I have a bad habit. A rather terrible habit that drives Mr Kiwi pretty crazy – I’m one of the biggest bookworms I know – and believe me, I know a few. So I thought I’d pop together this ‘books to read’ list A to Z edition, because who doesn’t love a list! Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you.
You’re thinking, “that’s not such a bad habit it’s not illegal, doesn’t hurt anyone and has no more than 0.000000000001% gang affiliation” (I’m talking the Librarian Crew), but I’m not sure you understand how bad my problem is.
I will read in a train, on a plane, up and down an escalator, until 4am, in the bath, walking along the footpath and always when I’m meant to be doing something else.
Author you’ve read the most books from:
My favourite author is Terry Pratchett without a doubt. I’ve read and re-read every Discworld book and will probably do so all over again. They are just so clever, funny and magical. At the top of each storyline, he has created a mad fantastical world, but I adore the way he layers so much satirical commentary in there – and the hilarious footnotes are inspirational. (I’ve fully reviewed Raising Steam, Mort and Thud here on the blog.)
Best Sequel Ever:
It has to be the Belgariad by David & Leigh Eddings. I loved it so much as a teenager that I would carry the doorstop books (they were HUGE) around my home town, and always had the next book of the series lined up waiting for me. It’s
Becoming by Michelle Obama. I was saving this for an occasion where I could really sit and concentrate, and the First Lady’s autobiography is as utterly wonderful as I expected it to be.
Drink of Choice While Reading:
A Vanilla Iced Coffee. Or perhaps a cheeky Lemon Lime & Bitters of an evening…
E-reader or Physical Book?
I much prefer books. I was pointedly bought an e-reader as a present and for sheer convenience, I use it a lot, but there’s something lovely about holding a book in your hands, and seeing them on a bookshelf.
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
This was actually a really tough question to answer – there are very few characters I’ve fallen in love with – perhaps Mr Vimes or Sam Carrot from Ankh Morpork – both Pratchett characters.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Hidden Gem Book:
Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. It’s a thought-provoking journey of Autism, technology and ‘what ifs’. This spoke to me so powerfully; my Mother was a teacher-aide to autistic children, and to see them struggle to become ‘normal’ in a world that isn’t understandable to them is tough to see. I can’t stress how much you should read this, it’s beautiful.
Important Moment in your Reading Life:
Getting my own library card as a kid. It opened up a whole new world to a child living in a small town in a tiny country.
A re-read of Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lionness series – a high school favourite. Set in Tortall, a medieval fantasy universe where a woman called Alanna pretends to be a man and becomes a knight of the realm. Alanna is a feisty heroine who doesn’t always
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
Really dry, factually written books or military history. But, I do adore biographies – my favourites number among Ozzy Osbourne, Princess Margaret, Jean Trumpington: Coming Up Trumps and Emma, the love of Napoleon.
Longest Book You’ve Read:
The Crimson Petal And The White (922 pages). It was viciously beautiful. Then it’s The Luminaries – 848 pages.
When I was younger it was probably Belgarath the Sorcerer (848 pages), and then Polgara the Sorceress (816 pages). I even lugged these hardback weighty tomes around with me in High School (we had a compulsory ’10 minutes reading’ in English class which I never felt was long enough.) Thank goodness e-readers were invented!
Major book hangover because of:
The Fairy’s Tale: A Novel For People Who Don’t Trust Fairy Tales (The Pathways Series) – F. D. Lee – this is Terry Pratchett meets George Orwell and I adored it. With surprising plot twists and compelling characters, The Fairy’s Tale is a whirlwind, cynical adventure into the world behind classic folk tales and myths. Bea is sassy, crotchety, very reluctant and yet quite incredible. Buy it here on Amazon.
Number of Bookcases You Own:
We’re looking to install bookcases, but in the meantime, I’ve set up shelves in our cupboard under the stairs. It feels so very Harry Potter-esque whenever I wander in to pick up an old favourite. I guess for the moment technically my Kindle is the closest thing I thing have to proper bookcases – purchased for me as my collection of tomes was spiralling out of control.
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
There are so many – I love re-reading book series that I love. I think I’d probably have to say the Harry Potter series just because my husband teases me when I’m re-reading the series as he thinks I’m reading the same book over and over again because the cover artworks are fairly similar. Well, to him anyway. Re-reading a series that you love is a comfortable literary hug.
Preferred Place To Read:
Curled up on our couch with the cat with a cup of tea or on our bed with the covers pulled close. On a train, bound for somewhere lovely, or relaxing in the sunshine of my own garden.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King.
Usually that there aren’t more hours in the day. Life tends to be a little neglected once my nose settles into a good book.
Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):
I can’t think of any right now – but I put together a list of my recent favourite fantasy series‘ – all magical conjurations perfect for a spot of escapism by page. And all downloadable immediately!
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The second difficult question in a row – it feels like a personality test. Do I pick a childhood favourite like The Secret Garden, or a twist Dean Koontz tale. Do I choose something cerebral and haunting like The Bell Jar or the beautiful sensory overload that is The Miniaturist. Or, perhaps I’ll just offer my Kindle list of 2,000 up for perusal. It might be quicker.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:
Vampire Academy & Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires). There’s quite a stigma on people who read vampire books (except of course with fellow fangirls) but these are two series that captivated me with their female leads and original takes on the genre.
Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others:
Always the next instalment of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London books. A superb London crime series – a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural.
Worst Bookish Habit:
Having a few different books on the go at once – I love flipping from serious non-fiction reads like these freelance favourites, as well as having a gritty fiction piece and a biography or fantasy read to pick up.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
It’s ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor’ by Adam Kay. This collection of diary entries is equal parts wonderful insight, bittersweet behind-the-scenes view of the NHS and a hilarious Green Wing-esque collection of medical happenings.
Your latest book purchase:
Before my Tamora Pierce: Songs of the Lioness re-purchase, I bought The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. “Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?”
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
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What have you read recently that you’ve loved?
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