Today I am delighted to welcome Lainy from So Many Books, So Little Time to the blog. Lainy will be enlightening us on her favourite book of all time in just a moment, but first, here is a bit about the person behind the blog.
My name is Lainy, I’m Scottish and a self confessed bibliophile with a penchant for calling people Betty! I have a pretty adorable wee cat, you may have noticed her dottered about the site. She is a distraction but I am sure you will agree, pretty cute.
Favourite book from childhood
Oh this is a heard question (it was a long time ago) but I would have to say IT by Stephen King. I had no business reading such a book for being so young but I couldn’t put it down and there began a love affair with horror/books.
The first book you fell in love with
Hmmm I have enjoyed many books over the years but loved? I would have to say Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It is the one I have bought the most, recommended the most and it has so many levels to it. Plus it is the first “girly” book that I loved and went back to.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
This changes all the time to be honest, how could it not when there are so many great characters out there. At the moment, I would be favouring Eddie Mitchell from Kimberley Chambers books. When I first came across him some of his attitudes & small minded prejudices enraged me. But as the books went on, he grew and changed. Plus who doesn’t like a literary bad boy 😃 Close behind him is Detective Inspector Matthew Adams from Sheryl Browne’s book. He is a general good guy, copper, family focuses and really selfless, we need a golden boy every now and again.
Weirdest book crush
Well I always did have a thing for Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood, Myron Bolitar’s side kick from the Harlan Coben books. He is short so is always underestimated but he is a wee force to be reckoned with.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, it just came out last month. It is set in Ireland in the 1940s, a young girl is outcast for being pregnant. The story follows an adopted child called Cyril Avery, his upbringing and the struggles he faces living in a country that is very homophobic, anti abortion but also against pregnancy out of wedlock. It covers so many issues, superbly written and will absolutely be marmite due to the content. I loved it and whilst it was a huge read I honestly wanted it to keep going.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
With 5 bookcases and books literally scattered all over the house I have so many that could fit the criteria. I would say The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. One of my friends and awesome fellow bloggers has raved about this book since before it hit the shelves. I am seeing it more and more and I really want to read it, I just have so many reviews and personal wants to get to first but I will absolutely bump it up the list after writing this!
Guilty Reading pleasure
So horror has always been my first love and crime/thriller/psychological thrillers seem to be taking up a lot of my reading. However I recently reconnected with Mills and Boons 😲 this shocks everyone who knows me as my first love is horror/apocalyptic books however I loves Mills and Boons as a teen. After reconnecting as a blogger with them I found how much I enjoyed their books and really need to make more time for them. I try to read seasonal appropriate so in Feb I will read some romance, October scary etc so I do have some for Feb but think out with I need to make a bit more time.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
My first love will always be horror I think although I don’t get to read it anywhere near as much as the other genres. There are so many awesome series out there too but I think, for me, I would have to say The Butler & The Mitchell/O’Hara series by Kimberley Chambers. She is a fabulous author creating gritty gangsters and they remind me of a modern day Kray’s style family. And really surprised she isn’t as well read as some other authors, I recommend them to al crime lovers any chance I get, they are a great creation, not forgetting wee Fred Butler (the dog).
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
So I already mentioned Chambers and Boyne so I would say (and it is my most recent 5 star) The Breakdown by B A Paris. She is a very marmite author, people love or hate her stories. I have read both and whilst I really enjoyed Behind Closed Doors (enjoyed feels the wrong word considering the subject content) I definitely preferred The Breakdown. You get more closure with the newest one and I need closure with my books. She draws you in and creates a world where you suspect everything and everyone, I had many theories about what was going on and who doesn’t like a book that keeps you on your toes!
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
So I recently did one of those Blind Dates with a Book and I loved it, with them you have to choose the genre you want, type of drink and they send you a surprise book which I love. Doesn’t matter if I had read it before, which I hadn’t, and I did a blog post on it. I sent some to friends for gifts too and I asked what genre they preferred. I think if I was setting my friend up with a blind date book it would really depend on their likes/reading habits. We all like different things so I try and match them with a book they would love, the most recommended one is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes so if they like girly that would absolutely be the first choice.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Ooft that is like asking a parent who is their favourite child lol. I have a few I have loved over the years and plan to re read. IT & The Green Mile by Stephen King, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, The Butler and Mitchell/O’Hara books by Kimberley Chambers, The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin and apart from IT the next huge book I read when I was younger was A Time To Kill by John Grisham. That book haunted me, I think because I was so young and it covers rape, racism, hate, justice and just taught so many lessons for such a young mind. I haven’t read it as an adult but I think I would have that up as the top just considering how much of an impact it had and I read it about 2 decades ago and thousands of books since and it still holds an impact so yeah, if only one then that one.
Thanks for great questions, this was challenging and really fun xxx
Thanks for taking part Lainy. Sorry about the tough questions but I like to make people think (and suffer 🙂 ). You are a blogger after my own heart. I adored Stephen King books as a child. Loved the movies too, especially oldies like The Shining, Salem’s Lot and Pet Sematary. Totally freaky. But Mills and Boon… I guess everyone has the literary skeleton in the closet (kidding) ;).
What do you all think? Do you agree that A Time To Kill is an absolute must read? And do you all have a favourite horror story to rival Lainy’s choices?
Make sure to join me next week when Morton S. Gray and Susanna Beard will be sharing a little more #BookLove with the world.
Have a fab weekend of reading all