Song for the day: It’s Quiet Uptown by Kelly Clarkson
Because she’s killed this cover and it’s beautiful.
Hiya guys. I’m halfway through week 2 of my work experience now and it is absolutely amazing! It’s everything I want to do, and I’m loving it.
Sadly, however, my grandma died yesterday so that put a bit of a downer on things. She went downhill rapidly last week, so my cousins and I went to see her at the weekend. The last thing I told her was that I loved her and that I’d see her next week (she would have turned 92 on Sunday. Great timing, gma!), so that’s comforting. Still utterly heartbroken though.
SO, my last post before the Christmas madness is this book tag that the lovely Laura tagged me in (you can read hers here) because I honestly do not have the energy to write a full post (as horrible as it sounds).
So here it is:
1. Link back to whoever tagged you
2. Discuss based on these questions or create your own to help you out.
1. Do you have any childhood favourites?
I devoured the classic children’s books as a kid! I was well above the reading age, and my favourites included: the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Narnia series by C S Lewis, The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien, and the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. Other favourites included the Girl, 15 series by Sue Limb, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, the Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell, and of course the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. And and and
2. Is there a book/series that really got your reading hobby snowballing?
All of the above. Tbh I was hooked on reading from bedtime stories, so I guess you could say that it’s all Beatrix Potter’s fault! I’m sure every child in Britain can quote the opening line to The Tale of Peter Rabbit. From then on, I had to have something to read, even if it was just the back of a cereal packet. And then the books piled up…
3.Are there any books you enjoyed, even though you had to read them for school?
Tbh I enjoyed most books that I had to read for school. The one that stands out for me though is Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which I studied in year 9. We were all a bit disgruntled because other classes were doing Romeo and Juliet, or Macbeth, but actually I’m so glad we studied MAAN because it’s now my favourite Shakespeare play. I immediately fell in love with the foreplay between Beatrice and Benedick – that ‘I would that my horse had the speed of your tongue’ scene is my fave! I saw it in the West End a few years ago, with David Tennant as Benedick and Catherine Tate as Beatrice. I think I was in heaven.
4. Was there a book that changed the genres that you read?
I’ve always loved fantasy right from when I was a kid reading Narnia and The Hobbit, but I guess John Green got me back into contemporary YA. There was such a buzz around Looking for Alaska on Tumblr that I picked it up. That lead to the rest of John’s backlist, and to Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, all of that crowd. Reading those then meant I ventured out of traditional fantasy and into Cassandra Clare-style books. THANKS JOHN.
5. Was there any other books/series that hold a special place in your heart?
I bang on and on about this, but I don’t know where I would be without David Eddings’ The Belgariad/Mallorean. It is my favourite series in the world, my safe place, the bandage that keeps me together during hard times. I read it throughout mum’s cancer, throughout the bullying, throughout uni, and it was what I turned to yesterday when my grandma died. We are inextricably linked, he and I.
6. What kind of bookworm are you now?
I am an intense one. Once I pick up a book, I rarely put it down until it’s finished. I’m talking nose-in-pages-whilst-cooking/make-up/bath/shower-in-extreme-cases. I’m a fast reader too, so it’s in two hour bursts. I devour words, I guess. Language and what we can do with it is so fascinating.
7. Do you have a shelfie for us?
I do, but it’s at home and I won’t be back until Sunday. For now, get an idea from my Goodreads.
I tag anyone who fancies a go!
Hope you’re all ok out there!