First of all can we appreciate the fact that I love Gareth's new room and I could literally sit and read on this sofa all day. Also lets all give a round of applause for tags like this that give me a little bit of procrastination time whilst doing uni work.
Ever since I can remember I've loved books, I'm going to put this down to my lovely mum for taking the time to read to me every night from a young age. And also her very extensive taste in literature, I'm always finding myself nabbing books from her shelf when I'm home. The most recent nab I am engaged in is the glorious 'Girl with all the Gifts' really enjoying this book although the horror side is causing lack of sleep, which results in more reading! I've seen this tag floating around the blogging and Youtube ether and thought it would be a great one to do seems as I love to read and have read a lot of books in my lifetime. It's also a nice way to really prod at that memory of mine and remember which books meant the most to me. So without further ado:
1. What was the first book you remember reading ?
Now this is very specific. It was a ladybird bug that my mum picked up from a local car boot sale and it was called 'Smoke and Fluff' by A. J. Macgregor and it was about two naughty kittens that stole tarts from their Mother but don't worry in the end she forgives them and everything's fine and dandy! I think I loved this book so much because it was all narrated in rhyme and also the illustrations were just beautiful, the cats had clothes on, but they still looked and acted like cats. I'm sure there was some kind of moral to the story or something but I think I just liked the cats in clothes I don't even know! I think I still actually have this book somewhere.
2. What books make up your childhood?
Obviously because of my generation it has to be Harry Potter! I can remember distinctly reading them with my Mum, taking turns in reading chapters and also I used to fall asleep to the CD's of Stephen Fry narrating the first book, lets just say I was little obsessed! Before that though there were the Brambly Hedge books which I still love and adore today, even (if I dare say so, because I'm from the Lake district) more than Beatrix Potter! I think there were 8 books in total and they portray a story of a mouse neighborhood who live in a tree and the illustrations were beautiful (I have a thing for illustrations) I still have the books today, definitely going to keep them for future offspring!
3. What's the first series of books you devoured?
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. Looking back now I cringe because the books were just so old fashioned and even slightly sexist! But at the time I just wanted to be like them, they had such amazing adventures and I always liked their dog companion.
4. Which books take you back to a certain point in your life and why?
This is strange but at primary school we used to have a book club magazine that went around and me and my friends just loved anything to do with horses and unicorns. We always used to order one book off this particular series and swap them when we were finished, so basically I read the books backwards! The series was called My Secret Unicorn and even when I look at the pictures of the books now I can remember how my room looked and me getting into bed, still in my uniform to try and read the book all in one day. They were great plots, don't judge!
More recently though I can remember reading the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency when I'd just began to see Gareth and I can even remember the first time he came to my house and commenting on my pile of books with that series at the top, he asked if I read a lot.
5. What books have you, or could you, read over and over again?
Lolita! It's so incredibly well written and poetic and I love all the hidden meanings and the descriptive settings. More recently though I could definitely read Gone Girl over and over again I can't believe how good that book was and I really think it could do with a second read to see if there was anything I missed!
6. What book changed your life or at least could change someone else's?
Probably I would either say Animal Farm, just because of all the hidden metaphors and it's a great introduction into politics (even though slightly traumatising) it makes you think a whole bunch as well! On a lighter and more hipster note, I have to say Perks of Being a Wallflower changed my life, that book is surprisingly filled with so much advice which my younger teenage self could have done with hearing.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this very un-original tag but I have enjoyed doing it so much!
I urge you all to complete this tag, it really makes you think.
What's your favourite book?