I’ve been tagged in a thing! I have to… do things? Answer things? Tag other things?
Firstly, thank you Marianna for awarding me the Sunshine Blogger!
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
(Apparently) The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community (it certainly brightened up my day!)
How does it work?
- Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog
Show us a book cover you love.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; I love the monochrome with its splash of red. So effective and memorable.
1. What is the book that you loved reading so far this year?
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I had never read anything of his before and this ticked so many boxes for me; I loved his style of writing but also there was something about this book in particular. It was something a little more than hist fic (set in an era I’m particularly curious about), it wasn’t quite fantasy, but not exactly magical realism either. It flitted between so many genres that I love!
2. A book that is a movie
There are so many I could talk about here, many that I’m aware I’ve spoken about in other blog posts. I was going to bring up Howl’s Moving Castle again, because it was an anime I loved and I had no idea it was a book for such a long time.
Instead, I’m going to answer with Resistance by Owen Sheers.
Owen Sheers is best known for his poetry, and this comes across in his alternative-history fiction Resistance. Sheers imagines a Britain that lost WWII and has been invaded by the Nazis; we follow how the invasion effects families living in a rural farming valley in Wales.
It was adapted in 2011 and, thanks to Sheers himself being one of the screenwriters, keeps its poetic, simple beauty. Thought provoking and stirring. Features Michael Sheen, Iwan Rheon (aka Game of Thrones‘ Ramsay Bolton) and Tom Wlaschiha (aka Game of Thrones’ Jaqen H’ghar)
3. Favourite book with a male protagonist
Now this is tricky, as I can think of so many books, across so many genres, with male protagonists, that I have enjoyed.
I’m going to go with one from this year and say The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch; because he’s probably one of my favourite protagonists. Charismatic and clever, but so unrelentingly human also in his faults and ambitions.
4. A classic book that you love
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
There are so many classics that I could have gone with, but as I discussed in my nominations post for Richard Osman’s World Cup of Books, I love the sheer scope that Dumas packs into this book. It’s epic. It’s complicated and convoluted and exciting. It’s emotional and daring. I love it!
5. Show us a cover that scares you
Now for most of these questions I struggled to settle on one answer (see question 2); but this answer came straight to mind:
Seriously. What the fuck is up with this cover?! It’s a detail from The Tell Tale Heart, painted by Harry Clarke. We studied only one of the stories from this collection, The Purloined Letter, and I had to keep the book face down on my desk. Loathe it entirely.
6. How many books have you juggled at the same time?
Normally, I only read one book at a time. I might occasionally get my timings wrong and end up having to put one aside whilst I read a book for my book club.
This week I’ve had four on the go. FOUR.
One I’m sort of editing/beta reading for a friend.
This month’s book club book.
Gwales by Catrin Dafydd.
And because it was on my phone and I needed something to entertain me, I started The Golden House by Salman Rushdie.
I feel sick.
7. A book that you absolutely recommend
I absolutely recommend Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time
My husband always buys me the best books, he has an incredible knack for knowing exactly what I will enjoy, but probably wouldn’t pick up if left to my own devices. I have a comfort zone, it’s somewhere between classics and fantasy (a bizarre nook, I know). And whereas I love the thought of sci-fi, finding a good one can sometimes be tricky.
So I’m making it easy for you.
This is a fucking incredible one.
It involves space travel, and evolutionary experiments… it’s incredibly detailed, extremely well plotted, impeccably executed. You can read my full review here.
8. A book that you have read more than two times
If you’re a follower of my blog then you knew it would have to come up some time;
J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
I wanted to be thorough with this list and ensure that I answered each question as best I could. So I went back through my book diary that I’ve been keeping since 2000 and counted.
I kid you not.
Haven’t you got better things to do??
Oh yes. But that’s what procrastination is all about isn’t it?
Anyway. There are a number of books I’ve read twice: Jane Eyre, Witches Abroad, Northern Lights, The Blade Itself, Wuthering Heights…
But the only books I’ve read three times are The Lord of the Rings. I feel such an affinity to these characters, and I love the histories that are constantly alluded to. I love Middle Earth and it’s beautiful locations; Rivendell obviously, but also the grasslands of the Rohan, Minis Tirith, The Shire… I feel like I arrive home when I read these books.
9. Is there a book that you have regretted reading?
Oh yes. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s one of those books that there is massive hype about but which is actually terribly written. Hubby warned me it was a dreadful book, but then there’s books I’ve enjoyed and he hasn’t so I thought I should give it the benefit of the doubt.
Such a waste of time.
You can read my full review here.
10. Other than reading, what do you like doing on a rainy day?
My days are generally governed by the demands of my two children. If it’s the kind of rainy day where you’re also coming down with something and you feel like crap, I like to put a Studio Ghibli animation on. It’s like a comfort thing. Plus the children love them, so we’ll all bundle up on the sofa and watch Laputa Castle in the Sky or Spirited Away or Kiki’s Delivery Service… not Howl’s Moving Castle anymore because the disc jumps.
11. Name an author that you love
Joe Abercrombie. Because I absolutely love his characters. It’s something that I love about grimdark fantasy as a whole, characters and situations that are realistic in their grittiness and emotional/deprecating range. And I think Abercrombie does this the best out of those that I have so far read. I love how distinctive his character’s voices are, and I love how he challenges typical genre tropes and cliches and turns them on their heads.
So now, I get to tag eleven bloggers and set you eleven questions.
I have no idea if there’s any kind of etiquette to this; obviously if this tagging malarkey is not something you partake in then don’t bother, not a problem.
For those of you who I tag that will join in, I look forwarding to reading your posts!
Laura of Laura M Hughes, Fantasy Faction, Fantasy Hive, and everything else.
Nicola from Thoughts on Fantasy
Justine from I Should Read That
Evelina from Avalinah’s Books
Erin from Bluestocking Bookworm
Jill from Jill Jemmett
Erik from The Past Due Book Review
The Librarian from The Orangutan Librarian
Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek
A Rookie from A Bookie Rookie
Rimpy from Rimpy Reads
What book would you save from the Firemen’s pyre?
What tropes or cliches do you hate the most?
Whats the worst adaptation of a book you’ve seen?
Which book has been sitting on your TBR the longest? How long has it been there for?
Which dystopian world do you find the scariest?
If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?
Do you have a favourite short story?
What’s your favourite table top game?
What book do you hate that everyone else seems to love?
What three authors would you love to have a drink with?
What’s your least favourite book cover?