This is adapted from a blogger survey that has circulated around, and I can’t remember where I first saw it. I think that it was originally developed by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. I’ve adapted it to my Classics Club books.
[A]uthor I’ve read the most books of: Dickens, with The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, and Dombey and Son.
[B]ook I struggled with finishing: Les Miserables. Confession: I still haven’t finished it.
[C]urrently reading: The Count of Monte Cristo.
[D]rink of choice while reading: Tea. Although Dombey and Son was more palatable with a pint of beer.
[E]book or print book: Both – Dickens is better in e-book, though, because: long and heavy.
[F]ictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school: This question makes me laugh. But, I’ll go with Tertius Lydgate, because I found him sadly adorable.
[G]lad you gave this book a chance: The House of Mirth, which was an amazing read.
[H]idden gem book: The Riders of the Purple Sage. This book was surprisingly enjoyable for a Western about Mormons. Odd, though.
[I]mportant moment in the last year: Inspiring some of my real life friends to read a classic.
[J]ust finished: Dombey and Son.
[K]ind of book I refuse to read: I really, really struggle with stream of consciousness. You’ll notice that there is no James Joyce on my list.
[L]ongest book: The Count of Monte Cristo WILL be the longest book, once I finish it. However, at this point, it’s a toss up between Middlemarch and Dombey and Son. They are both in the 880 page area, depending upon edition. Oh, and Anna Karenina.
[M]ajor book hangover: The House of Mirth.
[N]umber of List Classics Finished in the Last Year: 18
[O]ne Book I wish I hadn’t read: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. Seriously, the image of the elephant slaughter just won’t leave my brain. Also, because: horrible racist attitudes that have not aged well. Yuck.
[P]referred Place to Read: My living room, which is set up as my library. It also has a real fireplace, so in the winter time, I can have a crackling fire, a cup of tea, and quiet.
[Q]uote That Inspires You: “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” Madeleine L’Engle.
[R]eading Regret: Not finishing Les Miserables.
[S]eries You Started and Need to Finish (series is complete): Anne of Green Gables, which I will finish this year. Series aren’t really a “classics” thing, though.
[T]hree Favorite Books from this year: The House of Mirth, I Capture the Castle, Jane Eyre.
[U]napologetic Fangirl For: Edith Wharton and George Eliot.
[V]ery Excited to Read In Year Two: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet.
[W]orst Bookish Habit: I am always too ambitious, too many projects, and too many books going at once.
[X] Marks the Spot: Start at the top of your list and pick the 27th book: Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Or the book for 1926, which is Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
[Y]our Latest Book Purchase: I just ordered A Hero of Our Time by Lermontov and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
[Z]ZZ-Snatcher Book (last one that kept you up way too late): The House of Mirth.