Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

03/12/2014 Blogging 5

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

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:

Ginger Cat

The Novel Project Chronicles

Thanks again to Sarah for the nomination! These were fun questions to answer!

5 Responses to “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2”

  1. Ashana Lian .

    Oh. Wow.

    ….. believe it or not, I actually came over to say that I may have… also tagged you… FOR THE SAME AWARD O_O You my friend, are a blogger champion. I will just leave the link, do what you will!!!

    Yay Riftwar Saga =] I’d better get on and finish it. How To Be A Woman is hilarious. I always judge a book by it’s cover… it’s a vital part of the sales pitch! If the cover is awful, you’ve lost me as a customer, done and done.

    I’ll be honest, I really never got Wuthering heights. By the time it got to the end I was so infuriated by the characters, I couldn’t begin to understand what it all meant. I liked your choices for number 5. These were great questions!

    • Laura

      Thanks for the nomination! Your questions look great, so I will be posting my answers soon!
      How To Be A Woman has been hilarious so far, and I’ve now nearly finished it! And I do feel bad about my book cover judging, but as you say, its a part of the sales pitch! If an author has taken ages to write a novel, why would they then stick a horrible cover on it?
      And although I love Wuthering Heights, i can definitely see why you would be infuriated by the characters. The majority of them aren’t that nice, and seem to make bad decisions (Cathy marrying that Edgar guy for example – but she loves Heathcliff! And they are both crazy and selfish and made for each other!), but I love it anyway!

  2. Olivia

    Loving your answers! I am also very much someone who always reads the book before I see the movie. (There are a few cases where I didn’t know the book existed, though xD) Admittedly, I too judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t one who enjoyed Wuthering Heights though… and can really say it was one of the worst books I have ever read >< Also, I hope you enjoy Allegiant when you read it!

    • Laura

      I have had that a few times as well where I have watched a film and thought ‘that was good’, and didn’t realise it was actually a book originally! I never usually read the book though afterwards, because I sometimes wonder whether I just end up preferring which ever version I see/read first, and I usually read the book first. And I think Wuthering Heights is one of those books that seems to divide opinion – people either seem to love it or hate it. I loved it, and I know other people who do too, but I also know a lot of people who just hated it, and I can kind of see why, because the characters aren’t actually that likable and it’s a pretty gloomy book. I just like all those Gothic-y nineteenth-century novels, but they are not to everyones taste!
      And I have recently finished Allegiant and really enjoyed it! I’ll probably be posting a review of it soon.

  3. Ashana Lian .

    That made me laugh!! Although from reading books about the business of publishing, it seems many authors have no say at all in what cover goes on their book. Unless they are self-published. Crazy business.

    Okay, I’ll keep an eye out for your answers!

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