Bookshelf Tag

Thank you to fellow blogger Vik Tory Arch (love that name!) for inviting me to take part in the Bookshelf Tag. I’m delighted to join in! Here are the rules:

“Answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.”

My beautiful bespoke bookcases

My beautiful bespoke bookcases

1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I saw the film and that was heart-wrenching enough!

2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.
Sara Douglass’ Troy Game series. It introduced me to fantasy books and I absolutely loved it. I used to be a real sci-fi nut beforehand, now I enjoy both.

3. Find a book that you want to reread.
That’s a hard one! There are so many I want to reread. I’ve been rediscovering some of my old Stephen King books lately, and I’m looking forward to rereading Insomnia.

4. Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
No. I’ve become rather ruthless with my reading time. If I’m not enjoying a book I give up on it fairly quickly. This is especially so while I’m writing, because I believe what you read subliminally affects what you write. Garbage in, garbage out!

5. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
The books I’ve written that are now out of print and hard to replace. But only if it meant I wouldn’t die in the process. I’d quite like to write some more books!

6. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
The Legend of Ulysses and The Hand of Apollo. My father bought them for me when I was a kid. He’s passed on now, and the books remind me of his gentle spirit and his passion for Greek mythology.

7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
Alice in Wonderland. It showed me that kids’ books can be funny and clever and appeal to adults just as much as to children.

8. Do you have any autographed books?
Quite a few! I love picking them up at Writers’ Festivals.

9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
They’d have to be my collection of Enid Blyton’s Naughtiest Girl in the School books. Falling apart from being enjoyed so many times!

10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
As an adult, I didn’t expect to like the Harry Potter books as much as I did. But after reading the first one, I was totally hooked.

Now it’s time for me to pass it on to five bloggers whose blogs I enjoy:

I’m looking forward to reading their responses and learning what makes these writers tick. If anyone else wants to jump on board, please do!


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