I like Kailana's idea so am going to snatch it as a nice way to end the work week.
Author(s) I’ve Read the Most Books From: Lots. Let’s see (in no particular order)—Elizabeth George (have read all the Lynley novels with the exception of her most recent in paper and she has one that has just been published), Jacqueline Winspear (love Maisie Dobbs), loads by Georgette Heyer (really need to get around to reading one or two by her this year still . . . ), Sarah Waters, Susanna Kearsley, Mary Stewart, Clare Chambers, Joanne Harris, Dorothy Whipple, Agatha Christie, S.J. Bolton . . . (notice how most are mystery writers or comfort reads? Wish I could throw in some Classic writers as well but am not doing so well with them of late). I am sure there are many more but these are the authors who come to mind off hand.
Best Sequel Ever: Have I read any/many sequels? I don't count mysteries as they are series books. I am not so good at reading sequels since so often follow up books just don't compare to the original. Maybe the Horatio Hornblower books (which I really must get back to reading), though there is (again) a whole series of them out there. I think that when I get to them they will be good--the sequels to Jane Gardam's Old Filth.
Currently Reading: Well, speaking of Susanna Kearsley. I had an urge to pick up one of her books and decided on an earlier novel that is more of a mystery than a romance, Every Secret Thing, which I believe she published originally under a different name (Emma Cole). So far, by the way, I am finding it quite engaging.
Drink of Choice While Reading: Water? How exciting am I? The thing is, I get in my best reading time when I am on my way somewhere or exercising. Though, I do like to go for coffee now and then and usually will bring a book with me. So splurges usually mean a cappuccino!
E-Reader or Physical Book?: I really do want to love (and use more) my Nook, but I nearly always pick up a paper book in favor of the Nook.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: I actually have a few. It's probably in some way 'telling' that I get fictional crushes. Best not to go there perhaps. Horatio Hornblower would have (for me) been an 18th century hottie in my book. Sir Richard Wyndham from The Corinthian (my favorite Georgette Heyer novel). I'm not exactly sure which was the real draw--Elizabeth Gaskell's John Thornton from North and South, or the fact that (the divine) Richard Armitage played him in the movie.
Glad You Gave This Book a Chance: I have lots of those thanks to my NYRB and Melville House subscriptions as well as from reading along with others. My most recent 'find' is Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary.
Hidden Gem Book: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I had this book on my shelves for many, many years ignored and unread, and it is truly a gem of a book! So glad I finally got around to reading it, and it is one I will revisit again someday.
Important Moment in Your Reading Life: Maybe when I finally got connected to the internet and a huge new world opened up to me--my reading changed irrevocably thanks to the internet.
Just Finished: Jane Gardam's Crusoe's Daughter for Cornflower's Book Club, which I still need to write about, but I can say it is a book I enjoyed very much.
Kind of Books I Won't Read: I like to think I will try most books and genres, but I have to say I will take a pass on books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Just not my sort of thing and truly I am not a prude, but . . .
Major Book Hangover Because: I think of late it has to be my daily encounters with Charles Palliser's The Quincunx. It's quite a story (all 850+ pages of it) and the main character goes on quite a journey (of sorts). I only hope that after all is said and done he gets some kind of satisfaction and a little retribution for the bad guys at the end, or I am going to be sorely disappointed.
Number of Bookcases I own: A mere six. I say mere as three of them are small half-size bookcases. I only have two big ones, and one tall bookcase that is narrow. I am in dire need of more shelf space (or need to weed and who likes to weed books?). Otherwise it is stacks and stacks of books all over the place.
Preferred Place to Read: Is this a real place or a 'wishful thinking' place? Strangely my best reading is often done while walking on the treadmill. I wish, however, I had a nice cozy, comfy sofa or plush chair sitting next to a sunny window with a footrest in front to wile away the hours.
Quote that Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels from a Book You've Read: Not sure how inspirational this is, and it is a serious cliché but it's true--"A book is a present you can open again and again".
Reading Regret: I don't really have any regrets, though I often wish I could read faster, or was better at sticking out each book I begin and not having quite so many books in progress. I am such a 'book grazer'--am very good at starting books and not so good at finishing all of them.
Series You Started and Need to Finish (all the books are out in the series): Too many to list here, I'm afraid. The Lynley mysteries and Horatio Hornblower I have mentioned already. Lately the Lewis Trilogy by Peter May.
Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and E.M. Forster's A Room with a View. (Special mention for Fingersmith by Sarah Waters--when people say a 'delicious read'--well that is mine!).
Unapologetic Fangirl For: Sarah Waters! I think she is marvelous and can't wait for her newest book to come out.
Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others: Sarah Waters's next book, but since that is a full year away . . . As for something a little closer in time, maybe Amy Tan's new book The Valley of Amazement.
Worst Bookish Habit: Starting new books before finishing books that are already 'in progress'.
X Marks the Spot (Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book): I'm not near a bookshelf right now, but there are piles of books sitting on a table next to my computer. The 27th book in the pile--counting from the left is The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke, which I would like to read this year by the way.
Your Latest Book Purchase: I already mentioned Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives edited by Sarah Weinman.
ZZZZ-snatcher Book (book that kept you up WAY too late): Yes, there was a time I could stay up half the night reading, but unfortunately those days are over. Now if I can manage one page before bedtime I am doing well. Back in the day, however, Diana Gabaldon's books often kept me up late as did Paullina Simons's The Bronze Horseman (another book I like to reread on occasion).
This was fun. Feel free to play along or leave your answers in the comments area.