Wednesday, 27 June 2012

book q&a

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?
haruki murakami
frances hudgson burnett
j.k. rowling
charles dickens
audrey niffenegger

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 :)


  1. The Great Gatsby is fantastic, I have just finished reading it. I read The Hunger Games quickly too!
    Had to study Chaucer for my first year of Uni, so rubbish.
    I may have to do something like this, I find posts like these really interesting, you should maybe do this as a ongoing post, using different bloggers each week or something? xx
    Sirens and Bells

    1. i'm really looking forward to reading it :) and i still haven't decided on how i feel about the hunger games, but i read them so quickly!
      chaucer was just horrible, i hated having to translate it and it was just pants.
      the questions have come from a tag that was going round- i never got tagged but just wanted to answer the questions :) x

    2. I read it as soon as I saw the film trailer because it looks amazing, but I knew I couldn't see it without reading it!
      I know, I had such trouble with it, I gave up. It's horrendous! Oh fair enough, I may have to do it myself :) x

  2. I can't get into Never Let Me go at all. I've tried many times but I just can't do it!
    I found The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo hard to get into but once you read past the first few boring chapters, it gets exciting really quickly!


    1. oh really? that's such a shame, although i know a few people who have felt the same way. i might give it a go again one day! x

  3. Eee, I'm reading The Woman in White too! How are you finding it? I'm a little bit obsessed with Victorian sensation fiction at the minute; if you like this and haven't already read it, Lady Audley's Secret is the best ever. So brilliantly melodramatic!

    Emily Wears Things

    1. i'm not too far in at the moment, i am enjoying it though! i've read that it gets pretty gripping so i look forward to that! oh wow, thanks for the recommendation, i'll check it out :) x

  4. This is fab skye. There's a few here on your lists that I think I shall delve into at some point. Who is the author of the meaning of life?
    I have "When God was a Rabbit" on my 'to read' list at the moment. Think I will read that one next!


    1. they're such good questions aren't they! it was so much fun to do. oops, sorry i forgot to add that- i've added it in now :)
      it's such a good book, i'd definitely recommend it xx

  5. Lovely post, I should really get round to doing this!
    I have Never Let Me Go ready and waiting on my Kindle (along with about 5 other books! haha) and I'm really looking forward to reading it! I also need to get The Time Traveller's Wife.
    I've heard a lot of people say the same about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I haven't tried to read it myself but I think its just meant to be the first few chapters that are difficult to get into. Also, I gave up on P&P&Z for now and took it back to the library....maybe one day! haha
    Are you joining in with the challenge now? xx

    1. you really should- i look forward to seeing yours!
      never let me go has really stuck with me, i love it, and i loved the time travelers wife so much that i refuse to watch it!!
      i just found it so boring, my mum said it's amazing... maybe one day i'll go back! i might do, i'll see how long it takes me to read the woman in white first :) xx

    2. but The Time Traveller's Wife movie is really good! :) x

  6. This is brilliant-think I will have to do a post in a similar vein!

    1. you definitely should, they are such good questions! i love reading other peoples too x

  7. oh I love the idea of a book question post, I think I'll do one too. I have a similar taste in books to you and also constantly read as a child... there is nothing better than burying yourself away for the afternoon with a good book :)

    PLEASE do get round to reading To Kill A Mockingbird, it's an amazing book- my absolute favourite. You'll need to give it a chance as the first third of the book is quite slow paced but the last 2/3 are just brilliant.

    Poppy x

    1. i know they're great aren't they :) i've tweeted about the other people i know that have done the post too and they're all really good.
      i really will :) it's on my must read for this year and i can't wait! x

  8. I've added you as a frined on good reads, hope that's ok :) I've read everything on your 5 books to read but have never gotten round to apart from The Help and I loved them :) x

  9. I'm definitely going to do this on my blog, thanks! xx

  10. Hope you enjoyed the Woman in White- I think it is brilliant- and was so angry about the TV adaptation which changed things far too much> Am going to do this myself now cos it looks such fun. Couldn't stand the Great Gatsby tho'!


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