By The Book.
Is there a book on your nightstand right now?
The book I'm currently reading goes everywhere with me and at the moment it's A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell.
What was the last truly great book you read?
There are a few but narrowing it down to just one, Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
Patti Smith. And as much as I would like to think we would have an intelligent and meaningful conversation I'd probably completely lose the ability to formulate audible words.
What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
I suppose that really depends on what you think my shelves are like and the kind of person you think I am. The odd one out has to be this little book we found wedged underneath the bed in the hotel we were staying at in New York last year.
How do you organise your personal library?
In any way that keeps books away from tiny rabbit teeth that can cause destruction in approximately 0.2 seconds. Although pre-bunny they weren't organised in any particular way either, just by whichever way as many as possible would fit on a shelf. Sorry to any book lovers with a passion for book organisation!
Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven't gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
I don't think there's any that I'm embarrassed never to have read, there's always going to be a book that I'll feel like I'm late to the party on. Too many books and not enough time. There are a few Donna Tartt books that have been sitting on my shelf unread for far too long though.
Disappointing, overrated, just not good; name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but didn't? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
I don't think it's disappointing or overrated, but as much as I tried to I didn't like Orlando by Virginia Woolf. I think it must be a case of, it's not you it's me. I will pick it up again one day for another try.
It's so rare for me not to finish a book I have no idea what the last one was, although I did put down The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson many many times until I eventually got through it about a year after I started. And it wasn't worth it, so I wouldn't struggle through a book I felt that way about again.
What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?
If I think a book will make me cry I have to read it. There was a long period of time in my life where I didn't really feel anything and I turned to books in the hope they might help to fix me a little bit. And they did. So I love to read books that might make me intensely feel something, and that doesn't have to be sadness, it could be anything; joy, anger, an appreciation for small things. Anything.
If you could choose a book that the President (or Prime Minister in my case) had to read, which would it be?
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. Although I'm sure nothing in it would be unfamiliar to him.
What do you plan to read next?
Ooh, good question. I never really know until I've finished whichever book I'm currently reading. It really could be anything. Who knows, it may even be one of the Donna Tartt novels that have been staring at me for months.
This is a tag I've seen floating around on Booktube, created by Marie Berg
I tag you!