Welcome back to #BookLove. Today it’s blogger Alexina Golding’s turn to take over the reins and help us spread a little book love by sharing a few of her favourite books.
I was always an avid reader as a child, going to the library, reading on the reading train and taking as many books home as possible.
My reading throughout my life has fluctuated with how busy I have been, so varied from books, to magazines, to both, to back again. Genres changed across the years too.
With running a business from home ( well actually, just about to change careers), I found I couldn’t always go out, with the invention of the kindle. This meant that I could read and download books as and when. I do still love paperbacks and hardbacks, but the kindle is great for ease and I have found so many new independent authors.
So, with teens, a house to run, cats, a husband and a business…I read to escape, imagine and enjoy another world. I don’t watch much television.
What I do is read, what I would like the blog to do is give something back to the authors, to shout about their book, to share what I have read with others.
My favourite Genre is Psychological thrillers, but I read a broad range of books, and mix them up as I go along.
I recently met Anthea Bell, who has translated so many books, including Asterix. What a whole new aspect of reading that taught me, I am going to more and more book launches, and events. I was lucky enough to be able to attend Harrogate this year, I didn’t know two years ago such things existed. So as well as reading books to escape, I am escaping to book events.
This is what I want to share with you through the blog, my reading life…
I have met so many fantastic people, and through this have just started working for Bloodhound Books Publishing Company, A dream come true…
What a reading space right?
Favourite book from childhood
Enid Blytons books….various and Sweet Valley High.
The first book you fell in love with
OMG, I don’t know..all of them! I read so much as a child…. I would devour them. I just loved reading. I guess though, it would have been Virginia Andrews Flowers in The Attic, it was like nothing I had read before and my first grown up read, in my early teens.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Adam from Flowers For the Dead, you shouldn’t love him…but you do.
Weirdest book crush
Sarah E England’s Tanners Dell, the second in the trilogy, and it is more the placement and setting that I fell in love with rather than the characters…it is haunting and clever. I don’t usually read occult horror…
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Into The Darkest Corner as I didn’t want to know the outcome… and it has stayed with me for so long and it changed my reading genre to dark and devious.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Reading The School Gate Survival Guide more than once, it isn’t something I do, with so many great books to read, but I can re read that one…the characters are simply wonderful and it is like being home when I read that book.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
Crime thrillers – at the moment it is Malcolm Hollingdrake’s series, I just love his writing style, so I battle between him and Steven Dunne. It is I think due to the depth of the story and they bring everyday crimes to us with a twist, but both authors in their own individual way. If they both brought a book out at the same time, I would have a battle with which to read first.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Betsy Freeman Reavely, all her books are so different and heart wrenching in a dark way… Her favourite of mine is Beneath The Watery Moon, mainly because I wanted to save the character and not read to the end, and also because she nearly made me throw up with the twists and turns near the end of the book….
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
The School Gate Survival Guide By Kerry Fisher and it would be to most of my friends, even if you don’t read womans fiction this has it all…
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
The Wishing Tree by Enid Blyton,, it was such a joy to revisit and re read It to both my children and it was magical and I really wish I could climb a tree and visit another land some days.
Thanks Alexina. Some great choices in there and I can see a few more books finding their way into my TBR list fairly soon…
What do you think everyone? Do any of these books make your #Booklove lists too? Join me on Saturday when Kirsty Ferry will be confessing all about her #BookLove. There are some classics in store for you all there!
Have a brilliantly bookish day all