Good evening friends old and new,
In an effort to distract my brain after being ravaged by food poisoning (shout out to the pork belly I had at the Harvester last night, you weren’t even that good anyway) I’ve pinched this rapid-fire list of book related questions from Grace Latter, who has an A+ blog and you should read it.
E-book or physical book?
Physical book. E-books are great for travelling and getting a bargain but my iPad looks much less cool on a shelf than twenty books.
Paperback or hardback?
Eh, paperback. Party because “Hardback Punk Rock” doesn’t sound as good and partly because I generally just…don’t buy hardbacks. It’s nothing personal.
Online or in-store book shopping?
In-store. Particularly if there’s coffee involved. The downside of this is that I go into Waterstones looking for one particular title and come out with six books, a bookmark and some badges. If I exercise some self control.
Trilogies or series?
Trilogies are neat and nice but I don’t really have any strong opinions either way. As long as it’s a series with a purpose and not just putting out books for the sake of it.
Heroes or villains?
Heroes. I’m boring.
A book you want everyone to read?
I’m not going to bang any of my usual drums this time. Read On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Just because it’s cool.
Recommend an underrated book?
I LIED. LET’S BANG THE DRUM FRIENDS.
The Pellinor books are SO GOOD and occasionally I find other people on Twitter who’ve read them and it’s the best. Where are you Pellinor fans?
The last book you finished?
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, which I wish I could send back in time to fifteen year old Kirsty.
The last book you bought?
These three from the Edinburgh Book Festival – I talk more about them in this blog post.
Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
My friend’s business card that he gave me the week after he’d been elected as a councillor. What else was I going to do with it? I don’t live in his ward and I’m hardly likely to ever send him an email asking if he wants to go to the pub.
Top 3 favourite genres?
YA. And…er. Crime and contemporary probably.
Borrow or buy?
Buy, because I’m a hoarder and I like to covet shelves of books like some sort of dragon.
Used books: yes or no?
Yes! Charity shops are the best.
Characters or plot?
Characters. I don’t care how astonishingly clever you are for coming up with some dazzling plot if I’m secretly hoping your protagonist will fall down a hole. And if your plot is thinner than a Primark jumper but your characters are awesome I’m less likely to care.
Long books or short?
Depends on the book. A lot of high fantasy with books that you could double up as a coffee table I’m probably not going to start, but too short and it’s like, am I really going to have an experience with this?
Long or short chapters?
Can I go for in the middle? I do most of my reading before I go to bed so long chapters keep me up and short ones mean I accidentally read loads and it keeps me up.
I’m SO boring.
Name the first 3 books you think of…
Books that made you laugh or cry?
“I Hate Myself and Want To Die” by Tom Reynolds and “The Disaster Artist” by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Both nonfiction, but they appeal to my bitter, cynical sense of humour and I visibly loled more than once.
I also remember laughing myself stupid at one particular scene in the Georgia Nicolson series back in the day.
Our world or fictional worlds?
I’m big on contemporary, but if you can get me heavily invested in another world then open that door folks, I’m coming in.
Audiobooks: yes or no?
Nah. I’m a really fast reader and audiobooks go too slow for me. Plus I’d rather have my own brain voice doing it, not someone else.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
I’m the easiest person in the world to sway with a really good cover. I’d probably go out and buy the phonebook if you put sprayed edges on it.
Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?
I’m not a big film watcher in general, so probably TV. An hour is about all my attention span can do in one go.
A movie or TV show you preferred to its book?
The Green Mile. Not that The Green Mile is in any way a bad book, but it didn’t make me cry like the film did.
Series or standalones?
How about multiple standalones but set in the same world? That’s what I’m here for.
I wasn’t tagged, so I’m not going to tag anyone else. Take it and go nuts!