Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome blogger Katherine Sunderland of Bibliomaniac UK book blog to Jen Med’s to help me share a little more of that old book love. I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine earlier in the year at Crimefest, and not only is she one of the greatest advocates on the web for all things booky, sharing a mixture of author interviews and book reviews, she is absolutely one of the loveliest people you could hope to meet too. Before we hear her bookish confessions, here’s a little more about the woman behind the blog.
My name is Katherine Sunderland and I’m a book maniac who grabs every spare (and sometimes not so spare) moment to devour the next big read. Helping people get a regular fix of top books, reviews and all things bookish.
Favourite book from childhood
It’s got to be all the Famous Five books –strategic planning with my siblings meant we were able to collect the whole series….only I wasn’t as good about sharing mine as they were!
The first book you fell in love with
I think it would be “The Homecoming” by Cynthia Voigt. It’s not strictly the first book I fell in love with, but it is the first book that made a real impression on me and whose main character, Dicey, has stayed with me ever since.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Is it weird that they are all women?? Martha Lost (from The Finding of Martha Lost), Biddy (from The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir) and Clover (from The Museum of You) …..I could keep going…… I am quite taken with John Thornton from Gaskell’s “North and South” …
Weirdest book crush
Probably “You” by Caroline Kepnes – the main character is disturbingly fascinating. He really got under my skin.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Diane Chamberlain – always have these stashed away for a holiday or when I’m suffering from ‘reader’s block’!!
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I’m very partial to a psychological thriller or gothic novel.
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 really bad habit of doing this for people a lot. I’ve just bought Margaret Forster’s Lady’s Maid for a friend who is about to go travelling around Italy. It’s the story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning told from her lady’s maid and a lot of the second half is set Italy. I think the literary characters, the context and the European setting will appeal to my friend. It’s one of my all time favourites.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Thanks Katherine. What a wonderful variety of books there. I have You and Flowers for the Dead in my tbr at the moment (wondering when I’ll get a chance to read them). And I guess everyone seems to love a bit of The Famous Five.
What do you think guys? Do you agree with Katherine’s choices? Any books you could recommend that you think she’d like?
Join me on Saturday when Jane Cable will be treating us to her #booklove choices.
Have a fabulous day all