My Life In Books (sort of)

Okay so I came across this in my internet travels and figured why not answer it? I claim to like books and maybe this will tell me something about my memory as I try to figure some of this stuff out…(and also give an insight into my brain should that be something you actually want)

What is the first book that you remember reading?

There are probably loads that I read earlier than the one that I am going to actually say and I have this vague memory of reading James and the Giant Peach, but the first book that I really remember reading is Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. I read that book so much that I had gotten reading it down to a matter of hours at one point. The spine was battered and I could skim the pages because I knew what was being said and when everything was happening. I don’t however remember when I stopped reading that book, it just happened one day.

What books make up your childhood?

Jacqueline Wilson makes up a huge part of my childhood. I still have the books buried at the back of my bookshelf somewhere and the urge to re-read some of my favourites or even indulge in buying a new one when I am in a bookstore visits me on a regular basis even now. Roald Dahl as well and the sick and somewhat twisted situations that he put children in was a part of my childhood.

What books take you back to a certain point in your life and why?

Double Act (again) takes me back to a time where I was carefree and reminds me why I had (and still do actually) a genuine love for story-telling. It kind of all started with that book. Twilight (the first one) takes me back to a time that kind of opened me up to a more accessible fantasy idea (I could never get into Dracula at the time, trust me I tried and failed several times). It also just reminds me of being in school and discussing how ridiculous that birth scene is over lunch with a bunch of my friends. And also in a way it links back to my best friend. And Matilda takes me back to a time where I was convinced that I could move things with my mind and tackle Moby Dick (that may have just come from the film though, I can’t quite remember the book properly, and also I still haven’t dealt with Moby Dick, halfway there though…)

What book changed your life, or at least could change someone else’s?

The Fault in Our Stars two years ago. The only book to ever actually make me cry my eyes out. It stuck with me for days and still does (the film coming out did nothing to help me forget it, I am just reminded of the whole thing all over again). It was this book that wasn’t all fancy language and gave its male lead a huge character flaw that I at least kind of forgot about as I devoured the book in mere hours. It showed me that books didn’t have to be all convoluted and there was still simplicity in story-telling that can still make one hell of an impact by its conclusion. (This book also impacted my best friend’s life in some way because I strongly encouraged her to read it and left her with my copy of it before I went back up to Liverpool last September and then helped her through her mourning process when she finished it a few weeks later)

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I haven’t actually finished it yet, haven’t even really made a dent in the book when you look at the size of it, but The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I can just tell that it will be one of those books that I will tell everyone to read (as several people have done to me). It may seem a bit ridiculous to choose a book that I could still change my opinion of, but so far its been one of those books that have these sentences that I just have to read again and again because I am floored by the beauty of them. I love anything that can make me fall back in love with the English language all over again because it creates these beautiful and haunting images in a way that nothing else can.

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