Thursday, 28 March 2013

Q and A: Books!

I definitely love books a lot more than the average person does. I've always loved having my head in a book for as long as I can remember, and reading is my favourite form of escapism. I had a Kindle for Christmas, which has possibly made me even more enthusiastic about reading new books. However, rest assured that I won't be getting rid of any of my hundreds of paperbacks. The Kindle is just adding to my reading experience, rather than replacing my books.

I read this book Q and A on the lovely Cocktails and Teacups blog, and couldn't wait to fill it in myself. So here goes...

What are you reading right now?
The Bubble Gum Thief, by Jeff Miller. Amazing book so far!

Do you have any idea what you’ll read after you’ve finished this book?
Probably The Vow, by Kim Carpenter.

Five books you’ve always wanted to read but have never got round to?
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
The Magus, John Fowles
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
The Marketer, the magazine I get through my Chartered Institute of Marketing membership. I don't really like magazines and think they're a waste of money... probably not a popular opinion.

What’s the worst book you ever read?
I don't tend to dislike many books, but I thought P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern was awful. I couldn't wait to finish it, and reading it felt like a real chore towards the end. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just got worse! I think Ahern used the word 'giggled' a minimum of three times on every page. Extremely irritating.

What book is really popular but you really hated?
See above...!

What’s the one book you recommend to everybody?A Place of Execution, by Val McDermid. It's difficult to choose one favourite book to recommend, but this one is definitely up there.

What are your three favourite poems?
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, William Wordsworth
All of Shakespeare's sonnets, the man was a genius.
Don Juan, Lord Byron

Where do you usually get your books?
Amazon and charity shops mostly.

Where do you usually read your books?
I always read a few chapters in bed before going to sleep.

When you were little, did you have any reading habits?
I used to read at the table, on the toilet, when I was walking around the house, in the car, in other people's houses, in church, on holiday... I was constantly reading something or other. I used to aspire to be an authoress when I was younger, and would always try to write a chapter or two of my own after finishing a really good book.

What’s the last book you stayed up half the night to read?
Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Brilliant book.

Have you ever ‘faked’ reading a book?
No... why would I fake it? I love reading!

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
No, but I've bought several books just because I like the sound of the blurb on the back. I don't usually take much notice of the cover.

What was your favourite book as a child?
So many to mention... the whole Chalet School series by Elinor M. Brent Dyer, every single Enid Blyton book ever written (especially The Magic Faraway Tree and the Five Find-Outer books), the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene, the Babysitters' Club books by Ann M. Martin, and George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Which book changed your life?
Difficult to think of just one book... all Enid Blyton's books had a huge influence on me as a child and sheltered me from reality for a while!

What is your favourite passage from a book?
I'll have to get back to you on this one... too many to mention!

Who are your top five favourite authors?
Val McDermid
Ben Elton
Louisa May Alcott
J.K. Rowling
Margaret Atwood

What is your favourite classic book?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Five notable mentions?
The Vanishing Point, Val McDermid
The Web, Jonathan Kellerman
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
Blue Sky July, Nia Wyn


  1. My girlfriend said the exact same thing about PS I Love You! Great post, I may have to copy it and do one myself!

    1. Awful book... I don't even want to watch the film now!

  2. I don't like any of Cecilia Ahern's books yet my mother keeps buying them for me.. I feel the same about Nicholas Sparks books and movies. They just grate on me.

    YAY someone else who loved Catching Fire, it was my fav of the three!

    Amy x

    1. I've read any of Nicholas Sparks' books, I think they'd definitely grate on me as I'm not a fan of the films! Loved Catching Fire... I was quite disappointed with the ending of Mockingjay to be honest x

  3. Catching Fire is definitely the best of the three, although I enjoyed them all. I want to re-read them NOW! I might do these questions... xx

    1. As a fellow lit geek, you should! Catching Fire is definitely my favourite, although I probably didn't appreciate the first book as much as I could have because I watched the film first x


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