I saw this one on Amy’s blog and – being a lover of a tag post – I knew I had to give this one a go. The original post was created by Samantha and Amber @Bibliomavens and I have to say I love this tag. I really enjoy reading tag posts (so much so I created my own, which you can find here) and this one definitely asks some thought-provoking questions.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Here are the rules for this tag:
Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers
Use the same questions from the tag
Who is your all-time favourite book character?
This question is so hard. Not that I’m in that position, but it feels like asking a parent to pick their favourite child! I can’t pick my favourite character but I can say some of my favourite characters are Nina from Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, Olive from Olive by Emma Gannon, the March sisters from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I just love female characters that aren’t afraid to push boundaries a little bit and I think all of these women fit the bill!
If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books don’t count)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. It feels a bit controversial to admit you like Shakespeare but I really do – even after studying his texts in depth at school and at uni – and I think it’d be interesting to pass the time by re-reading the plays I’ve studied and introducing myself to the ones I haven’t. Plus I think a lot of time would go by just figuring out what he was trying to say 😂.
What’s your most unpopular book opinion?
When I think about it, I probably will have a lot of unpopular opinions but when I saw this question I automatically thought of one opinion. I’m not a fan of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Though the casting of Paul Mescal did peak my interest, the narrative, lack of punctuation and characters just didn’t gel with me. I think Rooney is a great writer but just not for me.
What’s your weirdest bookish habit?
Be prepared, everyone, this isn’t necessarily weird it’s just very annoying. Sometimes, before I’ve even started a book, I’ll sneak a peek at the ending!
What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?
That’s such a tough question, not because my family are particularly intense but because I’ve read so many books and thought “if this book was real, I’d definitely fancy X” I couldn’t possibly pick…but, for the sake of the tag, I will!
I think I’d like Peter from Just Friends by Holly McCulloch to come to a family event. I feel like he’d be very polite and lovely with my family, plus his calm nature would put me at ease.
What made you decide to start a book blog?
My first post on my blog actually wasn’t book related but I think, as time went on and my blog evolved, I’ve been posting more and more book related content. Reading hasn’t always been a love of mine but writing has and – after feeling pretty lost when university was coming to an end – I started the blog not only for something to do but to get my writing out into the wider world.
What about reading and books do you love the most?
I think I’ve realised, now more than ever, that reading and books are an escape. That’s such a cheesy, cliche thing to say but it’s true. Last year was hard on a lot of us and reading definitely provided an escape- and joy – for me during that time. I think I also really like the power of books bringing people together, as I’ve come into contact with a lot of lovely bloggers and authors since starting my blogging journey.
What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?
I’m an English Literature graduate currently working in admin but I guess my ideal career would be either to be paid to write content about books, music and my other interests or the same job as Mary in About Time (I think she’s a proofreader/editor but I’d definitely urge you to watch this one, even just to figure that answer out!).
What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?
This is a tough one! I guess I’d say Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I hadn’t read it until last year but I was definitely influenced by several bookstagrammers pictures featuring gorgeous covers. I’m not a stranger to classics but this one was new to me and I really enjoyed it.
What is the book you shove down everyone’s throats?
I’m forever telling people “read this read this read this” about 99.99% of books I read but I think the book I’m forever telling people to read Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I missed the boat when this initially came out but I read it and fell in love with it straight away. I just think it’s gorgeous storytelling and it’ll stay with me for a long time.
I’m not going to tag specific bloggers to do this one but if you fancy a go, feel free!
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