Author you’ve read the most books from: Ever? It would probably be a pretty even split between Stephen King and Dean Koontz, although I haven’t read either of them this year at all. Or in childhood it would be Enid Blyton – no doubt about it.
Best Sequel Ever: I don’t really read a lot of books in series so was going to pass on this one, but John Marsdens Young Adult series which starts with “Tomorrow when the War Began” is a great series of books for action and adventure – all 7 books in the series are worth a read.
Currently Reading: Jorge Carrion “Bookshops”, George Orwell “Coming up for Air” and Margaret Atwood “On Writers and Writing”
Drink of Choice While Reading: Coffee, or a nice fruity red wine.
E-reader or Physical Book: Physical book every time, even when travelling. Buy a real book and keep the book shops viable…PLEASE!
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Knowing my luck it would probably be Stephen King’s “Carrie”.
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: “Tuesdays with Morrie” – Mitch Albom. – a random book choice from a second hand store and not something I would usually read. Glad I did.
Hidden Gem Book: One recommended to me by the owner of Loco Coffee and Books – shop in Featherston NZ – John Baxter’s “A Pound of Paper”. It’s an autobiographical account of how Baxter first got into writing, book dealing and book collecting – his life and loves from his childhood in Australia to working in the UK, USA and finally settling in Paris, France. It combines so many of my own interests I found it hard to put down. He is a very easy writer to read.
Important Moment in your Reading Life: As a child, being introduced to Enid Blyton books for the first time, by a couple of friends. I’ve been an avid reader ever since.
Just Finished: John Baxter’s – “The most beautiful walk in the world”. About walking around Paris following the steps of “Literary Giants” of the past. Paris is, and always has been, a hive of literary creativity.
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: Romance in general, Historical Romance in particular.
Longest Book You’ve Read: Not sure… Stephen King’s – Beneath the Dome was long-ish. A non-fiction work probably was longer…”Livestock and complete Stock Doctor, A Cyclopedia” – was pretty heavy going and took several attempts to get through. Given to me by my wife’s grandfather and well over a hundred years old.
Major book hangover: If this means it gave me a headache? Dean Koontz’s “Dark Rivers of the Heart” totally exhausted me by the end. A good book, but emotionally and physically draining I found.
Number of Bookcases You Own: 7, Plus several T chests and boxes in my shed full of books. (I need more book cases let’s face it…)
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: I’m constantly flicking through the Shakespeare and Company book mentioned below in question 20.
Preferred Place To Read: Usually the couch….or in bed. But if its for research, in my “Lazy-boy” chair in my office.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: “Forever is composed of Nows”. (Sylvia Whitman).
Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): A 3 Volume set of the works of Byron – “Finden’s Illustrations to Lord Byron’s Life and Works”.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: “A Pound of Paper” – John Baxter, “Notes from a Small Island” – Bill Bryson, and a book about George Whitman’s Shakespeare & Company bookshop in Paris called “Shakespeare and Company – a History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”. – a lovely book of words and photos about the life and times of an amazing book shop and the eccentric man who made it all happen.
Unapologetic Fan-girl/boy For: John Baxter’s literary/travelogue books especially about his life in Paris.
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: The next John Baxter book.
Worst Bookish Habit: Buying more books than I can possibly read.
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Jefferson Parker – “The Blue Hour” – haven’t read it yet.
Your latest book purchase: “Passages” by Linda Trubridge – a local writer. (Bought yesterday at a book signing).
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Leonard Pitt’s – “My Brain on Fire”. It’s about Pitt’s early life – visiting Paris as a wanna-be writer – life and loves…..successes and disasters. Just had to get it finished.
Favourite Genre: I have a few…Travelogues or books about writers and writing would probably be my most favourite.
Most over-rated writer (in your opinion): For me it would be a toss up between Hemingway and Kerouac – two writers who’s style of writing annoy the crap out of me.
Favourite “Classic” read: Probably Jules Verne – Around the world in Eighty Days – as I love books about travel and adventure.
Favourite bookshop visited, so far: Shakespeare & Company, Paris – a magical place in an awesome setting on the bank of the Seine.
An avid reader of books and supporter of bricks and mortar book stores. I love to browse in a well stocked independent book store or second hand bookshop. I enjoy writing, photography and travel. I'm also a keen gardener, interested in self sufficiency and make it my responsibility to grow much of my families fruit and vegetable needs.
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