I was nominated by the lovely Lindsey @ Bring My Books to take part in the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award! I was planning to take a bit of a break from the blog over the festive period, but I’m missing it already, so here we go…
1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child?
My Jacqueline Wilson books definitely meant a lot to me when I was young, I’d reread my favourites so often that even now at 24 years of age, I can vividly remember the storylines. That was my pre-Harry Potter years. Luckily, I’m the generation that got to grow up with the world of Harry Potter (I read the first book when I was 9, and the last one when I was 16) – that series meant, and continues to mean, the world to me. (My BFF bought me a Hogwarts/Gryffindor tee for Christmas – and it’s amazing – she doesn’t even like/get HP, so you can see why we’re BFFs).
2. Is there any author or book that you collect, and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title?
I don’t usually collect books by an author, I tend to dip in and out of their back catalogs. The exceptions to this rule are Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and JK Rowling – I do collect these authors and would like to have all of their works one day. This year, two new editions made it on to my “I have to own them all” list – Sarah J Maas and Colleen Hoover.
I’ve never owned multiple editions of the same book, it didn’t make sense to me. But that changed this year… I own the UK edition of Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, and my amazing sister got me a signed and personalised US edition for Christmas. Obviously, I will never crack open or read the US edition, it’ll be proudly displayed on my bookshelves, and I’ll keep the UK edition as the one I can read. I also intend to buy a new set of Harry Potter books with some of the money I received for Christmas, I just can’t decide which covers to go for yet!
3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by it’s cover (not that we ever do that!!!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?
I don’t particularly like the fact that I do this, but come on, we all do it! I did an in-depth Top Ten Tuesday post on cover trends I love and loathe this year, that really showcases the kind of covers I’m attracted to and the ones that are a turn off. I tried to write a really descriptive paragraph to illustrate the ones that irk me, but it was so difficult! I generally hate low-quality covers that look like DIY jobs, but I can better answer this with a few images:
Covers I ❤
Covers I Don’t ❤
4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to Mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be?
Well, this is a tricky one. I don’t think I’ve read a lot of books with imaginary creatures… It would have to be something from the Harry Potter universe. A Phoenix, maybe?
5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?
There are plenty book-to-movie adaptations I haven’t gotten around to seeing yet, or I’m holding off until I’ve read the book first, but I’ll always give an adaptation a go, the good, the bad and the downright awful. The only one that comes close is the adaptation of We Need To Talk About Kevin – I adore that book and heard bad reviews of the movie from friends who also love the book, so I was put off. Then I watched the adaptation of The Perks of Being A Wallflower and realised the guy who plays Patrick is the same actor who plays Kevin, I loved Patrick, so I think I will give it a go someday, and fingers crossed I’ll like it, or at least appreciate it.
6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)
Hmm… I think a lot of the time my reading choices are relatively “straight laced” – We Need To Talk About Kevin was particularly dark, Life After Life was incredibly thought-provoking, The Northern Lights series had amazing and complex world-building, Gone Girl completely took me by surprise and made me mad-love-hate a book for the first time, and Tease… Tease made me uncomfortable (in a good way, if there is such a thing), nine months after reading it and 1) I still think about it, and 2) I still can’t pinpoint what I actually make of it.
7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?
I’d have to go with Throne of Glass. Aside from Harry Potter, I was never much of a Fantasy lover, and the words “high fantasy” had me running for the hills. But Throne of Glass really opened my eyes to what Fantasy can be, and just how
good great amazing it can be, so I definitely push that series on everyone.
8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?
Just this year I’ve started collecting signed editions of books, and that’s something I’d like to keep doing, but it can be tricky as we never get author tours where I live. It’s not bookish, but I have this tradition of always getting a t-shirt from any concerts I go to, so I have quite a collection building up, and that has spilled over into bookish clothing now too, which at the minute is mostly Harry Potter related, but I’d like to branch out 🙂
9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has been on my physical TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve tried to pick it up once or twice, but I only get a few pages in before giving up, and now I shy away from it when I see it glaring at me from my TBR pile. The Husband’s Secret has been on my wishlist for the longest, but I’ll likely remedy that soon enough as I’ve heard nothing but good reports!
10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish – do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right & perfect & wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?
I am in dire need of some bookcases!! I’m supposed to be getting some built by a family member, so I keep holding off buying any, but it’s taking forever! I don’t think I’d buy really expensive ones, so I’d have some cash left over for bookish things too, but to be honest, I’m such a deal-hunter that I would struggle to justify spending that kind of money on books and bookish things… I suppose it is a gift card, so I wouldn’t have much of a choice. I’d maybe hunt down a signed copy of Harry Potter, how much do they go for??
I’m tagging the following bloggers to answer Lindsey’s questions, as I really enjoyed them!