Thursday, 5 May 2016

By The Book

Daunt Books London

I came across this tag on Bethan's blog a little while ago, and immediately thought I would like to do it too. I'm not normally one for tags, but this one was right up my street. I will never tire of talking about books! So here we go...

Is there a book on your nightstand right now?

'Cider With Rosie' by Laurie Lee. I picked this up randomly at the airport a few weeks ago, but it is actually a book that I've been meaning to read for ages. I'm only about a third into it, so I can't really tell what I think of it yet!

What was the last truly great book you read?

I finished 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith a little while ago, and it really stayed with me. It was absolutely beautiful, in all its simplicity. I'll probably write up a mini-review for it sometime soon! 

If you could meet a writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?

Definitely J.K. Rowling. She has shaped my childhood and I cannot thank her enough. There are tons of things I would like to ask her, so I would probably just sit and question her forever! Mainly about details about how Hogwarts was run, about other wizarding schools, and how different spells work... 

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Oh I don't know! I think most books on my shelves are very me, but perhaps some of the books I've had to read for English Literature are a bit unexpected, like Heart of Darkness or The Communist Manifesto.

How do you organise your personal library?

Currently by colour, but I'm thinking about changing it up. My Hunger Games books aren't next to each other, and that sort of annoys me! I'll probably leave it for when I move in a couple of months though, so until then I'll have to make my mind up about how I want to organise them...

Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven't got around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed not to have read?

Oh, tons! Mostly classics like War and Peace, Gone With the Wind, Animal Farm, 1984 and A Clockwork Orange, to name a few. My to-read list is never-ending... I don't really feel embarrassed for not having read any books though. It's just natural to not have had time to read every single classic. 

Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but just didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

I recently read The Bone Clocks and really didn't think it was anything special, but I did finish it. I remember trying to read Catch 22 a few years ago, but I got so frustrated with it that I stopped.

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?

I'm always drawn to magical stories that allow you escape reality for a bit. They don't have to feature actual magic, but as long as there's something magical about them, I'm all for it. As for what I don't read, I never really go for crime novels - they're just not my thing!

If you could choose a book the President (/Prime Minister) had to read, which would it be?

This is an incredibly hard question. Like Bethan said, I don't think anything could make him a better person. I honestly don't know. Perhaps 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood.

What do you plan to read next?

I'm actually not sure! I'm thinking of maybe re-reading Harry Potter, but then I should maybe take the chance and read something new instead... I'm also planning on re-reading His Dark Materials sometime soon, so perhaps those! 

Let me know if you do this tag as well! I'd love to read your answers.

Love, Mimmi.