I was tagged by the wonderful Debbie from ‘My Chaotically Eclectic Life’ to share my A-Z of Books.
I am a massive reader (when I get the time) and love taking the time to sit and read and my husband is a keen reader too so we are really glad that this is something that we’ve passed on to Lily: you can see some of our favourite children’s books of the moment here. I don’t always read new books either; I have a few books that I’ve read countless times, it’s almost like spending time with old friends when I curl up with my much loved copies of The Borrowers, Harry Potter or Little Women.
I love to encourage other people to read and am forever recommending books to friends – sometimes I’ll be reading a book and it’s like a lightbulb goes off above my head and I know exactly who will enjoy it; so far I’ve never been wrong *although they might just not have wanted to tell me ha!*
I thought I’d join in with this tag to give you a little insight into my reading loves!
A – Author you’ve read the most number of books from: Hmm this is quite tough – maybe Charlaine Harris as I’ve read all of her Midnight Texas, Sookie Stackhouse *True Blood* and Harper Connelly series’, plus lots of her short stories – off the top of my head that’s got to be about 30 books!
B – Best Sequel Ever: hmm it’s a toss up between Shift – the second book in Hugh Howey’s ‘Wool, Shift, Dust’ series set in a post-apocalyptic world, City of Ashes from Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, and The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien…
C- Currently Reading: ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ by Dorothy Koomson – i’m only a couple of chapters in and have already cried twice! Oh and ‘The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K‘ by Sarah Knight which I am loving!
D – Drink of choice while reading: It depends on what I’m reading! Honestly if I was an actress I’d be one of those irritating method actresses: oh look I’m reading To Kill a Mockingbird – that means I need an iced tea…
E – E-Reader or Physical Book: Both – I love the convenience of an e-reader (particularly when commuting) and I prefer them for quick reads that would only take me a day to finish but would then take up valuable room on my shelves, however nothing beats the feel or smell of a physical book!
F – Fictional character you would have dated in high-school: HA! Well this is hard for a woman that falls in love with fictional characters… also just because I’d want to date them doesn’t mean they’d have felt the same way! When it comes to literature I’ve always liked my male protagonists tall, rough and more than just a little moody! In my teenage years I loved horse-riding and I had a major crush on Rupert Campbell-Black from Riders by Jilly Cooper – although he’d probably have shagged me and we’d never have dated… If I had to choose a good guy it would have been Laurie from Little Women!
G – Glad you gave this book a chance: The Count of Monte Christo – I didn’t expect to like this book let alone love it when it was chosen for the book club I went to! I fell for Edmund Dantes and his tale of revenge at any cost – it was a substantial book but I whizzed through it – desperate to know more and hoping that he succeeded.
H – Hidden gem: The One by author John Marrs – I love everything he’s written and got to read this one – his latest, before it was published which made me a very happy bunny!
I – Important moment in your reading life: When my dad bought me my copy of ‘The Borrowers’ when I was about 7 – it opened up a whole new World to me and ignited my love of reading
J- Just Finished: ‘Outlander’ by Diane Gabaldon: I was a little worried I’d ruined this series for myself by watching the TV show first but it’s such a spectacularly well written book. Plus it’s set in Scotland and I love Scotland!
K – Kinds of books you won’t read: There’s nothing I won’t try to be honest – although I will never ever again try and read War & Peace by Tolstoy – it’s long, complicated and boring and I have no regrets about giving it up!
L – Longest book you’ve read: Hmmm probably Les Miserables because I never finished War and Peace
M – Major book hangover: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green – it honestly took me weeks to pick up another book after reading this one
N – Number of bookcases you own: one big one that is half empty as I had a huge clear out, and a box of books under the bed
O – One book you’ve read multiple times: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – my beautiful hardback copy of this comes out every winter: I save it for a particularly dark and windy day, light some candles and curl up under a blanket with Heathcliff *not literally of course*
P – Preferred place to read: In bed *I love bed*
Q – Quotes that inspire you: Anything from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
R – Reading regrets: I don’t have any. I may not have enjoyed or finished every book I started but I don’t ever regret trying!
S – Series started and not yet finished: George RR Martin – Game of Thrones
U – Unapologetic fangirl for: Way too many things to list!
V – Very excited for this release: ‘The Romanovs’ by Simon Sebag Montefiore – it’s actually been out for a while but i’ve not got a copy yet
W – Worst bookish habit: The book hangovers! Oh and not being able to lend out books because I can’t deal with people losing them, writing in them or bending the pages!
X – X Marks the spot: Start at the left and pick the 27th Book on your shelf: a 1933 copy of ‘The Chronicles of Avonlea’ by L.M Montgomery
Y – Your latest book purchase: ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ by Hemingway as I lost my copy and want to reread it!
Z – Zzzz-snatcher (book that last kept you up late): ‘The Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor – it’s incredible – a kind of mash up between Romeo and Juliet and Pans Labyrinth – go read it!
Are you a reader? Any books you would recommend?! Im tagging Susan of You are my sunshine to join in 🙂