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By the Book

By the Book

Do you all know Emma? She grew up in the next town over from me, studied the same course as me at the same university yet we've only recently met each other through blogging. I feel like we're an elderly couple, talking over each other, saying, "But we never met..." "...We never met..." "...Nine extra floors..."

In brief: I really like her; go and read her blog.

Anyway, she tagged me in one of these... uh... tag posts. And I was in the mood to do it. So, here I go, wittering on about books:

Is there a book on your nightstand right now?
Not on my nightstand, no - I'm generally asleep within 60 seconds of climbing into bed. But I am currently reading Nappy Free Baby by Amber Hatch and also a review book (which I'm not supposed to blog about until July so: oooooooooooh mysterious!).

What was the last truly great book you read?
The last one I simultaneously wanted to lend to everybody I know and didn't want to lend to anybody ever was Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. I'm aware that makes me sound like a total blogger cliché but I don't care: it's awesome.

If you could meet a writer, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you want to know?
There are not many writers I'd like to meet for the same reason I don't want to meet any pop, movie or TV stars: what if they turned out to be a total knob and ruined all of their books/songs/movies/shows for me forever? I used to share a flat with a music journalist and I dreaded her interviewing my idols - she always came home with horror stories. But maybe Ted Dewan, the creator of Bing - I'd like to thank him for Flop, a knitted rabbit/peanut/thing who has taught Steve and me more about parenting toddlers than any antenatal class.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
What, those? They're all Steve's. I suppose people might be surprised that I own Bridget Jones's Diary (actually, looking at the shelves now, I may no longer own Bridget Jones's Diary; there's a good chance I loaned it to someone and never got it back...).

How do you organise your personal library?
I don't. I've had it arranged by colour in the past but it bugged me that books in a series wouldn't end up next to each other. Beyond that, things are just bunged in any old how. On my original Kindle, I had a "Favourites" folder but that doesn't seem as easy to do on my new one so even that's in chaos now.

Is there a book you have always meant to read but haven't got around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed not to have read?
Nah, I'm past using reading to prove that I'm clever. I've read a fair few classics in the past (liked some, was bored by most) but they didn't make me a better person. I'm more embarrassed about not having caught any of Springwatch than about never having slogged through War and Peace.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: name a book you feel you were supposed to have liked but just didn't. Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?
That new Candace Bushnell one; the Lena Dunham one; Lord of the Rings (skip to the end...); A Room With a View. I used to be proud that I'd only ever given up on two books but now I have better things to do with my time than trudge through novels I'm not enjoying; I give up on books all the time.

What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?
The only genres I purposely avoid are slasher stories and fantasty epic. I'm picky about "light" genres like chick lit but I do like a guaranteed happy ending now and then. I love collections of humorous anecdotes. I like novels where I don't have a clue what's going on for most of the book.

If you could choose a book the President/Prime Minister had to read, which would it be?
I'd like to steal Emma's answer of "Les Mis". I can't imagine Cameron having the patience to read a book, though, nor the empathy for fiction.

What do you plan to read next?
Well, there are 80-odd books on my Kindle so... one of those? I've a couple more review books to read this month but, otherwise, next up is probably We'll Always Have Paris by Emma from Belgian Waffle.

Who do I tag? Elise and Andrea and you. YOU. If you feel like taking part.

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