Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
Bernice Bloom is the author of the adorable fat girl series of books which I will definitely be reading. Showing that fat girls love and laugh just the same as everyone else. As an ex-fat girl myself I love this and look forward to seeing what the books bring to the table. For now, here is her bookshelf…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
The first book I remember having on my book shelf was ‘A Town Like Alice‘ by Nevil Shute. I think I must have read books before that, but this is the book that really changed everything – made me realise how powerful, evocative and moving books can be. I have a memory of lying on my bed while my mum screamed at me to turn the taps off before my bath overflowed. I couldn’t drag myself away from the book so the water cascaded all over the bathroom floor. You know when you just can’t stop reading? I’m hopeless once I’m into a book, I’ve missed tube stops and missed important meetings because I just HAVE TO KNOW what’s going to happen.
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Wake by Anna Hope. I’ve heard good things about it, but haven’t started reading yet. I bought it yesterday and am dying to start it, but there are a couple of others on the TBR pile to read first.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown – a book about Princess Margaret. I’ve only just started it, and decided to read it because I became fascinated by her on ‘The Crown’ – this rebel in kitten heels; drawing elegantly on a cigarette and flirting with every man in sight. She led a life that seems ripe for storytelling – denied the chance to be with the man she loved, spectacularly beautiful and coming into conflict with everyone in authority. I hope the book lives up to its subject matter.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Oooh. Difficult question – OK
George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo
Mike McCormack – Solar Bones
Power – Naomi Alderton
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Eagen
This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Three that I’m looking forward to are:
Writer’s Luck: A Memoir by David Lodge. I read the first part of his memoirs and now this one is coming out, so looking forward to continuing the story.
The Only Story by Julian Barnes – I think Barnes is an amazing writer. Really looking forward to this.
Also Force of nature by Jane Harper
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
I bought ‘Being a writer: advice, musings, essays and experiences from the world’s greatest writers‘ by Travis Elborough, but haven’t read it yet. It’s next on the TBR pile
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I’m really proud of Diary of An Adorable Fat Girl because I think it breaks the mould. Most of us aren’t the weight we want to be, most of us yearn to be slimmer, fitter, smaller tummies, smaller bums! But we get on and have great lives all the same, and we’re all different. Yet in literature it seemed to me that a token fat girl would be thrown in to be a jolly best friend or tragic anti-heroine. I wanted to create a real, proper heroine who is gorgeous, fun-loving, likes men and has boyfriends and a job and goes on all sorts of daft adventures. She’s a bit chaotic and very witty and is fat. The first book took off so much that I’ve now written a series of eight mini books so far about her. She gets tonnes of fan mail and most if it says how much they love that she is overweight and struggles whenever there’s food around, but is still gloriously funny and likes nice clothes and has great friends. My books are light and silly and I hope you’ll find them funny and entertaining, but there’s a message tucked in between the sentences that fat girls can be heroines too!
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
Graham Greene: End of the Affair, or Catch 22. Both lovely books. I’ve chosen End of the Affair because of the emotion he manages to stir while not being in any way mawkish. It’s a sublimely sad book but full of emotion. Catch 22 is just gloriously funny with such well-drawn characters. It also manages to make lots of very serious points about bureaucracy along the way.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
The Adorable Fat Girl books keep on coming. There are so many adventures I want to take her on. There will be four more this year. Here are the next two:
The Adorable Fat Girl has to do something to get fit. What about yoga? I mean – really – how hard can that be? A bit of chanting, some toe touching and a new leotard. Easy! She signs up for a weekend retreat, packs up assorted snacks and heads for the countryside to get in touch with her chi and her third eye. And that’s when it all goes wrong. Featuring frantic chickens, an unexpected mud bath, men in loose-fitting shorts and no pants, calamitous headstands, a new bizarre friendship with a yoga guru and a quick hospital trip.
Mary Brown has been invited to a funeral. The only problem is: she has no idea who the deceased is.
She heads to a remote village the night before the funeral and meets the other five people who have been invited.
None of them know each other.
None of them have heard of the deceased.
WHY HAVE THEY BEEN INVITED?
WHAT IS GOING ON?
WHY ARE THEY THERE?
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I’ve attached a picture of Nigella Lawson in her library. OMG!! Wouldn’t you love a library like this at home? I’d never leave the house…
Bernice Bloom’s Bookshelf
To see Bernice Bloom’s full Bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.
About Bernice Bloom
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Bernice your answers have been awesome and I feel like I’ve got to know you so well. Thank you so much for taking part and I look forward to reading your books.
Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.