Thursday, May 17, 2012

Just Take a Look, It’s in a Book…

Remember Myspace? Remember the little survey things? Well, I was obsessed with those in high school, and it was almost impossible for me to resist filling them out. Fast forward to present day and apparently I still can’t resist them. I found this book survey on Laura’s blog (she’s awesome by the way) and since I love books and I love talking about books, I’m going to do it.

These are the rules, because Myspace surveys always have rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favorite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to pass the Q&A on to: Ummm… Elizabeth. That’s it. Well, and anyone who feels like doing it, obviously. I’m not here to order you around. This is the internet, I have better things to do than give you directions.

Favorite book cover:


I haven’t read this book in forever, and I don’t know if I even still have it… I barely remember what it’s about, but I have always adored this cover. Googling it just now turned up a bunch of ugly covers for this same book that replaced this one, which offended me.

What are you reading right now?
A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin. It’s the fourth book in the ASoIaF series, the one the HBO show Game of Thrones is based on. Um… it’s pretty good I guess. I’m getting kind of burned out on this series because I’ve been going through them pretty fast, but since this is the last one of the books that is out in paperback, I’m going to take a break after this one. I don’t want to read a book this long in hardback (or on my Nook) (they’re like a million pages each).

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
Probably some more John Green books, and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which I’ve read a couple pages of. I’m excited about it.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?
I really want to read everything by Jane Austen, but I’ve only managed to get all the way through Pride and Prejudice. I just usually get distracted when I try to read these. I have no excuses. I know I love the stories because I’ve seen so many adaptations of them, so I have no idea what the deal is.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
I don’t read magazines. The last magazine I brought home was a USA Hockey magazine I found in the kitchen at my old job, and that was over a year ago.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
I’m going to be nice and not say the Twilight series, even though I hated those books. That answer is too easy, anyway. The real answer is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I may have dreamed this but I think when I finished reading it, I threw it away. Like, in a trash can. It wasn’t poorly written, and the world the characters moved around in was an interesting one, but I just loathed the characters and the plot so passionately by the end that I just wanted them to be erased from my mind entirely. This review on Amazon seems pretty accurate to me. (Okay, so giving it three stars means it’s not the worst book I’ve ever read… I guess Twilight is my real answer to this question.)

What book seemed really popular but you actually hated?
Uh, Twilight. And relatedly, Fifty Shades of Grey, of which I have read only excerpts.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Read it. Reeeeeeeeead iiiiiiiiiit.

What are your 3 favorite poems?
Any poem of which a recording exists of it being read by Tom Hiddleston. Yep. No shame here. Zero. This right here is what I mean. Here’s another one. And um, yeah. Okay I’m done now.

Where do you usually get your books?
I know I’m supposed to say Tattered Cover for this, because they’re local and independent and all that, but they seriously have a terrible selection. It makes me so sad. I know you can ask them to order something for you, but I don’t want to order it. I want it to just be on the shelves already. The Denver locations are better than the one nearest to me, but… yeah. I usually go to Barnes & Noble, but I regularly pine for the Borders that used to be in Park Meadows Mall.

Where do you usually read your books?
Mainly in bed, but I also like to read while I eat. So, in bed.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
My dad read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings aloud to my sister and me… other than that I just loved reading and I would hide my book under the desk at school and secretly read while the teacher was talking sometimes.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
I don’t remember. Probably Deathly Hallows. I would say The Fault in Our Stars but I wanted to savor that one.

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
I guess I’ve fake read most of the Jane Austen books just because I’ve seen all the movies a billion times each.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Not that I can remember, but I do sometimes not buy books even if people have told me they’re good because they have an ugly cover. Also of import is what the font looks like inside. If it’s too big or too spaced out or just looks wrong somehow, I don’t buy it. If it’s something I really want to read I’ll get it for my Nook, where I can change the font and text size myself.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Probably The Giver by Lois Lowry.

What book changed your life?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I first read this as a ninth grader at the start of high school, so I identified with Charlie, since he was also a freshman trying to figure everything out. Then I misplaced my copy of this book in my room somewhere and didn’t find it again until I was a senior, and then I read it again. It was like being on the opposite end of the world from where I was when I first read it, since all of Charlie’s closest friends are seniors. It’s such a good book, but I think if I were to reread it again now I would have too many weird and uncomfortable flashbacks to high school that I just don’t want to revisit. There is a movie coming out though, and I’m cautiously excited about it since Chbosky wrote and directed it.

What is your favorite passage from a book?
I’m not going to quote it here because it’ll give too much away about the story, but it’s on page 272 of The Fault in Our Stars.

Who are your top five favorite authors?
1. John Green
2. Heather McElhatton
3. Margaret Atwood
4. Audrey Niffenegger
5. Nick Hornby

What book has no one heard about but should read?
Oh the Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey. It’s a gorgeously written memoir that I’ve loved for years. Before I read The Fault in Our Stars (no I will not shut up about that one) it was my favorite book of all time. (Now it’s my second favorite.) Another amazing one would be Total Oblivion, More or Less by Alan DeNiro. It will sound insane at first, but trust me, it’s ridiculously good. And I KNOW you’ve never heard of it.

What are your favorite books by a first-time author?
I really loved The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and of course The Time Traveler’s Wife made me sob like a child.

What 3 books are you an “evangelist” for?
Well, I’ve gotten at least three people to read TFioS since I read it (I’m getting tired of typing it all out). I don’t know if I’ve really campaigned for any other books.   

What is your favorite classic book?
I want to say Sense and Sensibility because that’s my favorite Jane Austen story, but I can’t, because I’m a failure. So I will say Hamlet. I’ve had a soft spot for that play since my fiasco of an 11th grade English class, where we spent literally an entire semester on it. It was probably my favorite semester of high school, actually.

5 other notable mentions?
1. What is the What by Dave Eggers. I know everyone loves his memoir, but I think this is his best book.
2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. A lot different from TTTW and is about ghosts, which I think freaked people out, but this book is just as beautiful and really underrated.
3. Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single by Heather McElhatton. This is an anti-chick lit book. That is why I love it so. Sometimes I would have to put it down and step away because of how much I was laughing. This is the kind of book I wish I had written. And I just learned there is a sequel to it coming out in October so now I’m very excited.
4. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. I don’t love a lot of his newer stuff, but this book was great.
5. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. Yes this is a serious one. Granted I haven’t read it since middle school but Elizabeth and I bonded over it the first time we met, so I’m putting it on here and I am not sorry!

Let me know if you’re planning to fill this out, because I definitely want some book recommendations.


  1. Well, you evangelized me into reading Hunger Games, too. So there's that.

    I have commented about a lot of this post already but I will say that P & P is the only one I have gotten through myself. I hate Emma like I'm getting paid for it. Seriously, she is the most annoying heroine of all time. After Bella Swan.

  2. And by "only one," I mean of Jane Austen's. Obviously, I have read other books before. ...

  3. I am so going to do this - I could never resist this kind of thing...

    I have the box set of Austen (well it came without Mansfield Park, but I found it in the same cover set so crisis averted), and they are all like precious friends to me. Some better friends than others. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are my favourites.
    But I guess I should save this Austen gushing for my own post!

  4. I am also currently reading the ASOIAF books. I am halfway through Bk3 but I am totally burned out. I just find them really difficult books to read. The subject matter isn't exactly light and I don't like GRRM's writing style very much. BUT the storyline is so awesome. I haven't read any more since probably January. Must get back into it! As long as I am ahead of the TV show, that's all I care about :)

    I kind of want to write a reply to every single one of your answers but I will limit myself! I've also fake read Austen too. And TTTW was such a beautiful book, I wish the movie had been able to capture some of the beauty of the prose. I didn't like her follow up book, the Fearful Symmetry one. I didn't like the strange ending but it definitely didn't suck.

    I loved reading your Q&A! Thanks for doing it. And now I have a ton of books that I can read based on your recommendation. I really must read that John Green book that the Internet is going gaga over.