Woohoo. Don’t ask me how but I managed to
con persuade Mandie to step up to the plate and let us know all of her book love confessions. Mandie is my guest reviewer and also my older but not oldest sister. We’ll take a look at all of her favourite books in just a moment. First of all though – here’s a bit more about Mandie.
Okay. So the picture isn’t actually Mandie, but we did used to call her Manda the Panda when we were smaller, and as she’s as camera shy as me, it’s about as close as I dare go to publsihing her photo on the tinterweb.
Mandie has spent many years working in various procurement teams for the Civil Service. Reading is a great escape for her from the everyday and something to do when she becomes a Motocross widow on a weekend, when her husband and son are off touring the country for bike races. We share a passion for Mexican food and chillies and also both love travel too. No. We aren’t twins. I’m the baby, she’s middle sis. You can’t tell by looking at her picture but she’s actually five years older than me…
My starting reading again inspired Mandie to do the same so both of us can generally be found with our faces in our kindles.
Favourite book from childhood
Ok am going to have to think about this one as I am getting on a bit and can just about remember the books I read as a child. I am going to have to go with the Twins at St Clare’s by Enid Blyton. I remember owning the entire series at one point and even wished I was at boarding school as it sounded like fun (a sentiment I am sure my family would agree with – me being at boarding school that is when I was being at my bratty best) – feel free not to comment here Jen
The first book you fell in love with
The book I fell in love with actually came from seeing the TV adaptation (and if I am honest am not sure if I ever got round to reading the book so not sure if it counts) is Anne of Green Gables. Guess with my personality I identified with Anne and the way she just said what she thought.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I am struggling with this one but it would have to be Rupert Campbell Black in the Riders/Rivals books by Jilly Cooper. At times the guy could be a complete git and was completely over privileged but he was also very loyal to his friends and actually was not as bad as he made out. And let’s all admit it… Who doesn’t love a bad guy??
Weirdest book crush
This has to be Manny in Tall Oaks by Chris Whittaker. This is not as weird as it sounds as its more about the fact that there is this kid trying to act all tough but is actually quite comical in the way he goes about it but really has a heart of gold. In fact any time he appeared in the book I was always giggling at his antics. Makes you want to see what he got up to when he grew up.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
This may sound a bit odd but it was actually a children’s book that I reviewed – Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg. The book was based around the true story of a dog that was adopted by the Navy and I would love to know more of the things it got up to.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Hmm hard one really as I am such a slowpoke reader these days and I have quite a few but I think I am going to have to go with How to Be Brave by Louise Beech as it is not the typical book I would go for at the moment. I have met the author a couple of times and she is an absolute scream
Guilty Reading pleasure
Have to say this would be Mills & Boon books. They are wholly unrealistic but you don’t have to really think too hard whilst reading them but they are a good way to kill a couple of hours quite often in a really beautiful location.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I have a few of these but my favourite 2 that I can’t decide between are – DI Kim Stone by Angela Marsons (for which I blame my sister) sorry Jen but you did ask me to do this and the other is DCI Ryan by LJ Ross ( I returned the favour with these)
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
This one is easy…. Has to be Follow You by Richard Parker… Loved this book as it appealed to my weird sense of humour and it is still one of the best books I have read this year. Gotta love a book that has you going “gross” whilst laughing at the same time. In fact I managed to get my Boss worrying about my mental state when describing it… let’s just say he is now very wary of upsetting me.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Again has to be Follow You by Richard Parker… I think I should spread the love… after all my friends should appreciate my sense of humour by now (hopefully)
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
My Favourite book of all time is part of a series but the first one in it is my favourite and that is North and South by John Jakes. (OK I will admit again that got hooked on it based on the TV adaptation with Patrick Swayze in it). This time though I know I have read all the books in the series as I can tell you where they differ. I love history so the fact that this tackles the Civil War and slavery in America is a big tick in the box for me.
Thanks Mandie. I’m saying nothing about our youth. Least said, soonest mended as they say… 😉 Some fab choices there but then I guess I knew what I was expecting and just goes to show our tastes really are the same. Honest folks. We really aren’t twins. Just because we laugh alike, like all the same things, say exactly the same things at the same time and finish each other’s sentences… We just need to get out more.
Don’t know how you can blame me for setting you onto Angie Marsons’ books but yes, I do credit you for my discovering and loving DCI Ryan.
What do you reckon folks? Any reading suggestions for Mandie because, you know, she gets absolutely none from me…
Have a brilliantly booksih week all. See you on the other side