Today I’m joining in with a Book Tag – which I am pretty excited about!
The Meet The Book Blogger Tag is one of my favourites to read on other blogs – it’s great to get to know a bit more about the reader behind the words and a lovely way to meet and follow other bloggers.
Although I have not been directly nominated for this tag I hope it isn’t too presumptuous of me to join in!
- Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
- Use the same questions from the tag.
- Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you
Who’s your all time favourite book character?
This is tricky because I have so many favourite book characters! But if we narrow it down to all-time favourite book character then I think I would have to go with Cassandra from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Cassandra’s eccentricity, romantic outlook, passion for writing and her endearing journey into womanhood get me every time and she has remained a loyal companion for a number of years.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)
Okay. Again – a tricky one! I must say I did laugh to see the ‘survival books do not count’ – I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not that my mind did not even consider taking a survival book to a desert island with me if I was only allowed to take one book…! In this instance I would probably choose one of Jane Austen’s books…or sneakily a compilation of all six…does that count? No. I’m bending the rules. My reason for choosing an Austen is that every time you read her books you notice something you didn’t notice before. Every reading is a new reading. They are so intricately layered with double meanings, subtle foreshadowing, misunderstandings and dramatic irony that no matter how many times I read it I don’t think I would get bored. Plus my idea of being stuck on a desert island involves lots of uninterrupted reading time right?! Who in their right mind would spend that time trying to survive or *shock horror* escape, when you could be reading…? On second thoughts – don’t answer that.
Oh just realised that I have tactfully still managed to avoid answering the question… Pride & Prejudice – if I had to choose I would probably take Pride & Prejudice.
What’s your most unpopular book opinion?
Mmm difficult. I often find myself concealing unpopular book opinions about current best sellers…! Take The Binding for example – I really did not understand what all the hype was about. I tried to – believe me I did. But I couldn’t.
To be honest, with me, it’s not really about a books subject matter. I’m open to pretty much anything – but the way it’s written will be a game changer for me. Well written and I’ll love something I won’t expect to, but badly written…no matter how good the premise…I’m out.
What’s your weirdest bookish habit?
Now as I’m sure you’ll all agree – what seems weird to others is often perfectly normal to us. So, to help me answer this question, I roped in the help of my sister… She pointed out what a disorganised reader I am, reminding me of the piles of books stacked all over my bedroom floor. To me I know exactly what priority order of reading the stacks are in, but to the observer…it just looks a mess! I often lend books out after reading or pass them on to other family members which means I also tend to loose track of their final shelf destination…
I also rarely do not finish a book – even if I do not like it (yes I did finish The Binding). I feel as if my opinion will hold no weight, or be fully founded, if I do not complete the whole story.
What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?
I actually think I’d take Laurie from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women – he’s faultlessly polite, amusing, entertaining, brotherly and caring. While being supportive, he would also be great fun – I can imagine having a good giggle with him over embarrassing situations – shared looks of meaning over the dinner table and side-of-mouth comments when things got really cringey! I think he’d play the part perfectly and make it all a laugh in the process 😀
What made you decide to start a book blog?
A number of things actually. I’ve kept a religious reading log since I was thirteen (eight years now…!), and it was into this that I would add all my own comments and little reviews for each book. I’ve always loved reading, writing, and talking about books, so a blog seemed like the perfect culmination! But I owe special thanks to Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger for giving me the deciding nudge to starting on my blog in December 2019 – and for acting as my PA for all subsequent blogging troubleshoots and book/blog chats!
What about reading and books do you love the most?
I love learning about the world, especially history, and also the opportunities reading offers for you to walk in another’s shoes. One of my favourite quotes is by Dr Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.
What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?
I currently work part-time as a Bookseller in my local Bookstore – which I love! And last summer I finished my Higher National Diploma in Textiles & Fashion, but after a year out of studying art I feel ready to consider a new path. I am passionate about reading, writing and history and hope to continue to pursue these passions in new and exciting ways.
What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?
For a long time I used to really struggle to read recommendations, preferring to read self-chosen books and things within my comfort zone. This said, growing up I was lucky enough to have some very special people sending very special books into my path. I owe a lot to my mum who passionately encouraged my voracious reading! Over the past few years in particular I’ve really opened up to more recommendations and have read even more widely as a result. Some especially memorable recent recommendations are…
- Dear Mrs Bird by A. J. Pearce – my Gran recommended this to me a few years ago and it has become one of my all-time favourite books.
- Business As Usual by Jane Oliver & Ann Stafford – Cathy Rentzenbrink recommended this in her book Dear Reader that was published last year and I adored it – it’s so funny!
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – a fellow bookseller recommended this to me and I was awed by the skill of the writing and the story.
- I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice – My Mum recommended this to me last year and it’s such a powerful book it’s really stayed with me.
All of these I would wholeheartedly recommend.
What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?
For me this actually tends to change fairly regularly… At the moment it’s A Single Thread by Tracey Chevalier and Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – both are so beautifully written, so timeless and so subtly powerful I just want everyone to read them!! So although I don’t have one I consistently push – I feel that these two definitely come under the ‘shove down everyone’s throat’ banner!
Well that’s it from me! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. Please do feel free to chat in the comments – it’s one of my favourite things about blogging 🙂
Rather than nominate, I’d love to leave it open to anyone who reads this post. Please do tag me or message me if you are inspired to take part and answer the questions – I’d love to read your responses!
Have a lovely weekend 🙂