It is my absolute pleasure to welcome super blogger Abbie Rutherford to Jen Med’s today to help spread a little more #booklove. Abbie is one of my fellow ‘travellers’ in the around the UK reading challenge and one of my favourite bloggers. Before we find out all about Abbie’s book choices, let’s find out a little more about the person behind the blog.
My name is Abbie and I’m a Yorkshire lass. I love Alaskan Malamutes, rock music and, of course, books.
I LOVE to read!!! Reading and books have always been a huge part of my life and it’s a passion I get from my mum. My mum used to always read to me as a child, favourite books being The Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden and Finn Family Moomintroll. I still have my childhood Mr Men and Paddington Bear books (they belong to Addie though as I got my Bs and Ds mixed up when writing my name in them!). It would be a huge treat to go with my mum to our local library and pick out books. I also have a thing for notebooks, and used to love spending time in WH Smiths!
I read every day and feel bereft if I do not have a new book to read once I have finished my current one. I really love to discover new authors. I am pretty easy going when it comes to genres. As long as it is well written and either keeps me on the edge of my seat, speaks to me emotionally or makes me laugh.
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Favourite book from childhood
It has to be Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson. I adored these books as a child especially the part when Moomintroll fell into the Hobgoblin’s hat and his big body parts turned small and his small parts turned big. Nobody recognised him apart from his mum who knew instantly he was her son despite being unrecognisable. For some reason this always stuck with me. As a very young child I loved the Mr Men books and Paddington Bear. I have really fond memories of my mum reading to me as a child.
The first book you fell in love with
I have always really loved books and reading from being a young age, but I think the book that turned this love into a total passion for the written word and was responsible for me taking A level English Literature was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I still love it and have my much written in and underlined GCSE copy somewhere in the house.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Fitting in with the above it has to be Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. He is dark, brooding, deep and has that bad boy element that most teenage girls love. He will always be my first and only book crush, no other male character has come close!
Weirdest book crush
That would have to be Enzo from The Art Of Racing In The Rain. Yes he is a dog so it’s not THAT kind of crush! I adore dogs and Stein captures the essence of dog brilliantly while making him a wise and wonderful character if that makes sense?
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
There have been so many books that have left me feeling bereft after finishing them. I can’t pick one so I’m going to cheat. The first has to be The Hours by Michael Cunningham, it left me heartbroken and wishing I could write a book like that. The second is Sealskin by Su Bristow which is so beautiful in both prose and storyline that I really didn’t want it to end. The third would be We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. The ending totally blew me away and I was upset that I would never experience that again as a first time reader.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
On my God, how long have you got? Ok, very quickly I would have to say The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin, The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn and Sandlands by Rosy Thornton. I WILL be getting round to reading them in the not too distant future!
Guilty Reading pleasure
Hmm this one got me really thinking. I really like literary fiction and psychological thrillers but every now and again I like to indulge in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I absolutely loved the first two books in The Dublin Trilogy by Caimh Mcdonnell and cannot wait for the third. They are the perfect mix of crime and comedy. I also love Angela Marsons’s DI Kim Stone books and A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R R Martin.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Jen! This is too difficult! Can I have more than one? My favourites from the last twelve months were Sealskin by Su Bristow, Himself by Jess Kidd, We’ve Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar and The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I actually did this a few months back. Jennifer Gilmour had set up a book swap via Facebook in which you sent one of your favourite books to someone you had never met. You kept the book you were sending them a secret. I sent The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon because it is absolutely brilliant.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy. I have a bit of a thing for Hardy 😊
Thanks Abbie. A real mixture of new and old calssics there. And another vote for The Moomins. I love those little fellas (and lady moomins too). Never had you down as a GOT fan though – just goes to show. I totally agree about Kim Stone books and Sealskin but you absolutely have to read The Bird Tribunal. It is exquisite and I’ve never read anything quite like it before or since.
Do you agree guys and gals? Any of Abbie’s list make it onto your #booklove recommendations?
Do join me next week when I’ll have more book love from Anne Coates and Noelle Holten.
Have a brilliant weekend everyone.