I am absolutely delighted to have blogger extraordinaire, Linda Hill of Linda’s Book Bag as a guest on the blog today to share a little more #booklove. Linda is one of my favourite bloggers and she covers such a variety of books that I can;t wait to see her choices. But first off, lets learn a little more about Linda.
I’m a very middle aged book lover who lives in the back of beyond in South Lincolnshire with my husband. I have terrible sight which meant I was a late reader so it feels as if I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since. I’m self-retired (I just decided to stop working but don’t quite get my pension yet) from education. I was an English teacher, local authority adviser, an educational consultant and OfSTED inspector (but don’t tell anyone that last bit as I’ll be drummed out of the book world…).
I’m an aspiring writer (and by that I mean fiction – I don’t count the 18 or 19 non-fiction books with my name on!) and have 26000 words written so far. Apart from books I love chocolate, my husband, travel and gardening but not always in that order.
Favourite book from childhood
It has to be The Ship of Adventure by Enid Blyton. I was a late reader and this was the first book I ever read to myself once I got glasses and could actually see the words on the page. I think it ignited my love of travel then too.
The first book you fell in love with
Probably Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. It was my first really independent ‘classic’ read and set the tone for the rest of my life really.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
At the risk of sounding weird, it’s probably Paddington Bear. I loved all the Paddington books as a child and now I still read them all every year (or my husband reads them to me!). I think it’s the determination and stubbornness Paddington displays that reminds me of myself somehow. And I still have darkest Peru on my travel wishlist.
Weirdest book crush
It’s back to Paddington again. I’m not sure there are many almost 60 year olds who enjoy them quite as much as I do!
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
This is impossible to answer. There have been so many over the years. I think most recently it was Sealskin by Su Bristow if I have to choose one.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Nora Roberts! I really like the romance/thrillers she does and she’s my guilty pleasure although I haven’t read one for a couple of years as I haven’t had time since I started blogging. I’m going to be on the blog tour for Come Sundown and I can’t wait.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I’m not terribly keen on series as I find I like variety but as a genre it has to be literary fiction as there is so much variety.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I have a friend I’d rather not name but she should definitely read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion as she’s a female version of the protagonist Don!
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
We’re back to Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It was reading that book that took me to university and then into a career in education that took me all over the country and even to places like Paris and New York to work. I owe Thomas Hardy quite a bit!
Thanks Linda. Some great choices in there. I totally agree about Sealskin it was such a moving and haunting story I wish it hadn’t had to end. I’d really love to know what happened to Donald and his family next. And there is nothing wrong with loving Paddington. He’s a fabulous bear. I have to be honest. I’ve never read Tess (I know!) but I did love Far From the Madding Crowd. I recall I was fascinated by the characters’ names – Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene.
I may have to look up some Nora Roberts. I’ve read her alter ego – J.D. Robb and loved it so perhaps I should try out a little of the romance side of her thrillers too.
What do you think folks? Do you agree that Paddington is the best bear ever or do you have a preference for the tubby little cubby, Pooh Bear? And what was your favourite Thomas Hardy novel?
Join me on Saturday when Catherine Kullman spills the beans on her #bookloves.
Have a fabulous week of bookishness folks.