What were your favourite reads from your childhood?
What sticks out for me? Some reading scheme about mer-men and pirates that I have been unable to identify… Asterix and Obelix; Tintin; Rosemary Sutcliff’s Song for a Dark Queen; Black Stallion; Nancy Drew;
There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?
Richard Adams Shardik made a big impression on me. Followed by his Maia with its more obviously adult content. Sneakily reading the Earth’s Children (Clan of the Cave Bear etc).
Who are your favourite authors currently?
And of the the children’s books side of it Rick Riordan and Lauren St John.
Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?
Crime novels are my trashy, brainless relaxation books.
Love Science fiction for its huge variety, and the way good sci-fi challenges my brain. And am currently re-reading my way through the Gollanz Sci-Fi Masterworks.
Recently rediscovering historical fiction – mostly children’s, but starting to explore adult historical fiction.
Not sure that I can miss out Children’s books – have been reading far more of these than any other genre in recent years – though would hardly count it as a single genre. Picture books, historical fiction, adventure books …
Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?
Crime novels are more of a trashy disposable thing for me so wouldn’t say I have any favourite title. Once I know the twists and turns, or who dunnit then the book is definitely relegated to the past. It is more about the authors, than the individual books.
Science Fiction – Consider Phlebas (Iain M Banks), Grass (Sheri Tepper) and Mars Trilogy (Kim Stanley Robinson).
As for historical fiction I’m still finding my feet with this one so will mention some favourite children’s adventure books instead – The Percy Jackson books and Laura Marlin series are current favourites. And the very wonderful My Name is Mina, David Almond.
And your least favourite genres?
Chick lit and romance really don’t do anything for me.
Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?
Camp Half Blood. Lots of friends, things to do and great weather.
Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?
Toughie this one. Have just reread The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester it is probably Gully Foyle.
Share the books that have had you sobbing?
Struggled with this one. So looked along the book shelf and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee makes me so angry, and makes me cry every time.
And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!
Am really not drawn to funny books. Though the descriptions of the imagination of a child free to explore the world on their own terms in Name is Mina, puts a smile on my face.