First day back and I’m doing a tag already! I hope you all missed me! Just kidding, no I’m not I missed all of you like crazy! I was tagged for this one by a new blog friend of mine CJR The Brit, turns out she is a fellow Bristolian which is really cool and we are hopefully going to meet up at a signing soon so yay! Do head over and say Hi to her, she’s a fellow romance lover and her blog is full of lots of romance goodness!
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post
3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
Top 3 book pet hates
- Cliched tropes – this is the main reason I stopped reading YA fantasy. It’s nothing to do with the stories being bad as such I just felt like I was stuck in some kind of time warp where I just kept reading the same things over and over and over again, with a good mix of teenage angst and I just thought to myself “Claire, you’re nearly 40 move on already” so I did!
- Lack of editing – Luckily I don’t come across this often, but occasionally with an indie book, and I’m sure I’m not alone here I will get a book riddled with typos, bad grammar and countless other issues. I can look past the odd mistake but when it’s every other sentence I have to flag it.
- No worldbuilding – I’m a fantasy fan who loves tomes. I love it when the author gives me lots of description, when they build the world up so vividly I can see everything in my mind in technicolor. I’m not so keen on the thinner fantasy books that have little to no worldbuilding. I mean what’s the point if you don’t know what the damn world looks like?
Perfect reading spot
Erm…anywhere? I’m literally one of those people who can and does read anywhere. On a nice sunny day (hah like they happen) I take them to the local estate which is about a 10min walk from my flat and has a lovely big lawn outside of the house and I will sit out on the grass and read.
Three book confessions
- I’m probably the only fantasy fan on the planet who hasn’t read the whole Game of Thrones series. I have them all but I read the first one and was bored to tears and just haven’t got around to reading any more yet. (OK I know you all disown me)
- When my career hit it’s high point I stopped reading for about 5 years. I literally didn’t pick a book up unless it was connected with marketing. I became very tunnel visioned for a long time and so I have a huge gap in my reading which I’m trying to catch up on.
- I am rubbish at juggling multiple books, I try sometimes but I end up getting storylines and characters confused. I am much better at one book at a time.
Last time you cried reading a book
A couple of days ago, I Cried To Dream Again by Tani Hanes. I literally cry at everything, I’m such a cry-baby! Most fantasy books make me cry even and they aren’t even supposed to! It’s far more of an accomplishment for me to finish a book and not have cried!
Number of books on your bedside table
Just my Kindle right now! I’m very efficient about keeping my bedside table tidy!
Favorite reading snack
Pulsin bars or nuts. I’m not really a snacky person though so this is rare.
Three books you’d recommend to anyone
Wow….OK….I’m going to mix up genres here…
Classic: The Monk by Matthew Lewis
Fantasy: The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
Romance: Blurring the Line Kierney Scott
A picture of your favorite bookshelf
Oh that’s easy I only have one…
How much books mean to you (in three words)
Everything. Escapism. Enjoyment.
Biggest reading secret
I regularly skip meals because I’m completely absorbed in a book and don’t realise the time.