Thank you so much to Melanie for nominating me for this award. Granted she nominated me an absolute age ago (it has been over two months, I am so sorry), but we got there eventually and that’s all that matters right. Right?
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1) What’s your favorite hobby?
Rather sadly, right now I don’t really have a hobby. I’ve recently moved and I’ve only just had the time to go out and start doing anything. I do read a lot (obviously) and I do quilting/needlework (because I am prematurely old) which I suppose kinda counts? I have also watched enough Vampire Diaries in the last two months that I think it basically counts as a hobby in itself!
2) Which fandom(book/tv/anime/etc) do you most closely associate with?
Probably Harry Potter. It was such a huge part of my life growing up that I’ve always desperately wished to be a witch – I am still distraught that my Hogwarts letter never came and have convinced myself that there must have been an owl strike in 2004!
3) What book/series do you NEED to be made into TV show… like now?!
I’d rather like to see The Selection as a TV show – I know it was going to be one at some point but that never happened and I think it would work really well for TV. Mostly though, I’m not sure there’s anything I’m desperate to see adapted. Often the TV adaptations aren’t as good, and while I do love watching them, I’m quite happy having my favourite books as just books!
4) Are you a loud or silent reactor when reading books?
If I have my own way then loud. I will rant at the book, I will tell the characters off, I will laugh out loud and I will cry. I have even ended up throwing books against the wall before because I was so upset with what was happening! And my loud reaction doesn’t end at just reading it – I will usually keep going at whoever will listen, or is unfortunately enough to be nearby with no chance of escape!
I have learnt to temper my reactions in a lot of situations though – ie: public transport. I’m British. Trains mean silence.
5) What cliche do you love even though it’s a cliche?
‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ because, despite the fact that I am very much influenced by the cover of a book when it comes to buying it, some of the best books I’ve read have covers which, honestly, leave a lot to be desired. So this one just reminds me that sometimes you should read that book anyway (despite the fact that this cliche is not meant to actually refer to books, or at least just to books, in my world it basically does…)
Also, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is both so true, and got me through some seriously painful rowing sessions, as well as some equally painful exam revision. I think I should make it my mantra. Kelly Clarkson was bang on.
6) What’s your worst bookish habit?
I’m not so great at looking after my books: the spines are bent, the pages are folded over and the covers are creased. I don’t mind so much, to me it’s just a sign of how much I loved the book, but I know to some people it’s the most heinous of crimes!
7) Name one book you think EVERYONE should read and why?
This is an answer which a) cannot be confined to one book (I’m not sorry) and b) will constantly change depending on how I’m feeling at the time. Also I’m avoiding the obvious classics, like Harry Potter, because they go without saying. So today the answer is:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, because I’ve heard so many people tell me they don’t like YA or fantasy, and I think this book would prove anyone wrong.
Ernest and Celestine, because its absolutely gorgeous and there’s such a sweet simplicity to it. Even if you don’t have children, and especially if you do, it’s the kind of book that’s so easy to fall in love with.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, because, even though I’m only halfway through this, it makes you rethink your outlook on life and we could all do with taking some time to focus on being happy!
8) What’s the best comment you’ve received on your blog?
Any of the encouragements I got during NaNoWriMo because they’re what kept me going!
9) What’s your favorite part about blogging?
I love being able to interact with people who think like I do, and actually understand the long rants I post about books, while I understand theirs!
10) What’s the best place you traveled to and why?
I love Cornwall. Even though I’ve been to some stunning places abroad (shout-out to NYC) there’s just something about Cornwall that makes me feel very calm and very at home. Polzeath in particular has the most wonderful, laid-back atmosphere, beautiful scenery and you can spend the whole day outside, even in the worst weather, and still have an amazing day. I love the sea, and the countryside and Cornwall has both together!
I’m so late to the game here that I’m not going to nominate 10 people, I’m just going to nominate 3, and even they’ve probably done it already! – so if you want to have a go, consider yourself one of the other seven.
- Twist in the Taile
- Susannah Taylor
- Nut-Free Nerd
My questions are:
- What is the biggest thing you want to accomplish this year?
- Which book could you read over and over and just never get bored with?
- What is your favourite type of tea?
- Which book had the biggest impact on you as a child?
- How do you organise your bookshelf?
- Which fictional character would you most like to meet in real life and why?
- What stands out to you most about a book in a bookshop? What is it that makes you want to buy it?
- Name a book that you just could not finish and why?
- What is your favourite book-to-film adaptation?
- What do you love most about blogging?