A-Z Book Survey

Recently I saw Kim over at Tranquil Dreams up her Book Survey, and I thought that I simply had to get on board with this. It was a great idea, and you all know how much I love to read! So I got cracking on it and had an absolute blast putting this post together. Thanks a lot Kim!

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

Karin Slaughter / Stephen King

Best Sequel Ever:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

Currently Reading: 

A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Creme Soda

creme soda

E-reader or Physical Book:

Physical. While e-readers are useful, they will never, ever top a physical book. Those pages… that smell. Love!


Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:

Augustus Waters. I mean come on… he’s awesome, and what a personality! Not like that is a stretch or anything, you’d be crazy if you didn’t understand the appeal, but after reading The Fault In Our Stars I simply fell in love with that kid.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Blindsighted – Karin Slaughter. I am glad that I saved this one and the sequel from being thrown out and that I gave it a shot, despite the cover, because it introduced me to one of my all time favourite authors.

Hidden Gem Book:

Oh difficult… the first books that spring to mind are both Anne Rice novels. If I had to choose one of the two, I would say Memnoch The Devil purely because that was some amazing speculation. I completely discarded the whole “story” of Lestat that was snaking through it, it is as though he was there only to present the greater part of what was to be said, and I found Memnoch The Devil to be a very intricate and unique outlook to Heaven and Hell. Well worth the read. Like I say, you can view Lestat only as the vessel with which to convey an idea, but that idea was just so interesting.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Discovering Potter as a kid. Not even kidding, it was the best thing that could ever happen. harry potter books

Just Finished:

One Scream Away – Kate Brady

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Romance. Soppy, sappy, useless romance. Yuck.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Oh jeesh… I read a lot of really long books. Can’t think of just one but off the top of my head I would probably have to say Ken Follett’s World Without End.

Major Book Hangover Because of:

The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Don’t even ask. I can’t explain it. I am not done with them, but reading other books in between them has become a chore, I just want to go back and finish them!


Number of Bookcases You Own:

Three seriously overcrowded ones and a mini one at work.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

There are many, but let’s call it quits on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

Preferred Place to Read:

My bed. I love being propped up on my pillows, under my blanket, with my light and all comfortable and cosy.

Quote that Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From a Book You’ve Read:

Iconic Book Scene - Zoe

I really don’t think that I need to explain this… if you have read the book you will understand.

Reading Regret:

I regret never having done Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in school. Not like it was my choice or anything (we did other books), but I’ll always lament not having done it in so much detail.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):

Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

dark tower covers

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell – Marilyn Manson and Neill Strauss

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (Yep, third time lucky – can you tell I absolutely love this book?)

The Green Mile – Stephen King

Unapologetic Fangirl for:

Karin Slaughter. That woman can write, oh my goodness! I love her work, her characters, the realism, all of it. Brilliant!

Very Excited for this Release more than the Others:

In terms of books made into films, Joe Hill’s Horns. In terms of a book releases, Cop Town by Karin Slaughter just came! Eeeeeek!

Worst Bookish Habits:

Putting a million books on my reading list, then carting an armful of them with me between home, travelling, and work. It’s ridiculous.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Carrie – Stephen King

Your Latest Book Purchase:

I just received my Divergent Trilogy box set and I love it!

divergent trilogy

Zzz-Snatcher Book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

the goldfinch donna tartt cover

38 thoughts on “A-Z Book Survey

  1. Those Sookie Stackhouse novels were painful nearing the last few. But yeah, I toughed it out earlier this year knowing True Blood was at its last season and finished them all.
    I’ve never heard of Karin Slaughter. Sounds like an interesting author to check out. Always love to learn about more books to read 🙂
    Glad to see you had fun with this!

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    1. Painful as in a chore to get through? Oh dear… so far I have been having a blast with them, as long as I don’t take them too seriously, in which case they will just let you down.

      I am trying the series again now. So far so good.

      Ooooooh, I absolutely ADORE Slaughter. She amazes me time and time again. I would highly recommend her, and would love to hear your thoughts if you ever get to any of her work. She has three amazing series!

      It was most enjoyable!


      1. Is there a book/series you’d recommend for me to start with for Slaughter? If not, I’ll probably jot down the ones you mentioned in the post 😉
        As for Sookie, it just gets repetitive. The last book does try to give it a different sort of style and it kind of does work. I’m just not a huge fan of how Charlaine Harris chose to end it.


      2. I would recommend you start with her Grant County series, with Blindsighted. She later goes on to the Will Trent series, and later the two series fuse together, and it is amazing!

        Hmmmm, I will revert back to you soon with how it goes this side. I have just reread the first three, everything after this is new for me.


  2. Nice list! Such a great Zoe post… now Natasha needs to get on this one too. What does crème soda taste like? Is it creamy or sparkly looking? Just curious. I really need to read Fault in our Stars, been saying that forever, I just ordered Looking for Alaska though, have you read that?

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    1. Thanks lady! She must! And you! It tastes like… heaven! LOL! It’s a sparkly drink, but really soft? Does that even make sense? It tastes amazing. It’s been my drink of choice since I was a kid!

      You must do it, that book is great!

      Yeah, I have read that one. I liked it. Much heavier than his other work. Let me know what you think of it!


      1. I know right your post definitely got me thinking of all my book memories. 🙂 I am on book 2 of Game of Thrones right now, so far so good, but I feel like I never will finish this book series, so many to go still.

        Ohh glad you liked it, I will let you know once I read it. I think they are making that one into a movie too.


      2. I am also on A Clash of Kings… slow going cause I am only reading it at night when I have a few minutes and other stuff during the day (I won’t take my friend’s book to work in case something happens to it). LOL of course you will, it will just take time!

        Yeah, they are making quite a few now I see!


    2. I am on this 😀 It is such a nice idea (and post bestest). I am already half way done with mine!
      Mel, Zoë LIVES for her Cream Soda. The only two other things I have ever seen her drink is coffee and water lol.


      1. Thank you! WHOOP! I am so excited to see yours. Hopefully soon, right? Bwahahahaha, and the coffee only because you were there bestie! Sheesh, and Coca Cola is striking now… I am stockpiling Creme Soda like crazy.


      2. 😀 OMG imagine! However… if I had SS around, I certainly wouldn’t be needing a book of all things 😉

        You guys do, but it isn’t even the same as the fantastic green you get here. You should find a place that sells South African stuff online and order a can. Well worth it 😛


      3. I’ve heard that some countries have it but it isn’t the trademark green colour it is known for in SA.

        You would make her week (possibly year) if you did that!


  3. Very cool list, lady! What a fun idea! Gees so much to read, so little time…

    Oh, and P.S. FINALLY finished GoT a little while ago. Loved it, obvi. 🙂 I am now 60 pages deep in Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 and am very intrigued so far.


      1. I am 120 pages in, and I LOVE it so far. Very eerie and it has kind of a more epic feel to it than the stuff I’ve read from him before–feels very Stephen King-y (which makes sense since it’s his son, I suppose). I think you’d like it!

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  4. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF ORDER OF THE PHOENIX!!!!! Oh my gosh that’s a fat one. I’ll be the first to admit that books of that size instantly intimidate me, which I know isn’t fair because the contents are likely excellent. (Except in the case of HP this time, I jus couldn’t get into it. Read the first two and dropped it. Haha!)

    This is a cool post though Zoe. Nice work

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    1. It’s a great book 😀 And huge books can be so great, an elaborate escape. Something I have heard repeatedly from people who didn’t read Potter growing up is that the first two are a chore to get through, and after that it’s easy, so maybe just go on to Prisoner and try again? Just something I heard 😛

      Thanks a lot my friend!


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