Happy Wednesday! It’s time to meet another blogger who’s also a self confessed bookworm. Today we’re chatting to Chantelle from Mama Mummy Mum. Chantelle has four beautiful daughters and runs the fab Read With Me linky – a weekly collection of book reviews and general natter.
What kids books are your favourite?
Having four children of different ages I get to read a lot of kids books lol. My favourites though, well I love anything by Julia Donaldson, I’m a huge fan of Jacqueline Wilson (getting to relive my childhood through my ten year old) and I can’t resist the Dinosaur that Pooped series.
What was the last book you read?
I’ve just had to check back on my kindle to answer this as I read so many books (at least 3 a week), it was actually a book that I’m currently reviewing called Journey to the Centre of Myself by Andie M. Long.
If you could make it compulsory for everyone to read one book what would it be and why?
Another great question, one book, puts thinking cap on. I’d like to pick out a classic, perhaps Shakespeare or Jane Austen but I’ll admit that I still need to read a lot of the classics myself so instead I will go with one that I utterly adore and feel that you can’t go wrong with, Winnie the Pooh.
Do you prefer to have a physical copy of a book or do you like using a kindle etc too?
I do have a kindle, I find it convenient, thank you Amazon one click, I can now have books I want to read with me instantly. However I always revert back to physical books, if I really like a novel and I’ve read it on my kindle first I’ll always end up buying the paperback version of it too. There’s just something about the feel and smell of a real book that you just can’t beat.
What’s the first book you can remember not being able to put down?
I remember as a child being utterly taken by The Secret Garden. If I’m remembering rightly I actually had more than one copy of this book and I also had an audio version too. It was a story that seemed to teach me a lot about emotions and how to treat other people and of course the lovely garden gave it a sort of mysterious element that I couldn’t resist.
Is the book always better than the movie?
My short answer, yes! The movie can sometimes come close to the book but never surpasses it. The characters in films that have been adapted from books never quite match up to how I imagined them to be and nine times out of ten the story either gets altered or key scenes are skipped which really annoys me to the point where sometimes I stop watching. When you read the book you get all of the detail and nothing less!
What were your favourite stories growing up?
I’ve always been a book worm so I’m going to try to narrow this down to less than five if I can. As a little girl I adored Winnie the Pooh, still do actually hence why I mentioned this loveable bear in a previous question. As I grew older Goosebumps was always a favourite of mine, a series which I’ve actually been buying for my 10 year old and not the newer ones, I’ve been scouring eBay for the older versions. And then there was my early teen years, I remember collecting The Babysitter Club books, ones I didn’t have I used to swap with my friends.
Do your kids like reading with you or is it a struggle to get them away from the TV?
I’m so lucky that all my children take after me, they always have their heads stuck in a book (although you tube is beginning to take over). My eldest two daughters prefer to read by themselves these days but I still love to sit and read with my youngest two girls, great excuse for a cuddle!