I have stolen this tag from Lover of Lembas, who stole it from You Me and a Cup of Tea. I am also going to tag myself in the bloodstained searchbar tag, so expect that in the not SO distant future. In the interest of having answers that aren't about the same two authors, I shall include a more..contemporary answer to each question.
Author you've read the most from
Probably CS Lewis. Mostly because the Chronicles of Narnia takes about a week to finish, and counts as 7 books. But I like him a great deal. If you count the chronicles as 1 read, then I have read the most from Tolkien.
Best sequel ever
If we are considering The Lord of the Rings as a sequel to the Hobbit....
Um. Well Perelandra (as a sequel to Out of the Silent Planet) was amazing, or That Hideous Strength. As more contemporary sequels go, I really liked Black as Night by Regina Doman.
I am currently re-reading the Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Anna Karenina, by Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (again)
And various other things.
English Breakfast Tea of the bitterest sort.
Oh physical book. The smell, the weight of it, the feeling of the pages my hand. The fact that it's better for your eyes. The part where it's a real book.
This is the part where I cannot relate to humans (I'm a changeling from another planet). I was homeschooled, and regardless, I wouldn't have dated anyone in high school. I technically haven't graduated yet....Anyway, even if I really liked someone and they wanted to date me, I wouldn't have. Not my style. But hypothetically speaking...I would have dated this adorable nerdy kid named Mac from Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I was pretty skeptical (as I am about all modern YA fiction) but I ended up finding it pretty okay, and because of that, I had no aversion to reading her book Six of Crows, which I liked much more (it's sequel was stupid, though).
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is actually really good, and underappreciated, in my opinion. However, the vote goes to Pharaoh by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This book was AMAZING, and never made it past a first edition, despite plenty of notice being given to her other books. I am the proud owner of one such first-edition, which has doubled in value since I purchased it.
Okay, excluding The Lord of the Rings I have to speak of two books, because they went together.
The first, and most important, is Mara: Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. This book is so good, and I have read it SO many times. It got me started on my love for ancient egypt. The second book is "Death Comes as the End" by Agatha Christie. It isn't a particularly great book, nor that interesting as far as it's setting, but it was right after reading it that I suddenly decided I wanted to write a book. I don't know why, or what it had to do with 'Death Comes as the End" but it was the beginning of me as a writer.
I think the most recent book I finished was the Two Towers, but right before that I spent a day reading Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie. I was at the library and was rather bored, and it looked less than horrid, so I started it and checked it out. It wasn't too bad, not great, but fairly interesting. A good thing for when you're sick and want a really easy read that isn't also pure garbage.
The Lord of the Rings
Well, I emerge from LOTR having forgotten what the real world looks like. But probably the Silmarillion. The first time I read that, I was in a bit of a daze for a while. For one thing, there was so much information packed into the book. And for another, it was so beautiful and epic and it left my brain in a state of 'wow'. I then drove my mother insane talking about it for weeks before finally buying her a copy.
I own three.
Oh. One? Not including Lewis and Tolkien.... Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. I also read Otto of the Silver Hand like ten times in a row and I don't know why, it wasn't THAT good (certainly worth reading though).
I should save face and say my bed (it is the SECOND best place), but the truth is that I most enjoy reading while I am eating. I have a really hard time focusing my mind when my body is idle (lying in a bed, sitting in a chair) and enjoy reading much more if I am drinking tea or eating.
I'm not picking favourites. But a quote from LOTR (I'm so predictable) comes to mind
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us"
there is something about that simple, yet powerful line that I love. Also Sam Gamgee inspires me, I want to be him when I grow up.
I don't know that I really regret reading anything. I mean. There are books I didn't like, and I could certainly have used that time for better things, but if I don't actually regret reading them. Hmm. OH! I know. I used to read the BoxCar Children when I quite young and I went through LOADS of them. I actually do regret that.
I don't generally leave series unfinished. I like things with good endings, and I do my research before reading to make sure I am not getting myself into the book equivalent of a TV show. I have a hard time NOT finishing the story, even if that means wasting my time on something that brings me no pleasure. There are a couple I abandoned, but do not need to finish. Ever. Hmm. Oh yes. Christopher Tolkien's history series. I am plodding along.
Other than things by Tolkien:
Out of the Silent Planet (CS Lewis)
Perelandra (CS Lewis)
That Hideous Strength (CS Lewis)
I'm putting in Mara: Daughter of the Nile for good measure. Pharaoh was technically better, but Mara has been dear to me from the moment I first read it and will always have a special place in my heart.
As I have no great love of any living writers, you would think that I would have no answer to this question. But I do! Beren and Luthien is being released this summer, and I'm quite excited about it. I have pre-ordered my copy.
Does being a book snob count as a bad habit? I'm a bit of a book snob, I have a very difficult time giving the benefit of the doubt to anything written in the last 20 years. I'm working on that (hence picking up the random Buffie book at the library). So far, I have found less than five fiction writers that I like, who are not also dead.
Caritas in Veritate by Pope Benedict XVI
Hmmm. I THINK that the last book I bought was A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce. Retold Rumplestiltskin fairytale, not too shabby.
I'm pretty good about not staying up super late reading. I tend to enjoy books that are a little bit more...dense? wordy? difficult? I don't know what to call it, but I can't read them when I am tired or sick or my brain isn't working. I think the last time I stayed up incredibly late reading was when I read Bram Stoker's Dracula for the first time (two-three years ago). Certainly NOT the best book to stay up all night reading.
Come chat about The Silmarillion with me: