Kara and Lyn Do the A to Z Bookish Survey!!

Posted September 3, 2013 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Kara, Lyn / 25 Comments

We’re taking a break from Top Ten Tuesday this week to participate in the A to Z Survey that Jamie put together over at The Perpetual Page Turner. It looked so fun, and anytime we can steal the spotlight, we jump RIGHT on it.


Author you’ve read the most books from:

L: Ann M. Martin – The entire Baby-Sitters Club, yo!

K: Clive Cussler –Weird, I know, but I used to really be into his books when I was in my early twenties. My dad was a huge fan and I borrowed a lot of his. I also own some of my own.

Best Sequel Ever:

L: The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2) by Clay and Susan Griffith. Yes, I gush over this series. It has one of the best wedding scenes, ever.  

K: I’m going to go with The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa since I didn’t like The Immortal Rules all that much. That truly changed with book two.
Currently Reading:

L: Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente.

K: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (meh) and Fallout by Todd Strasser (also meh so far).
Drink of Choice While Reading:

L: Anything cold – water, soda, chocolate milk.

K: I usually drink Fresca, Coke Zero, or Iced Coffee. Or water from the Britta pitcher. This is what I drink while reading or not reading. I don’t typically have a drink specific to reading.
E-reader or Physical Book?

L: Oh, the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.  I love owning books, and I am a cover whore, but I can read faster on my Kindle, and I have less eye strain.  My Kindle helps me overcome issues with my dyslexia as well..  I find myself somewhat wounded when people complain about electronic readers, because people with dyslexia have an alternative, at last, to reading physical books.

K: I will always choose physical books first. I like the feeling of them in my hands. I love my Kindle and I like to switch it up every so often, but I like everything about real books more. And I love them on my shelves.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

L: Ned Stark. Stop laughing. I tend to lean towards serious guys. I always thought the teachers were cuter than the high school boys (I never, ever acted out on it. I was a wallflower).

K. I can’t actually answer this, unfortunately. I don’t do book boyfriends, nor are love interests usually memorable to me. Plus, I am in my thirties and thinking this way now is just weird. Like Lyn, I had lots of crushes on my teachers. LOL. And once I was out of high school, most of the guys I dated were older.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

L: Pivot Point by Kasie West. I wasn’t interested until I found out that it was set in Dallas, Texas.

K: Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Totally not my genre but something about the book was calling to me. Glad I read it because it is an all-time favorite.
Hidden Gem Book:

L: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I didn’t have very high expectations, by I was a fan by the end.

K: Below by Meg McKinlay. Totally unexpected love for this Aussia YA.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:

L: The ever popular answer: Goodreads. I fell out of reading when I graduated high school, and I was starting to dabble back into the reading world prior to Goodreads.  A close friend suggested that I open an account, and I slowly began to form my own web of trusted book readers.  I slowly began to increase my yearly reading goal, and I discovered my own reading interest and tastes.

K: BEA, most definitely. It was my first time meeting many of my blogging friends, going to New York City, and traveling on my own. There were a lot of firsts that I accomplished on this trip. And I can’t wait to do it again. BEA was like coming home. It was stressful at first, but now when I think back on it, it will be one of the most memorable points of my life.
Just Finished:

L: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle and Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington. 

K: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. So much love for this book!
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

L: Christian fiction and books by authors who have harassed reviewers.  Everything else is fair game.

K: Same as Lyn, but also, I am not a fan of the romance genre, for the most part. Unless something is going around as a must-read novel, I generally skip that genre.
Longest Book You’ve Read:

L: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.

K: Under the Dome by Stephen King.
Major book hangover because of:

L: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. I didn’t want to function after it was finished. It was such a lovely book. It is like eating leftovers after a 9 course meal.

K: Usually doesn’t happen to me. Most of the time when I finish a book, I wipe away the tears and jump right into the next one. I’m resilient like that. The closest I ever came to this was with Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
Number of Bookcases You Own:

L: This one is tricky, because I have built my own out of cinder blocks and wood, and I use DVD cases to hold paperbacks. All and all, I own 6, and I have a whole other heap of books in various storage.

K: 5. I also have lots of books packed in the car to take to Goodwill. The used bookstore didn’t want them (!!!) and most are pretty outdated.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

L: There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar. Yet another underestimated book. Don’t allow the silly name to fool you – this book is rich with imagination and emotion.

K. Again with the questions I can’t answer! I don’t generally re-read. The only book I have read more than once is Memoirs of a Geisha. Honestly. There is just no time to re-read when I read so slow already!
Preferred Place To Read:

L: I prefer to read in public.  I seem to struggle when I am at home, but I love to treat myself to dinner or lunch solo and read.  I also love taking my books outdoors and basking in the weather while I enjoy my novels.

K: Bed. Honestly, I love more than anything to read in my bed, cuddled up in my blankets. I also like to read in the tub. And on the balcony when it’s not too hot out.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

L: Despite the fact that Tolkien books bore me, I do love me some Tolkien quotes:
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” 
“Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.” 
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

K: This one from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John:

“Don’t worry about wanting to change; start worrying when you don’t feel like changing anymore. And in the meantime, enjoy every version of yourself you ever meet, because not everybody who discovers their true identity likes what they find.”
Reading Regret:

L: I regret that I struggle to read Harry Potter.  I feel like a huge outsider, and I get most of the references, due to having so many friends and websites that love the culture surrounding the books.  I have picked up the book 4 times, and I am never able to get to chapter 3 due to nerves and high expectations.  I think, if I ever do read it, I’ll do it off the GR radar.

K: Waiting so long to start reading YA again. I missed out on so many great bookish years and books, and I have so much to catch up on still, even though I have been blogging almost 3 years!
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

L: The Eona series by Alison Goodman

K: Not very many. Most are unfinished because the books have not been published yet. But I guess I can put down the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. I’ve read the first two but not the rest yet.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

L: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland, and Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt.

K: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I have more, but…
Unapologetic Fangirl For:

L: The Vampire Empire series by Clay and Susan Griffith. 

K: I do not fangirl. No, seriously. Maybe I am boring. But…I do love my Harry Potter. I love Memoirs of a Geisha. I love Wanderlove, Night Film, and now Where the Stars Still Shine. There’s that. 
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

L: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. 

K: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.
Worst Bookish Habit:

L: DNFing off the bat if I can’t seem to get into it.  I have so many books I need to read, why waste my time on a book that I am not enjoying? My attention span is limited, and I need a book that captures me from the start, or I’ll ignore it and find something else to read.

K: I actually have to agree with Lyn on this one. I have been HORRIBLE with DNFing this year. Something is wrong with my attention span. I think this is in part due to my anxiety, but I really need to look at this. I was looking at all the books I have DNFed this year, and my ratings are much higher than usual because I have been DNFing so much. it’s disappointing and it needs to stop.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

L: My books are still in storage, but I can share the 27th book on my Goodreads shelf: Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset.

K: I will do this twice. Once for books I have not read yet but purchased collecting dust, and once from my read shelves. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn and The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen.
Your latest book purchase:

L: I am purchasing The Babysitters Club books from a used bookstore recently.  

K: Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman. I bought them together.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

L: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick.

K: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.

There you have it – more of our awesome words! Did you do the survey? Let us know!


25 responses to “Kara and Lyn Do the A to Z Bookish Survey!!

  1. I love this survey. It’s so much fun to read all these answers to get to know you guys better. There are many things I agree with, like: I love my e-reader, but I prefer physical books. I don’t know why I started to read YA so late, I love Wildwood dancing (one of my favorite authors <3) and Goodreads was also an important book moment for me.

    This was great, thanks for sharing 🙂 If you are interested, here is mine:

  2. I recently bought a bunch of Clive Cussler books, so I’m hoping to be as into them as you were.

    NED STARK?! I’m not laughing, I promise…. *giggles* Like both of you, I find older guys more attractive. Mostly because the ones my age are always out partying, plus the men on TV are usually always older than me.

    I won’t read Christian fiction either. I read one book once, and it was great up until the final third of the book when it suddenly did a 180 and started getting all preachy. I was put off that whole genre, to be honest.

    What kind of a used bookstore doesn’t want book?!

    I’ve been meaning to read Eona for the longest time. And AHHH, the Soul Screamers series gets so good! The fourth and fifth books are my favourites. The third, however, made me so angry that I was shaking when I put it down.

    I don’t think DNF-ing is a bad habit at all! In fact, I wish I would do it more often, because I am bored of reading crappy books just so I can say that I’ve read them.

    • I hope you like them. His characters are so great and full of life!

      Yay for older guys!

      I guess they didn’t think they could sell them or they had too many copies already? I don’t know.

      I will finish Soul Screamers at some point and I am really looking forward to it. I was really into it by the end of book two.

  3. Amy

    I have seen a few people do this survey. It makes me want to do it too. It looks fun!!

    I think Under the Dome is the longest book I have read too. (I read it in like 3 days too!!)

    I DNF a lot. I never used to, but this year I just seem to have no patience for books if I can’t get into them. I always tell myself I will get back to them at some point, but if I have DNF’d I know I really have no interest anymore and I’m lying to myself.

    I need to finish the Soul Screamers Series too!! I only need to read the last one, which I pre-ordered and still didn’t get to.

    • You should do it!

      Under the Dome was so awesome I did nothing else pretty much for the entire time I was reading it.

      I am okay with DNFing as long as it’s not a review book. I sort of feel obligated to finish since they sent it to me and I have been DNFing those too much lately and I am trying to not do it quite as often.

  4. Bahahaha, Clive Cussler. My parents love his stuff too.

    We are not kindred spirits about the Immortal Rules books, Kara. Ooh, I’m intrigued by this wedding scene. Can it be cuter than the end of Finnikin of the Rock?

    Boo. I am not pleased about The Valley of Amazement being meh so far. It is MUCH too long to be meh.


    Oooh, have I heard of Below? Must have.

    *high-fives Kara about not having book hangovers*

    Weird, Lyn! I have trouble focusing in public. More power to you, lady!

    You don’t fangirl? O_o

    • Well then your parents are awesome!

      It was definitely much too long. I still have to write the review and I am dreading it.

      I really liked Below, Christina. I thought it was really different.

      I do not fangirl. That’s really that weird? LOL.

  5. Love both of your answers throughout! I love this survey and some of the responses I’ve seen as people have went through it. 🙂
    Babysitter’s Club. Yes. Bring back the memories. Did you know the tv series is also on Netflix. O_O I don’t remember if I’d read all the books, but I know read many of them–a friend of mine and I would take turns, exchanging one book after another as we finished. Ha.
    I have never read a Clive Cussler book. Most likely not my thing, either. But I had my particular authors and genre before I really picked up much YA too. Some of it stuff that I wouldn’t read much of now, or people would be all “whaaatt, that doesn’t sound like a ‘you’ book.” Bahaha. 😛

    Eternity Cure! Loved that sequel so much. I almost named that one for my own favorite sequel.
    I’m seeing a lot of books named on this list that I should probably just go look up and/or add to my TBR. O.o

    I just looked up and saw Christina’s comment about Mr. Rogers in a blood-stained sweater. Now I’m trying to get THAT image out of my head.

    I admittedly crush on characters. I don’t care. They’re imaginary and I love them. Not creepy character crushes. It’s not like one of those things where if the character was real, it’d be a teen and illegal and gross. Baha. But yes, I do read series/books and find myself going “Oohh, this character sounds so awesome!” or “I adore him/her! They make me smile/laugh so much and I just want more of this.” *ensue character crush and fangirl moments* 😛

    I have DNF’d a lot more this year than I ever have. Makes me feel a bit guilty about it too. So I totally know this feeling. But I’m just at the point where I don’t have the time anymore to keep forcing myself to read through entire books if there’s no interest within a certain amount of it. Some of them, I have put up and think I will try to read again later because there was potential in the beginning–just such a slow start that it would take more time to probably work with–so not all of the DNF books are lost causes on my end at least.

    Love ya ladies! Great answers. I enjoyed reading them! <3


    • It takes a bit for me to crush on a character, but it does happen from time to time.

      I am so glad people got my reference (Ultimate Destiny!!)

      I am DNFing like crazy this year – I think my taste is getting picker and I know what I like and what I do not like, and I have too many books to waste my time on books I dislike.

    • The Babysitters Club has a TV SHOW?!?! How did I not know this. Is it any good?

      I loved The Eternity Cure. Christina did not and we are no longer bookish twins. FYI. LOL.

      I agree with you about DNFing. I am not like against it or anything, I just feel like I need to work on having a little more patience because I have a feeling some of the books I DNFed I would have liked if I had just waited a little bit longer.

  6. I agree with Best Sequel Ever Kara… The Immortal Rules was just okay but I’m so glad I gave The Eternity Cure a shot. Really need to check out that Vampire Empire series, heard tons of great things about it. I was super tempted by The Screaming Staircase having heard great things about his Bartimaeus series… I look forward to reading your review!

  7. I’ve read a ton of Clive Cussler! My dad used to read them all the time and when I was young and broke that (and Louis L’amour) made up my reading material.

    I need to read the WAmpire Empire series. You rave about it so much and with such enthusiasm – I need to get on that. And..er.. I liked The Immortal Rules so much more than The Eternity Cure. I usually struggle with Kagawa’s bridge books, though.

    How are you liking Conjured, Lyn? I was supposed to start that yesterday but got distracted by bullshit. I hope it’s good. Reviews are.. less than stellar.
    I passed on an ARC of Valley of Amazement. I think you saved me from a very frustrating read, Kara!

    Lyn: I get the Ned Stark love. I would date that man in a second.

    PIVOT POINT. YES. God, that book was so much fun! I’m glad you gave it a chance. And like you, I am more likely to pick up a book that mentions/takes place where I live/in places I know.

    I better see BOTH of you at BEA 2014. Or I will cry.. Lyn. (j/k no pressure but please please come!)

    Did you know there is a sort-of sequel to Wildwood? (Or so I’ve been told. I own both but haven’t read either.) It’s called Cybele’s Secret 😀

    LOUIS SACHAR. I looooved his books growing up. I really need to buy them and reread them as an adult. I think nostalgia would play a part, but I bet I would love them just as much.
    Memoirs of a Geisha is a great pick to reread if you’re not much of a rereader. That book is more gorgeous every time.

    I bet there is immense pressure surrounding reading HP for the first time as an adult. There is such a culture built up around it, it must be daunting. I think reading off the radar of GR is a great idea.

    YES KARA. I stopped reading YA when I hit high school through college and I missed SO MANY great books. I had no idea what a Melina Marchetta was, or a Gayle Forman… I am so behind still, so I get that.

    Midwinterblood and the Screaming Staircase are high on my to-buy lists thanks to you two! 😀

    • I am trying to come, Jessie! My car died and my cat is worrying me, so money is a tad bit tight! I am trying with all of my heart!

      I have seen Cybele’s Secret – I hope I can read it soon. I have way too many books!!

      I hope I can read HP one day – I will try it again soon, when I feel that my world is a bit more settled.

    • Yay for Clive Cussler fans!

      Christina loved The Immortal Rules more too. I don’t know how this book is so polarizing. It’s very odd.

      I am trying to get her to come, Jessie. But she keeps having to spend the money she has saved. It’s upsetting me SO HARD. 🙁

      Definitely do The Screaming Staircase because I think you would really like it, Jessie.

  8. Babysitter’s Club FTW! I don’t think I ever added all of those to my “teen/tween/childhood reads” shelf on GR, but if I had, I’m fairly sure Martin would be my most read author as well.

    Wow, so cool Lyn, that you made your own bookcases! That is epic. You’ll have to show us pictures some day! 😀

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    • My self-made bookcase is cinder blocks and wood. I do plan on covering the wood in fabric and covering the cinder blocks with art to help the appearance.

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