ever

I absolutely loved A Gathering of Shadows so I have to put that one here. I’m writing this post a couple weeks ahead, so hopefully I’ll have read A Conjuring of Light by then and be able to add that here (at least mentally since I probably won’t come back and edit this.)

C – Currently Reading

Unbroken, an anthology edited by Marieke Nijkamp. It’s all short stories about teens with different kinds of disabilities!

D – Drink of Choice while reading

Probably iced tea, because that’s about 82% of all I drink

E – E-Reader or physical book

I prefer physical copies for the aesthetic and ebooks for reading. It’s easier to make notes on my Kindle, but physical books and their covers are just so pretty.

F – Fictional character you would have dated in high school

Jeezus crust, who I would’ve dated in high school? I was a very different person in high school. Hell, I wasn’t even Ben until my senior year.

G – Glad you gave this book a chance

I’m really glad I gave The Circle by Dave Eggers a chance. It was a book I had to read for a class I really hated my first semester in college, and the cherry on top was that it was part of a One Book One Campus thing so literally the entire incoming class was assigned this book so everyone was complaining about it. But I decided to give it a chance and I actually really enjoyed the story!

H – Hidden gem book

Moonstruck, Vol 1: Magic to Brewby Grace Ellis — I don’t know how “hidden” this one is, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about it and that need to change!
I – Important moment in your reading life
One of the most important moments/choices in my life making the conscious decision to get back into reading for fun in December 2015. It seemed insignificant at the time, because it was something I really only wanted to do to improve my own writing, but it led to me starting this blog, finding so many friends in the community, going to BookCon, and deciding to focus on literary translation as a career.

J – Just finished

I just finished My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, which I read for the Beckmindavidera readathon!

K – Kinds of books I won’t read

I will not under any circumstances read horror and most likely not thriller/suspence either. I always say it’s because I have too much anxiety and I don’t need books/movies/etc. giving me more!

L – Longest book you’ve read

Okay so apparently the longest book I’ve read (according to what I have on Goodreads) is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan which really surprised me because I don’t remember the books in that series being so long? Not that 557 pages is that long compared to other books out there.

M – Major book hangover because of…

Oh my gosh, The Disasters gave me a major book hangover which was Not Good™ because it was one of my final reads of 2018, during crunch time when I really needed to finish a bunch to get to my reading goal and it delayed me by a few days because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and open another book!

N – Number of bookcases you own

I don’t technically even own one proper bookcase. I have a thing with shelves in my room at home meant for entertainment systems like radios and game consoles, so books don’t quite fit right on there, but that’s the only place I can put them until I can invest in a real bookcase and actually make room in my bedroom for it. In my dorm at school, there are two small shelves attached to the desks that they give us, so I have about eight novels on one and my textbooks on the other. But anyway the short answer is I have none and I’m sad.

O – One book you’ve read multiple times

I try not to reread books because I have so many that I need to read for the first time and I know rereading “just one” book is a slippery slope. But I reread Openly Straight after its sequel Honestly Ben came out and I constantly think about rereading it again and again.

P – Preferred place to read

In my room. It’s usually the most distraction-free place I can find and it helps that I can relax in my bed while I read.

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

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

R – Reading Regret

I regret all those years in high school when I told myself I was “too busy” to read when I actually didn’t cut out time to read. I think it would’ve helped me a lot.

S – Series you started and need to finish

I’m actually pretty good about finishing series, so I’ll say that one I really need to get to because I haven’t started at all is the Grisha Verse Books by Leigh Bardugo!

T – Three of your all-time favorite books

Oh my gosh, why do you limit me like this? Three of the more recent ones are Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo, and Like Water by Rebecca Podos.

U – Unapologetic fan of…

Audiobooks! You can’t shame me for reading a different way than you do if I’m not ashamed of it

V – Very excited for this release, more than for all others

I am so so so so SO excited for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. Honestly, they’re tied at the top of my most anticipated 2019 releases list because I need both of them in my hands right now but they don’t come out until the middle of the year!

W – Worst bookish habit

Starting ten books at the same time and not finishing any of them! It’s practically a talent at this point.

X – X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

The top shelf on my weird bookcase is my foreign literature, so the 27th book I have is La tía Julia y el escribidor by Mario Vargas Llosa, which I hope to be able to read one of these days without much trouble!

Y – Your latest book purchase

I just got the audiobook for Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro with this month’s Audible credit so  I hope to read/listen to that one really soon

Z – Zzzzz snatcher. The last book that kept you up way too late

I stayed up until like 5am finishing Coffee Boy by Austin Chant because it was an amazing read, by the time I realized how late it was, I’d only had a few chapters left, and because it was at the end of December and gotta finish that Reading Challenge, ya feel?

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6 responses to “The A to Z Book Survey”

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  2. Marie Avatar

    Ahh I have to agree, A Gathering of Shadows was such a good sequel, I hope you’ll love the finale of this series, too 🙂 and I also can’t wait to read Red, White and Royal Blue, it sounds AMAZING! 😀
    Happy reading! <3

    1. Ben Ace Avatar

      I’m on hold for a copy of ACOL but I need it in my hands right now 😭 Same with RWRB though too

  3. Sakhile Avatar

    Worst bookish habit – can totally relate I’m currently reading about 7 books and I don’t even know where I put some of them down.

    1. Ben Ace Avatar

      I’ve totally been there! It’s such a problem 😅

  4. spasciuti Avatar

    I think is totally fair to count manga. Especially FMA cause it’s amazing. 😍

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