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Book Survey That People I Esteem Have Done

1. What is your favourite fictional food or drink?
C.S. Lewis made Turkish delight sound so badass and then you get some for real and it's gross and you're like "Is this because there was a war on and no access to actually good candy?" And I guess it's not fictional food anyway, it's just IN fiction. Ummmmmmmmm. Omg I'm gonna be terrible and cliched and say butterbeer.

Awesome picture taken from here

2. How long did it take you to finish your last book?
I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God on the Metra to Kenosha, WI and I think it took at leeeeast three weeks? Because it was on Oyster and I don't binge-read on there. But. Amazing. Amazing book. Obvs. Will review soon.


3. How many times do you stare at your books or bookshelves each day?
Most are in one of the apartment's front rooms, which has no working lights in it right now because #lifepriorities, so...maybe a few times a week? I'm usually reading other stuff. It's only when I'm running somewhere and need a book and somehow don't have one floating around in one of my bags that I scan my overloaded shelves of books I'll probably never finish I AM DEPRESSING MYSELF.




4. How many Goodreads friends and books do you have?
Don't care about Goodreads friends. I think I'm the only person who comments on people's statuses on goodreads, so FORGET ALL Y'ALL. But books...I'm slightly worried because my already-read pile is at...*checks* 390 and my TBR is at 363. I REALLY DON'T WANT TBR TO SURPASS THE ALREADY-READ PILE.


5. Do you ever quote books in public?
I'm the kind of douchey where sometimes when I see a dead bird I -- IN MY HEAD -- go "I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the windowpane." And sometimes I quote my favorite Pickwick Papers exchange, which is "Sir, you're a fellow!" "Sir, you're another!" And soooometimes I quote Jane Eyre's "Laws and principles are not for times when there is no temptation," because the SECOND I am tempted by something, laws and principles don't count for squat. But I try to remind myself anyway.


6. Do you ever re-read books?
As with almost everyone who has a book blog, no, not really. THERE IS SO MUCH TO READ. I used to re-read Gone-Away Lake every so often, and there are sections of Jane Eyre I used to have memorized, because 16 years old.


7. Do you judge a book by its cover?
YES I was in a Facebook group back in the day called "I judge books by their covers." Also their typesetting. I read The Monsters of Templeton solely because it has a badass cover.


aw, yeah

8. Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr?
I talk to the most people on Twitter, but TUMBLR I LOVE YOU SO.


Tumblr gives unto the people things like this

9. Which genres take you the longest to read?
Gonna echo Laura here and say classics. I've been working on Barnaby Rudge for yeeeears. But it is not good. So it is just gonna take forever. But I WILL FINISH IT, because Dickens completism. 


10. Who are your favourite BookTubers (or Book Bloggers)?
Who wrote this? BookTube comes first? I don't watch NOTHIN' on BookTube, because I am a grownass lady. My favorite book bloggers are in my sidebar. I love them. May they book blog now and forevermore, amen.


11. How often do you pre-order books?
Ok, so I have hundreds of unread books at my apartment. And because I rarely get actual-excited about new books coming out, I either wait for them at the library, or get an ARC. Pretty sure I'll pre-order Amy Poehler's new book though, because ARCs of that are probably going to be immmmpossible to get unless you're Emily.


12. Are you a shopaholic?
[THIS QUESTION IS REDACTED FOR BEING STUPID]


13. How many times have you re-read your favourite book?
BEING KINDA REPETITIVE, SURVEY. Don't know, don't care.


14. Do you own a lot of books?
I own too many books and get mad whenever someone says "Oh, you can NEVER own too many books." Really? Really. Because I feel like when you keep buying books with no probable intention of ever reading them, that's when you own too many books. Also your bookshelves are full and just look messy instead of cool and omg just give some away, just do it.


15. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?
Before I read them? Uh. Is that a thing? I mean, sometimes when I get them in the mail. If they're pretty. This question has made me so paranoid WHY WOULD I TAKE PICTURES BEFORE I READ THEM.


16. Do you read every day?
Oh of course not, because I'm someone who loves being BORED. Yes, I read every day.


Also this

17. How do you choose a new book?
I choose a new book to read by scanning Oyster or going to my shelves and standing there indecisively until I vaguely remember the reason I got a certain book in the first place, then I pick it up, read 15 pages and don't touch it again for months.


18. Do you always have a book with you?
Yes. Today it is The Cuckoo's Calling by Secretly J.K. Rowling and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris that I took while catsitting for my friend.




19. What are your biggest distractions from reading?
Is anyone's answer to this "Life" instead of Netflix? Because my answer's Netflix. 


20. What is your favourite place to buy books?
HOKAY, so, if you're in Chicago, we've got a number of places. First off, obviously, Open Books. It's the best. Otherly, there's Powell's in Hyde Park, which has an awesome selection and is pretty big and fun to walk around in. And then I just went to Ravenswood Used Books in (surprise) Ravenswood, which is small but SO LABYRINTHINE. So they can fit a lot in there. It's cool going there with someone else, then parting ways and trying to find each other again. 


OK THEN SURVEY, you weren't the best ever, but you totally weren't the worst. Good times, my friend.

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