Books Q & A

Monday, 9 September 2013
I saw this tag on Ashley's blog a while ago and bookmarked it. Now I'm getting round to doing it. I'm a big book lover, I'm sure a lot of you know that by now, so this could be quite difficult.

What are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading Pink by Lili Wilkinson. Well I haven't actually started it yet but I've but my bookmark in the first page so it totally counts.

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I think I'm going to read The Lewis Man by Peter May which my grandad actually gave me. It's about a murder in the Scottish highlands. For the record the crime rate in the Scottish highlands is actually zero so it should be interesting.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to yet?

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
I don't actually read magazines!

What's the worst book that you've ever read?
I'm going to get so much shit for saying this but I absolutely hated The Fellowship Of The Ring by JRR Tolkien. I usually read two books a week but this took me a month to read. I found it so hard to get into and I did not enjoy it at all.

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
Atonement by Ian McEwan. I found it to be so slow and difficult.

What's the one book that you recommend to just about everyone?
This has to be The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is my all time favourite book and I love it. I've met very few people that didn't like this(even if one of them is my boyfriend).

What are you favourite 3 poems?
I studied some Edwin Morgan poems for higher English and I really liked Hyena. I also really liked Shooting Stars by Carol Ann Duffy. The poem from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower also left a pretty big impression on me. I'm not a big poetry person if I'm honest.

Where do you usually get your books?
Waterstones, Amazon or The book Depository.

Where do you usually read your books?
Mostly in my bed but also on public transport and whilst on work breaks/during free periods at school.

When you were little did you have any particular reading habits?
I used to hide my books so that my dad couldn't read them. I don't think my dad's ever read a book in his life but was I fuck going to risk him finding out what happened in Harry Potter before me.

What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, it was adorable!

Have you ever 'faked' reading a book?
I don't think I have!

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
I probably did during my early teenage years but now I tend to read a lot of reviews before I buy a book.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I really liked the Series Of Unfortunate Events books.

What book changed your life?
As I've said before The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is my favourite book and I guess you could say it changed my life too. Charlie has such a unique perspective on life and I think it's changed the way I see the world.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
― John GreenLooking for Alaska

True, he had made that last stride, he had stepped over the edge, while I had been permitted to draw back my hesitating foot. And perhaps in this is the whole difference; perhaps all the wisdom, and all truth, and all sincerity, are just compressed into that inappreciable moment of time in which we step over the threshold of the invisible.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
JK Rowking, John Green, Stephen Chbosky, Patrick Ness and Joseph Conrad.

What book has no one heard about but should read?
A lot of people have heard of it but I think more people need to read Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

What is your favourite book from a first time author?
I really enjoyed When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman. Although I must admit the title made me by the book.

What 3 books are you evangelist for?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick.

What is your favourite classic?
This will be a tie between Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Dracula by Bram Stoker. Both are amazing books but in different ways. I'm not actually a massive fan of classics and prefer 'modern classics'.

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