Sometimes everyone needs a little love. Books are no different. In a bid to spread a little Book Love, I’ll be running a new weekly feature in which Authors and Bloggers share with us some of their favourite books of all time. From their childhood sweethearts, to their guilty pleasures and even their greatest book love of all, we’ll be taking a look at some of the books that left their mark on readers’ hearts.
Because this was my daft idea, I’m going to start this feature off. So… without further ado:
Favourite book from childhood
Scottish Ghost Stories by Elliott O’Donnell. Not really all that scary now, but when I was a kid I loved this book. Like totally obsessed. If I was feeling a little more literary I’d say something intelligent sounding like Little Women which I did really enjoy and can’t believe I forgot to include in my Books Of My Years countdown, but this was my first ever real book obsession and my favourite book up to my teens.
The first book you fell in love with
Truly in love with as in it has stayed with me since I first read it would be The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I was forced to read it for college. I have never looked back.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Urf. Remind me why I decided to do this again. Okay. So I know (because I’ve seen the answers) I’m not the only one, but I do tend to be a bit of a bookish tart and my love wavers depending on what book I’m reading at the time. Good bad or ugly though, I do seem to have a thing for the dark or damaged ones, heroes who are either walking on the edge of darkness or who by their actions and their demons, hold people at bay. It’s not that I want to fix them, bit I suppose I kind of identify with the need to maintain a safe distance from intimacy. So, with that in mind, I probably have three. One old, two current. One who hides a dark secret, two who are truly damaged.
Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Damaged by war, while his heart wants to love Brett Ashley, his head, and his body, prevent him. I don’t know what it is about that character but he has always fascinated me. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of the beauty of what can never be.
Ray Drake from Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill. I just love fact that there is more to him than people know. There is something about the dark side to his character which completely engaged me. (And it’s a fab book where the p’back is out next month…)
Zain Harris from Cut To The Bone by Alex Caan. Again, another damaged one whose demons keep him just out of reach. He is serious and mysterious and he’s right up my street.
Weirdest book crush
Not sure that this is an actual crush so much as a character that I really do just love… Grumpy Bob Laird from the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Gosh this is a tough one. Of my recent reads I’d probably say Sealskin by Su Bristow. I really fell in love with this book and it was so sad when it finished. Although I didn’t like his actions at the start of the book, I wanted to know more of what happened to Donald. The words may have ended but the memory and the feeling of the book lives on.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I am so glad my tbr is currently under 300… (That’s a good thing right?) Again I’d like to say it is something highly intellectual like War and Peace or something but I’d be lying. If I had to choose then probably Nocturnes and Night Music: Nocturnes 2 by John Connolly. I love his writing but even though these are collections of short stories, I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Silly me.
Guilty Reading pleasure
It’s probably unfair to call it a guilty pleasure because they’re great books, but it’s certainly a series of books and a genre that no-one would associate with me. Basically any of the series by J.A. Huss. The Rook and Ronin series and spin offs were great. Love Ford. And as for Five… Can’t wait for his standalone this year. And the Mr Books. Well… Gotta love those Misters.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Easy peasy. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker. Just loved it and Manny is probably one of my favourite characters of all time.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Probably A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo. I have always remembered this book from my studies and it’s not one many would probably choose for themselves but I think deserves to be read.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
You probably already guessed it… The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know why but through all the books I have read over the years, this one has just stuck with me. Maybe it’s because Ernest and I share a birthday (although he was born just one or two years before me…)
So there… that’s it. My Book Love confessions out in the open. I’m going to go an lie down in a darkened room now. This was hard…
So what are some of your book loves? If you are an author or blogger and fancy taking part, then please drop me a line.
Make sure to join me for more book love confessions next week and have a fabulous day of reading all.