I’m delighted to say that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by ajoobacats. If you’re not familiar with her blog, she reads a lot, and posts honest, spoiler free reviews. I like a blogger that’s not afraid to say if there’s something they didn’t like about a book, rather than just praising everything they read. ajoobacats is open with her reviews, and I enjoy reading her thoughts on her latest read.
Here’s how the award works:
- Thank the person that nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions they set for you
- Nominate 11 other bloggers (and let them know they were nominated!)
- Set 11 questions for them to answer
My responses to ajoobacats’s questions are:
1. Have you ever belonged to a book club? What was it called?
I’m currently a member of the Escabeche Book Group, so called because we meet in a restaurant called Escabeche. Each month, we meet up, have some amazing tapas (and maybe a glass of wine!) and then discuss our current read. The books we read are quite varied, and have covered non-fiction, thrillers, sci-fi, classics and everything in between. Our next read is Any Human Heart by William Boyd.
2. If a friend, who doesn’t read much asked you for a book recommendation right now, which book would you recommend?
It would depend upon the friend, but maybe something like The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind or Our Man in Havana. I think that even non-readers would find something entertaining in these novels.
3. What’s your favourite film franchise?
Not particularly original, but I love the Harry Potter films.
4. Which literary stereotype bugs you the most?
This is a tough question, but it’s probably the orphan with an unknown past who turns out to be king of the world, or some such.
5. Which book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor, which I’m really enjoying so far.
Here’s the blurb:
They call her many things – a research project, a test-subject, a specimen. An abomination.
But she calls herself Phoenix, an ‘accelerated woman’ – a genetic experiment grown and raised in Manhattan’s famous Tower 7, the only home she has ever known. Although she’s only two years old, Phoenix has the body and mind of an adult – and powers beyond imagining. Phoenix is an innocent, happy to live quietly in Tower 7, reading voraciously and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human.
Until the night that Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated, Phoenix begins to search for answers – only to discover that everything that she has ever known is a lie.
Tower 7 isn’t a haven. It’s a prison. And it’s time for Phoenix to spread her wings and rise.
6. What’s your favourite horror thriller?
Does The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin count as horror thriller? I’m not sure, but I’m sticking with my answer anyway!
7. Name the most heinous literary villain you have ever read.
I have a few options for this – Pinkie from Brighton Rock is deplorable, as is O’Brien from Nineteen Eighty-Four. A slightly more atypical option would be Slade in A Bright Moon for Fools – never have I so passionately wished for terrible things to happen to a fictional person.
8. Name a book you have read and enjoyed that was translated from another language into English?
I’m struggling to narrow it down to one, but I’ve enjoyed Blindness by José Saramago, HHhH by Laurent Binet and Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov.
9. What’s your favourite period in history?
Probably the Egyptians – I find it an absolutely fascinating period of time.
10. If you were to write a book, which genre would you write?
I love post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, so I’d probably write something in this genre.
11. Have you ever been to a book signing? If yes, which author?
I’ve been to a few signings. The most recent one I’ve been to was part of the Hay Winter Weekend (a spin-off of the Hay Festival that is held in the last weekend of November), where Andrew Miller did a talk and signing for his latest novel The Crossing.
My 11 nominees are:
- The Reader’s Room
- Bookland Vernon
- City Girl Scapes
- Just Read
- Books Ahoy
- Alice and her Looking Glass
- Rich’s Random Book Blog
- The Owl on the Bookshelf
- A Little Blog of Books
- Bookshelf Battle
And my 11 questions:
- What is your favourite book?
- Do you judge a book by its cover?
- If you’re not enjoying a book, do you stick with it or move onto something new?
- How big is you TBR pile? (Be honest!)
- What’s the next book you’re planning to read?
- Physical, e-books or a combination of the two?
- 2016 publication that you’re most looking forward to
- Most disappointing book by a favourite author
- What do you like to do when you’re not reading?
- Favourite film / TV adaptation of a novel
- Which comes first – see the film or read the book?