The alphabet book tag A-Z

A nice idea I took from Kanti Burns at Kanti’s Book Reviews:-

A – Author you’ve read most books from: I think that will probably be Bernard Cornwell. I particularly like the Saxon Tales series and the Grail Quest series, and one or two brilliant stand-alones like Gallows Thief.B – Best sequel ever: That must be The Oddyssey, composed about 3,000 years ago as a sequel to The Iliad. If you don’t know the story and are not a great reader of the classics try this film version; it is brilliant.C – Currently reading: Daryl Bains’ The Pet Plague trilogy and The Other God by Yuri Stoyanov

D – Drink of choice: Make that plural: Irish stout (Guinness or Murphys) and Scotch Whisky (Oban or Glen Morangie!)

E – E-reader or physical book? For poetry,  I like collections in hardback if available. For fiction (apart from the classics) I like paperbacks, cheap and disposable.

F – Fictional character you would probably have dated in High School: In my dreams, Elena in Vampire Diaries, but I’m not a vampire or a sports star so I doubt she would ever have noticed me … unless something I did or said annoyed her!

G – Glad you gave this book a chance: One of the Harry Potter series – I picked it up with a sneer on my face, got hooked and read the whole series. I can’t stand J. K. Rowling’s politics but I have to admit that as a writer she deserves all the adulation she gets.

H – Hidden gem: George MacKay Brown’s short stories – for example the unforgettable Andrina and other stories. There are several other collections of wonderful short stories, and his novels are really each a series of short stories with characters and setting in common.

I – Important moment in your reading life: After reading The Way of Wyrd I wanted to read and know everything about the Celtic Britons and the Saxons during the 1st millennium AD .

 J – Favourite Juvenile book: Now, perhaps, The Grey Goose of Kilnevin, since I read it with my children. But when I was a child, I loved Enid Blyton’s books: my favourites were the Adventure series (Sea of Adventure, Island of Adventure, Mountain of Adventure etc).

K – Kind of book you won’t read: They got married and lived happily ever after.

L – Longest book you’ve read: The Lord of the Rings. Or if that is three books, then A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys.

M – Major book hangover because of:  I wasn’t sure I understood this so I googled it and found some memes:-

I don’t think any of this has ever happened in my case.Nor this, not really.But this, yes. I have often experienced this.

N – Number of bookshelves you own: Twenty-something, and books all over the place.

O – One film adaptation that was better than the book: I can’t think of even one – but the Odyssey adaptation I mentioned above (“B“) is very good.

P – Preferred place to read: At home, in the evening – and on into the night.

Q – Quotes that inspire you: Here’s a handfull (I won’t start on quotes from the poets, the Bible or Shakespeare!) –

The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits. (Albert Einstein)

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ (Isaac Asimov)

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. (Carl Sagan)

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. (Francis Bacon)

When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream? (Rene Descartes)

R – Reading regrets: During my life I’ve spent too much time in pubs jawing instead of somewhere quiet reading. Pity, because when I was a kid I was like – well, this:-S – Series you’ve started and need to finish: Jet! Probably the most gripping boks I have ever come across. I’ve read seven of them now and there has been no decline whatever in the level of sheer unable-to-look-up-from-the-book-for-a-second excitement 

T – Three of your all-time favourite books:

U – Unapologetic fan-girl (make that fan-boy):  Vampire Diaries (see “F” above) and its spin-off, The Originals.

V – Your favourite fictional villain: Morgan le Faye, especially as portrayed by Eva Green:-

W – Worst book habit: Spilling food and drinks on books.

X – X marks the spot – pick the 27th book from the top left shelf: The Good Earth.

Y – Your latest purchase: Emily Bronte: Heretic by Stevie Davies (second-hand) and Medieval Colchester’s Lost Landmarks

Z – Zzzz-snatcher: Altered Humans (see “C” above) kept me up late last night and I still haven’t finished it!

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