Hi friends! I'm momentarily busting out of my blog silence to do a book survey! Both because I like talking about books and because I just felt like posting. So buckle in, this is going to be a long one.
Before I get started on the book stuff, I have to gush for just a minute about my Halloween costume. Tonight I'm going to Theatre Bizarre, pretty much the most wonderful and elaborate adult Halloween party ever concocted (in my experience anyway). Last year at Halloween, I was already dreaming up new costume ideas. The one that I liked the best, and was sad I didn't have time to use then, was vagina dentata: the fear/myth that vaginas have teeth. Is this gross? Yes. I absolutely love it. For the project, I enlisted the help of my extremely talented friend Todd, who is a bona fide special effects expert. He created what I can only describe as a codpiece, that is...well, terrible and wonderful. I've dubbed it the 'Maneater', as in "watch out boys, she'll chew you up". It also plays into my feminist values, since, as we all know, feminists just want to castrate all men. (Obvious sarcasm is obvious.)
I'm dying to share the Maneater on every social media I have, but have resisted since this thing is graphic, disturbing, and definitely NSFW. That said, if anyone is interested in seeing it in all its glory, please e-mail me: courtneynobody(at)gmail(dot)com.
On to book stuff, stolen from Nova.
Author you've read the most books from:
Probably Ray Bradbury. I've also read a fair amount of Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Mark Twain. Actually, thinking back to childhood, I may have read the most books by Roald Dahl, or maybe R.L. Stine in my Goosebumps days.
Best Sequel Ever:
There's a lot of series I love, but I would have to say either Lost in a Good Book (second in the Thursday Next series) or The Subtle Knife (second in His Dark Materials trilogy).
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. (I'm also on Goodreads, if you want to see more book stuff.)
Drink of choice while reading:
Probably coffee or tea. Occasionally beer or wine.
E-reader or Physical Book:
I always prefer a physical book, although there are definitely times when an e-reader is easier to deal with.
Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:
This is tough, but trying to be realistic and thinking of things I've read recently...maybe someone like Rob from High Fidelity or Nick from Nick & Norah's Endless Playlist. As a teenager, I did date people sort of like both of those guys...
Glad you gave this book a chance:
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore. I had never read his other work, but I picked this up on a whim and enjoyed it.
Hidden gem book:
Hmm...maybe Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. It's an older (published in 1981) coming of age book I read as a kid, and re-read a few years ago. I found it just as enjoyable as an adult.
Important moment in your reading life:
Not sure. Learning to read? I actually remember that. Or in 5th grade when the teacher said, in front of everyone, that I was the best reader in class. I was embarrassed at the time, but also--if I'm being honest--a bit smug about it. Then there was all the lit courses I took in college, whose discussions further reinforced my love for books. Or the time when I discovered a new friend loved the Anne of Green Gables books as much as I did--a big moment, as I had never met anyone else who was into them. Hell, visiting Prince Edward Island (where the Anne books takes place) was a huge moment in my lit nerd life as well.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was excellent, highly recommend.
Kind of books you won't read:
At the risk of sounding really snooty, I often steer clear of best sellers. (Lots of exceptions to this, of course.) Have zero interest in books like Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey. Not that I won't read trashy books, I'm just more selective about my trash.
Longest book you've read:
No idea. Anything over 1,000 pages, though there's only been a few of those (and most of them Stephen King).
Major book hangover because of:
Possibly the Harry Potter series. Any time read a book that I can't put down I suffer a bit of the "I don't want it to end" feeling. It's really hard to pick what to read next when you finish something that knocks your socks off.
Number of bookcases you own:
One small, two large.
One book you have read multiple times:
I read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury every summer.
Preferred place to read:
If it's nice out I love reading outside. Otherwise I like to be buried under a blanket with my cat on my lap.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
Here's one I love from John Connolly's Book of Lost Things:
“He would talk to them of stories and books, and explain to them how stories wanted to be told and books wanted to be read, and how everything that they ever needed to know about life and the land of which he wrote, or about any land or realm that they could imagine, was contained in books. And some of the children understood, and some did not.”
Pride & Prejudice. I went into it thinking I would be one of those people who goes ga-ga for Jane Austen, but I couldn't stand the book. At all. When I finished I literally threw it across the room because I found it so frustrating.
Series you started and need to finish:
I need to finish re-reading the Harry Potter series, which I started re-reading last year. Also the Chronicles of Narnia which I was re-reading but didn't get all the way through the second time. The third book in the Divergent series is coming out very soon, so I plan to read that as well.
Three of your all time favorite books:
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (I'm counting it as one) and Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. I'm sure if you ask me some other time the answers could change, though Dandelion Wine will always be at the top of the list.
Unapologetic fangirl for:
Ray Bradbury. And Anne of Green Gables, in case you hadn't already noticed.
Very excited for this release more than all others:
I'm excited to read Doctor Sleep by Stephen King which came out recently, also the third book in the Divergent series. (They're not the best or anything, but I quickly got sucked in and am curious how the series will end.)
Worst book habit:
Finishing almost everything I read. Even when I want to give up on a book, I feel this weird guilt about it and usually just slog through to the bitter end.
X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Since I'm not near my bookshelf I'm going to take a (very) educated guess based on my LibraryThing account and my over the top organizational system, which gives us...Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Your latest book purchase:
Hmm...I don't buy many books these days, but I did recently buy the Mac & Cheese Cookbook, which is amazing. (Not sure if that counts or not, but it is the last book I bought.)
Last book that kept you up too late:
Ready Player One--so good!
Ok, ok, that's all I got. Hope everyone's well out there. Maybe I'll pop in again sometime...