A to Z Book Blogger Survey!

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner created this awesome bookish survey, and I saw it over on Katie’s Book Blog.
I decided I wanted to join in!

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

Nora Roberts, hands down. School libraries close for the summer, and in a small town with no library, Mom’s books would make do!

Bloody Jack – Book 1

Best Sequel Ever

This is difficult. What are the defining qualities of best?

The one I enjoyed most just simply for a wonderful read is LA Meyers’ Bloody Jack series, about young orphan Mary Faber.

The series I love beyond thought and comparison is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, even though I’m still in Book 5. I was in love from the first book. Absolutely, head-over-heels in love with Gabaldon and this story since 7th grade. I am so glad to say that kind of connection will never die or dwindle!

Currently Reading

Sacred Promises by Jennifer Hines and Mindy Bigham. I think I’ll enjoy the fact that Abbey has to grow up like any other person, but keep her royal identity a secret.

Drink of Choice While Reading

The old me would say Dr. Pepper, but the trying-to-be-more-mindful me says water.

E-reader or physical book?

Physical book for keepers. E-books for books I just review from requests. (I’ve gotten better at saying no!) I will always (eventually) get a physical copy of books that I adore.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School

Hmmm. Not like he would have gone to high school and we ever would have met to start dating, but how can I not say Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series?! Talk about the epitome of a man – a man’s man! And yet he’s still tender and reflective. And tall. With an accent. Mmm. I think I need to do a re-read.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

The Hunger Games. I’m not one to go with the crowd, so I’m glad I gave it a chance despite all the buzz and hype because I loved so many things about the dystopian society that Katniss lives within and handles.

pee-your-pants funny

Oh, and Harry Potter. Remember how I said I had a stigma to it growing up? I don’t know why, I really don’t. But I am SO SO SO glad I followed through. True, it happened the year after I graduated college instead of the summer after I graduated high school, but it was still a joy. Such a joy that I’m taking the Hogwarts House theme into my language arts classroom this year!

Hidden Gem Book

The Snitch, Houdini and Me by Johnny Virgil. HILARIOUS and sentimental!

Important Moment in Your Reading Life

Reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books in primary and elementary school. I even re-read the series in 5th and 6th grade. I always felt so different because I really was a farm girl and didn’t fit in. I thought I was born in the wrong era. And, I loved the fact that I could watch the TV show with my grandmother. Michael Landon was my childhood hero, and he still is a champion in my eyes for a lot of reasons.

Just Finished

Dreamscape by Christie Rich. Strong female character!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

Heavy science fiction/zombie/vampire/war.  I eventually want to get into reading more biographical and historical reads about wars, but I don’t think I can handle that emotional of a read at this point in my life. I have read some, like Night, The Diary of Anne Frank, Regeneration and some other British literature from my college courses (that I actually did enjoy!).

Longest Book You’ve Read

Maybe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870. Outlander and Voyager were also 870 pages, but the font was smaller… Oh, Drums of Autumn (part of the Outlander series) at 928 pages, also with tiny font. Although right now I’m struggling to get through book 5, The Fiery Cross, at 1443 pages…

Major Book Hangover Because of…

Outlander. In 7th grade, I about died not being able to continue on with Claire and Jamie. When I found out it was a series, I rushed out to get the rest!

Number of Bookcases You Own

the piles on top were MUCH higher before this last move

Personal: just one. I am a broke, recent graduate. And that bookcase became a non-negotiable. I HAD to have my books out of storage, and see them. In my classroom I have two bookcases for my own teacher literature and my classroom library. I would never turn away a bookcase! 😉

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

The first book of Bloody Jack and Outlander. If I had Little House on the Prairie, I’d probably read that more times too!

Preferred Place to Read

In the peace, quiet and hopefully solidarity and comfort of my bed, with pillows and blankies and a fan and possibly music.

Quote That Inspires You

This is very hard. We’ll be here all day. No joke. I’m the kind of person that records meaningful quotes, or quotes that “speak to me.” Both of these are from the Outlander series.

“This is our time. Until that time stops – for one of us, for both – it is our time. Now. Will you waste it, because you are afraid?”

“So take me as you find me, with all my fears and failures.”

Reading Regret

Not reading Harry Potter while growing up. (The first one came out when I was in elementary school.) I feel I lost some of the magic.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (series is complete)

I need to finish Bloody Jack. I just checked, and three more books have come out. I don’t know when it will end, but I hope never! I love the characters and their stories. I think that will be a first paycheck buy!

I also need to finish reading the Outlander series. Oh, and the last book in the Hunger Games series.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

Obviously Outlander.

Looking for Alaska by John Green (thank you adolescent literature!) – little did I know this book would help me with my own personal life and turmoil when a family member committed suicide.

He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Saenz, as my own dad was absent from my young life by choice.

Unapologetic Fangirl For

Outlander. Duh!

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others


I’ve never been one to desperately wait for a release. I just want more of Outlander and Bloody Jack. Please keep writing their stories!

Worst Bookish Habit

I tend to twist and twirl my hair while reading, usually during intense parts. I’ve caught myself doing it, which is an annoying pet peeve of mine when a woman is talking and playing with her hair. I have no bad bookish habits.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book…

😦 They’re all in boxes. Again. Not fair. …. I abhor moving!

The 27th book on my Kindle is L. Frank Baum’s The Lost Princess of Oz.

Your Latest Book Purchase

Uhhhm…. blogger Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half book. Yes, I pre-ordered it. I have no shame.

ZZZ-Snatcher Book (last one that kept you up way too late)

This isn’t a very fair question for me since I have insomnia, and often stay up late working on this book blog or reading whatever I’m currently in. But growing up, it would be whatever romance novel I snitched and was hiding from my mom.

My Foray into Book Blogging…and other things

I’ve always been a reader, and a writer, but never really a blogger. I started with the teeny-bopper Myspace blogs, that have long since been deleted. Then, I decided to get back to writing to get used to the habit so I could finish a novel I started several years ago.

So I once again started a blog, Murmur. It was intended to be a place to share my writings and poems, but it also turned into sharing elements of my personal life. I suppose you could call it a brainstorming blog. But then life happened – advanced education, literature and geography courses, projects and papers, swarms of assigned readings, friends, jobs, student organizations, responsibilities – and the blog fell off my radar. Plus, I didn’t really know what I was doing, and didn’t have the time to figure it out.

With the ringing in of the new 2013 year, I went back and made a re-commitment to my Murmur blog. I did a little investigating and changed things up a bit. I gave it a friendlier, easy look and added some cool widgets to the sidebar. It doesn’t look too bad, but I’m still struggling with how to get the subscription to work through Feedburner. If you know how, by all means help! I revisited my Goodreads account and set a goal for 2013 – to read 150 books!! I plan on being active with my Murmur blog and on Goodreads, catching up with the groups I’ve joined, adding ratings and reviews to all the books I’ve read. This may mean going back and re-reading all the books I’ve read…which wouldn’t really be a pain. 🙂

And then, something great happened. A friend, who is an avid reader, began publicizing her book blog, The Electic Bookworm, on Facebook, with it’s own Facebook page. I saw it and went perusing since I wasn’t quite sure what it was. And I discovered her book blog! I asked if I could write guest book reviews every once in a while, and she immediately added me to her blog account here with WordPress, and also manager access to the Facebook page for the blog. WOW!

So I got started activating my access to the WordPress blog, but I had to create my own WordPress account…and I thought to myself, Why not create my own blog dedicated to reading, literature and photography? These are all things that I love, arts that I view as interconnected. Whereas The Eclectic Bookworm is adult reading across all genres, I have very different tastes. Although I think Mommabel has gotten me on a track with reading more history and biography, my readings will focus more on the mainstream adult fiction as well as young adult novels and children’s novels to use in classroom teaching, since my background is in education. I’m not as broad or eager to cross genres as Mommabel is; I particularly stay away from sci-fi and horror. BUT I do live by the Reader’s Rule: Finish the first three chapters before deciding to continue or discard your reading selection. Some of the genres I delve into include young adult, children’s, fiction, romance, historical romance, classic and suspense. Expect to see representations of these genres, educational uses and implementations of these genres and books, as well as showcases of amazing or interesting photography of my own and other’s.