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I thought to myself “I should repost that book asks post” and then I decided I may as well just go through and answer all the questions (excluding the ones I’ve already done and minus a few I thought were silly).

1: What book did you last finish? When was that?

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley on 12.08.2016

2: What are you currently reading?

The Book by Keith Houston (I just giggled when I realised those rhymed)

3: What book are you planning to read next?

Possibly The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie, but I’ll likely change my mind completely when it comes to deciding.

4: What was the last book you added to your tbr?

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

5: Which book did you last re-read?

I think it was The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Either that or Soul Music by Terry Pratchett.

6: Which book was the last one you really, really loved?

The Rook was awesome. It had a slow start, but once it got going, I was addicted.

7: What was/were the last book/books you bought?

See question 4.

8: Paperback or hardcover? Why?

Paperback usually just because they’re smaller and more portable. Hardbacks I generally only buy if I really want the book and it’s the only format available. Or if I find it cheap in a charity shop.

9: YA, NA or Adult? Why?

Mostly adult, but I’ve got over my unfounded aversion to non-adult books now, so I’ve read more YA (and younger) books recently. Some of them do come off as quite condescending at times though.

10: Sci-Fi or fantasy? Why?

Both. Though I’m equally annoyed with most offerings from both a lot of the time. I don’t have time to read 100 multi-book (and each book is 500+ pages long) series of an author masturbating to Tolkien or rehashing space exploration or AI themes.

11: Classic or modern? Why?

Modern. I like classics, but the language and density of the writing gets tedious at times. And, you know, all the sexism, racism, etc you have to wade through.

12: Political memoirs or comedic memoirs?

I barely read memoirs of any kind, but I don’t think I’d ever want to read a political one.

13: Name a book with a really bad movie/tv adaption

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland continues to fuck me off whenever I remember it exists. Why create a film when you dislike the source material? Fuck that shit.

14: Name a book where the movie/tv adaption actually was better than the original

I’ve only read the first book so far, but Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is better than that book. Miss Fisher’s more compelling as an older woman, rather than being in her early 20s. And there’s no Phyrne/Jack in the books!

16: If you could bring three books to a deserted island which would you bring and why?

Probably a selection of stuff by Neal Stephenson as I’d have enough time to work through the really long ones.

17: If you owned a bookshop what would you call it?

I wouldn’t be able to resist the urge to try and become Bernard Black.

18: Which character from a book is the most like you?

There’s a lot of Arthur Dent in me. Confused. Tries to avoid responsibility but ends up with it anyway. Spends a lot of time in pyjamas.

20: Best summer read?

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

21: Best winter read?

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

22: Pro or anti e-readers? Why?

I’m pro ereaders but don’t really use them myself. Mainly because the one I have is a bit shit. And I like holding things. I’m also terrified of losing digital media - I’ve killed a number of hard drives in the past.

23: Bookdepository or Amazon?

Amazon owns BD, so it’s a bit of a moot point. I’m trying to avoid using Amazon at all these days, so I mostly buy from Waterstones or Forbidden Planet. BD can be good for if you want a specific edition of a book. I’ve used it to get the American versions of Cherie Priest books.

24: Do you prefer to buy books online or in a bookshop?

I love bookshops as a way to stumble on stuff, but limited selection means they’re not great if I want something specific.

25: If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why? (Bonus: any specific day in the story?)

Susan Sto Helit. Because she’s amazing.

26: If you could be a character from a book for their entire life who would you be and why?

Susan Sto Helit. Because she’s amazing.

27: If you could change one thing about mainstream literature what would you change? (i.e. more diversity, better writing, better plot etc.)

No more epic fantasy. Do away with the Tolkien worship. Do away with overlong books in overlong series. Do away with using medieval Britain as the ideal inspiration for your worldbuilding.

29: How do you sort your shelves? (i.e. by color, author, title etc.)

Separated out into fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. Fiction is by author - with separate shelves for large hardbacks. Graphic novels are separated into Marvel, DC, and independent. Marvel and DC are sorted by character/team and independent stuff is by author. Non-fiction books are sorted by size.

30: Who’s your favorite author?

Terry Pratchett. Because it had to be.

31: Who’s your favorite contemporary author?

As in someone who’s writing and releasing books right now? Ben Aaronovitch.

32: Who’s your favorite fantasy author?

I don’t think there’s anyone I could class as strictly a “fantasy” author. If there’s anyone I really like it’s because they do something else as well, rather than pure fantasy. Scott Lynch maybe?

33: Who’s your favorite Sci-Fi author?

See above. Neal Stephenson.

34: List five OTPs

Peter Grant/Beverley Brook (Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch)
Myfanwy Thomas/Shantay Petoskey (The Rook - Daniel O’Malley)
Sophronia Temminnick/Soap (Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger)
Nazca Barsavi/Not being fucking dead (The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch)

Don’t think I’ve got a fifth from a prose book …

35: Name a book you consider to be terribly underrated

Pelican Blood by Cris Freddi is a brilliant book that no one’s heard of. I got it for 50p from the Works and it ruined me.

36: Name a book you consider to be terribly overrated

Ready Player One is a pile of shit. It’s just Snow Crash with a load of 80s nostalgia pasted on. Either you know what it’s referencing and it’s going into unnecessary detail, or you don’t and you don’t give a shit. Never has the word wank been more appropriate.

37: How many books are actually in your bookshelf/shelves right now?

God knows. My Goodreads lists about 900 as “owned” but there’s probably loads there that I’ve since sent off to charity shops. But then that number doesn’t include anything belonging to Beth. Probably at least 1000.

38: What language do you (most often) read in?

Only English. Though I do own copies of Alice in Wonderland in French and Russian.

40: Name one of your favorite books from your teenage years

I really liked the Redwall books. I remember Mattimeo being a favourite. I think I still have it …

41: Do you own a library card? How often do you use it?

Yep. Haven’t used it in ages though. Mainly because they started limiting the number of graphic novels you could take out. And because we moved further from the central library. And I have more money I can spend on books of my own …

42: Which was the best book you had to read in school?

I remember enjoying To Kill A Mockingbird, but haven’t read it since. I also loved Much Ado About Nothing (and still do).

43: Are you the kind of person who reads several books at once or the kind of person who can only read one book at a time?

Usually one at a time, with the occasional graphic novel sprinkled around. Although my Goodreads does list a few short story collections as “currently reading” because I’ve stopped between stories.

44: Do you like to listen to music when you read?

I always listen to music when I’m doing anything that doesn’t have its own sound.

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved” 

I just finished reading ‘The Sirens of Titan’ and I also just got done completely re-evaluating my entire life. Kurt Vonnegut is a master of words and imagery. Painting more vivid pictures with words than some people can with cameras.