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A to Z

It’s Friday!

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From:
Charles Dickens. Great Expectation, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Christmas Carol, and Oliver Twist. Next one on my list is Bleak House.

B. Best Sequel Ever:
I have never read many sequels until this year. My favorite at the moment is the William Monk Mystery by Anne Perry. I read the first three almost back to back.

C. Currently Reading:
The Indian Clark by David Leavitt

D. Drink of Choice While Reading:
I read profusely in the morning so it would be coffee. I also enjoy a cocktail (cosmopolitan) when I’m reading by the pool.

E. E-Reader or Physical Books:
I have a sentimental and emotional attachment to books in print, so until they go extinct, real books would be my choice. That said, I have an e-reader that I bring with me when I travel overseas.

F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School:
Why in high school?

G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez. I have never heard of the author but was glad I picked up the book at the bookstore while I was on vacation. It’s an intellectual mystery set in academic setting. The author is Argentinian so I wish he gets more attention in the English-speaking world.

H. Hidden Gem Book:
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Another important discovery when I was in college. His books were banned during his lifetime for the lambaste against Joseph Stalin. This classic is a mixture of literature, history, sci fi, and fairy tale. It explores that whole mandatory co-existence of good and evil.

I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life:
Eleventh grade in high school. For winter break, I had to read Thoreau and Ayn Rand. The daunting size of The Fountainhead and the dry subject matter of Walden dreaded me. But once I started, I could not put either book down and I finished them within the first week of break. That was a serious turning point for me as a young reader who felt compelled to seek out serious literature.

J. Just Finished:
State of Wonder by Anne Patchett. Story of the a mysterious elderly scientist working in seclusion for a fertility drug in the Amazon now makes me want to read The Lost City of Z.

K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Romance, comics, political propaganda, and most biographies.

L. Longest Book You’ve Read:
I think it must be a tie between Gone with the Wind and War and Peace. They’re both doorstoppers.

M. Major Book Hangover Because Of:
Rebecca by Daphne du Mariner. I stayed up all night to see what would happen because every chapter du Mariner was dangling the carrots. I was in Hawaii so I could sit out on the balcony and read all night.

N. Number of Bookcases You Own:
Eight bookcases lining the three walls of my study.

O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times:
And Then There Was None by Agatha Christie

P. Preferred Place to Read:
I like to read on the sofa with an end-table on which I put my journal, pen, and a beverage. I never read in bed because I cannot seem to focus. When I’m on vacation I enjoy reading on a chaise by the pool.

Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You:
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

R. Reading Regret:
I have not had a chance to devote my whole attention to reading Ulysses, which I quickly read through under constraint of time for a class in college. I have plan to pick it up again but it seems very intimidating.

S. Series You Started and Need to Finish:
All the series I started are open-ended: Anne Perry’s William Monk series, Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series (set in Paris), and Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal.

T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books:
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

U. Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin. Texas, “Christian”, bitches—how can I resist? I decided to read this for two reasons: the new ABC show and I was mildly intrigued by the premise because, as we all learn by about, ohhhh, 1st grade, there are hypocrites everywhere. I’ve come in contact with one or two individuals who hide behind the cross while promoting their own selfishness, but I see nothing wrong with exploiting this idea for the sake of entertainment. I just love it!

V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other:
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

W. Worst Bookish Habit:
Buying books even when my TBR stacks are unrealistically large. I just can’t help it. And e-readers are the accomplices. At this point, it would take me years to get through all the books I’ve bought but haven’t read yet.

X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book):
Herzog by Saul Bellow—I have not read this one yet!

Y. Your Latest Book Purchase:
The Blood Thief by Mark Pryor. Hugo Marston series #3

Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Lately I have not been staying up late to read a book, because I prefer to get my beauty sleep and wake up early to read.

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