1. Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.
2. Post the award’s logo onto your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers.
5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees.
So here goes!
1. What is your least favourite book at the moment?
Hmmm…well I, unfortunately, had to do my first negative book review a couple of weeks ago, and it was for Hugh Howey’s Wool. It was by no means an awful book, and I know it’s quite popular, but it just didn’t do it for me!
2. What is ONE book you’ve read this year that is worth a re-read?
I’d say Jamaica Inn, definitely, which was, in fact, the first book I reviewed on Boats Against The Current, and Wolf Hall, which was amazing! I’m actually reading the sequel Bring Up The Bodies at the moment, and so far it has been just as good!
3. If I asked you to recommend me any book of your choosing, what would it be?
Hard question! There are so many! Of the books I’ve read recently, I’d probably say Before I Go To Sleep, if you haven’t already read it. It literally took me a couple of days to read, because I just could not put it down! What happened to her? Why can’t she remember things? Who can she really trust? It was seriously compelling and I just had to know what was actually going on!
4. If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would it be? Why?
Well, I would definitely want to be a Hogwarts student, so I’d have to be Hermione Granger (because I wouldn’t want to be rubbish at all the lessons, and I wouldn’t want to be a boy!). Or maybe Ginny, seen as I’m a red-head!
5. What’s your favorite meal?
Asda sell the best stuffed crust pizza ever (and I would know, I’m practically a pizza connoisseur!), so I’d have to say that. You even get a dip with it!
6. Hardback, Paperback, or E-copy?
I’d say paperback, definitely. I’ve never really got into reading ebooks (as I discuss at length here), as I much prefer physical copies, and hardbacks tend to be heavier and more unwieldy. I like to be comfortable when I read, even if that means you end up with dog-eared books with cracked spines!
7. Name 2 books you’ve given a negative review to this year. In ONE sentence tell me why.
My blog isn’t that old, so I have only done one negative review so far, which was for the afore-mentioned Wool by Hugh Howey. I just found the plot a bit meandering and slow and some of the secondary characters weren’t all that believable, or even likable. I also gave a middle-of-the-road review to Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow, purely because the crazy backwards chronology made my brain hurt! Otherwise, it was great!
8. If I gave you a lighter a told you to set 3 books that you share a love/hate relationship with on fire. Which 3 would it be?
Wow, hard question! One Day by David Nicholls was an amazing book, but the twist…I couldn’t believe it! I was so angry! And in the same vein I absolutely loved Looking for Alaska by John Green but still…if you’ve read it you’ll understand. The change of tone at the halfway point just hits you like a tonne of bricks! I also had a similar reaction to the end of My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I loved the book, but at the same time just wanted to throw it! I was like, how can you do this to me! NOOOOOO!
9. You’re the main character in a New Adult novel. You move into a dorm/off-campus apartment and have a swoon worthy boy residing across the hall. You guys hit it off immediately and begin “lusting” for one another. What fictional character is he?
I think I must be behind the times because I just had to Google what a New Adult book was. Turns out the clue is in the title – the characters are ‘new’ adults! I don’t know if I have read any though so I don’t know who I would pick!
10. If you could write your own memoir, what would the title be?
Hmmm…possibly ‘Shhh! I’m Reading!’
1. Besides reading, what other hobbies do you have?
I write fiction as well as my blog, and I absolutely love photography! As my family have always been into walking and camping, I take quite a lot of landscape photographs when we are out and about, and I have recently started taking more still life type photos, largely for this blog! Hence the various close ups of book pages, pens and aerial photographs of laptops! I think I still need to improve a lot, but I enjoy doing it.
2. If you could travel through time, which period of time would you go?
Well, I read a lot of books set in the Tudor period, but I don’t know if I’d actually want to go back there, as it kind of seems like everyone is in danger of having their head chopped off! Maybe I’d go back to 1920s Paris, and meet all the famous writers there?
3. The meaning behind your blog name?
My blog name comes from the last line of The Great Gatsby which is a book I love. I just thought it was a beautiful quote, and I like the meaning behind it, even if it’s a little depressing!
4. When do you normally read? At night or whenever you have free time?
Usually at night, but also on my breaks at work, and sometimes in the day on my days off.
5. If you find yourself in a zombie apocalypse, which 5 fictional characters would you like to have on your side to help you fight off the zombies?
Weird choice, but probably Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, because he seems to know everything and he could use his magic to fight them off like he attempts to do in the mines of Moria (although he does end up falling off the bridge!). The Shadowhunters in The Mortal Instruments I also imagine would be pretty good at fending off zombies, so I’d say Jace, Alec and Isabelle, and there are so many A Song of Ice and Fire characters I would want there! I’d probably pick the Hound though. He’s probably the toughest!
6. Do you listen to music while reading?
No. Although I love music, I would probably find it distracting, so I do one at a time!
7. Favourite book of your least favourite genre? (does this make sense? I hope so)
I hardly ever read any crime fiction, but I loved Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, so I’d probably say that.
8. Book that left you feeling like an emotional wreck?
So many! And most of them are the books I put down for the love/hate relationship in Tika’s questions! So One Day by David Nicholls, Looking for Alaska by John Green (plus A Fault in Our Stars by John Green), My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (and pretty much anything else I have read by Jodi Picoult), and A Song of Ice and Fire to a certain extent, because George R.R. Martin keeps killing off characters I love! Nobody is safe!
9. Do you hate a book everybody seems to love or the other way around?
I don’t hate the book, as I haven’t fully read it, but I started Catcher in the Rye which everyone seems to rave about, and just couldn’t get into it!
10. Would you rather have a book with a closed ending or one with a little cliffhanger that would imply the possibility of another book?
It depends. If there definitely is going to be another book, then I like a cliffhanger, but if it’s supposed to be a standalone book, then I want all the answers!
1. Which book character would you like as a best friend?
2. Is there any genre of book that just doesn’t interest you at all?
3. How did you name your blog?
4. How often do you re-read books?
5. Have you ever abandoned a book series halfway through?
6. If you had to be trapped in an elevator with three book characters, who would they be?
7. Is there any song that reminds you of a certain book?
8. Where is your favourite place to read?
9. Have you given any books negative reviews, and why?
10. If you could write your own memoir, what would the title be? (Sorry to steal your question Tika, but it’s a good one!)
Once again, I found it really hard to work out who has or hasn’t been nominated for this (it seems like a lot of people have already done it!), so the list is shorter than it’s supposed to be, and I may still be re-nominating, so don’t feel obliged to participate!
Ashana @ Ashana Lian – A Fantasy Writer’s Blog
Carla @ The Carla Diaries
Caroline @ The Novel Project Chronicles
Gemma @ The Perfectionist Pen (although I know you’re away at the minute!)
Lauren @ A Blonde Librarian