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I Took the A-Z Bookish Survey Because I Just Couldn't Resist

This survey has been making the rounds in the book blogging community since last week thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Given that I was once an obsessive personality test-taker (don't judge me; I know you've gotten sucked down the Seventeen/Myers-Briggs/Love Calculator rabbit hole, too), I couldn't resist filling this one out. So here we go: 26 letters, 26 facts about my bookish* self.

Author you’ve read the most books from.

Thanks to the Harry Potter series, Goodreads says the answer is J.K. Rowling. If we factored in chapter books such as The Babysitter's Club and Bailey School Kids, I'd probably get a different answer.

Best sequel ever.

I loved Catching Fire. It had me so hooked that the next day I hid my Kindle in my lap and read Mockingjayall day. Don't tell my old boss.

Currently reading.

This week I started Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station.

Drink of choice while reading.

Black tea (Five Roses is my favorite brand), but coffee every once in a while feels so good.

E-reader or physical book?

The aforementioned Kindle is undeniably convenient, but holding and displaying books is a particular joy.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school.

Why does having to answer this question make me feel embarrassed? (Maybe Char from Ella Enchanted? Go ahead, judge me.)

Glad you gave this book a chance.

My Family and Other Animalsby Gerald Durrell. A random person on Twitter recommended it, and it's now one of my favorite books.

Hidden gem book.

A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fearby Atiq Rahimi. So very short, and so very disturbing.

Important moment in your reading life.

In 7th grade, my Language Arts teacher gave me books such as Brave New Worldand The Odysseyto read outside of class. To my surprise, I could handle them. I had been a passionate reader previously, but suddenly I was a confident one too.

Just finished.

Me Before Youby JoJo Moyes. Dismissing this as a romance novel would be a crime.

Kinds of books you won’t read.

Despite my last answer, I'm not a fan of romance novels—particularly those adorned by glistening bodies.

Longest book you’ve ever read.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. 1,168 pages. How did I ever have the patience?

Major book hangover because of…

Me Before You left me in a serious state.

Number of bookcases you own.

One bookcase + two floating shelves at the apartment and one at my parents house. Plus my Kindle library. I think that counts.

One book you have read multiple times.

I’ve read Brave New World, The Good Earth and countless chapter books over and over. Sorry, I couldn't narrow it to just one.

Preferred place to read.

I used to love reading on the train, but now that I work from home, I love reading in bed or in a corner of our leather couch.

Quote from a book you’ve read that inspires you.

In his tome on the history (or, rather, biography) of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee quoted researcher Bernard Fisher: "In God we trust. All others [must] have data."

Reading regret.

Reading less now that I have more free time. As a commuter, you are captive for a set amount of time each day. When you work from home, it's easy to fill your time with more "important" things.

Series you started and need to finish.

I can't think of one. I finish most all the series I start.

Three of your all-time favourite books.

Let The Great World SpinColum McCann. My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley.

Unapologetic fangirl for…

Colum. Freaking. McCann.

Very excited for this release more than all the others.

Not sure.I have a skewed impression of upcoming books due to getting access to new books early through NetGalley.

Worst bookish habit.

I used to cover books with the silver from gum wrappers. Perhaps it's a good thing I stopped.

X marks the spot: the 27th book on my shelf.

Home BoyH.M. Naqvi.

Your latest book purchase.

TransAtlanticColum McCann and Leaving the Atocha Station.

Zzz-snatcher book (latest book that kept you up way late).

Does "way late" mean "past midnight"? Because, if so, the answer is Me Before You.

Now. Tell me: What is my bookish personality? Shouldn't this survey produce an answer or at least eerily-specific-but-actually-fairly-vague personality classification?

*Does anyone else find the word "bookish" weird? I understand it means someone who cares and maybe even lives for books, but it sounds horribly unflattering. "Did you see the bookish lady today? I'm surprised she hasn't been buried under a pile of cat hair yet."

Oh, that's just me? Okay.

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