Saturday 18 October 2014

The Book Lover's Survey // TAG

I seem to keep doing tags that I haven't actually been tagged in, oops. Hopefully you don't mind, and today is the Book Lover's Survey. I study Creative Writing at university, so naturally books are a massive part of my life and they always have been.

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

I learnt to read at an early age because my wonderful mum read stories to us every night before bed, so books were always around. I remember in primary school racing through all the books on whatever level I was on, and I enjoyed it so much.

Where do you usually read?

In bed or in the bath, mostly. I absolutely ALWAYS read when I'm travelling or on holiday.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
When I was younger I would literally have a book in every room of the house and I managed to keep track of all the plots at once, which is a skill in itself I think. Nowadays though, I'm so busy and my mind is so full of everything else that I only have the head space for one at a time (with the exception of uni books, blah)

What is your favourite genre?
Definitely crime novels, but I also have a soft spot for "chick-lit" and those tragic 'based on a true story' kind of books.

Which genre will you not read?
I don't think there are any genres that I would categorically not read because for the most part, every book is different. That being said, I find auto/biographical stuff to be quite boring.

Do you have a favourite book?
Is there a harder question that this in existence? I think not. I literally cannot choose; the best book I've read recently is Wild Boy by Jill Dawson, and another favourite of mine is Little Face by Sophie Hannah - she's my favourite author.

What is the worst book you've ever read?
This might be vaguely controversial, but I honestly didn't enjoy Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, despite it being the "thriller of the year" ... I wouldn't have even said it was a thriller, personally, but that's just my opinion. I would never say a book was bad, per se, because everything is subjective.

What is the biggest book you've ever read?
I'm not sure on this one; I don't tend to read big books! However, I read The Host by Stephanie Meyer and that's quite big.

What was the last book you bought?
I can't remember the last book I personally bought, because I have so many on my shelves that I'm yet to read - but the last book somebody bought for me was The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah.

Which do you prefer? Library books or buying books?
Definitely buying books - I become very attached, and I always want my books to be mine. Plus you never know when you might need it for something.

What are you reading now?
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider, although I believe the title has changed to The Beginning Of Everything.

What are the disadvantages of being a book-lover?
Not being able to read everything you want to read. There's so many amazing books out there that I might not even get read in my entire life time, which is a painful thought.

 If you have any book recommendation please leave a comment below or tweet me: @katygilroyblog

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