The A-Z Bookish Survey!

by - 9:32 PM

Hey, young bloods!

I was wandering the Interwebs in search of dragon gold the other day (sadly, none was found) when I stumbled across this most excellent-looking survey! I'm a huge fan of tags + surveys, so I of course had to do this on OTOSOR. Without further ado, let's get into it!

(As always, links to any that have reviews.)

Author You've Read the Most Books From:

Hands down, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Best Sequel Ever:

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. It was one of my favorite books of all time, and the book it followed (Interview With the Vampire) was uniquely dreadful. TVL completely saved The Vampire Chronicles for me.

Currently Reading:

A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury.

Drink of Choice While Reading:


E-Reader or Physical Book:

Physical books, for sure. Electronic reading makes my eyes hurt, and it just doesn't have the satisfying feel of reading a physical book and flipping a physical page.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:

SUSAN STO HELIT. She's so smart and sarcastic and hot as hell holy crap I'm so not straight.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

The Martian by Andy Weir. I expected to hate it and ended up adoring it.

Hidden Gem Book:

Transit by Anna Seghers. It's an extremely poetic and beautifully-written historical fiction about a man fleeing concentration camps during World War II.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

When my dad started reading The Hobbit out loud to me, a half a chapter a night, as a bedtime story when I was nine. It ignited my love for fantasy, which has remained my favorite genre by far six years later.

Just Finished:

Durarara, Vol. 3 by Ryohgo Narita.

Kinds of Books You Won't Read:

I've been branching out over the past few years, but I still don't typically do anything with werewolves, aliens, or zombies.

Longest Book You've Read:

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

For some reason, I tend not to suffer from book hangovers. Indeed, the opposite usually happens - I read a book that's super bad, and it casts a shadow over the next few I read regardless of how good they are. But if I had to pick one, I'd go with the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I was completely lost for a few weeks after finishing it; it's all I'd been reading for months (there are 41 books), and I didn't really know where to go once I'd finished.

Number of Book Cases You Own:


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I rarely do rereads, but I can't count how often I've read that one.

Preferred Place to Read:

In my bed, curled up under my fuzzy blanket. It feels like I'm in my own little reading world!

Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels From a Book:

Inspiring: "i am a museum full of art / but you had your eyes closed" - Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

Feels: "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?" - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Hilarious: "Goddamn it, do it yourself. You're five hundred years old and you can't use a telephone? Read the directions. What are you, an immortal idiot?" - Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned

Reading Regret:

Probably not getting a Goodreads earlier. My reading intake has soared since I did that, and I'm so very happy I did.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (All the Books Are Out):

The Advise and Consent Series by Allen Drury.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (loose Cinderella retelling from the points of view of the fairy godmothers), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (runaway kids + mysteries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), and I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (beautiful and inspiring and so, so, so important).

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

TRUTHWITCH BY SUSAN DENNARD. I realize this book was a definite hit or miss for most people, but I come down squarely on the hit side.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All the Others:


Worst Bookish Habit:

I almost always bend the backs of paperback books - oops?

X Marks the Spot - Start at the Top Left of Your Bookshelf and Pick the 27th Book:

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

I actually haven't bought a book in a while, so I'll have to go with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Zzz-Snatcher Book (Last Book That Kept You Up WAY Too Late):

Oooh.....that's tough, but I'd have to go with The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic!


Let's chat! What's your latest bookish purchase? A release you're most looking forward to? Book you just finished? Author you've read the most from? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3


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  1. I seriously need to read The Foxhole Court. I don't even know why I haven't already?!? It calls to me.😂 And omg I'm so so excited for The Love Interests too!! And I was surprised Seraphina is the longest book you've read compared to those Tolkien ones! I always thought LOTR was huge haha. I should go check the word count difference for curiosity's sake. I think the author I've read the most from is either Lemony Snicket or Rick Riordan!!

    1. I think you'd like it! Oh, you're probably right! I was thinking of the longest book I read last year, since I recently did a 2016 book survey XD Fellowship of the Ring would probably be the longest, then. I WANT TO DIVE INTO RICK RIORDAN BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START. And I'm afraid I might find the books a bit childish, as I'm older than the intended audience (which is, as I understand, 9-12?).

      - Ellie

    2. sorry to eavesdrop but read rick riordan sorry I couldn't resist have to represent the fandom XD

  2. Love this survey! My dad read me the Hobbit too when I was younger, and yep now I'm pretty much obsessed. Ok maybe I've asked you this before but have you read Eragon? If not you MUST read it-- definitely a good one for fantasy nuts like us ((I'm reading the Hobbit-again- right now by the way and it's the best thing ever I wish I knew you in real life so I could like freak out at you every day about how much I love it haha)). But anyways I love all these and this survey. The last book I purchased was The Diabolic, but I have yet to read it still (that TBR just keeps growing haha). Neat post!

    1. YES I HAVE, AND IT WAS FANTASTIC. Especially Angela, dear lord.


      Thank you!

      - Ellie

  3. UM THESE PHOTOS ARE FABULOUS, SON. *adjusts cool sunglasses* Also you just reminded me that I really want to read The Martian! ALSO TEA YES ALWAYS TEA OMG. <3333


    1. Why, thank you! YES YOU DO, YOU DEFINITELY DO. It's awesome <3

      - Ellie

  4. I've been meaning to read The Martian for so long! *eyes overwhelming TBR fearfully*. I really need to get to my local library. And so many bloggers and saying to read The Foxhole Court. AND THE LOVE INTEREST OMG AS SOON AS I SAW IT ON YOUR BLOG/LOOKED IT UP I WANTED TO READ IT!

    1. I'm like that with SO many books! The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, The Whispering Skull, You Know Me goes on, and on, and on.

      I will join them: READ THE FOXHOLE COURT. But don't go in expecting fabulousness, because there are quite a few flaws and problematic areas. Expect mediocrity, and then you will be pleasantly (but not overwhelmingly) surprised, as happened to me.


      - Ellie

  5. Hey Ellie, I love this post. And now I want to go reread LOTR and the Hobbit. Okay if I borrow this post idea sometime in the near future?

    1. Thank you! Of course you can; it's definitely not mine. (I haven't the faintest idea who the original creator is, in fact.)

      - Ellie


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