Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Q&A

 The Rules: 
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you've taken part!

What are you reading right now?
Delicacy by David Foenkinos

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
I'm Dancing As Fast As I can by Barbara Gordon.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Places that scare you: a guide to fearlessness by Pema Chodron
The Art of Racing in the rain by Garth Stein

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?

None; blogs are my magazines!

What’s the worst book you've ever read?

It takes a lot for me to be unable to read a book; but I did struggle a lot with The Twilight series - I couldn't finish New Moon, I just thought the writing was so simple, repetitive, and just uninspired really. (sorry twihards!)

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?

See above!

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.  Undoubtedly my favourite book so I believe everyone else should love it too; it's just so full of mystery, intrigue and darkness, it just swallows you up.  I adore it. (This was actually Rosie's answer, but it's also true for me, you should read this book!)

What are your 3 favourite poems?

The Listeners by Walter de la Mare
The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Poem for my future love by Clare Pollard
see some of my other favourite poems here.

Where do you usually get your books?
The library, or on my kindle.

Where do you usually read your books?

In bed, or the bath.  This is what happens when I read books in the bath a bit too often though...

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
Every Saturday my daddy and I would journey to our local bookshop and buy a new book.  I was determined to read every book in the Famous Five series!

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!

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?

Yes, funnily enough when I was studying Biology we were supposed to read Darwin, I just said that I had, but when I started studying English Literature one of our assignments was to read Darwin.  And I actually enjoyed it, ha.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?

I have about three copies of Pride and Prejudice - one I bought just because its cover is gorgeous.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Anything by: Roald Dahl (I'm re-reading them in Spanish now!), Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz.

What book changed your life?
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courtney E. Martin was the first book I read about body issues, eating disorders, it made me aware that sadly this was such a prevalent issue - i posted about it here.

What is your favourite passage from a book?

There is no way that I have an absolute favourite passage, there's simply too many to choose from, but this one stands out from the others just a little bit more...

What are your top five favourite authors?

Jonathan Safran Foer (what that man does with words!)
Virginia Woolf
Ernest Hemingway
J. D. Salinger
The Bronte Sisters (cheating, but they sort of come as a package!)

What book has no one heard about but should read?
Rockettes, Rockstars, and Rockbottom by Keltie Colleen or Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courtney E. Martin, both should be essential reading for women, IMO.

What 3 books are you an “evangelist” for?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran

What are your favourite books by a first-time author?

One Flew Over the Cuckoos' Nest by Ken KeseyTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt

What is your favourite classic book?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It's a little bit wonderful.

5 other notable mentions?

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

I tag: Michelle, Emily, Graylin, Jen, Heather, Casee Marie, Bee, and Megan who've kindly shared their favourite book on my blog!  

And many thanks to Kate for tagging me!

If you're inspired to fill out the q&a yourself, please leave a link in the comments so I can come and take a peek!

// bloglovin' :: goodreads


Casee Marie said...

Thanks for the tag, dear! I loved reading your answers, and I'll definitely be filling it out soon (most likely on my book blog, but I'll tweet you the link when I do!). I've never read The Secret History or a few others you mentioned, so I have a bunch to check out now. And Jane Eyre, I completely agree. ;)

Kirsty Helen said...

I love this! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is on my must read list, alas, I am yet to get to it. We have a few of the same favourites - have you read "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy? That's my "tell everyone" book - it is incredible. You have a great blog - I'm an aspiring author too so it's great to get some inspiration! xo

A "cheery" disposition said...

I'm kind of in love with this post! Anything to do with books grabs my attention!!! Also, I have a few copies of Pride and prejudice too! Sometimes book covers are too good to pass down. Also, I might have to try out that secret history... you won me over with your passion for it in just those few words!

Laura said...

I saw this and HAD to do it! So I, err, did. Really enjoyed this - thanks.

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