A-Z Book Survey

A bunch of writer pals have been posting their lists…. so here’s mine!


Author(s) You’ve Read the Most Books Of:

It’s got to be William Faulkner.  Hunter S. Thompson and Ross MacDonald are close seconds.  Jim Thompson, Anais Nin, and Ernest Hemingway are up there too.

Best Sequel Ever:

I’m not sure if this really qualifies as a sequel but, FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, by Raymond Chandler– the second of his Philip Marlowe novels, is tops in my book.


Currently Reading:

CHILD OF GOD by Cormac McCarthy, MORTAL STAKES by Robert B. Parker, BENEATH THE UNDERDOG by Charles Mingus (yes, that Charles Mingus), and THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles (I’m always reading THE SHELTERING SKY.  When I finish it I go right back to the beginning and start over).

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee, usually.  Often nothing.

E-Reader of Physical Book:

Physical books.  Not a contest.  They’re going to have to pry my paper books out of my cold, dead hands.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:

I think Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly would have been interesting as a high school kid.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens.  Thought it was going to be dry and stuffy.  Instead, I discovered how fantastic Dickens was as using language.

Hidden Gem Book:

CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff.  Everyone remembers the movie made from Benioff’s other novel, THE 25TH HOUR.  No one’s heard of CITY OF THIEVES.  Their loss.  It’s a rollicking story told with grit, intensity, and humor.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

The day in 1981 when I discovered the work of Edgar Allan Poe.  Set me up with a love of the macabre for life.

Just Finished:

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy and OUT OF SIGHT by Elmore Leonard.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

Hard Sci-Fi.  I just don’t get it.

Anything by Nicholas Sparks is right out too.

Longest Book You’ve Ever Read:

Without getting up to check page counts… it’s got to be either BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens or TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER by Tad Williams.  If I had to bet I’d put my money on Tad.

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

DELTA OF VENUS by Anais Nin.  Stayed up all night to finish it the first time I read it back in high school.  Anais Nin opened up a whole world of possibilities for me.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Twelve, so far.  We need more.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times:

There are so many…. but I’ll go with Emily Bronte’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS for this one.

Preferred Place to Read:

In bed.  Simple as that.

Quote That Inspires You:

“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”  – Henry Miller

Reading Regret:

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.  Don’t judge.  Was working in a bookstore when it came out and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  Ehhhhh………

Series You Started and Need to Finish:

David Drake’s HAMMER’S SLAMMERS.  Don’t know why I haven’t finished this series.  Just never got around to it.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS – Hunter S. Thompson, and KITCHEN by Banana Yoshimoto.


Unapologetic Fanboy For:

Richard Laymon.  Schlock horror at its finest.  His books’ll make you editor-types howl with indignation but the guy knew how to spin a yarn.

Very Excited for This Release Over All Others:

Whatever noir writer Christa Faust comes out with next.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting a dozen or so books at the same time.

X Marks the Spot – Stop at the Top Left of Your Shelf & Pick the 27th Book:

THE SOUND OF WAVES by Yukio Mishima.

Your Latest Book Purchase:

HYPOTHERMIA by Arnaldur Indridason

Zzzzzzz…. The Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late:







Posted on August 19, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Ah Holly Golightly…she was a great character. 🙂 great list, thanks for sharing.


  2. It still amazes me how few authors I know!! Barely knew any of them!! But yeah, totally different genres to what I read. Although I also loved Great Expectations – read it at school. You might like Thomas Hardy too – Tess of the Durbervilles, was a good novel.


  3. Wuthering Heights has always been one of those books I want to read, but never got round to it. I’ve heard of The Sheltering Sky, never read it but you’ve piqued my interest!


  4. As a jazz major in college, Beneath the Underdog was almost required reading man! Good stuff!


  5. so many books I’ve never heard of, a great sneaky peak into your reading world. I’m loving learning about everyones reading habits.


  6. Okay! I’m all about the books you’ve got listed here because the majority are on my to read and are books I’m dying to get my hands on!

    1. Mr. Poe is fantastic. I remembering reading Tell Tale Heart in school and having the strangest and most fantastical dreams that night. From time to time, I’ll rent an anthology of his from the library and reread a few favorites.
    2. I’ve read one Nicholas Sparks book because my sister begged me to. Afterward, I told her she was lucky I was still speaking to her.
    3. I still haven’t made it through Wuthering Heights. One day, me, a pot or two of coffee, and a bottle of whiskey shall make it happen. But really, those people are THE WORST.
    4. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas has been on my to read list forever.
    5. AND!!! I’m glad everyone had so much fun with this survey. I’m a sucker for these things and enjoy finding out what others are reading. THANKS for sharing!!


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