This wonderful post was created by Penguin Random House, the amazing publishing company. If you haven’t answered these questions before, considered yourself tagged by me! I hope you enjoy this post.
1. Choose one word that describes being a reader
For me, this had to be magical. Reading can take you to so many different worlds where you meet so many amazing characters. Whether I’m reading a light contemporary or a dark fantasy, the reading journey for me is always magical. There are no boundaries with reading, there is something for everyone to delve into and to feel the magic.
2. What was the first book you fell in love with?
The first book I remember my mum reading to me was Laura’s Star by Klaus Baumgart, and I was around 7. My parents used to read to me every night before bed, but this adorable picture book was one that has stayed with me for a long time. With regards to the first book I fell in love with that I read for myself, this can be none other than Candyfloss which I read when I was 10. Although I was always a reader throughout my childhood, Candyfloss was the book that first started my sheer love for reading and is probably the reason I have this book blog 11 years later!
3. Hardback or paperback?
I will always choose paperbacks. For me, there are three main reasons why I pick paperbacks over hardbacks:
- they are so much easier to read and I find them much nicer to hold when I am reading
- they are so much lighter and easier to take with me on journeys, there is no way I could take over 10 hardback books in my suitcase on holiday!
- they are cheaper – in the UK paperbacks tend to be so much cheaper, almost half the price!
4. How has reading shaped your identity?
Reading, in one way or another, is my identity. Reading is what I love, it’s my main passion and it’s something the people closest to me always associate me with. I could never imagine my life without reading, it would seem very two dimension without books. I love having such a strong passion for something, I wake up everyday excited to pick up a book, to review my latest book or to write a blog post, and I love that it has made me a motivated and dedicated person.
5. What book do you read when you need to be comforted?
This will always be Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson. As I have mentioned so many times on my blog, this book holds such a special place in my heart. I know the story inside out but every time I pick it up it’s like reading it for the first time again. The father/daughter relationship is so beautiful as well as the friendship, oh I just feel so joyful and comforted when I am reading it.
6. Who taught you to be a reader or did you do it on your own?
As I mentioned earlier, my parents always read to me before I went to sleep when I was younger. Sometimes my dad would also make up magical stories for me, so for as long as I can remember my mind has been immersed in fictional worlds. I think this did have a massive impact on why I love reading now, reading in the evening is all I have ever known and when I was old enough to read by myself, I would always have my head in a book. My brother too has also been an avid reader, and because he is slightly older than me I looked up to him and wanted to read what he read; he is the reason I read the Harry Potter series. However, since my teenage years I think my reading has stemmed from my personal desire to read. My family do not read as much as me, and none of my friends have ever been avid readers so it has been something I have kept personal and done independently. Before starting this blog, I never spoke to anybody about reading, I always wrote reviews in my notebooks and made lists of books I wanted to buy and would wander into town on my own to raid the bookshelves!
7. Describe your dream reading lounge
I always, always dream of this! One day I would love to have a room in my house just dedicated to books, my own personal library. I have always wanted to have bookshelves up to the ceiling with a ladder attached. I think they look absolutely stunning and I’m always very jealous when I see photos of them in other peoples homes. I have also always dreamed of a window seat in my library; I would love nothing more than a seat overlooking gorgeous views with natural light streaming in. I would have lots of pillows and blankets on the window seat, and it would be so cosy! Oh I can dream can’t I…
8. What book changed the way you act or see the world?
I don’t think one book has specifically done this to me. Books have left very strong impressions on me, for example my favourite books of all time will stay with my for the rest of my life for one reason or another, but I don’t think one book has actually changed the way I act/see the world.
Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know your answers in the comments to the questions, oh and lets all just cry over how beautiful our dream libraries would be!!!