I spotted the A-Z Book Tag on Pretty Purple Polka Dots blog this week and loved reading it so much that I simply had to join in and answer the questions myself!
Author You’ve Read the Most Books From
I’m not sure, there are quite a few prolific authors whose books I always read. I reckon it would probably be Enid Blyton as I adored her books when I was a child! Of all the authors I love as an adult it would probably be Sue Grafton or Peter Robinson as I love their series books and have read almost all of them.
Best Sequel Ever
I can’t think of a sequel that I would say is the best sequel ever but I adored The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce, which was a companion novel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (which I also loved).
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad
The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby
Drink of Choice While Reading
It’d have to be either a cup of coffee or a bottle of water.
E-Reader or Physical Book
I read both but due to my disability it is easier for me to read on my Kindle as it’s difficult for me to turn pages of a print book. So my answer is e-reader.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School
It’d have to be Ron Weasley!
Glad You Gave this Book a Chance
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan. It wasn’t a book I’d heard of at the time but I was offered a chance to review it and I’m so very glad that I agreed because it is now one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve made it my mission to shout about this book every chance I get because it’s brilliant, I’ve recommended it to so many people and have bought copies to give as gifts.
Hidden Gem Book
Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin. I’ve got to know Carol a little on social media so when it was announced that her novel was due to be published I immediately put myself forward to review it. I did it to support Carol because at the time I knew very little about this book. I don’t know that I would have discovered this book so soon had I not been a book blogger so this is another book that I’m championing every chance I get. It’s beautiful and magical and I want everyone to read it!
Important Moment in Your Reading Life
This is a tough one. I’m torn between sharing a childhood memory of reading or going with something more recent! I think actually starting this book blog last summer was a very important moment for me. I’ve wanted to do this for years and never had the confidence but then I found myself bed bound recovering from major surgery and I needed a project… and my book blog was born! My body recovered from the effects of surgery but the damage that had already been done beforehand is something I’m learning to live with but my blog has kept me sane through the really tough days. I’m housebound when my husband is at work as I can’t physically do anything independently anymore and blogging has given me a new lease of life. I don’t have time to dwell on what might have been because I’m too focused on writing about all the amazing books I’m lucky enough to read.
Tapestry by Elle Turner – a short story collection and I highly recommend it. I also just finished reading Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Hyde and it was brilliant!
Kind of Books You Won’t Read
I won’t read horror as I don’t like to be scared!
Longest Book You’ve Read
I’m not sure… I think maybe either Ulysses by James Joyce or The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
Major Book Hangover
The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene. I read this book a couple of years ago but I can still remember the story so vividly. I can also remember how long it took me to move on from it and be able to get engrossed in another book afterwards, it had such a lasting impact on me.
Number of Bookcases You Own
I own two bookcases and three huge bookshelves.
One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times
After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell – I read it twice on the day it was released and I usually go back to it every couple of years.
Preferred Place to Read
In my comfy recliner armchair in my living room. I have a reading lamp behind me and opposite me in the room is my bookcase with all of my favourite books on it, and to the side of me is my TBR book case. Perfect!
Quote that Inspires You/Gives You all the Feels from a Book You’ve Read
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
― Alan Bennett, The History Boys
I used to buy books faster than I could read them because I had a genuine fear of running out of books to read. I’ve now reached that tipping point age where I now know that I’m never going to have enough time to read all the books and that makes me feel quite melancholy and regretful at times.
Series You Started and Need to Finish
Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. I absolutely love this series but I know that the end is near because it’s getting ever closer to Z. I’ve deliberately slowed down reading these books because I’m dreading the point where there will be no more new novels!
Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
The Story of You by Julie Myerson
Unapologetic Fangirl For
Maggie O’Farrell – I always look forward to her books so much!
Very Excited for this Release more than All Others
I would have said This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell but I was very lucky to be sent a review copy so have already read it. I’m still very excited for my hardback copy that I have on pre-order to arrive though! If I have to pick a book that’s not released yet I’d probably say To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey as I adored The Snow Child.
Worst Bookish Habit
This is a terrible confession but I do have a good explanation for it… I’ve become a spine breaker! Up until the last year I had honestly never broken a spine on a book EVER but now it’s a case of needs must. It’s very hard to read a print book when one hand is paralysed – I need to be able to hold a book open and turn the page one-handed and often this leads to accidental spine breaking. Sometimes a book is too hard to hold and I have to break the spine on purpose… eeeek! It took me a while to come to terms with this but as time goes on I feel less guilty about it because at the the end of the day books are for reading!
X Marks the Sport: Start on the Top Left of Your Shelf and Pick the 27th Book
I went along my favourites book case and the 27th book was… Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. The order of my books is unique to me – I know where every single book I own is in my house but I don’t alphabetise them or even keep the same genres together.
Your Latest Purchase
As If I Were a River by Amanda Saint and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Zzzzz-Snatcher Book (Last Book that Kept You up Way too late)
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell – I just didn’t want to put it down!
9 thoughts on “The A-Z of Books tag”
What a great post Hayley. I love After You’d Gone as well and plan on reading My Lover’s Lover over the summer.
Wow, this was quite a comprehensive post! Must have been time-consuming. haha
NOOOOOO! What have books ever done for you to deserve their spines being broken. They have been nothing but good to you. How could you? :'(‘
Hehe, it seems you are quite the Maggie O’Farrell fan.
I have gotten more comfortable reading eBooks, at least for the time being. I keep changing my mind about them…I’m sure I will spurn eBooks in the next few months again. Sigh.
What a fabulous Book Tag – and I love your answers, Hayley:). Have a great week-end – I’m just off to pick up the grandson and hopefully… read aloud to him!
Thanks so much for taking the tag, I LOVED reading your answers! I’ve just finished up a Maggie O Farrell recently too, with a review on the blog.
Can’t believe you’re a spine breaker though!
These tags are such a good way to get to know other bloggers a little bit better. I had fun reading your answers!
I’ve added Out of the Darkness to my list (I’ve never heard of it before). And, I am a brand new Maggie O’Farrell fan, since March. Looking forward to reading more of her books!
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