I often see literary quizzes and bookish memes that make the blog rounds, and I never, ever do them. And then I saw this A to Z Bookish Survey thing*, and I thought, why not do one? So here we go. And, if you want to answer any of these in the comments or post one on your blog and link back here (or to any of the blogs I credit below), please do so!
Author you’ve read the most books from: I'm guessing Agatha Christie. Nonfiction author would probably be William Langewiesche, as I read everything he produces--but in my opinion he just doesn't produce enough!
Best Sequel Ever: Don't know that it counts as a sequel, but I have to go movie here, as I don't read a lot of series or sequels. LOVED the Bond film "Casino Royale," the first with Daniel Craig.
Currently Reading: I am completely scattered lately, and have a different book in each one. Breakpoint: Why the Web Will Implode, Search Will Be Obsolete, and Everything Else You Need to Know about Technology Is in Your Brain, by Jeff Stibel. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott. Jennifer Government, a novel by Max Barry.
Drink of Choice While Reading: Coffee, always coffee, or perhaps a nice Guinness, but as I get older I'm trying to work more water into the routine.
E-reader or Physical Book? Christ, I don't have the energy to figure out buying an e-reader or downloading books (particularly from the library). Physical books forever.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Oh, it's so predictable, but I would have killed to date Holden Caulfield. I can't imagine he would have dated me, though.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The Epic of Gilgamesh. I listened to it on tape and really enjoyed it, although I can't remember a thing about it.
Hidden Gem Book: The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad, by Stacy Horn. Best True Crime book ever, and a stunning example of comprehensive, fact-checked, but compassionate and very readable nonfiction writing.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: When I realized that re-reading Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It was almost the only thing that could help me deal with my brother's death.
Just Finished: Lexicon, by Max Barry.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: I'm not a big science fiction fan. Also won't touch anything by Thomas Friedman, Jen Lancaster, or Jodi Picoult.
Longest Book You’ve Read: I shy away from long books, so I'm guessing here: maybe the novel Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin?
Major book hangover because of: I don't really understand this question. Book that gave me a headache? Book that made me throw up? Anyone have any ideas on what this one means?
Number of Bookcases You Own: Six, plus some built-ins the old guy (a cataloging librarian by trade) who owned this house before me left in the basement, which was his "bunker where he hid from his wife" (his description).
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury.
Preferred Place To Read: While traveling/airports. Even though I don't get that chance very often.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I don't know the exact quote, but in John Bowe's fantastic investigative book on modern-day slavery, Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy, he said something to the effect that "Everyone thinks the problem is that the system is broken. The far bigger problem is that the system is working exactly the way it was set up to work." That one quote has provided years' worth of clarity for me about a wide variety of systems in our society.
Reading Regret:That I didn't do more reading in college, when I had the most time.
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): For the most part I never read series. I'm hoping to read all of Carol Shields's books someday, and Tracy Kidder's.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Oh, frankly, it's pointless to even try. I could put together three all-time favorites every month that I read. I love so many books. Click on "Favorites" in my sidebar and you'll see what I mean.
Unapologetic Fangirl For: ALL nonfiction.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: Just wandered through a few Forthcoming Fall 2013 title lists, and can't say anything really lit me on fire. Although evidently there's a Jeeves and Wooster novel coming out (Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, written by Sebastian Faulks, in the style of Wodehouse), and that might be fun.
Worst Bookish Habit: I read the last chapters of thrillers when I get bored of reading them from start to finish.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: I would have to get up to answer this question, and I just don't see that happening right now. The only bookshelf I can see from here is loaded with Mr. CR's Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine back copies.
Your latest book purchase: Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, by Stacy Horn
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): I'll admit I stayed up too late reading Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, but that was more because I wanted to be done with it than I was really enjoying it. I also stayed up too late with Rose George's fantastic The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters, adult nonfiction about how everyone really does poop. Timely topic, what with CRjr tackling toilet training.
And there you have it! My first completed blog book survey.