Another week and another lovely set of answers to my All About Books Questions. I love sharing these answers each week and I hope you like reading all about them. And this week have Jenny from Rabbit Ideas.

All About Books with Odd Socks and Lollipops - colourful books stacked on grey background
And so I will hand you over to her!

Jenny blogs at Rabbit Ideas– Early Years literacy, on a budget. As well as being interested in children’s books and activities, she is trying to carve out time for her own reading- mostly with friends at a book club.

Old books on a shelf

Photo courtesy of Jenny.

Which books are you currently reading?
I’m just about to start The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; looking forward to seeing what this is about as I’ve never read any of his books before.

What was the last book you read?
Well, I have young children so I am constantly reading to them! Today it was Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek which is a beautiful book. For my own reading, My Beautiful Friend by Elena Ferrante. It was very good- told from the perspective of a complex protagonist. I found the insight into 1950’s Italian social life fascinating.

What book is next on your ‘to be read’ list?
A non-fiction one: Brene Brown- Braving the Wilderness. I have read all her other books and really like her as a writer and speaker. Her TED talks on shame and vulnerability are brilliant, that’s how I found out about her, and have been a reader of her work ever since.

Notebook and Cake

Photo courtesy of Jenny.

What is your favourite genre to read?
I love the classics (I did an English degree at Uni). I’m especially fond of Victorian fiction. For me, it is more about the characters and plot. I also love learning about society in a novel; how the people organise themselves and interact with one another. These elements are more important to me than belonging to a certain genre.

What genre do you tend to avoid?
Horror and crime. Although I like watching Scandinavian crime dramas so I’m hoping that I enjoy reading The Snowman!

Who is your favourite author?
At the moment- Dickens or Steinbeck. This does change, though!

What is your favourite book from your childhood?
Matilda or Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl. As a teenager I loved Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird.

What books can’t you wait to read with your children?
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien, Holes- Louis Sachar.

Book Spines and Pages

Photo courtesy of Jenny.

If you could visit the world of any book- where would you go?
Since I am really into Dickens at the moment it would have to be a trip back to Victorian London. I would probably end up trying to help Fagin’s boys or persuade Nancy to run away from Bill Sikes. I love walking in cities and seeing London as it was then would be quite an education!

Which Harry Potter House would you belong to?
I did an online quiz to find out the answer; Ravenclaw- Known for a “high work ethic and friendliness”. I’ll take that!

You can find Jenny over at her blog Rabbit Ideas here. And on her social media channels – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Thank you so much Jenny for taking the time to answer my questions! It’s great to ‘meet’ another Ravenclaw! I was a big fan of Roald Dahl – Matilda is one of my favourites too.

If you would like to take part them please send me an email: oddsocksandlollipops@gmail.com and I will send over the questions and information to you.