Ang Writes A to Z Survey

One of my writer friends (Ang Writes) started an A to Z survey about books she’d read, and asked people to write their own responses to the survey questions. Well. After a few days, I asked my friend Miranda Kate if she thought I should play along and respond to the survey. She gave me this amazing answer.

Only just got to your message. It’s a silly question Mark, I want EVERYONE to do one, so I can get to know you all better! I’d love to know what you read. xx

So, OK. I went ahead and filled it out. Here’s the result.

Author(s) you’ve read the most books from: Larry Niven, Alistair Maclean, Ian Fleming, Orson Scott Card, Jack L. Chalker, Stephen R. Donaldson

Best sequel ever: The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Here’s the list of the three books.

1. The Wounded Land

2. The One Tree

3. White Gold Wielder

Currently reading: The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss

Drink of choice while reading: Sprite 

E-reader of physical book: Yes. I like both. I used to own a Kobo. It died. Being curious, I disassembled it. The remains are buried somewhere in the family room downstairs. Eventually, I’ll throw them away. Eventually. Now, I read on my Chromebook.

Fictional character you probably would have liked to date in high school: I didn’t date anyone in high school. But Belladonna from Anne Bishop’s Ephemera series comes to mind as someone I think I might have wished I could.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Cara Michaels Gaeas Chosen : The Mayday Directive. One of the rare instances where I couldn’t stop reading.

Hidden Gem book: His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison. A male fantasy of the perfect girlfriend, if ever there was one.

Important moment in your reading life: My junior year in high school (back before time began), when I discovered science fiction, and read more books in one year than I’ve read in any year since. Including books by Robert A. Heinlein and Alan Dean Foster.

Just finished: I haven’t just finished any book. But, if this actually means last book you finished, then The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss.

Kind of books you won’t read: Zombies. I just don’t get them. At all. This is followed closely by most of the Horror category. For some odd reason I’ve never understood, I just find the whole topic yucky, and gross. I find it much more entertaining to watch people react to horror, since I tend to not react to it much at all.

Longest book you’ve ever read: Aside from the Holy Bible, I have to say Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.

Major book hangover because of: What’s a major book hangover? I don’t get it. It’s just a book. That’s like asking, “Major movie hangover” or “Major TV series hangover”.

Number of bookcases you own: I’ve never bothered to count them. They’re all over the house. At least, what, 10?

One book you have read multiple times: There isn’t one. I’m not joking. I’ve never read a novel twice. Ever. I have read several non-fiction books twice. In particular, the Holy Bible, books related to the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ tests, and books related to the work I once did. But fiction? Nope. Never.

Preferred place to read: Sitting. I don’t really care where. I can read, and have read, everywhere I can sit. Even when surrounded by people. If I can sit down, I can read. Airplanes. Malls. On the beach. At church. I’ve been told I have an ability to ignore humanity.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: From works of fiction? Inspiring? Lemme translate this to Mark… I’ll stick with something that explained an aspect of life to me. I vaguely remember a part of Nichole Peeler’s Tempest Rising that explained how some females react to romance stories. Something to the effect of the stories being “he raped her until she fell in love with him” stories.

Reading regret: I’m not a fast reader. I find I have lots of things I want to read, but for me, reading a book, any book, takes a lot of time. I can’t read very many books of any kind in one single day. Even 180 pages or less is tough in one day. Most works of fiction take me days, if not weeks, to read.

Series you started and need to finish: Need to finish? None. I’ll live, even if I never finish another series. But, would like to finish? Now that I can answer. Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. The first book was fun. But I haven’t had the reading willpower to read the other five.

Three of your all-time favorite books:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Breakheart Pass by Alistair Maclean

Sebastian by Anne Bishop

Unapologetic fan for: This one reminds me of being asked what my favorite sports team is, or my favorite sport. Which is a bitch to answer when you don’t have one, and everyone behaves like you do. I usually lie, and pick an answer I can use over and over again, to shut people up, so they don’t ask me such questions anymore. So. Honestly, I am not an unapologetic fan for anyone. But, to make people happy, I’ll pick an answer and stick with it. So… Let’s pick Edgar Rice Burroughs. I did like reading his stories of John Carter’s adventures on Mars. Just don’t ask when I read them. It was a lot of years ago.

Very excited for this release more than all others: Now, that’s something I’ve never thought about. This is another one of those “fan” questions, isn’t it.

Worst bookish habit: Reading with my fingers, or a “bookmark”. So I can see where I am. On my chromebook, reading by highlighting what I’m reading.

X marks the spot. Start at the top left of your bookcase, and name book 27: So much for sticking to fiction. Let me see here. I believe it’s one of my CompTIA A+ test prep books. Yep. This one. Hey! Not my fault! You asked a loaded question!

CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Authorized Exam Cram (6th Edition) [Paperback]

Your latest book purchase: The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss

ZZZZZ… The last book that kept you up way too late: Entangled, A Paranormal Anthology, edited by Edie Ramer. We were out camping. And I read myself to sleep every night. That was the book I was reading at the time. By the way. I decided to try the book because I noticed all proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

And there you have it. My answers to the A to Z survey Ang started. Now, go take the survey yourself. Have fun in life.