Today I’m joined by Rachel Emms of Chillers Killers and Thrillers Blog. Rachel is here to help spread a little #BookLove.
I’m Rachel, and I love books. And when I say I love them, I mean I obsess about them so much that I literally start dreaming about them.
Let’s just say that after reading the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, I was obviously as bad-ass as Clary, fighting demons in my sleep. Then disappointment snuck in when I woke up and remembered I live in London, not New York. Oh, and the special talent for reading ancient runes and saving mankind wielding a seraph blade? Yeah, not me.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. After completing my BA in Creative Writing and two writing courses with Writers Academy, I decided to do a Masters in Creative writing specialising in Crime Thriller novels.
I absolutely love immersing myself in stories, for me reading is a type of escapism which transports you into another world with characters who you like, hate, or just generally get frustrated at. A story is full of emotion; makes you laugh, cry and is just pure entertainment.
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Favourite book from childhood
My favourite books from childhood would be The Jolly Postman when I was very small, but then when I was a little older I loved the Girls in Love series by Jacqueline Wilson and The Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.
The first book you fell in love with
Flowers in The Attic by Virginia Andrews. I asked my mum for a ‘grown up’ book when I was about eleven I remember staying up until 4am just so I could finish it! I ended up spending the following week reading the rest of the series.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
JT from Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. What’s not to love? He’s dark, brooding, mysterious and a hunk to boot!
Weirdest book crush
Joe Goldberg from You by Caroline Kepnes. He is a total psychopath but I was so absorbed in his story and him, I just really wanted him to get away with it. I’m not sure what that says about me ha-ha.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn – I couldn’t believe the book ended when it did, it was so creepy and absorbing. I spent that day and the next in a complete daze just because of how creepy it was – I even contacted the publisher Karen just to double-check it ended when it did!
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I have three (I know greedy) that I have heard so much about and just need to read! Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker, Tenacity by J.S.Law and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I’ve been told they’re all fabulous reads.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Is a little different and not crime (for once) but it would be The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, which is a YA series. I just love the characters and it is so full of action and teenage angst it’s my ultimate guilty pleasure.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
My favourite series is the crime thriller genre and my favourite series would be the D.I Marnie Rome series by Sarah Hilary – it is gritty and I just love the characters.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
There are so many to choose from this is a difficult one but I will have to say The One by John Marrs – it was fantastic I flew through it.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I think it would usually depend on the friend and their sort of tastes in books but I think I would choose a classic The Great Gatsby.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
I can’t pick one book out of the series but it would have to be Harry Potter (it’s like another guilty pleasure) – I’ve read them countless times and I never tire of the story, the characters or the Wizening World.
Thank you Rachel. Some absolutely brilliant choices there. Hope you catch up with outstanding TBR soon as Tall Oaks and Behind Her Eyes are amazing reads.
What do you reckon folks? Do you agree with Rachel? Do some of these feature in your list or do you have other favourites? I’ve never done the whole Harry POtter thing. What do you reckon? Should I take the plunge?
Make sure to join me on Saturday when Sam from Clues and Reviews will be sharing some more #BookLove.
Happy Reading All