Book meme

I liked this one a lot. Some of the answers are just guesses.

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: Agatha Christie, I think.
B. Best Sequel Ever: I don’t know if it’s the best ever, but Bring Up The Bodies was an even more enjoyable read than Wolf Hall.
C. Currently Reading: Betty Neels, Polly.
D. Drink of Choice While Reading: Lady Grey tea. Or actually the very expensive and delicious Fortnums version, Countess Grey.
E. E-Reader or Physical Books: Kindle. You will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School: Peter Wimsey. Though I’m not sure he would have approved of the term ‘dating’.
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: Wolf Hall. I started it years ago, didn’t get far and gave up. Then I read it for the Big Fat Book challenge in March and absolutely loved it.
H. Hidden Gem Book: Again by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. I totally nicked this answer from F, but it’s true.
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life: The moment I decided to stop reading Enduring Love and pick up a Mills and Boon instead. The moment my older cousin gave me a pile of books which included my first two Heyers. The moment I picked up Pride and Prejudice from a school friend’s pile of books and started reading because I was bored during a play rehearsal.
J. Just Finished:  The Bride.
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: Horror. I read a Stephen King and a James Herbert when I was about 13 and the memory still scares me.
L. Longest Book You’ve Read: I’m going to guess Middlemarch.
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of: Outlander. And most of that series, to be honest. They’re an immersive experience for me. Although I have tired of them a bit and haven’t yet bought the latest one. I probably will at some point.
N. Number of Bookcases You Own: Seven Forgot the one in the bathroom. Eight, but there are a lot of books in other places too. Over the door frame, in cupboards, on the floor… Plus a kindleful.
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times: I used to be a huge re-reader before the kindle and the one-click buy. A book I’ve read enough to have got through three copies is Dorothy L. Sayers’ Busman’s Honeymoon.
P. Preferred Place to Read: Bed. Bath.
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You: “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” From C.S.Lewis’s The Last Battle.
R. Reading Regret: I still regret reading that James Herbert book. Also I regret starting the Sylvia Day Bared to You series.
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish: I still have a handful of Amelia Peabody books that I’m looking forward to.
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books: Mansfield Park. Busman’s Honeymoon. Venetia.
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For: Antonia Forest. Although I am apologetic about recommending her because the books are virtually impossible to get hold of.
W. Worst Bookish Habit: Inability to put the light off until I’ve finished the book.
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other: I almost never pre-order books but I did pre-order the UK version of the last Harry Potter book because I was living in the US at the time and didn’t want a US edition. And I admit, I was quite excited to read it. But mostly I don’t count down the days until new releases – I don’t tend to keep track of what’s coming out when.
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book): Hah! It’s Venetia.
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase: Betty Neels’ Stormy Springtime, following a great comment about it on Miss Bates’s blog.
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late): 


  • I’ve long enjoyed your blog and tweets, but I’ve always lurked, at least until now. Here goes:

    A. Rex Stout
    B. Loretta Chase’s Last Night’s Scandal
    C. Simone St. James’s The Haunting of Maddy Clare and P. G. Wodehouse’s The Return of Jeeves
    D. hot or cold sweet tea with lemon
    E. physical books
    F. Gabriel Oak from Far From the Madding Crowd
    G. Dorothy Dunnett’s Game of Kings
    H. Ann Howard Creel’s The Magic of Ordinary Days
    I. the first time I read North and South and the first time I read Jane Austen on my own, not for a class
    J. 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
    K. all horror and most paranormal
    L. Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe
    M. Jo Baker’s Longbourn
    N. a houseful
    O. Jane Austen’s Persuasion
    P. bedroom
    Q. “I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.”–Sophy Croft to Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
    R. any subpar book by a beloved author
    S. Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove novels
    T. Persuasion, North and South, Northanger Abbey
    U. Jane Austen
    V. none in particular, unless it’s revealed that Austen wrote a seventh novel
    W. skimming ahead or skimming the entire book before reading it
    X. Mansfield Park
    Y. Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child
    Z. Madeline Hunter’s The Rules of Seduction

    • I love it when someone delurks! Hello, and please do join in the conversation again any time.

      I used to be a dreadful skimmer, until I started reading the end of books first. Now, safe in the knowledge of what is going to happen, I can take my time to enjoy reading the book.

  • Most Read Books: um, embarrassed to say, D. H. Lawrence

    Best Sequel Ever: actually, Women In Love, sequel to Lawrence’s best novel, The Rainbow, though I also really like THE PLUMED SERPENT, no one reads that one any more. :-(

    Currently Reading: Mary Stewart’s WILDFIRE AT MIDNIGHT (2nd-chance at love on the Isle of Skye … woot!)

    Drink of Choice While Reading: black tea, with touch of honey

    E-Reader, or Physical Books: both, read one of each at the same time, also alternate Kindle with Kobo

    Fictional Character I Would Have Dated In HS: Hamlet (yes, I was that kind of teen-ager)

    Glad I Gave This Book a Chance: Mary Balogh’s THE SECRET PEARL

    Hidden Gem: Kathleen Creighton’s One Christmas Knight

    Imp’t Moments of My Reading Life: the four hours I spent, when I was supposed to be supervising an exam, reading Mrs. Gaskell’s NORTH AND SOUTH; the summer I spent reading JANE EYRE over and over again, and watching, on DVD, every version I could find; it was the summer that brought me back to romance because, that fall, I picked up a Julie Garwood at Costco, a forgettable one, but I read it through the night and haven’t looked back; reading Iris Johansen’s THE LADY AND THE UNICORN, because that was the first romance novel I reviewed on Miss Bates Reads Romance

    Just Finished: Molly O’Keefe’s NEVER BEEN KISSED

    Kinds of Books I Won’t Read: like you, no horror, or steampunk; I won’t read anything that has a unicorn in it; sports romances that involve baseball (I don’t know why; just a thing I have); crime novels that have violence, strictly a cosy girl.

    Longest Book I’ve Read: Tolstoy’s WAR AND PEACE

    Major Book Hangover: I read Jennifer Crusie’s BET ME in one sitting; drove to the wine store, bought Marsala; made Chicken Marsala. (And I DON’T COOK; do you know how long it takes to make Chicken Marsala? Hours. Also, you have to pound the chicken and I didn’t have a pounder thing, so I had to use a hammer.) I ate the whole thing.

    # of Bookcases: six + books piled all over the house; and another five at work

    Book I’ve Read Multiple Times: Charlotte Brontë’s JANE EYRE

    Preferred Places to Read: Couch, bed, bath.

    Quote That Inspires Me: “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will … ” Shakespeare’s HAMLET

    Reading Regrets: Céline’s JOURNEY TO THE END OF NIGHT; Thomas Hardy’s JUDE THE OBSCURE; the journals of Sylvia Plath; anything by Kafka

    Series I Started and Need to Finish: Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters

    Three of My All-Time Favourite Books: Charlotte Brontë’s JANE EYRE; Jane Austen’s EMMA; and, Loretta Chase’s MR. IMPOSSIBLE

    Unapologetic Fan-Girl For: secret baby books

    Worst Bookish Habit: like you, reading way too far into the night when I have to wake up for work, or church

    Excited for this release more than any other: someday when Betty Neels’ FATE IS REMARKABLE is available digitally in North America

    Marks the Spot: Jessica Hart’s PROMOTED: TO WIFE AND MOTHER, dedicated to me by the author, all thanks to YOU!! (I’m not making this up … see Hamlet above)

    Your Latest Book Purchase: Sarah Morgan’s POWERFUL GREEK, UNWORLDLY WIFE (What a great title!) At your recommendation.

    ZZZ-Snatcher: actually, it was Molly O’Keefe’s NEVER BEEN KISSED; love it.

    • Gosh, I didn’t know D.H. Lawrence had written all that many books. I have never read any of them.

      I cannot imagine ever having a crush on emo, moody, paranoid Hamlet. It is a good thing most teenagers grow out of that phase.

      Oh, Jude the Obscure is another one of my reading regrets! I had no idea what it was about until I was too far in to stop. But, oh I wish I’d never read it.

      Lovely answers, Miss B, thanks for playing!

  • It was fun, thanks for setting it up for us!! (P.S. I also drank a lot of the Marsala.)

    Lawrence was a working-class man who needed to make a living from writing. Even though he died at 41, consumption, he produced A LOT, some dreadful stuff, but some great stuff too. Three volumes of short stories are great!

  • Definitely out-grew Hamlet crush, though I still love the play. Now, the only man I’d marry out of a book is Atticus Finch.

  • Fun! Love everyone’s responses! I posted mine at

    Some of those questions were hard! And reading everyone else’s regrets now jogs my memory even more!


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