ThursTag: The Book Interview Tag

In a move that will surprise precisely noone, I am doing another tag I saw on Steph’s blog: The Book Interview Tag.

Name: Charlotte. There’s a select few nicknames I will tolerate, but I actually like my name, and only my nearest and dearest get away with using them.

Age: 35 (we’ll casually ignore the fact that I am just over 2 months away from my next birthday)

Favourite genres: Fantasy is my absolute favourite. I am partial to a contemporary though, and I love crime and thriller as long as they’re not gory.

Favourite female authors: All of them? Melinda Salisbury, Alice Broadway, Laura Steven, Katherine Webber, V.E. Schwab, Bex Hogan, Samantha Shannon, Sara Barnard, Vic James, Sarah Maria Griffin… I could go on all day but I think ten favourites is probably enough.

Forever favourites: I assume this is meant to be books, which is a really hard question to answer. I’m going with Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury, Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard, Scar by Alice Broadway, and Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, all of which touched me on a personal level. Honestly, I have so many favourites and this list would change on a daily basis, but for now that’s where it’s at.

What was your first book of 2020? I didn’t even have to look this up. It was The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern. I remember crawling into the spare room bed with it on New Years Eve; husband was poorly with weird flu and I had a barky cough and I lost myself in it for a few hours before falling asleep.

How did you like it? I enjoyed it. It was a bit bonkers and intricate, and I didn’t love it as much as I did the Night Circus, but I did like it.

What was your last book of 2019? I did have to check Goodreads for this one. It was The Novice by Trudi Canavan.

How did you like it? I loved it. I loved this whole trilogy. I picked this one up just before Christmas 2019 on a trip to York with my sister. I’d just finished book one the night before we went and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

What do you look for in a book? What makes it really stand out? I want it to hit me hard in the feels. Something that completely absorbs me. It needs to have characters that I am invested in. I love a book with a bit of magic too.

Do you collect any particular sets or editions of books? Not consistently. I am collecting the special editions of the Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, and I will get special editions of books by my faves that I know I will love, but as a general rule I don’t.

Do you prefer audiobooks, eBooks or physical books?  I use and enjoy them all, but my preference is a physical book.

Do you keep books you didn’t like or do you get rid of them? I get rid of them – I pass them on to school, or friends, or charity shops. I also get rid of books that I’ve read and enjoyed, but won’t read again. I’d love to keep them all but I don’t have the space in my house and I have a kid who also wants to keep a lot of books!

What literary character best defines you or do you most relate to? On different days and for very different reasons: Kiko from Starfish, Suzanne from Fierce Fragile Hearts, Leora from Ink, and (for sheer stabby snarkiness) Mia from Nevernight.

This was harder than I thought it would be when I started! Have you done this tag? Which character would you associate me with? I’d love to know!

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