okay, so i've had this q&a saved for ages now, and i kept opening it up, answering one or two questions and then giving up. there are so many books in my life that i have loved, and own, and still want to read. i sat down today and decided to just go with it, giving simple answers with whatever came to mind first. i just know that i'll re-read this later and think "oh i should have mentioned so and so" but never mind!
what are you reading right now?
the woman in white by wilkie collins
the secret garden- frances hodgson burnett
do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
i’ve got tons on my to read list (you can find my goodreads page here) and i want to make a start on the books in the next question!
5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?
to kill a mockingbird- harper lee
the bell jar- slyvia plath
the great gatsby- scott fitzgerald
the perks of being a wallflower- stephen chbosky
the help- kathryn stockett
what magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
a really old “oh comely” and an issue of “style of wight” from my mum.
what’s the worst book you've ever read?
this question has puzzled me, because if i ever started reading a book & didn’t like it, i never went through to finish it! but i suppose there must have been some through alevels that i didn’t get on with.
what book seems really popular but you actually hated?
the girl with the dragon tattoo- stieg larsson; i only read a few chapters but i just couldn’t get into it.
what’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
it’s so hard to name just one! i’m gonna go with three:
the book thief- markus zusak
never let me go- kazuo ishiguro
norwegian wood- haruki murakami
what are your 3 favourite poems?
i really don’t read enough poetry and can’t even think of three poems that i could call my favourite.
where do you usually get your books?
usually from a charity shop or the library- or i borrow them from people!
where do you usually read your books?
curled up on the sofa or in bed... sometimes when i travel, but i can never concentrate if it’s too noisy.
when you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
i was obsessed with reading! my mum used to take my sister and me to the library once a week or fortnight, and i would literally borrow as many books as i could! i used to have a huge pile next to my bed- i devoured books :)
what’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
i found the book thief really hard to put down and thought about it a lot, but over the last few weeks i’ve also read the hunger games trilogy which i read as quickly as i could because i hated not knowing the full story.
have you ever “faked” reading a book?
school books probably- i hated chaucer with a passion!
have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
no, although i will always pick those ones up and have a read- if the synopsis sounded good too then i’d take the chance, but not solely based on the cover.
what was your favourite book when you were a child?
anything roald dahl and enid blyton- the naughtiest girl in the school.
when i was allowed to read from the “young adult” section i loved jacqueline wilson books and the confessions of georgia nicolson books!
what book changed your life?
i can’t think of a novel that changed my life, but the meaning of life- bradley trevor greive is an amazing little book, i’d recommend it to anyone!
what is your favourite passage from a book?
there are passages from tons of books that always stick out to me- i can always find something to relate to, but i chose this one because i think it’s one of the first passages from a book that has stuck with me since childhood.
“when people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word -- just to look at them and think. when you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wished they hadn't said afterward. there's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in -- that's stronger. it's a good thing not to answer your enemies.” a little princess- frances hudgson burnett.
what are your top five favourite authors?
frances hudgson burnett
what is your favourite classic book?
anything from grimm’s fairytales.
5 other notable mentions?
a little princess- frances hodgson burnett
harry potter- j.k. rowling (obviously!!)
when god was a rabbit- sarah winman
the time travelers wife- audrey niffenegger
the diving bell and the butterfly- jean dominique bauby
so there we have it! i'm really gotten back into reading over the last few months and basically can't read fast enough. i'd love to read other people's answers to these questions, the ones i have read are so interesting :)