11 September, 2013

Tag: Books Q & A

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Being the book lover that I am, after seeing this tag on Water Painted Dreams I couldn't wait to do it myself :) So, here we go...

What are you reading right now?
At the moment I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (who is actually JK Rowling writing under a pseudonym, ooh!)

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I think I'll probably read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury but I belong to a book club (because I'm super cool) so I'll also be reading October's yet-to-be-decided-on book too.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to yet?
I have a lot of books which I've started but not completed, the five I'd most like to finish are Cloud Atlas, Anna Karenina, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, The Beautiful and Damned, and Possession.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
Always UK Elle, it's the one magazine that I subscribe to & always look forward to receiving in the post :)

What's the worst book that you've ever read?
Without a doubt, The Notebook. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huuuge fan of the film but the book, my gosh, what a poorly written waste of paper. I don't know how Nicholas Sparks got away with it; it's really short & the writing is huge, there's virtually nothing there to start with but the whole thing is just pure awful. Stick with the film!

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
I didn't hate it but I remember reading The Catcher in the Rye & just feeling a bit empty after, I just didn't see what the hype was about.

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What's the one book that you recommend to just about everyone?
Probably Chances by Jackie Collins. I was a bit of a snob when it came to Jackie but after reading one of her books on holiday she became my guilty pleasure. Chances is without a doubt her best book; if you're interested in the mafia, turn of the century New York, prohibition & a good helping of steamy love affairs on the side, Jackie's your gal :)

What are you favourite 3 poems?
This is tough, I like a lot of Philip Larkin's poems from The Whitsun Weddings, I also like Ulysses & Mariana by Tennyson & Remember by Christina Rossetti. That's three poets instead of poems but oh well!

Where do you usually get your books?
Amazon, charity shops or I download them onto my Kindle.

Where do you usually read your books?
Usually in bed before I go to sleep, or if it's a really good one I'll read it whenever I can, wherever that might be!

When you were little did you have any particular reading habits?
Yes, I didn't read. Literally, I couldn't think of anything worse than reading (says the girl who now has a degree in literature!) I didn't start properly reading until I was about 10 or 11 & I was so bored on holiday that I read the first Harry Potter book, which had been bought for me a year or so before by my Granny. It was through sheer boredom & desperation for something to do that led me to read it, but when I finished it I felt like I'd discovered a secret, I had no idea books could be so enjoyable & I haven't stopped reading since.

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What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
The Hunger Games trilogy, I raced through all three books in just over a week. I thought they were incredible. I didn't know how the story could progress after the first book but, for me, the second & third instalments were even better.

Have you ever 'faked' reading a book?
If by 'faked' you mean lied about reading a book, yes! Many a time. It's part & parcel of being a lit student :)

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Yep! Sometimes it pays off, sometimes you're just fooled by clever marketing.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Harry Potter series, without a doubt. Queuing up at midnight outside WH Smiths? Hello!

What book changed your life?
Wow, that's a deep question. I don't think there's one book that has changed my life, but there are lots that have enhanced it, namely all the ones I've listed so far. Reading a beautiful, well thought out piece of prose is life changing in the way that it enriches your outlook. Quotes & phrases will resonate with you & in turn will stay with you for the rest of your life. That's one of the things I love the most about really good literature.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
I've probably got a list as long as my arm but the two that spring to mind are:

'Why didn't you tell me there was danger? Why didn't you warn me? Ladies know what to guard against because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance of discovering in that way; and you did not help me!'
   - Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.'
   - Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

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Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Hmm... Number one would have to be Thomas Hardy; JK Rowling for Harry Potter, I'm not sure how I feel about The Cuckoo's Calling yet; Oscar Wilde; Christina Rossetti; and of course, Ms Jackie Collins :)

What book has no one heard about but should read?
I'm not sure how well-known Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor is, but I think everyone should read it. It's a brilliant little nugget of Irish history wrapped around a gripping mystery. I was completely hooked from start to finish.

What is your favourite book from a first time author?
The Time Traveler's Wife. I remember reading it & being so impressed, especially as it was Niffenegger's first book. The film was pretty average, but then adaptations usually are aren't they?

What 3 books are you an "evangelist" for?
I don't think I'm going to be able to pick 3... I loved A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, it was brilliant. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks blew me away, as did Atonement by Ian McEwan, my God that was sad. A cheeky fourth has to be Notre Dame de Paris (or The Hunchback of Notre Dame as most of us know it) by Victor Hugo; I surprised even myself by how much I enjoyed this book but it was so interesting & so beautifully written.

What is your favourite classic?
Another tough question, either Tess of the d'Urbervilles or The Return of the Native, both by Thomas Hardy.

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Wow, that was actually quite long!
If you've seen this & decided to answer the questions yourself, please let me know, I always love reading other people's book suggestions :)


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  1. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favourite books, I hope you enjoy it :)
    Water Painted Dreams

    1. I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm racing through because I really want to know what happens at the end! :) XX


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