Forgive me, I couldn’t resist!
A book based on a game or competition
In Throne of Glass, a bunch of assassins and thieves compete for a chance to be the King’s Champion. A daft-but-fun YA read with plenty of action.
Organisation queen – How do you organise your books?
Err, I don’t. They’re shoved in my bookshelves every which way and kept in piles on the floor.
A book you read for the hype
I bought Song of Achilles because I’d heard so many people speak highly of it, but I just couldn’t get into it. Not to sound like a straight dude (because I’m neither straight nor a dude) but I was hoping for a bit less romance and a bit more fighting the Trojans.
Shopping addict – What makes you buy a book?
Oh damn, so many things. But lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to read more indie books, so I’m more likely to buy something self-published or published by a small/independent press.
A science fiction book
Let’s go with Klara and the Sun. If you’re a fan of the Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence, this is a must-read.
On a break – Which books have you put down to pick up later?
I started reading The Amber Spyglass at 15 but didn’t get around to finishing it until I was 19. I feel like those four years made a difference to my understanding of it.
A book that made you laugh out loud
I rarely laugh out loud at books but OMG, that scene with the tin of pineapple! Three Men in a Boat is possibly the funniest book I’ve read and it was published in 1889. It just goes to show that some things are timelessly funny: slapstick, crap holidays, and young guys being very bad at adulting.
That time at space mountain – Are there any books you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve read?
Ahem, I think you’ll find it was Ross who had the embarrassing incident on space mountain. I don’t see the point in being embarrassed about reading something you enjoy, but I have read some stereotypically “guilty pleasure” books, such as…
A scary book you’d keep in the freezer
Don’t laugh! I doubt any book will ever scare me quite as much as this one did when I was a kid.
V is for encyclopaedia – As an adult, have you read any books with words you had to look up to understand?
I’m sure I have, but can’t think of any in particular.
A book with a spiritual or supernatural theme
This one is about the Norse gods, doing very spiritual things like fighting, playing tricks on each other, and tying their genitals to a goat (that last one is Loki in case you hadn’t guessed).
A book with an “Oh My God!” twist
A British classic
You can’t beat a good Dickens.
A book nobody seems to be talking about
All the indie books! I’m going to take this opportunity to shout out the Inverbrudock trilogy by Katherine Highland, particularly A Lattice of Scenes and Seasons as it’s my fave. These three #ownvoices books centre autistic women and girls as they navigate the joys and challenges of everyday life in Scotland.
Carol and Susan
An LGBTQ+ author and book
This list needs some poetry, so who better to add than Carol Ann Duffy? I love her Selected Poems, which contains work from five of her books. Some of her poems explore her experiences as a gay woman, while others take vastly different points of view. All are vivid, sharp, and full of feeling.
I don’t usually read traditional romance novels. I need to be tricked into reading romance by disguising it as another genre like historical fiction.
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