I thought I’d wrap up the weekend with a new post of a slightly different variety. There is a series of questions doing the rounds among authors at the moment that reveal their reading secrets. Thanks to Natasha Lester for inviting me along.
There are rules!!! So hereâ€™s the official bit:
- Post these rules
- Post a photo of your favourite book cover
- Answer the questions below
- Tag a few people to answer them too
- Go to their blog/twitter and tell them youâ€™ve tagged them
- Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that youâ€™ve taken part!
Now hereâ€™s the fun bit:
What are you reading right now?
The Book Thief Â by Markus Zusak. I am so close to the end but I love the book so much that I donâ€™t want it to end so I am trying to drag it out by reading slowly.
Do you have any idea what youâ€™ll read when youâ€™re done with that?
Undecided as this one will be a tough act to follow. Probably Hannah Kentâ€™s Burial Rites or Zadie Smithâ€™s NW.
What five books have you always wanted to read but havenâ€™t got round to
- Ulysses â€“ Iâ€™ve started it before but never seem to finish it.
- Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
- Grace by Robert Drewe
- The Inheritance of Loss by Hiran Desai
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/ lounge right now?
House and Garden â€“ we are slowly renovating our old cottage so I am always looking for ideas.
Whatâ€™s the worst book youâ€™ve ever read?
Iâ€™m not sure I have one. There are books I didnâ€™t particularly like but â€˜worst everâ€™ seems a bit harsh!
What book seemed really popular but you didnâ€™t like?
Harry Potter â€“ too much hype put me off.
Whatâ€™s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Where do you usually get your books?
Anywhere really; library, bookshop, second hand store. I love the big charity book sales that take over massive halls – I can spend all day looking around.
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
I loved Anne of Green Gables and many of Roald Dahl’s books. I would read just about anything though. I used to get busted by my mum hiding under the doona at 3am with a torch so I could read way past my bedtime!
Whatâ€™s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
The Book Thief until I realised that meant I was approaching the end too quickly
Have you ever â€œfakedâ€ reading a book?
Ulysses again, started but never finished
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
The Vintage Classics edition of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
What book changed your life?
White Teeth by Zadie Smith â€“ I was studying creative writing at the time it was published and her novel was so descriptive and well written. I dreamed of being able to write like her.
What is your favourite passage from a book?
Once upon a time…
Who are your top five favourite authors?
- Zadie Smith
- Sebastian Faulks
- Craig Silvey
- Alison Weir
- Barbara Kingsolver
What book has no one heard about but should read?
The Six Wives of Henry the XIII by Alison Weir
What books are you an â€˜evangelistâ€™ for?
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
What are your favourite books by a first time author?
Rubarb by Craig Silvey
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
What is your favourite classic book?
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Five other notable mentions?
- The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
- The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon
- Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks
I am going to tag Bridget Tombleson, Kara Pisconeri and Mel Berry. You don’t have to be tagged to take part. Feel free to post a link to your answers in the comments section so others can have a look. Thanks again to Natasha for tagging me.
Ah Christy, we are reading clones. I loved The Book Thief so much I wanted to name my daughter Liesel (luckily we had a son as my husband wasn’t into the idea at all), and Jasper Jones and The Slap are in my all-time Top 5. Which probably means the stuff you’ve mentioned and I haven’t read yet should go right to the top of my to-read list!
In that case you need to answer the questions as well so I can steal some book ideas off you!
Well now you’ve gone and done it. I’ll be doing this instead of writing 😉
As long as you’ve written your Asia travel piece and submitted it!
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