Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome blogger Stephanie Rothwell to Jen Med’s to help spread the book love. Before we find out about Steph’s choices, lets find out a bit more about the person behind the blog.
I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of reading The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson, Charlotte’s Web by E B White. I also remember My Naughty Little Sister series by Dorothy Edwards and the whole library of Roald Dahl children’s stories. From there I read many stories by C S Lewis, Penelope Lively and Alison Uttley. Today my reading tastes are varied, my genre of choice is fictional crime although at times I do enjoy a break and will read historical fiction mainly but also chick-lit and fantasy.
As well as my reading, I thoroughly enjoy walking and hiking and bird watching, with the occasional treasure trail or geocache challenge thrown in. I have recently developed an interest in photography with my main focus on historical or interesting buildings. I do also spend time researching our family history, I find genealogy a fascinating subject. Ian, my husband is also a keen reader and I rely on him for technical support in running my blog and also coaching and improving my photography skills.
Favourite book from childhood
Charlotte’s Web by E B White. I probably read it when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My Mum could never understand why I was so upset when I got near the end. I lost count of the number of times I read it
The first book you fell in love with
Jamaica Inn by Daphne de Maurice. One of the few books that I have read after watching the TV adaptation. I loved the remoteness, fear , spookiness and romance. I would love to see the inn one day
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Weirdest book crush
Angel and Louis from the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. I have only read two of the books but these characters are amazing. Funny, loyal and just a little violent.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. A wonderful book that restored my faith in humanity. It was a stunning read.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett. It’s the third book in the Century trilogy and is over a 1000 pages long. I now plan to read it on a 23 hour ﬂight to Australia in December.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I usually read crime ﬁction. I like to read a series and favourites are by Sarah Hilary, Eva Dolan, Mark Billingham, Peter James and Mari Hannah. Unfortunately I’m behind with a few of them now. I probably need a good six months to catch up.
Your latest squeeze\
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Block 46 by Johanna Gustawsson. Harrowing but mesmerising and I’m over the moon that I have a signed copy.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace. A wonderful feel good novel set in a city I love. Everybody who I know who has read this book loved it.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
This is a tough one, the one that springs to mind is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. But it will could change tomorrow.
Thanks Steph. Some absolutely stonking choices here. I love your book crush selections – totally agree. And Angel and Louis – the perfect odd couple. How can you not love them? Know what you mean about needing to take time off to catch up with everything. I’m still waiting on my lottery win so I can take a ‘career break’.
What do you think guys? Agree with the choices or not? Are there any books you think that Steph should check out?
Join me again next week when I have author Claire Brown sharing a bit more book love and in the meantime have a fabulously bookish week.