I am so excited to share another set of answers with you this week. I can’t believe we are on week 19 already! This week we have answers from Silvia who blogs over a Book After Book.
And so I am going to hand you straight over to Silvia for her answers.
My name is Silvia and I am a book reader/worshiper. I love sharing book recommendations and talking about anything book-related – be it literary podcasts, radio adaptations and lots more. I started blogging back in 2009 on Book After Book and – after a few year’s break – I’ve now decided to resume writing posts. I have missed all the interactions with other readers and bloggers and I’m looking forward to renewing that joy!
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Which book(s) are you currently reading?
I normally try to read one book at a time only and right now it’s the turn of The Reading Party by debut author Fenella Gentleman, whose blog tour I am soon going to join. I am two thirds through and thoroughly enjoying it!
What was the last book you read? And what did you think of it?
The last book I read was Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles. It is a YA novel and super cute. It’s a genre I’ve recently ventured into and I can see the appeal. It’s refreshing and the lives of the young characters so full of potential. Gosh, do I sound old?!
What book is next on your “to be read” list?
Next on my long list is Shatila Stories, a book written by Syrian refugees in Beirut with the help of writer, editor and publisher Meike Ziervogel. You can rely on Peirene Press presenting such groundbreaking and inspiring work!
What is your favourite genre to read?
This is one of those questions I find difficult to answer. I am unfortunately unable to pin my preferences down to one genre. I normally veer towards fiction rather than non-fiction but that’s vague, isn’t it? There isn’t a genre that I favour per se but I do like those ‘painful and beautiful’ kind of books, if you know what I mean. Think Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson or Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.
What genre do you tend to avoid?
Horror stories are not really my thing. Aliens and cowboys who shoot at each other are also things I tend to avoid… if not necessarily a genre!
I know this one is a tricky one, but what is your favourite book or series of books?
I find this question really easy! There are many books I love but there is indeed one that stands out and that’s the aforementioned Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. I didn’t know a book could be so raw and so delicate at the same time.
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Who is your favourite author? Or authors if you simply can’t choose one (It is a bit of a mean question)
Funnily enough, my favourite author hasn’t written my favourite book. I read several other works of Jeanette Winterson by I couldn’t connect. I’m not actually sure I would use the term ‘favourite author’ in relation to anyone but there are writers whose work I have systematically enjoyed, like Sarah Waters, Nicholas Evans, Jodi Picoult and Maggie O’Farrell.
What is your favourite book from your childhood?
I was obsessed with Agatha Christie growing up. Murder on the Orient Express being probably the book that lingered longer in my memory. Not the cutesy children’s book you imagined, eh?
If you have children, which books can’t you wait to read to them?
I don’t have children yet but I very much look forward to it. I can’t wait to (hopefully) see them marvel as so many different worlds open in front of them while they read. I am just afraid that I will skip the children’s book stage and dive straight into The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco or the entire body of work of Dickens!
If you could visit the world of any book, where would you go? Who would you spend time with? And what would you do?
Such a beautiful question! I would love to knock on the door of the Marches’ family home in the gorgeous Massachusetts and spend some time with the four sisters – reading Jo’s latest story, listening to Beth playing the piano and helping Meg around the house. I don’t have much in common with Amy but I’m sure that she’d like anyone willing to listen to her! As an only child, I’d just love to witness the interaction among the four sisters and be part of it for a short while.
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If you could bring any character from any book to life for a day, who would it be? And what would you do?
I would probably like to bring to life Kitty Butler from Sarah Waters’s Tipping the Velvet. I would love to show her how things have improved in the UK since Victorian times and how she can be who she wants to be, dress like she wants to dress and love and marry whomever she wants. Perhaps she could come to Brighton Pride… although – by the end of the day – she might not necessarily be impressed by the wildly drunken masses making their way to some all-night party or other!
For any Harry Potter Fans, which house do you think you would be sorted in to? (This seems like a kind of random question but I am strangely curious about which house people would be in)
I always feel guilty when I admit that I have never read Harry Potter. It’s almost a sin, isn’t it? I do want to but there always seems to be something else I’d rather read. The chances of me reading it would be increased if I had at least the first book in the house. Perhaps that’s what I’ll do! I haven’t even watched the films because I want to read the books first!
Thank you so much Silvia for taking the time to answer my questions. I love that you can name your all time favourite book, I haven’t read that one but now I am definitely intrigued. The only Jeanette Winterson book I have read is Sexing the Cherry and that was so long ago I can’t remember much of it! I would definitely recommend Harry Potter – I would love to read that series again for the first time!
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