I saw this last Sunday on Cath’s blog Read Warbler and thought I’d do it too.
1. What was your favourite book during childhood?
It’s absolutely impossible to choose just one book – how can I choose between the Heidi books, Louisa May Alcott’s books, the Katy books, The Secret Garden , Enid Blyton’s books, or Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and many more?
But because I loved and read the Flower Fairy books so many times, today I’m naming those as my favourite childhood books. I don’t have any of my original Flower Fairy books, but they’re still in print. There are many more now than when I was little and you can get the Flower Fairies Complete Collection of all eight original books ‘“ ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’, ‘Autumn’, ‘Winter’, ‘Wayside’, ‘Garden’, ‘Alphabet’, and ‘Trees’.
2.What is your favourite book now?
Another impossible question with so many to choose from, so I’m choosing one of my favourite books. It’s The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, a novel investigating what Richard III was really like and whether he did kill his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. It came to mind because this week it was the re-burial in state in Leicester Cathedral of Richard III, whose bones were recently found under a car park.
I loved it!
3. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a book?
I often avoid watching a film of a book if I’ve read the book first – I usually prefer the book! But I did watch Atonement and even though it doesn’t stick to the book throughout I thought it was excellent.
Actually Atonement is another of my favourite books.
4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?
I love both and wouldn’t want to be without a lending library nearby. It’s great where I live now – I have two not very far away and a mobile library van that visits once a fortnight.
5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?
I’m always wary about books that receive lots of hype, as I often think they’re over rated and I agree with Cath’s choice of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Another book that disappointed me is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It took me some time to get into it and I couldn’t really like the characters, even Margaret, the narrator, irritated me, even though she loves books. And I thought the ending was contrived.