You Waited This Long Now Stop Debating, 'Cause I'm Back*

I'm too embarrassed to check the date on my last post. Oy.

It's been an interesting last couple of months, which I guess I will slowly (but surely) go into details.
Most importantly, it's been a time of personal growth.
I know 2013 isn't over yet, but I'm a fan.

Something I've finally gotten to doing more again?
And it's helped me feel like me, again.

And in the spirit of books, What Red Read answered a bookish survey (who, in turn, links back to Jamie and Sarah) which inspired me to get back on here.

So, here it goes!

Authors you've read the most books from: Does Shakespeare count? 'Cause I've read about 70% of his work. Or Austen, which I admit are only 5 that I've read.

Best sequel ever: I agree, does this mean it's a 2 book thing only? Either way, 'Prisoner of Azkaban' is still my favourite of the Harry Potter saga (that word makes me think of Twilight *shudder* )

Currently reading: The Cuckoo's Calling and The Phantom of the Opera

Drink of choice while reading: Tea. Tea. Tea. A nice hot cupp'a tea.

Ereader or physical book: I love a physical book; the engagement in the turning of the pages, the weight, the (hard)cover. I'm not, however, against e-readers. I think they have their own charm too. But nothing will ever beat a book.

Fictional character that you probably would have dated in high school: Mr. Darcy. Horatio. Mr. Rochester (he had his charms).  

Glad you gave this book a chance: 

Hidden gem book: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod. I though it was a beautiful. The imagery wasn't long or pretentious, but I felt as if I were looking through someone's family photographs (a-la-Harry Potter, movement wise).  
"All of us are better when we're loved."

Important moment in your reading life: Actually, studying English Literature and getting my BA. I enjoyed every second of my degree.

Just finished: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Hilarious! 

Kind of books you won't read: Isn't good to expand and move away from your comfort zone? I've always been a fiction lover. And classics lover. I feel like I need to get more into History. Baby steps, right?

Longest book you read: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. 

Major book hangover because of: Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I had to stop reading it at nights because I'd have nightmares; I still had nightmares after having finished reading it...
Also the last Harry Potter because... what else was there to look forward to every summer?!

Number of bookcases you own: 3, I guess. 

One book you've read multiple times: The Little Prince (St. Exupery), Hamlet (Shakespeare), and Sense & Sensibility (Austen).

Preferred place to read: The floor or a comfy couch. (This explains my neck pains... And reminds me of THIS illustration)

Quote that inspires you: "...on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."

Reading regret: That I didn't keep up my reading habits from college. Granted, life (ie work & +school) gets 'in the way'...

Series you started and need to finish: Yep. Started Game of Thrones... and that's it. I was pulled into it but just haven't set myself to pursue it. Agatha Christie (Poirot and Ms.Marple) are also some I enjoyed and have wanted to read more of. 

Three of your all-time favorite books: The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Unapologetic fangirl for: Hunger Games. There, I said it. And Neil Gaiman. And J.K. Rowling.

Very excited for this release: I was looking forward to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Gaiman) and I'm really curious to read King's sequel to The Shining (x-years later!!)--> Have a look at this Article

Worst bookish habit: "Feeling the need to finish a book even if I'm not liking it. I need to learn to let go"- I hear you. I've only managed to quit one book in my life because I didn't get what the whole hoopla was about.**

marks the spot! start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: So, from which bookshelf? Eenie meenie... Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson.

Your last bookish purchase: I was the happiest person on Earth a couple of weeks ago because I went to NYC; of course I stopped by The Strand. And I happened to buy a Great Gatsby sweatshirt and a Cat Tote (plus a magnet and some books, of course!)

Zzz-snatcher. Which book kept you up way late?: Nowadays, I can't stay up past 12am. It's physically impossible for me. Last time I was reading The Cuckoo's Calling though I kept saying "One more chapter.."- until I dreamt I was still reading and was making up my own plot line...***

It's good to be back.

*Yes. I'm back, classy as ever, 'singing' some Eminem.
** The DaVince Code. Bland prose if ever I read one.
*** This is why I don't pressure myself into reading at night. I tend to read-dream stuff up. It gets confusing.


  1. I could totally see you with Mr. Rochester. Mysterious man! ;)

  2. Yay I'm glad you've decided to come back!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has trouble giving up on a book I'm not enjoying. Also I love the idea that if you read late at night you end up dreaming your own plot lines. I imagine it's confusing but what if you dream up a better plot line than the author came up with?

  3. I started reading again in 2013 as well and can really relate to what you said about it making you feel like you again.

    It was lovely finding out more about your bookish habits! And I'll definitely have to look into a few of the books you mentioned.

    Haha, I've had books and dreams intertwining too, when I fell asleep whilst reading "the End of Mr. Y". A great book, but a trippy one that will give you the strangest nightmares if you read it before bedtime(or a nap).

    I might fill this thing out at some point as well:) Also, are you on Goodreads? Hope so!