A bookish tag is always fun, and when I saw this one over on Jenny In Neverland, I knew I wanted to take advantage of the open call. I hope you enjoy reading my answers and learning a bit more about the ‘bookish me’!
Top 3 book pet peeves?
In no particular order:
- I loath pretention in books; especially in writing style. Pretention and inaccessibility. Just say what you mean rather than trying to prove how intelligent you are by making what is happening hard to decipher.
- Book snobs! Reading is reading, there is no criterion which you need to fill to be a reader other than an ability to answer yes to the question ‘do you read?’. There is no obligation to read certain books, a certain amount, nothing. Read what you want and when.
- Cover changes halfway through a series! I don’t understand the reasoning behind them, and it really annoys me how, unless I want to buy replacements, the series won’t look cohesive on my shelves. It’s particularly irksome when the originals are better.
Your perfect reading spot?
Without a doubt, in the garden with the sun beating down. I always read more in good weather and find it so much easier to start a book in the garden – I don’t know why.
3 bookish confessions?
- I have pretty much no interest in reading many of the super popular series that are widely celebrated in the book blogging and booktube communities. For example, anything by Cassandra Clare or the Court of Thorn and Roses series.
- I have realised that, recently, I have been deliberately picking up a lot of shorter books. I love being able to sit and finish a book in one sitting. However, I then feel guilty that I am ‘chain-reading’ and I am beginning to wish that my TBR contained more books requiring a longer commitment.
Last time a book made you cry?
Back in March, Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
The number of books on your bedside table?
My bedside table is actually a three tiered shelving unit bought out of necessity as ‘overflow parking’ for my growing book collection. Therefore, it contains all of my Sophie Kinsella books, the His Dark Materials trilogy, and The Book of Dust, by Phillip Pullman, the Raging Earth trilogy – Exodus, Zenith, and Aurora – by Julie Bertagna, and the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. It is also currently home to The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Pisces by Mellisa Broda. These are my ‘current reads’ and will be moved when I’ve finished them.
Favourite reading snack?
I don’t really eat whilst reading, but a cup of tea makes any reading experience better.
3 books you’d recommend to anyone?
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone by J.K. Rowling. I recommend the whole series but, to quote from Alice in Wonderland, “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely.
- Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s a wonderful read in its self but it’s also an accessible entry into a vital conversation.
- The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson. It’s such a lovely book, it always makes me feel content.
It is worth noting that, much like my favourite books, this list is liable to daily change.
A picture of your favourite bookshelf?
In three words, how much do books mean to you?
It is impossible.
Biggest reading secret?
I don’t really have any, sorry.
I am not going to tag anyone specifically. Instead, if you have read this and think it might be fun to do, feel free – you have been tagged. Let me know via Twitter or by leaving your links below so that I can check out your answers. 🙂