atozsurveyStole this from Jackie Lea Sommers, who took it from The Perpetual Page-Turner.  SO FUN! Do one and let me know what your answers are!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Probably Ted Dekker. He just kicks them out so fast! Plus, I went through a phase when the Circle Trilogy, the Paradise series, and the Lost Books all came out, and I was in awe of how interconnected they were.

Best Sequel Ever:
Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead. Honestly, I didn’t think I could love the Robin Hood legend any more than I already did, and Lawhead always surprises me with the quality of his second books. Normally, those are the letdowns for me in a series, but not with his books.

Currently Reading:
Peter Pan by J.M. Barry and Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. Finally,

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Hmm, coffee or tea. Depends on my mood, the weather, and the tone of the book.

Ereader or Physical Book?
PHYSICAL BOOK. E-readers don’t smell like wisdom and laughter and bitter-sweet silence.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
Oh gosh, really? Marco Alistair. Peter Pevensie. I’m sure there’s more, but those are the first two that come to mind.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Peace like a River by Leif Enger. Honestly, I’m nervous about books that have titles that sound like Christianese cliches, but after meeting Enger in person, I knew that I had to read it. If he wrote anything like how he spoke, I knew I would be in awe the entire time. He didn’t disappoint.

Hidden Gem Book:
I’m sure there’s a more hidden book that I’ve read besides this one, but the one that comes to mind right now is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. It’s probably one of the more underrated of her works, but it is so sarcastic and hilarious, making fun of society and romanticism and conspiracy theories with the impression that she’s keeping a straight face the entire time. You can be sure that I didn’t.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Probably when I read The Chronicles of Narnia for myself for the first time. My parents read them to me when I was a child, and so seeing them come alive for a second time was marvelous. Also, the time that I started reading a book so boring during a summer vacation that I decided writing my own would be more enjoyable. I can’t even remember the title of the book, only that it had something to do with people trying to steal some (Scottish?) stone used in coronation ceremonies. Anyway, that might be when I realized that I really liked and wanted to write.

Just Finished:
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Not the most lyrical writing I’ve ever seen, but I do give Rivers props for tackling a difficult story and portraying it in a realistic way. Not many Christian authors will get in your face and gritty about something as gut-wrenching as prostitution, and she makes Angel’s choices (as a reflection of Gomer in the book of Hosea) make sense.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Paranormal romance. Those words should never go together.  And horror novels. I just don’t see the point. Anything along the lines of 50 Shades of Grey Also, I don’t think I could force myself through another Amish romance.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Great Expectations or Bleak House, both by Charles Dickens. Not so much for number of pages as for number of yawns and ‘headdesks,’ and screeches of frustration and annoyance.  

Major book hangover because of:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Seriously could not believe that it ended. Not that it ended badly or suddenly, but perfectly, with a few unbound ends, so that I knew the story continued, but it just wasn’t written, as badly as I wanted her to keep going.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
I guess my books only take up two so far, but if my husband ever moves some of his books to an office, a different bookshelf, or boxes, you can be sure those shelves won’t stay empty for long.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge.

Preferred Place To Read:
The couch, outside, or in bed.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“Do you remember all of your audiences?” Marco asks.
“Not all of them,” Celia says. “but I remember the poeple who look at me the way you do.”
“What way might that be?”
“As though they cannot decide if they are afraid of me or they want to kiss me.”
“I am not afraid of you….” (AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! I love The Night Circus so much! This is a feels quote, if you didn’t catch that.)

Reading Regret:
The two paragraphs of Twilight I forced myself to read for a class assignment/exercise.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Book of Mortals series by Ted Dekker. The sequel I finished a couple of weeks ago disappointed me a bit in its predictability, but I still want to see the adventure through. And Lord of the Rings, but those are currently in my possession.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Chronicles of Narnia by Jack Lewis (I don’t care if that’s cheating; I can’t pick), and–even though it’s REALLY hard to pick because I generally don’t have favorites–To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Chronicles of Narnia. I have written fan fiction. Someday, I might apologize for that. But this is not that day.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
The third Hunger Games book. Mockingjay doesn’t exist.
And a book by a friend. Don’t know when that’s happening, but it’s just got to, because it’s absolutely brilliant.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Husband posits that I have a bad habit of not giving classics their due. I think I give them only what they deserve, and not much more than that. Although, I will admit to being nervous around them, because some of the ones that I have read really don’t deserve much at all.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
(My husband tried this one on his bookcase and ended up on one of Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs. Go figure.)

Your latest book purchase:
Peter Pan! Just got this today, and I’m so excited that I get to finally read and own this book.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
I haven’t let myself stay up late reading lately, just because I know I’d die at work the next day if I did, but I was probably home on break during college when I stayed up until at least 3:30 A.M. finishing Catching Fire (the second book in The Hunger Games series) by Susanne Collins.