The lovely folks over at Indiebound and BooksaremyBag created this awesome tag to celebrate 10 years of Independent Bookshop Week! So naturally I had to join in.
What book(s) are currently in your bag?
Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Susanna Perkins! I’m loving these short stories.
What’s the last great book you read?
This is difficult I’ve read two really awesome books this past couple of months including Nina Is Not Okay by Shappi Khorsandi (review live next month!) and Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (review live this week). Nina is a raw and brutal debut that covers so many topics in the YA genre. It is intricately woven together and the writing by Shappi is commendable. URTS is a beautiful YA book about Norah who has agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD. Her story is unique and heart-wrenching, another stunningly strong debut!
What book have you gifted the most?
I would probably have to say that the book I champion most of all is The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. I absolutely love this book and it is a fantastic debut. I’m currently awaiting a copy of Dawn’s newest title The Creeper Man. I can’t wait for it!!
What’s your favourite independent bookshop?
I go past Camden Lock Books every weekday morning on my way to work. I even wrote a blog post about my first adventure there. It’s a very small shop underneath the Old Street roundabout but it has such a classical book shop feel to it that I absolutely love! They have the most eclectic range of books to peruse. I always come out with something totally unexpected.
One Independent I haven’t visited yet but would love to is Persephone Books. They’re also a publisher and specialise in out of print books by female writers.
Don’t forget that you can also join in with the Independent Bookshop Crawl this week!
What’s been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow Booktuber/blogger)?
Most recently I was recommended Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Charlie in a Book. Specifically to listen to as an Audiobook, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which I did. I loved the pace, the plot and the main characters. It was totally not what I expected either, I had no information or preconceptions about the book’s narrative before diving in. I really enjoy picking up something totally random.
What’s your favourite bookshop memory?
My favourite bookshop memory probably has to be attending my very first Re:Con at Waterstones Hull. This will have been in 2006 (I think, maybe ’07) and attended with several of my school friends dressed (quite terribly) in homemade Naruto cosplays. This was the start of a whole new level of nerd for me and I have never looked back. I love conventions and bookshops made me discover a broader love for books and reading than I could have anticipated.
What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them?
Bookshops are a home away from home. No matter where you are in the world once you step into a bookshop the location fades away. You’re standing at the hub of thousands of worlds and stories with endless possibilities.
I think this requires a longer answer – maybe I’ll write a full post on this.
What are the books that made you? Which books have most affected or influenced you?
I’ve read over 150 books in the past 3-4 years alone so it’s difficult to say exactly which books have the biggest impact. The first ones that spring to mind are:
Harry Potter – this shaped my childhood and my love of magic.
The Dark Magician Trilogy – this series gave me the first tingling of wanting to write and create my own stories.
Jane Eyre – My favourite classical novel, Jane Eyre reshaped my view towards genres outside of my comfort zone and gave me a greater appreciation for classical literature.
Louise O’Neill’s novels – Only Ever Yours and Asking For It don’t have happy endings. They are brutal in their telling and unforgiving in their narrative.
Again I think there’s a whole blog post I could make out of this!
What book do you recommend readers gift for Father’s Day?
Dads are a funny one aren’t they? My dad loves such a variety of things but never seems to have the time to settle down with a good book. So I’d probably recommend something that’s slightly (IMO) quicker to digest. Comics!
What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile?
I have a ridiculous number of books in my TBR pile that currently sits on top of my bookshelves as I’ve run out of room! I think I’m most excited to read Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, and This Savage Song by V E Schwab.
Feel free to join in with the the tag and comment below your own post so I can go and read it! Or tweet me @HowlingReviews.
There’s still just over a week left to enter my massive blog anniversary giveaway! Check out my post to find out how to enter and win all of these books: