1. What was the last book you read?
The Hollow by Arielle Leclair, see my review from yesterday!
2. Was it a good one?
Yes, although a fantasy it was an exciting read with some good plot-twists and strong characters.
3. What made it good?
Well done Lizzo answered that in the last question – good tale, good characters, good writing style.
4. Would you recommend it to other people?
Yes, especially if you like fantasy books!
5. How often do you read?
If I’m not in a reading slump then most days – especially if I’m on a train/bus/in the bath.
6. Do you like to read?
7.What was the last bad book you read?
Bad book? Maybe Transmission by Hari Kunzru. Overall the book was really brilliant but the ending just didn’t work for me.
8. What made you dislike it?
Once again not reading the questions beforehand – the ending just lacked clarity and strength. It made me feel a little grumpy when I made it to the end.
9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes and no. I think I would love to be a writer but then I’ve tried a number of times and I’m 99.7% sure I’m not that great at it.
10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?
Lots of books have definitely influenced me – I couldn’t name them all here, but yes is the answer.
11. Do you read fan fiction?
I don’t no – I’m not saying I never will but it’s yet to appeal really.
12. Do you write fan fiction?
13. What’s your favorite book?
I can never answer this question because I haven’t read all the books yet! There a few that are close to my heart including The Book Thief, The Harry Potter series, 1Q84, The Chocolate Run, and Remember to Breathe by Simon Pont.
14. What’s your least favorite book?
I think Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – just didn’t click with me!
15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
I do love my Kindle but physical books are much better for me.
16. When did you learn to read?
I think maybe 4/5. I just kind of started reading, I didn’t really learn letters or sounds I just kind of started talking and then reading.
17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
I hated the book at the time but The Great Gatsby is now one of my favourite books. I unfortunately never got the chance to read Of Mice and Men during education, but I finally got round to it this year and really enjoyed reading it.
18. What is your favorite book series?
I think maybe Harry Potter – I don’t read a lot of book series because a lot of them fall into the fantasy genre which I struggle with but HP was wonderful and still is.
19. Who is your favorite author?
Nope. Just nope.
20. What is your favorite genre?
It always used to be historical fiction but this year I have read a lot more YA and crime/thrillers so I’ll go with a mash up of all three. (Although cannot lie I do love a trashy romance every once in a while!)
21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
I really really like Aoname from 1Q84 – she’s potentially the complete opposite of me but there’s something about her quiet, still nature that I really love reading about. Other than that maybe just pipping her to the post is Lisbeth Salander (might be the name of my first child – might.)
22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Yes, that’s what books are supposed to do I think anyway.
23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Remember to Breath by Simon Pont – it was a book that got me through I really difficult time in my life and I’d love to get that feeling again. It really is a brilliant book and the perfect sarcastic witty mix. Perfect reading.
24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?
I honestly can’t think of one but then again I don’t read a lot of series of books.
25. How long does it take you to read a book?
Depends how busy I am and how much I’m enjoying the book. I also have a terrible habit of starting a book, and then starting another. I’ll finish book two and start another, (book three) and I’ll completely forget about the first book. This is namely why after six or so months I still haven’t finished 1Q84.
26. Do you like when books become movies?
It really depends on the book I think – there are some that I have really loved and some that haven’t really worked. I love the Harry Potter films and although they do miss bits out of the books I think they’re pretty spot on. I still refuse to see The Book Thief – I’m terrified it will spoil the book for me.
27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
I think perhaps One Day – I think I read the book before the film just so I could see the film (sometimes I can be a bit of a book snob!) The film was just okay – the book however was utterly fantastic.
28. Which movie has done a book justice?
I’m going to say PS I love you. I really really adore the book and I nearly prefer the film. It is such a brilliant adaptation and so wonderfully done. I’m a big fan and I still can’t make it through without crying!
29. Do you read newspapers?
Every so often – I do read the Guardian online if that counts.
30: Do you read magazines?
Not anymore – I used to regularly read Look but it’s been a while since I picked up a copy!
31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
It depends what I’m reading them for. If it’s for political articles or the like I’m unlikely to pick up Cosmopolitan or if I’m looking for a way to treat dry hair The Times isn’t really going to help me!
32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes. All. The. Time.
33. Do you read while on the toilet?
I don’t actually – my Dad though, he’s a sod for it and if you need to get in there for any reason don’t hold your hopes up it could be while. (Probably TMI soz.)
34. Do you read while in the car?
Yes, although I have to be careful because I suffer with car sickness which really isn’t pretty.
35. Do you read while in the bath?
Yes, although not very often. I’m not a big ‘bath person,’ and although this may sound a little odd often get in after Mumma B or Char has had a bath because I don’t like it too hot and I don’t stay in the bath for very long so yes, but not for lots of reading – and I do often drop the books in or get my wet fingers all over the pages. (Sad face.)
36. Are you a fast reader?
37. Are you a slow reader?
Erm no. ^
38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Oddly it’s on trains. I know this obviously doesn’t happen too often but I do like reading on trains the best. There’s something really relaxing about it for me and I find myself getting more in tune with my reading.
39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
Sometimes – recently I’ve had a couple of month long reading slumps which has been really horrible and it’s been impossible but if my phone is on airplane mode and I’m comfy in bed or in the bath and there’s no music on I’m normally pretty fine.
40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
Yes, I never used to, but now music does really distract me.
41. Who gave you your love for reading?
Even from a very young age I was taken to the library, read to and I loved to tell stories. When I was at nursery I had to be bribed to go outside – I would much rather have stayed in reading.
42. What book is next on your list to read?
The Silk Worm by Robert Galbraith.
43. When did you start to read chapter books?
I think maybe the age of 7. I found reading came to me very easily and was allowed to read longer books from quite a young age.
44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?
Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson.
45. Which author would you most want to interview?
J.K Rowling – I have so many questions! That or Ian Probert that would be pretty cool.
46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?
Rainbow Rowell I think or John Green!
47.What book have you reread the most?
The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson.
48. Which books do you consider “classics”?
I guess books in the literary cannon although I think it’s good to add more contemporary books too.
49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
Books that get people READING. A mixture of contemporary and classics and books that young people will enjoy. I hated Gatsby and Enduring Love as a student and yet now, as an older reader they resonate with me – I think it needs to be more balanced.
50. Which books should be banned from all schools?
I don’t think books should be banned from schools unless they are really inappropriate. Books tell a story about the world and they help to open people’s eyes to the world. Books are wonderful things and they should be enjoyed by all.
There you go, fifty questions and a seriously long post! I’m going to leave this open to anyone who wants to complete because it is so goddamn long. Tag me if you decide to complete this monstrous tag or tweet me @littlebookblog1!