I am a huge bookworm, but this isn’t as true for some of the people I surround myself with. My boyfriend, for example, is not as avid a reader as I am. He’s suggested me several books, and I’ve given him some gentle tips too, but our reading tastes don’t exactly match up.
With that in mind, I wondered how he would see some of my favourite books from across my life. How does he do at judging a book by its cover?
It’s always good to see people in books or on screen who enjoy reading as much as you do. It helps you feel more connected to the characters, and brings you a little further into their world.
There are so many readers it’s tough to cover them all, but these are some you’ve got to keep an eye out for. They’re among the most well known bibliophiles in the world of fiction.
This year’s winner of the YA Book Prize will be announced at the Hay Festival (aka Coachella for book nerds) today, and I have been waiting (im)patiently to hear the winner since the shortlist was announced in February. There’s 10 books on the list, and I really feel there’s something here for everyone. Naturally, I have my own opinions on what books I loved, and ultimately which book I think should take home the crown.
I am, by my own admission, not a very fast reader. It can take me up to a week to read your average 300 page novel. But, every so often, inspiration springs forth from god knows where and I manage to beast through a whole book in just a day. It doesn’t happen quite as much as I’d like it to, but I think its rarity is what makes it all that more special.
Sometimes, I do find that magic lengthy book I just cannot put down, but more often than not the books that I manage it through within 24 hours are quite short. It still counts though, as every second spent reading matters.
I grew up in the 90s and 00s, and a lot of my time then was spent reading series that would shape much of my outlook on life. One such series was The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin.
For the uninitiated, this series focused on a group of seven friends in a fictional Connecticut town who established a babysitting business in their local area. I adored this series of books, borrowing them from my local library every Tuesday after my Irish dancing classes. I would pore through the books, and I’m pretty sure they’re where my intense love of reading stems from.