The Random # Survey

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Inspired by Jamie’s A-Z Survey, Melissa at Harley Bear Book Blog has come up with a really unique and fun survey all of her own! This is a great  way to share your bookshelves with everyone.

1. Pick a number.

Keep in mind how many books you have and pick a range like 1-10 or if you have a lot 1-30. Then pick a random number between those two, random.org helps a lot.

2. Go to your bookshelf and count that many books until you reach your number. Answer the question with that book.

3. Count the same number of books from where you left off and answer the next question.

4. Repeat until you finish the survey

If you land on a book you haven’t read yet pick the closest book to the left that you have read and then count on from there for the next question.  You can also add a picture of your bookshelf!

The number: 15

1. What do you think of the cover?

BehemothBehemoth by Scott Westerfeld

I kind of like it. It has the same steampunk theme as the book and I like that they got a strong looking female to put on the cover. However compared to the others in the series it’s the worst of the three. I don’t really like the odd green treatment.

2. Write a review in 140 characters or less:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

A good sequel, though slower than the first. I was slightly disappointed but I’m still invested. Also that ending!! Grr!

3. How or where did you get this book?

The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

I borrowed it to begin with from my brother’s girlfriend but when I saw it in Goodwill in ‘like new’ condition I couldn’t pass it up.

4. Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Seriously? Ugh, ugh, ugh. This is what I get for owning most of this series. Um, I guess I’d go with Jacob. He’s significantly less creepy than Edward and definitely has more life than Bella.

5. Recommend this to a fellow book blogger you think would like it.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Hmm it seems like nearly everyone I know has read this one already. So I’ll do it this way. Book bloggers! If you enjoy YA with a strong sci-fi presence then definitely check this one out. It has space travel, a bit of romance, some diabolical schemes, and a great cast of characters.

6. How long ago did you read this book?

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones

It was back in 2008, I think. It’s been a really long time.

7. Name a favorite scene from this book:

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Oh it’s been so long since I’ve read this one. It’s written in such a unique way (and has amazing illustrations) that one of my favorite moments is when ‘You’ve just been poisoned’ is typed over and over for two pages and then you get a set of black pages. It sounds odd because it’s not truly a scene but it’s memorable.

8. Open to page 87 and pick a random quote to share. (No Spoilers)

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

“…One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.”

9. How did you hear about or discover this book?

Native Guard by Natasha Trethaway

This was actually required reading in my English 1102 class in college. I don’t typically buy poetry books but this one was amazing.

10. If you could redesign this cover what would you do?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The version I have is a dark green sky over the city of Kabul ( I think) and while I’m not crazy about it I”m not sure what I would change. It kind of sets the tone, but at the same time it doesn’t show some of the more hopeful moments. Maybe lighten the sky some because it’s really hard to see the kite flying.

11. Name your least favorite character in this book and why?

Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte

Ooo there are plenty of characters to hate in this one! There is Mrs. Reed who even when near death is still incredibly cruel to Jane or Miss Scatcherd one of Jane’s teachers at Lowood. Then Mr. Brocklehurst and Blanche are pretty freaking unbearable as well. All of these characters are incredibly selfish in some way and it comes off in cruel ways.

12. Fill in the blanks: If you like           then you should try:

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

I’m cheating on this one because of how this book is. If you like Interview with the Vampire you should try Queen of the Damned…naturally. I tried thinking of something close but to be honest Anne Rice’s writing is a love it or leave it kind of deal, and Queen of the Damned is far more detailed than most of her other novels. It’s hard to recommend it to someone…and no it’s not really that close to the movie.

13. Name one cool think about this book (under the dust jacket, map, font, photograph, etc.)

A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire

A Lion Among Men

Like all of Maguire’s books the cover has a hole in it so you can see the picture underneath. In this case under the jacket you get the whole portrait of the Cowardly Lion in all of his academic glory.

14. Where is it set and would you want to visit that time/place?

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

Yes! I would go to Middle-Earth in a heartbeat! I’m not sure I’d want to be there during this particular time period, but I’d definitely go!

15. Who is it dedicated to?

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

“My heart goes out to the people of the beautiful city of New Orleans and to all the people of the coastal areas of Mississippi, my home state. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you rebuild your homes and your lives.”

Tag who you want to do the survey:

I know how tight blog schedules can be so I’m just going to cheat again and tag everyone!! It’s a ton of fun, so if you have the time and a day open please join and let me know so I can swing by!

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7 Responses to The Random # Survey

  1. That was good fun, I really enjoyed your answers. If I have time, I might give it a go too.

  2. what fun…maybe this weekend I will give it a try 🙂

  3. Yay, I’m glad you joined in! Queen of the Damned might have been the first of Anne’s books that I read (I was a teen and just read whatever my hands landed on) and then I remember watching the movie. It all scared me to death, all her books I’ve read have freaked me out and I’m not sure why I kept reading them, but her writing is just so compelling and it’s all so fascinating. Even though it gives me nightmares… Anyway, the movie is WAY different. I remember people ranting about that one.

  4. Was The Kite Runner any good? I saw the movie and liked it, but never picked up the book. I just read Across The Universe and really liked it. Def one of the better Sci Fi’s I’ve read. Thanks for doing the survey =)

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