Books: The Bookish A-Z

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I saw this over at The Book Journal and couldn’t resist doing my own A – Z bookish survey!

Author you’ve read the most books from…

Rather embarrassingly this is probably Virginia Andrews – I read Flowers in the Attic as a teenager and was hooked!

Best sequel ever…

I don’t tend to read series that often so I’m not sure about this one! I was hoping to love The Year of the Flood, the second book in Margaret Atwood’s Maddadam trilogy as much as I loved the first book but I just didn’t.

Currently reading…

I am currently reading We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by  Karen Joy Fowler, and I will be writing a review for this soon as it is one of the best contemporary books I have read in recent times.

Drink of choice while reading…

Wine or coffee, depending on my mood (And the time – 11 am is not an acceptable time to drink wine, apparently).

E-reader or physical books…

I have a Kobo and I must admit it is a very convenient way of reading, but I love physical books so much more. I love second hand, battered books more than anything – particularly if they have notes in them; I like to imagine what the lives were like of the people who wrote them, who they were, what they did, how they felt.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school…

This is an odd one, no idea. I did always have a soft spot for Heathcliff, though.

Glad you gave this book a chance…

Maus by Art Spiegelman. I had to read this for University and I’m really glad I did. I didn’t think I’d like graphic novels, and I haven’t read one since, but Maus was just amazing. Touching, funny and important, I’ve recommended it to a lot of friends and they have all loved it too.

Hidden gem of a book…

I have just finished In Love by Alfred Hayes. I picked up an old Penguin copy at a second hand book stall and was in awe from the very first page. I would urge anyone with any experience of love (that’s everyone, then) to read this book, it’s absolutely beautiful and captures the complexities of love and jealousy perfectly.

Important moment in your reading life…

Probably when I began my English degree, it opened me up to a world of literature that has shaped the way I have read ever since.

Just finished…

Again, In Love by Alfred Hayes.

Kinds of books you won’t read…

I’m not interested in sport or trashy romance novels. Not a fan of ‘chick lit’ either – you know those novels with a pastel coloured colour you find at airports? Yeah, those.

Longest book you’ve ever read…

Ann Radcliffe – The Mysteries of Udolpho. Literally the longest thing I have ever read. My first real ‘gothic’ novel and not for the casual reader!

Major book hangover because of…

I really struggled to find a book I liked more than Submarine by Joe Dunthorne. Fantastic novel.

Number of bookcases you own…

Two… but I have books dotted all over the house, by the bed, on the table, under the chairs… you get the picture.

One book you’ve read multiple times…

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys. My ultimate favourite author and my absolute hero.

Preferred place to read…

My bed. Without a doubt.

Quote that you like from a book you’ve read…

“Is life not a thousand times too short to bore ourselves?” Friedrich Nietzsche

Reading regret…

I have no reading regrets.

Series you’ve started and need to finish…

I started reading The Hunger Games trilogy, but I lost interest, so I probably won’t finish it, I’ll just watch the films…

Three of your all-time favourite books…

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Unapologetic fangirl for…

Twilight – New Moon. This book got me through a break up as no matter how I felt, Bella was always having a much more traumatic time jumping off cliffs, riding bicycles with hairy old men and staring out of the window for three months straight.

Very excited for this release more than others…

Women in Dark Times by Jacqueline Rose. Jacqueline was my dissertation tutor and my psychoanalysis tutor at Queen Mary and is an absolute inspiration. Really want to read this book soon.

Worst bookish habits…

Starting a book, then putting it down and starting another one. I usually have about six books on the go at once.

X marks the spot – start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book…

Jean Rhys by Carol Ann Howells.

Your latest book purchase…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Zzzz-snatcher book – last book that kept you up WAY too late…

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – the scariest and creepiest book I have ever read!

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