I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in getting the second part of my Q&A up on the blog, it’s been a hectic week! Thanks again to everyone who took the time to ask me questions – you’re all the best! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Naz at Read Diverse Books
What TV shows are you currently obsessed with?
Oh my God it has to be Black Mirror. I’ve been obsessed with it since it started a few years ago on Channel 4. All the episodes in the third series are on Netflix as of yesterday and I am FREAKING OUT. I’m waiting for a weekend where I have nothing to do and no one to see to binge them all in one go. If you’ve never watched it before you HAVE to check it out. It’s the brainchild of British screenwriter Charlie Brooker and it’s kind of like a sci-fi, dystopian, highly satirical black comedy. All the episodes are always really unnerving, but so clever.
What’s the last book that made you cry?
The last book that made me cry was Haunt Me by Liz Kessler. It was a charmingly beautiful ode to grief, forgiveness and finding your place in the world. I adored it and if you’re intrigued, you can read my review right here.
Vivian at Inked In Pages
ACOMAF or Throne of Glass series?
This is a hard one. I’m actually in the midst of reading the Throne of Glass series at the moment (I’ve just finished Queen of Shadows) and I like how relentlessly action-packed and detailed they are, as well as the enormous range of characters and all of the clever little subplots that bob and weave alongside the main story lines, but I have to go with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! I read ACOTAR and ACOMAF before I read ToG, and I fell in love with the whimsical world and the complex characters Maas created. ACOTAR is a little slow and slightly problematic, but ACOMAF (and Rhys) stole my heart!
Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
I know there’s a Pottermore quiz now, but disregarding that, what do you feel would best suit your Patronus?
Hmmm. I got a St Bernard and I actually feel like a dog is probably the best type of animal for my Patronus anyway. If I had a choice, I’d probably go with a different breed of dog though…maybe a terrier of some sort!
What Hogwarts classes would you take? (No, you can’t say all of them!)
Eeeeek, Lauren you’re so mean! Okay let’s choose three, as that is the magic number after all…I’ll go with Care of Magical Creatures, Defence Against The Dark Arts (as long as Lupin and not Umbridge is teaching…) and transfiguration, although I really would like to do them all!
Besides the Trio, which character would you want to be best friends with?
Ginny! Absolutely Ginny. I think she’s brilliant and unfortunately she got such a raw deal in the films, being reduced to Ron’s little sister and then Harry’s love interest instead of a character in her own right. But she’s steadfast, funny, and brave and has a little mischievous streak that I think would make her a lot of fun to be around.
If you could only recommend one book ever again what would it be?
Ouch. These questions are killing me, guys! I’ve pondered this question for a little while now but I don’t think I could forgive myself if I didn’t choose Harry Potter for this question. I’ll always love Harry without question, but I really do think that the series as a whole has something for everyone, plus some really important life lessons that can’t be overlooked.
Has there been anything about blogging that you weren’t expecting?
I don’t think I was expecting to be come as serious about blogging as I have done! I started out because I wanted something to do that was completely separate from my day-to-day work life that would give me some sort of creative outlet and it’s just kind of grown and grown. I can’t imagine not having my blog or not being able to blog now!
Any current favourite songs that you’ve been listening to?
I’m going through a phase of favouring really chilled stuff at the moment…I don’t know what this says about me and my age! One of my current favourites is Emeralds by Bears Den:
Yarravy at Hiraeth For The Pages
What book character would you like to swap places with if you HAD to swap places?
Hmm. There are characters that I would love to trade places with for their powers, or to experience things that I’ll never be able to experience in real life. But I don’t want to get myself killed or suffer some horrible, irreversible trauma that will marr the rest of my days (I like the quiet life, tbh) so I’ve got to do some weighing up here. I think if I had to swap places, I’d go with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, because the benefits of going to Hogwarts, being a witch and having friends like Harry and Ron just about outweigh the bad things.
Which of your favourite characters would you NOT like to swap places with?
This is a slightly easier one because off the top of my head I can think of about 100 characters from my favourite books that I would never in a million, billion years want to trade places with:
- Draco Malfoy – parents in league with the Dark Lord and living in that draughty, creepy old manor with your crazy aunt Bellatrix? Thanks but NO.
- Katniss Everdeen – I don’t feel like I even need to explain this one.
- Clary Fray – The whole torturous forbidden love with your brother thing? So stressful. Also: see demons and serious Daddy issues.
- Celaena Sardothien – I mean I would love to be her because she is badass as hell, but Endovier, the King of Adarlan and chopping off people’s heads a happy life does not make.
Shudder. I think of them all, trading places with Katniss would be last choice. I do not want to volunteer as tribute.
You’re given creative rights to make a film for any book, what’s the book you choose?
Great question! Lots of books that I would love to see be adapted are actually being optioned or have already been optioned like The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, so I think I’ll go with Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It’s finally being made into a TV series by the BBC, but I can’t help but feel like it deserves more…I have no idea why it’s never been made into a movie!
What is your favourite food/beverage to settle with a book and where are you when you’re reading and eating/drinking?
Tea. Tea is love, tea is life! I think in an ideal world, I’d like to click my fingers and have a cheeseboard whenever I settle down for a reading sesh. Ideally, I’d be drinking my tea, devouring my cheeseboard and reading my book in front of an open fire with the fluffiest of socks and a window with a view out into the most beautiful of countryside. #Dreamy
What bookish/non-bookish pet peeve can you NEVER forgive?
As far as bookish pet peeves go, I get really, really irritated when people interrupt my reading! The worst kind of people are people who don’t really feel the need to communicate with you when you don’t have a book, but as soon as you put your head between the pages they become the world’s greatest conversationalist and you feel like you’re suddenly an unwilling guest on the Graham Norton show. LEAVE ME ALONE. In terms of non-bookish pet peeves, I have loads (I’m not a very tolerant person, soz not soz) including people who drive really slowly, people who walk really slowly, people who interrupt you all the time in conversation, casual sexism, rudeness, people who don’t give up seats on public transport for the elderly. The list goes on…
What animal would you communicate with if you could choose only one?
Easy – it would have to be dogs! I’d love to know if my dogs love me as much as I think they do. Probably not.
What is your favourite/one of your favourite aspects of blogging?
My answer to this question is always the same: other bloggers! I love being able to connect with you guys and have people to chat about books with. It’s the best.
Why did you start blogging and has that reason changed (as to why you continue)?
I started my blog because I wanted to talk about and share the books that I love and I also really needed a creative outlet and a distraction in my life at that point. Something to fill up my time and help me unwind and that’s exactly what Bookshelves and Biros helped me to do. It’s become a bit more since then! I’m a lot happier than I was back then, so instead of blogging for distraction I blog because I want to and because I enjoy it, when I have the time!
Jamie at Watch Game Read
Why do you read?
To escape. For me, reading is like that feeling you get at the end of the day where you come home and get changed out of your work clothes, slip into a hot bath and become you again. I love that reading can take you anywhere, let you experience things you’ll actually never experience and allow you to see through the eyes of someone totally different to you. Reading is one of the few times in my life where I can say I am truly, 100% relaxed.
Amanda at Cover2CoverMom
Which bloggers do you look up to/admire?
So many. Every single blogger mentioned in this post, for starters! There’s also a ton of other incredible bloggers who write insane reviews, dream up great content, make beautiful graphics, support other bloggers and are just generally awesome. I would mention you all in this post if I had the patience or the time for it!
I sound like a bit of a stuck record, but thank you all so much for asking me such wonderful questions, reading my blog and getting involved with my giveaway. You all make me feel very lucky and very happy to call myself a blogger!