24/31 Through the wardrobe

24. Your favourite childhood book

The one I seem to remember the most is a gorgeous hardback, embossed edition of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I used to love reading it because it was just so full of magic. I mean think about it… who wouldn’t want to step into their wardrobe to find a whole new land on the other side?!

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If I go back even further, like pre-ten year old, I’d say my favourite books were probably and by Nick Butterworth that involved Percy the Park Keeper because his stories and illustrations were just so cute. I think I still have all of them somewhere…

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Reading material

#275: How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?

There isn’t just one thing. And quite frankly, I don’t think there ever will be one thing. When it comes to deciding which book to buy/read, there are a few factors that come into play – if it’s by an author I’ve read and enjoyed in the past, if it was recommended by a friend or even another Author I admire, if it carries an interesting blurb and of course, the design of the cover. For me, the cover of the book needs to be visually appealing for me to show the first bit of interest.

When it comes to which blogs to read, I guess I follow a similar principle – if it is by a blogger whose posts I regularly enjoy reading, if it has a catchy/intriguing post title and if they have used images/videos within them.

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Image: theguiridispatches.wordpress.com

Back to the future

#216: Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a per- son or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.

Apologies for the delay in today’s post – it was press deadline day at the mag, so had been swamped with proofreading from cover to cover. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it – I’d actually go as far as saying it’s one of the best parts of my job! I just didn’t have a minute to myself during the day, and I’m now super tired to think of something remotely interesting that is chronologically out of place… both fictionally or reality wise.

The only time that springs to mind (which is surprising, considering how much my brain has had to do today), is when I was asked to interview famous author, Anthony Horowitz, for his last book in his Power of Five series, Oblivion. I’d never read the four previous books but managed to pick up the storyline relatively easy – I remember that Anthony himself was impressed with how much I’d managed to read in the five days I’d had the book. I was literally reading it at every opportunity I had – whilst drying my hair, eating meals, commuting; I was determined! (FYI – it was approx 700 pages long and I’d roughly managed 500). After interviewing him, completing the book and attending the epic book launch at The Ivy Club Loft (oh yeah… very swish with its glass elevator!), I wanted to read the other four. So far, I have only managed to read the first one but it was still epic and luckily, I’d forgotten the ending of the last book because I’d read others in between in order to partially cloud my memory. Win win!

Bookworm

#167: Tell us about the last book you read (Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it?).

I can’t remember specifically which book I read last, since I’m always reading, but the book I am currently reading is Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery. It was given to me for my birthday as I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella‘s work and this one was recommended by her. So technically, I didn’t choose it… *cliche alert* it chose me!

Jenny has a different writing style to Sophie, so it did take me a little while to get into it. Although, as with all of my books, if I’ve started reading it… I have to finish it! That’s the rule with me. I’m now half way through and absolutely love it! The story follows a young woman, Polly, who faces complete upheaval in her life, so decides that the best thing to do is up sticks and move to quite a remote island. I always wonder – why do people think that moving locations would make them feel less lonely?! That said, this story reveals just how strong people can be when they really put their mind to it. Maybe location moves are a good thing after all?

I would recommend this book as it is a really sweet story and, to the right reader, could be quite empowering!

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Image: hachette.com.au

Singin’ in the rain

#166: Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof…describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

Well, firstly, I’d be in my cosiest pair of pyjamas, with a fluffy dressing gown and my monkey slippers. If it’s during the day, I’d be in my room, sat on my Olympic bean bag (it was part of the London 2012 Olympic furniture and was sold off after the games had finished!) reading my most recent book. I’d probably also have a delicious hot mug of chocolate Ovaltine (for those outside the UK, it’s a malted milk drink with a hint of chocolate… malted milk biscuits are my favourite and who doesn’t love chocolate?!). However, if it was late afternoon/evening, I would probably still be in my room but would be under my cosy covers, watching Disney films… or some home video DVDs, to see the relatives we’ve sadly lost, again. I do love rainy days!

Four stars

#157: Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.

With her strong desire to progress further in the journalism industry, it is evident throughout the story that Chloe always gives 110%, regardless of the task at hand. Her highly organised nature pays dividends on multiple occasions, especially when faced with juggling three incredibly varied job titles in the one role, with exciting freelance work thrown on top! Her energy and enthusiasm shines brightest when managing events and networking, which inevitably boils down to her raw passion for sharing fascinating stories. Who would have known that this quiet, country girl would evolve into such a strong, independent, knows-what-she-wants kinda girl within the short space of two years?! Who knows where she’ll end up…

FYI: this was quite a challenge, as us Brits are never able to give ourselves compliments, but I really enjoyed writing it. Hopefully people would be interested in investing their time in my story…

Judgment day

#86: If you were to judge your favourite book by its cover, would you still read it?

Well, that’s a bit tough to say since I’ve already read my favourite book! Thinking about what mostly attracts me to a book nowadays, I’ve come to realise that I prefer books based on recommendations – whether they be from someone I personally know or a review seen in/on some form of media outlet. If I’m in a book shop simply perusing through the endless aisle’s of books, a colourful cover will end up catching my eye more than it’s title. 

I kind of want to visit a book store now and find a new book…