What are you reading right now?
The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It’s one of those Danish crime stories, so it’s all dark and moody and gloomy. Perfect winter reading.
Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
It’s a toss-up between Book 5 (or 6, depending how you count) of A Song of Ice and Fire and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (which I’ve ordered and it hasn’t arrived yet)
What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?
Hmm. I don’t think there’s anything I’ve always wanted to read but not read yet. I’m the kind of person who generally reads what I want to read. However, I do have about ten books waiting to be read… does that count? And there’s books I feel I should read – sometimes I buy them, but I don’t always read them.
What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None in the bathroom last time I checked, and in the lounge room, there’s a craft magazine. One. I don’t buy magazines often – just a few cooking ones and the odd craft one. I also tend to rip and chuck. Not a huge amount of storage space, so I’m a bit more think-y about magazine purchases.
What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. 920 pages long, I read close to 900 pages, flicked to the end to see if they died, the two main characters were still alive so I chucked it in the bin. I NEVER do that. I will pass along or donate before I would ‘waste’ a book. That book needed wasting.
What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like?
Cannot stand Jodi Picoult. She’s the creator of Misery-Lit and I hold her personally responsible for ALL the wall of pain in most bookshops. Oh, and Danielle Steele. Never got the attraction.
What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Eight by Katharine Neville, and Skallagrigg by William Horwood. They are all wonderful and I know there’s three but I may or may not be a statistician so hey. I can’t count.
What are your three favourite poems?
Not a fan of the poetry. However, if song lyrics count – Paul Kelly – pretty much everything. He is such a story teller. I also liked William Blake, ee cumming and a couple of angsty feminist poets when I was an angsty feminist (instead of not angsty).
Where do you usually get your books?
Mix it up a bit… sometimes the local bookshop, sometimes online. I switched to an ereader (space issues) about 18 months ago and while I still read proper books, the ereader totally rocks.
Where do you usually read your books?
Mostly in bed, sometimes on the couch, sometimes in doctor’s waiting rooms…
When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
I read my way through the library based on what I could reach without using the step – until the librarian realised I was reading from the adult section using a kids library card. Oops. back to the Junior shelf for you, missy.
I read all the Famous Five, the Secret Seven, school stories (obsessively – I still like them. Shh.) Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Kiddie crime and school stories were my obsessions. I discovered science fiction early on as well – Robert Heinlein in particular. Now I like grown up crime stories, science fiction, still like school stories (think I mentioned that), and the odd ‘literary’ type.
What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
Lordy, can’t actually remember. I know I stayed up way too late reading Song of Ice and Fire more than once. Probably that.
Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
Hells yeah. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad springs to mind. I loathed it. Still wrote a lengthy essay about it in an exam. I passed.
Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. The cover is gorgeous. The book is pretty damn good as well (ordered the fourth as a hard cover so that I can have all the books and admire the covers!)
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Loved that book with many hearts.
What book changed your life?
Skallagrigg. Brilliant. Made me cry quite a lot. I was young and impressionable.
What are your top five favourite authors?
- Kate Atkinson
- Lee Child
- Terry Pratchett
- Neil Gaiman
- William Gibson
What book has no one heard about but should read?
Skallagrigg It is seriously wonderful. Read it.
What 3 books are you an “evangelist” for?
Not really any I don’t think.
What are your favourite books by a first-time author?
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. Ok, she’s no longer a first time author but man, that was good.
What is your favourite classic book?
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Five other notable mentions?
- Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare
(Four is almost five… did mention the count-y issues, yes?)