I was tagged by Stories in Books to answer these super fun book questions!
1. What is the first book you read by yourself?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. I loved every page.
2. Did your parents read to you before bed? If so, what did they read to you?
Yeah, every night I think! My dad read lots of books to me and my brother. The ones I can remember off the top of my head are: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Diamond Girls, Dr Doolittle, and loads more I can't think of!
My grandad also used to read to us when we were staying. He read a load of Mr Men books, The Bad Tempered Ladybug, Meg and Mog, and a whole basket load I can't remember off the top of my head!
3. Name a movie that is better than the book?
Meet the Robinsons - it's based on a picture book by William Joyce called A Day with Wilbur Robinson. I don't have to tell you that they're not that similar at all but I'd much prefer to watch the Disney film than read the 20-odd page book. I need my complex character-arcs!
4. What was the worst movie adaptation of a book?
The Darren Shan film. Nobody go and watch it. Darren Shan himself will back me up. They utterly destroyed a fantastic book series with the world's worst film. I mean, what was with the monkey girl!
5. Outdoor or indoor reading?
Indoors. Outdoors is where the bugs live. Also I burn by so much as glancing outside.
6. Book you're most embarrassed to have never read?
Anything that people expect me to have read. I hate it when people assume I've read everything! But I would say I'm most embarrassed on the classic front. I hadn't read any Austen until last year and I've never read a whole Dickens novel either. Plus, I started Dracula in 2010 and it's up my loft somewhere with the bookmark still in!
7. Most embarrassing book you've ever read?
Embarrassing? I guess the Morganville Vampire books aren't great literature but they're so damn entertaining! I don't think I've ever been embarrassed by a book before.
8. Worst book you ever read or stopped reading?
I want to say How I Live Now but since reading that I've read The Awakening which is the firstVampire Diaries book. Please, please, please, everyone avoid it like the plague. I hear the TV series is good but I can assure you the book is unbearable. (I'm sorry L.J. Smith but I just hated Elena so much! She's super sexist towards all the men in her life and she thinks she's perfect and loved by everyone and I couldn't bear it!)
9. Do you prefer digital or paper?
Paper forever. I've never liked a book I've read on my Kindle very much and I blame the fact it doesn't smell like a book.
10. What character would you like to suckerpunch in the face?
Elena from The Awakening (Vampire Diaries) and Daisy from How I Live Now.
11. What character would you like to be best friends with?
Gaby from Paula Weston's Rephiam Series. I know we could talk and laugh all day and she'd always have my back. (She also knows how to wield a katana).
12. How many physical books do you own?
Including the books up the loft . . . It's got to be between 300-400. Can you imagine how many I'll have in ten years? Twenty? Thirty? I need a library.
13. What books do you want to make sure you read to your children?
The Harry Potter series, or at least start it with them. The Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybug, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Tiger That Came to Tea,all of Roald Dahl.
14. What book describes you best?
I don't really understand this question. I've read a huge stack of books. So many you couldn't stack them all. And if you did and it fell over it'd kill me. I've left a piece of my soul in every book I've ever loved and that list grows longer and longer each month. There's no one book that describes me but Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy remind me most of myself I guess.
15. What are you reading right now?
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I've been so busy that I'm only about 150 pages in but it's brilliant so far!
I invite everyone to go and answer these questions, especially Adventures with Squonk and Poetic Chances.