The A to Z of Books and Me

Were you also the type that, back in the late 90s or early 2000s, used to send around email surveys to all of your friends? They were closeted ways to passive-agressively tell your friends a lot of information about yourself while simultaneously not actually interacting with them. Let it be known that it was a very strange time, which, of course begot an even stranger time: MySpace, Facebook, and then Twitter. It was a fun way to reflect and share, however, before we all started airing our dirty laundry literally everywhere online.
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I came across a book lovers questionnaire* from The Bleeding Pelican whilst perusing the web for another post, and I thought it was rather—dare I say it?—cute. It reminded me of the aforementioned surveys I used to share, and I’m interested to read your responses, too. I’d love to read your answers, actually, so please feel free to re-post your own questionnaire and comment the link to your site below.

Happy answering, fellow bibliophiles!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From: Jodi Picoult – I started her books in late high school and read them well through college. After several years, her plots became predictable and I gave her up, but she’ll always be a favorite. I may come back to her new book, Small Great Things, because it’s getting amazing reviews.

Baby’s Best Board BookKiss Good Night by Amy Hest. My son used to LOVE this book, and we still quote it from time to time. I found it at our local library and then bought him one for his third birthday.

Christmas Wouldn’t Be the Same Without: Going to go classic on this one and say A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It was published in 1843 and still keeps on going… love it.

Doesn’t Impress You Like it Does/Did Everyone Else: The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins. I must say, I was very excited about this book; however, in my excitement I did not set my sights too high. It wasn’t that I expected more from it; it’s just that I expected it to be good. I was let down by the predictable ending, and I really, really, really thought it was going to be better.

Earliest Picture Book Memory? Love You Forever by Robert Munsch or But No Elephants  by Jerry Smith. The first is a classic among many children, I’m sure. The second is one I’m sure my parents hid behind couch cushions and any small crevice they could find to keep me from yelling ‘BUT NO ELEPHANTS!’ anymore.

Funniest Book You Can Think Of? Definitely Bossypants by Tina Fey. I have read many other hilarious books, memoirs mostly, but they cater to a political spectrum, whereas Fey can be funny to almost anyone.

Golden Book FavoriteThe Poky Little Puppy, for sure. Just thinking about it gets me a little teary.

Hidden Gem Book: It’s not so hidden in that many love it, but The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The movie was awful, but the book is one of my most favorite fiction reads ever.

Illustrations You Would Actually Frame to Display on Your Wall:  The Velveteen Rabbit. Most editions have beautiful photos, but the one I have isn’t online. The one in the link looks cute though.

Just Finished Reading: Mary Oliver’s Upstream. Read anything by her, and I’ll consider myself accomplished in referring you, dear reader, a text.

Kids Love This But You Don’tThe Little Engine That Could or The Little Red Caboose. Anything train oriented lost its luster a long time ago for me. (My son will make train noises for hours, sometimes even in his sleep. It’s gotten real old after more than a decade of it!)

Last Purchased Book: James Patterson’s Word of Mouse. I picked this up as an easy read to get through before my son comes home. I figured I could read it so we could discuss it, and it turns out the illustrations are adorable… a cute little mouse named Isaiah.

Most Worn Out Title in your Home: I typically don’t re-read many books, so very few get “worn.” However, I did really give Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning a work out this past summer. So much useful knowledge from a man who’s seen the worst of humanity and still known compassion.

Not Just for Kids:  Why, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, of course! It was way cooler before Bieber tattooed gulls to his skin.

Out-of-Print Book(s) You Severely Wish Were Not: I’m not sure I’ve come across this issue yet…fingers crossed!

Poetry Perfection: Sarah Kay, Mary Oliver, or Clint Smith. *sigh* They’re all wondertastimous.

Quintessential Teenage Read: Going to go classic on this one again and say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The fact that this book was even meaningful at all to me as a teenager is a testament to its brilliance, but also because I read Go Set a Watchman fifteen years later (which is the other half of my life since TKAM) and still enjoyed the message and Lee’s writing.

Read on an Airplane (or traveling): Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. I received a copy of this book through Book of the Month Club, a book subscription service, and I enjoyed it very much. I read it in the airport and on flights to and from New York. Definitely heavy enough to keep interest, but light enough that you can function between readings. Just right, as Goldilocks would say.

Series You Wish You Owned All Of: The Harry Potter series. I only have a few of the books since when I read them I borrowed them or I’ve since loaned my copies to others. Would love a hardback set someday.

Thrift Store Bargain that Thrilled You: I purchased Dave Isay’s Ties That Bind at our local Dollar Tree and loved it. The stories were all very short but relevant. Each one taught me a little something about the way life can be, aside from just the often narrow way I see it.

Unexpected Delight Pulled Randomly From the Library Shelf: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. This book has changed the way that I read, and it’s also a wonderful testament to the way books shape relationships. Also, good news! He has another book out now, too: Books For Living.

Virtue Lesson Not to Miss: And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This novella is a nice reminder about what we should be living for: time with loved ones, annoying loved ones, and creating memories of both.

Wordless Book that Won Your Heart: BJ Novak’s Book With No Pictures cracked me up. I enjoyed it for its simplicity and wished I, too, had some sort of status so I could publish such a text.

X is Tricky! One Alphabet Book that Does it Right: Dr. Seuss’s A B C book. I had this book memorized when my son was young! This, I thought, was quite a great thing because I knew the alphabet backwards, which I thought would be a fun trick. As any rational persons will tell you, this trick is not needed in Real Life. I’ve been disappointed ever since.

You Wish Your Kids Loved This as Much as You Do: Same as above, Harry Potter. My son stopped at the third book because the books started getting too long. I have been a little let down, yet again, ever since.

Zzz… Bedtime Story You Would Reach For First: The Bible or a devotional reading from The Word Among Us. It’s a great way to end the day, but I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t often stay conscious that long. 🙂

*I changed a couple of the prompts for convenience and clarity.

So what are the books for YOUR A to Z? I’m dying to know! 🙂

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