Roll up, Roll up, I’ve got a new series on the blog. Welcome to the first instalment of Bookish Bloggers.
Every Wednesday I’m going to publish an interview with a different blogger all about their reading habits. Don’t worry, it’s not a heavy affair. Judging by the responses so far it’s going to be really interesting. Hopefully we’ll all get some great recommendations and rediscover forgotten gems.
My guest for Bookish Bloggers this week is Chantal, bibliophile & Mum to one from Cambridgeshire. Chantal writes the very stylish and entertaining blog Milk & Nappies.
What kinds of books are your favourite? Trashy? Mystery? Classics?
I love a whole range of books, and don’t tend to stick to one genre. I love a thriller – something that will keep me gripped the whole way through. At the moment though I’m trying to get stuck into some classics, which I’m enjoying a lot more than I thought I would.
What is the last book you read?
I have just finished The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson for #BookClub140 – a twitter book club run by fellow blogger Stacie from Parker and Me. I found the book a really easy and quick read – although the subject matter definitely had an effect on me as I found myself having dreams about being a murderer!
If you could make it compulsory for everyone to read one book what would it be and why?
Oh this is a hard question!
I would say Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as it is my all time favourite book. I loved watching the film as a child, and now the book is something I read every year at Christmas.
I wish I was suggesting something a bit more life changing, but can’t think of anything off the top of my head!
Do you prefer to have a physical copy of a book or do you like using a kindle etc too?
I am a big fan of reading physical books, and have actually never read a digital one. I love everything about them from the way they smell to the weight of them in my hands. I don’t think I will ever switch!
What’s the first book you can remember not being able to put down?
For me it was The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. I picked it up during the summer holidays one year whilst at Secondary School and found myself hooked. It was the first ‘adult’ book I ever loved, and have since re-read it over and over again.
Is the book always better than the movie?
Yes, because the book will always have far more detail than the film can ever provide. Most people like to read the book before seeing the movie, but I like it the other way round – if I enjoy a film then I know I will love the book! It also means I am not disappointed when the film doesn’t live up to my expectations as I don’t have any.
What were your favourite stories growing up?
I really loved animals as a child so my favourite books to read were from the Animal Ark, Dolphin Diaries and Sheltie series. As I got a bit older I loved reading Point Horror books which I used to borrow each week from the library!
Do you kids like reading with you or is it a struggle to get them away from the TV?
Zach loves reading already at just 16 months old, something which I hope will continue as he gets older. Currently he loves ones with flaps or touchy feely bits – dear zoo and the ‘that’s not my’ range are his favourites! I think reading is so important, and I intend to encourage him as much as I can. This Christmas I plan to do a ‘book advent’ for him and I can’t wait!
I hope you enjoyed hearing from Chantal as much as I did. I found myself nodding along to a good few of her answers, I was a big Lucy Daniels fan too! You can find out more about Chantal’s reading habits on her blog where she publishes a monthly book roundup.
Make sure to come back next Wednesday for the next instalment of Bookish Bloggers. If you’d like to get involved just tweet me.
As Chatal mentioned the lovely Stacie from Parker and Me runs #BookClub140 – a monthly twitter bookclub. Stacie is about to announce the July title so be sure to get involved asap. You can find out more about #BookClub140 here