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Book Tag: I answer 26 A-Z bookish questions

I've never participated in a book tag before, but this one seemed fun, so I thought I'd jump in and give it a try. I guess it was originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner back in 2013 and keeps popping up on book blogs every now and then - I found it on Wonderfully Bookish. It's a way to have some bookish fun and get to know me a bit better.......

A - Author I've read the most books:

Dean Koontz - I've read 37 of his books including his newest one, Devoted, reviewed here.

B - Best Sequel Ever:

Both the 2nd and 3rd in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness were outstanding and didn't lose any of the story momentum. The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men reviewed here.

C - Currently reading:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for banned book week but that will probably change by the time this post goes live.

D - Drink of choice while reading:

Diet pepsi if it's a weekday, Long Island Ice Tea if it's a weekend (we keep a pitcher ready in the fridge)

E - E-reader or physical book:

They each have their purposes and I often am reading one in each format; my Kindle is great for travel or reading in bed at night without a light on; and books because, well, who doesn't love to hold and smell actual books?

F - Fictional character you might have dated in high school:

nobody is coming to mind, probably some nerdy guy

G - Glad you gave this book a chance:

The Fifth Season by J. K. Jemisin (review coming), excellent fantasy

H - Hidden gem book:

The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs - a humorous look at one man's attempt to read the 33,000 page Encyclopedia Britannica.

I - Important moment in my reading life:

hmmmmm - since I've been reading as long as I can remember, I'm having a hard time identifying ONE moment. Maybe it's when I decided to start this blog and it has caused me to read a little differently. I read with a little piece of my brain evaluating the book instead of just falling into it.

J - Just finished:

As of the writing of this post, I just finished Devoted by Dean Koontz.

K - Kinds of books I won't read:

I've been surprised too many times to say I'll 'never' read a certain genre, but generally I'm not interested in the historical nonfiction about former presidents or events or anything nonfiction political. Those tomes are just too much for me, no matter how well written.

L - Longest book I've ever read:

Shogun by James Clavel, 1152 pages; The Stand by Stephen King, 1150 pages and It at1122 pages

M - Major book hangover from (a book that sticks in your brain for days or weeks or....):

Ask Again, Yes; A Fine Balance; Beartown; s-o-o many others

N - Number of bookcases owned:

Four plus stacks at bedside.

O - One book I've read multiple times:

I rarely reread books but I just recently reread Ender's Game for a challenge this year.

P - Preferred place to read:

Sitting on my deck in the sun but since I live in Seattle, those days are limited. So, secondarily, curled up on the sofa.

Q - Quote from a book that speaks to me:

"Reading is another way we survive. It helps to know where we came from, how we got here. And most of all, for me, even though these low and empty islands are all I have ever known, when I open the front cover of a new book, it's like a door, and I can travel far away in place and time."

- A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

R - Reading regret:

Can't think of a one.

S - Series I started and still need to finish:

The Red Rising series by Pierce Brown - I read the first 4, have the 5th but haven't got around to reading it yet. AND, in 2021 I'm going to visit The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher - I read the first one and REALLY liked it.

T - Three of my all-time favorite books:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman; Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett; 11/22/63 by Stephen King

U - Unapologetic fan girl for:

Reading. I encourage it to everyone, bring it up as a conversation starter with most everyone I meet, model it by having a book with me all the time. I'm a huge fan and shout it to the rooftops!

V - Very excited for this upcoming release:

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

W - Worst bookish habit:

Reading while eating and dripping food or having sticky fingers on the pages.

X - X marks the spot - start at top left of your bookcase and name the 27th book:

Sometime I Lie by Alice Feeney

Y - Your latest book purchase:

Dark Pattern #4 by Andrew Mayne - a crime solving mathematician series

Z - ZZZ snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late):

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - could NOT put that book down and it's reviewed here.

That was fun! Hope you enjoyed reading a bit about me - now, how about you play too and let me know in the comments so I can come read it and learn about you!

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