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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Book Lover Survey.

I'm convinced it came from story time with my Mama when I was small; she read to me every single night just before bedtime as far back as I can remember and when I was old enough to start learning to read she would listen as I read aloud, helping me out with any words I wasn't familiar with. Then when I was a little older still I was always encouraged to read by myself for half an hour or so before sleep. I really loved that down-time & I still do.
 
Cuddled up in bed under my favourite blanket, with a good cup of tea or hot chocolate and little Ralphie at my feet. It's all about the comfort factor. But if I'm not home then I love to read on the bus or the train just so long as someone doesn't interrupt just as I'm getting to a good part...!
 
I'm most certainly a one book at a time kind of person. I very much like to immerse myself in the world I'm reading about, imagining how it looks inside my head and getting to know the characters so I understand why they feel a certain way or do something in a particular way. When I'm in that world I find myself wanting to stay there until the story is over, until I know what happens.
 

It's a struggle to choose one so I'm going to cheat a little with this question. I really love fairy tales, fantasy, a good mystery and pretty much everything that falls under the umbrella of children's literature. 
 

There's not really any particular genre I wouldn't at least attempt, I don't think. I've never read a graphic novel before but that doesn't mean I never will. I'm totally up for trying new things! 
 
I don't think I can honestly say I can pinpoint one particular book as my all time favourite because it's something that changes every time I try and think about it. There are quite a lot of books I hold quite close to my heart for a whole host of different reasons, a few examples being; The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (not my favourite from the series, but it's very sentimental to me), The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Five-Minute Bunny Tales for Bedtime by Sally Sheringham.
 
I can't say there's been a book I've found myself truly hating, admittedly I'm not too keen on Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte but I think that has something to do with having to study it so much during school and then again for my degree. It's one I'll definitely go back to at some point in the future and I hope I learn to love it!
 

This is a really good question & a difficult one because I'm definitely someone who favours shorter reads. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling has to be up there as one of the longest I've ever read. I used to have a copy of Bleak House by Charles Dickens, I'm not sure where it's gone though, I think maybe I was a little intimidated by its length. The thought of repurchasing is tempting but I'm not completely convinced I'll ever get through it. 
 

I bought my last three books together; Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. My next book purchase will probably by The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey because I keep thinking about it so I'm taking that as a sign that it should be mine.
 

Buying books! I'm not fortunate enough to have a great library near by and I'm sure if I did the answer to this question would be a lot more difficult, but I definitely have a little bit of a book buying addiction at the moment. I think that's okay though, I mean there are worse addictions to have! In my head I have this vision of the most beautiful set of bookcases, filled with all my favourite reads and I'm pretty much working towards that. One day I'll get there! 
 
At the moment, nothing. I have started Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, but I'm currently wading through the essay writing process & struggling to find the time to fully get into the story so I've put reading it on hold for a few days because I want to give it a fair chance. It'll be the first thing I pick up after Thursday though, that's for sure.

Let me know if you've written a similar post to this before. 
I'd love to know more about the books you like to read! 

Love, Jennie 
xoxo

78 comments:

  1. lovely post Jennie!the snow child is on my wishlist xx

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    1. It looks like such a lovely read! xo

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  2. I'd love to have a go at this post :) I love reading too, and am slowly trying to get back into it :) I did what I always thought I'd never do and bought a kindle so I would be able to have a constant stock of books out in France with me :)
    Cute post, Jennie! :)
    Keep in touch!
    Andrea
    xxx

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    1. I think Kindles are such a lovely way to keep books close by when you're away! <3

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  3. I definitely prefer to read just one book at a time or it gets too confusing and breaks the story for me! This was a lovely post to read Jennie, you are so ridiculously similar to me! I can't wait for you to read Northern Lights as I'm so sure you will love the world! xxx

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    1. I'm pretty excited to give it a read! xo

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  4. oooo I may have to do this myself, I love reading I just feel as if I've lost my passion for it ever since I started university as my time was swallowed up so much with academic things. I need to get back into the swing of it :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. Would love to read your answers <3

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  5. I love this post, what a good idea! I just finished reading Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, and have to confess I really struggled with it and only kept going because I wanted to find out what happened!

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    1. I'm really tempted to give that a try, I've read her other two and even though I thought they were just okay, I do really like her writing style! xo

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  6. This is such an interesting post! I would really like to do it too! Though I'll give you full credit :) (if it's all the same with you of course!)
    And I thought I was one of the only people that dislike Wuthering Heights!
    xx
    www.juustpeachy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ohh it's not my tag, it's been going around the Youtube book community for a little while I think! xo

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  7. Loved reading this! If you ever want to read a graphic novel, I recommend Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It's really beautifully done and completely not what you would expect from a graphic novel. I adore your favourite books list, would put all of those on mine too
    xxx

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    1. I'll keep a note of that for sure! xo

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  8. Awww, what an adorable post! I think the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books are what really got me into reading. Do you remember them? You may be a little too young! We used to read them at school and I was always really excited, they were so much fun. I'm also a one book at a time kind of girl but I do have about 4 partially read books which I've abandoned...Whoops!

    Tara xo

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    1. I do remember them, they weren't my absolute favourites but I remember one with a hot air balloon (I think) and loved it! xo

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  9. I love to discover more about people's favourite books and what they like to read.
    I'm currently reading Ironskin by Tina Connolly and I need to get on with it!

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  10. this post was lovely to read, I ma a one book at a time person too - helps me get into the story better :) xx

    www.ohsoaddictedtobeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree, although I totally admire people who can read multiple books at a time! xo

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  11. lovely post, i love a good mystery book. I really want a pretty bookcase too, I've been looking and hopefully get one soon :-) x

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  12. this is so fun to read! i agree completely about the one book at a time, i do get into that world and the characters and it's never worked out when I've tried to read multiple books at once. x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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    1. It's lovely to get lost in a whole new world for an hour or so! xo

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  13. I've seen this tag on YouTube and it's definitely one of the best in book community. I loved reading it and it's already on my to-do list. Also Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the one book that has sentimental meaning for me too. How crazy :)x

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    1. I think that particular book from the series means quite a lot to a lot of people our age. It made me feel less alone <3

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  14. some of these seems to be very interesting <3
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  15. Lovely post - must put it on my to do list!
    I love finding out about new books to read :)
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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    1. Would love to read your answers! xo

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  16. I love this tag, always interesting to see what other people think about reading in general. I personally have a lot of things in common with you when it comes to reading, apparently! I don't exactly have a favourite genre either, and I've never really truly hated a book. Also, I don't like to read more than one book at a time either. I'll always have this inner struggle with myself not knowing how to juggle the two stories at the same time. So, one book it is!

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    1. I think it's super interesting too! xo

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  17. Love the answer to the where do you read question, it sounds soooo cozy and perfect! Enough to make me want to replicate the exact same scenario! Also, i don't understand people who read more than one book at a time, i would get so confused between the stories! xx

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  18. Love this post - reading has always been one of my favourite things to do :) I can't wait to have children so I can pass my love of books onto them.

    My Dad used to read me Peter Rabbit every night and I can still say it off by heart now! Other books I've enjoyed include the Adrian Mole series, Jacqueline Wilson, Jodi Picoult and Bridget Jones.

    Jenny xx

    ramblingsofajaffacat.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Love this post your choices are quite similar to mine in most cases. The longest book I've read was either war and peace or A suitable boy - you'd die reading those talk about epic novels wow I felt like it took me years to finish them.
    Some of my favourites are A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hossieni and Nineteen minutes by Jodi Picoult.
    x

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  20. Oh no I love Wuthering Heights :)Have you watched any of the adaptations? Might help you get into it :)
    xx

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    1. I haven't, I really must try though! xo

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  21. What a great post Jennie! Love anything to do with books :) I'm odd, I think, because as much as I like chick-flicks I cannot stand to read chick-lit! If you haven't read her books take a look at Kate Mortons books, I think you'd like them x

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    1. I'll have a look, I don't think I've ever read anything by her before! xo

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  22. My mum reading me bedtime stories is how I came to love reading as well! I'm also a one book at a time gal, can't concentrate on too many at once- I differ with Wuthering Heights though, one of my all time favourites though I guess I've never had to study it :)

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    1. I'm going to give it another try one day! xo

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  23. I am definitely a one book at a time kinda girl! I also love buying books re-reading them a few months later is amazing!

    holllieee.blogspot.com

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  24. I love all of your answers! I think I'm going to have to do something like this. -Hanna Lei

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  25. Fab idea for a post :) Might have to steal these questions to do a tribute post of my own, found I was answering them in my head as I read!

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    1. Would love to read your answers! xo

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  26. I have the Snow Child to read next. Have you read the goose girl by Shannon hale. I think you'd like it. Its a young adult book and I think its a rewritten fairy tale.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  27. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the first book I remember reading. My mum bought it for me and I carried it around wherever I went. I tried so hard to learn to read better and write as fast as possible, so that I could write my own stories of adventures I imagined I'd go on with Peter Rabbit because there were never enough pages of that book to satisfy me.

    It's amazing how much of a hold a story or character can hold over you. Books are the best creation ever.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?

    x

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  28. I've had so little free time lately that I've barely read at all. This post is making me want to do nothing but snuggle up with a good book!

    Saz // OhDollymix

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    1. The best way to spend any free time I think <3

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  29. Oooooh I'm going to do this for sure!

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  30. Ooh I love this tag! I'm definitely going to do it too :) I also love The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I made so many people read it and then I loved the film too - which is a first!

    xx

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    1. The film is so lovely, I'm so glad they made it! xo

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  31. What a lovely idea for a post. Your book reviews are always fab to read too :-)

    Sophie xox soinspo

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  32. I don't really know but I think you might just have interviewed me ;)
    I agree with sooooo many things in this post, I really feel we have a similar reading history!

    xx Jenni

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  33. I haven't done one before, but I'm going to answer those questions on my blog, watch this space.

    Hannah

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    1. Yay, looking forward to reading! xo

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  34. Oh this is a lovely post - tempted to answer these too! I'm exactly the same when it comes to reading one book at a time; I get so invested in a good book that I wouldn't like to focus on more than one at a time xx

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    1. It's lovely to get lost in a new world for a little while <3

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  35. What a lovely post to read on a chilly Saturday night. I love Rowling's Harry Potter series. The last book I read (out of my own accord) was Nabokov's "Lolita" but I never got round to finishing it. I'm currently in the process of writing essays too but I'll get back to reading once I'm done with finals and all! xx

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  36. You'll love Trainspotting!

    Such a lovely post, I'm a big reader, so I love getting to nose to see what other people are reading.

    Hmm maybe...

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  37. I loved reading this post as I'm a book lover myself (but I haven't done a lot of reading lately though...that's sad!). I might do something like this on my blog pretty soon :)

    I hope you're having a great weekend!

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  38. I'm definitely going to have to do this tag thank you for sharing it!:) xxx libraryofagirl.blogspot.com

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  39. Great tag Jennie :) I posted my answers here: http://www.vanillacrush.co.uk/2014/02/the-book-lover-survey.html xx

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