Sarah from Aphonic Book Reviews tagged me for my second Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award a while back, and I’ve finally got round to answering the questions. Thanks so much to Sarah for the tag, and if you haven’t already checked out her blog, you really should!
So here are my answers:
1. What is your favourite quote from a book?
There are seriously so many! I love the ending of The Great Gatsby so much I named my blog after it: ‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’ I also love ‘winter is coming’ from A Song of Ice and Fire, and ‘if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane’ from Looking for Alaska.
2. What is your favorite series?
This is a hard one! Again, there are so many! For the nostalgic value I would say something like Harry Potter or the Inkheart series, but the last series I can remember reading one after the other and loving was A Song of Ice and Fire (which as you may have noticed, I cannot go on about enough!). I also liked The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist which I read a few months back, and I recently enjoyed both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which is a sequel, so I guess that would count as a series?
3. Do you read a book before seeing the movie, or after?
I always have to read the book first. And usually, I prefer the book!
4. Who is your least enjoyed author?
Hmmmm…I’d have to say Charles Dickens. Two of his books were on the curriculum when I studied English Literature at university and I tried reading them, but could not get into them at all. They were just so long-winded and dry, and admittedly, I just ended up Wikipedia-ing a synopsis before class, and avoiding them for the essay questions. To be honest, if I was going to read a Victorian realist novel, I’d pick Thomas Hardy’s work over Dickens’ any day!
5. If you could walk into a store and grab any 3 books, which books would you choose?
Well, my three most recent purchases were The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
6. What book has had a lasting impression on you?
There are so many! Wuthering Heights is definitely one, as it’s such a powerful book, and the characters are so unforgettable, and I’d say Harry Potter because I grew up reading that series, and so it has inevitably stuck with me. I also used to read a lot of Sarah Dessen books as a teenager, and The Truth About Forever in particular was a favourite: it was so funny, yet so poignant and had such amazing characters (I seriously loved them all – particularly Kristy, Wes and Bert!).
7. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I’m ashamed to say – yes. I’m definitely slightly put off books if the cover is really cheesy, or just plain ugly, and if there are various editions of a book available I will always pick the prettiest one (plus all the books in a series have to match – obviously!).
8. What’s up next on your TBR list?
I have just finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth and am halfway through Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman, which I have been reading off and on for ages! When I have finished that I plan to read one of my new books, but I really can’t decide which one!
9. Do you own any autographed books? If not – who would you love an autograph from?
Unfortunately I don’t own any autographed books. I’d love an autographed copy of one of the Harry Potter books though, but mostly because I’d get a fortune for it on Ebay! Aside from that, I would love a copy of one of the books from the A Song of Ice and Fire series autographed by George R.R. Martin.
10. Which book/series have you not read, but are greatly looking forward to reading?
I can’t think of any series I haven’t started yet that I would like to off the top of my head, but I can think of a fair few I need to finish! I want to read the second book in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, the next Mortal Instruments book and the second book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. As far as individual books are concerned, I’m pretty excited to read my most recent purchases, and I’ve also been meaning to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy and 1984 by George Orwell for ages. Plus I want to read some more H.G. Wells after reading The Island of Doctor Moreau. As you can see, I have work to do!
So that’s my answers! Seen as I’ve already done a previous Sisterhood of the World Bloggers post, I won’t re-nominate people, as I really can’t keep track of who has already done one.
Instead, here’s links to a couple of people I nominated last time’s posts:
The Novel Project Chronicles
Thanks again to Sarah for the nomination! These were fun questions to answer!