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I saw this the other day and had to have a little go at it…

1. What was the last book you read?

A Dance With Dragons: After the Feast – George R. R. Martin

2. Was it a good one?

It wasn’t too bad, I found the ending a little disappointing. And want to at least have the option of reading the next book…

3. What made it good?

As with all Martins’ work it’s detailed, immersive and all consuming. It makes it easy to get into, and hard to put down.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

As a series yes, but only if that person is in for a challenge.

5. How often do you read?

Three or four times a week. I have other hobbies as well, so try to split my time evenly between them, but I am ashamed to say that sometimes my reading takes the backseat – for instance I’m still on “Cress” but really should have finished it by now – I’ve been reading it since January 2nd! I may make that my task for the next few days…

6. Do you like to read?

Yes, I love reading. I think it’s something special, being able to be transported away to other worlds and lives.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

Going though my Goodreads list it would seem that it was “The 100” by Kass Morgan.

8. What made you dislike it?

I didn’t connect to any of the characters, and found it to be clunky and just poorly written. I didn’t enjoy the style, and being a YA book, queue the love triangle, predictable ending and unnecessary cliffhanger.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

I find this really hard to answer. I did, once upon a time. I’ve done NaNo for most years since 2007, and it would be great to get published, but I also haven’t bothered to edit any of my old stories, or to really write outside of that November period.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

I know this is horribly predictable, but the Harry Potter series. The vast majority of my friends in my life have been made through Harry Potter, whether it was the friends I made through FanFiction or through relatable HP experiences in real life. One of my best friends was in the first Harry Potter film. We’re going to be friends for life because of Harry Potter.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

I used to, not as much any more.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Again, I used to. I very occasionally update my old works of fanfic, but not very often.

13. What’s your favourite book?

The Book Thief, Marcus Zuzak.

14. What’s your least favourite book?

Is least favourite the bottom of the most loved? Or worst ever? If it’s the first, then the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, maybe. I loved the series, and managed to get a signed copy of the third book. If it’s worst…. again probably The 100.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

This is a tough question. I love reading full stop, and there’s nothing like the smell of books, but I also love the convenience of my Kindle.

16. When did you learn to read?

… as a child?

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

Probably Of Mice and Men. It’s a great book, and has a lot of meaning behind it.

18. What is your favourite book series?

Harry Potter…

19. Who is your favourite author?

H. G. Wells!

20. What is your favourite genre?

Science fiction/ fantasy/ Young Adult/ horror….

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

Luna Lovegood.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Of course… Hogwarts, the future, the past… every read is a journey away.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

The Princess Bride? It’s one of my favourites that’s completely standalone.

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

I’m not sure I can answer this. Nothing is immediately springing to mind!

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Usually a couple of weeks.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

Mostly. Sometimes they are ruined, but it’s always great to see how other people viewed the same world that you did. I used to hate when things were changed, but in reality if it were exactly the same it would be boring.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

The Maze Runner was vastly different to it’s book, but I’m not sure I would say it was ruined. I’m not a huge cinema person, so don’t tend to watch a lot of films.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Hunger Games. I thought that it fleshed out the world immensely.

29. Do you read newspapers?

Sometimes. I try to avoid them.

30: Do you read magazines?

Yes – knitting magazine “Knit Now”, and things like National Geographic.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

No.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Sometimes. Sometimes it can make me feel car sick, so can’t do it for very long.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Yes – I probably get most of my reading done here…

36. Are you a fast reader?

I consider myself to be a fairly fast reader, but probably in comparison to others maybe not. It’s all relative.

37. Are you a slow reader?

No…?

38. Where is your favourite place to read?

Just somewhere comfortable. It doesn’t have to be a special place or anything like that.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

No, but I don’t like being talked to whilst reading. That really annoys me.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

No, I like to have music playing.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

I did – I was always quite bookish when I was kid.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Possibly a zombie or horror flick. I’ve not quite decided yet, it could even be Winter, the sequel to Cress.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I don’t remember – possibly in fourth or fifth year of school, mainly because one of my teachers told me I couldn’t read Treasure Island. I think they doubted my ability to read or something.

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author?

Phillip Pullman affected me a lot as kid. I loved His Dark Materials.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

None? I don’t know. I’m not a celeb follower or anything like that – the people don’t interest me so much as the work, as awful as that sounds.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

H.G. Wells I think. We could talk about the future of humanity and socialism.

47.What book have you reread the most?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. So many re-reads!

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Probably things like older books and science fiction, like H. G. Wells etc.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Books about diversity and inclusion, books that teach children to treat each other with respect, books that teach kids to aim higher and strive for the best.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t believe in banning books to be honest. Fair and balanced discussions should ensure books if they’re considered controversial.

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