Last night was World Book Night, which spreads the joy and love of reading. I'm an avid reader, and tend to rely on friends and family for my reading recommendations. I'm also interested in people's reading habits. So, with this in mind, I thought I'd start a little Q&A about books and reading.
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions
4. Tag a few people to
answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you've taken part!
I tag Rosie, Lauren, Geninne, Louise and Pamela
What are you reading right now?
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li. A colleague had just finished it and thrust into my hand saying "you must read this!"
Do you have any idea what you’ll read
when you’re done with that?
Hopefully A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
What 5 books have you always wanted to
read but haven’t got round to?
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right
National Geographic and Mollie Makes
What’s the worst
book you've ever read?
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch
Albom. Complete load of over-sentimental tripe. The End of Mr Y by Scarlett
Thomas wasn’t much better either. Very pretentious and dull.
seems really popular but you actually hated?
by John Banville, which actually one the Man Booker prize. I just didn't get
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee for its English charm
What are your
3 favourite poems?
True Love by Sharon Olds
Sonnet XXVI by Pablo Neruda
Mental Fight by Ben Okri
Where do you usually get your books?
Although I have a library card, I’m more of a book buyer than a renter. I tend to get them online, or else use swapping sites like Book Mooch. I don't have a Kindle, although I'm more open to the idea these days. I also love going to old bookshops and browsing through the dusty covers.
Where do you usually read your books?
I tend to read on my commute, through my lunch times and before I go to sleep. My worst
trait is reading while I’m walking to/from work. It makes me bump into people
When you were little, did you have any particular reading
After ‘lights out’, I would read under my duvet with a torch.
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night
reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
you ever “faked” reading a book?
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler when I was
about 14. I read some of it and found it eerily self-assured. I never finished
it but told my classmates I had.
Have you ever bought a book just
because you liked the cover?
I always buy books because I like the
covers, but it tends to be a specific version of a book I already wanted. I tend
to read books on recommendation rather than just picking something random from
What was your favourite book when you were a
I had a few. The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton, anything by
Roald Dahl, Prince among Ponies by Josephine Pullen-Thompson and when I was a
little older I loved the Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis.
changed your life?
I don't know that a book has changed my life as such, but certain writers' styles have left a lasting impact. These include Vladimir Nabokov and Toni Morrison.
What is your
favourite passage from a book?
"With the fishermen and the life on the river, the beautiful barges with their
own life on board, the tugs with their smoke-stacks that folded back to pass
under the bridges, pulling a tow of barges, the great elms on the stone banks of
the river, the plane trees and in some places the poplars, I could never be
lonely along the river.
With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring
coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one
morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem
that it would never come and that you were losing a season out of your life.
This was the only truly sad time in Paris because it was unnatural.
to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the
trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light.
But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow
again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it
was as though a young person had died for no reason.
In those days,
though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly
failed." From a Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
What are your top five favourite
What book has no one heard about but should
Mental Fight by Ben Okri
What 3 books are you an
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
The Great Gastby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
What are your favourite book by a
The Kite Runner by Khaled
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft
To Kill a Mockingbird by
What is your favourite classic book?
Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 other notable mentions?
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The House of the Spirits by Isobel Allende