Hello everybody! Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the blog tour for one of my favourite YA books of last year, Paper Avalanche, and even more thrilled that I get to interview Lisa Williamson! Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be be answering some Q and A questions that I collected on Twitter a few months ago! Onto the post!
If you could put yourself into a Disney film, which would it be and why?
If my balance wasn’t so poor that stepping outside in icy/snowy conditions is really difficult, it’d be Frozen so Olaf could be my bestie. But as it is, my second choice would be Tangled because I love all those characters a lot and their palace is STUNNING. Yes please to putple and gold colour schemes 😍
Favourite underrated book / book you don’t see enough people talking about?
Boy in the Tower. It is sublime, and nowhere near as popular as it deserves to be.
Maybe not a question but a challenge. What hogwarts houses do you think your favourite book’s characters would belong in and why?
I’ll do this for Geek Girl:
Harriet: Ravenclaw (loves learning new things and is super intelligent)
Toby: Ravenclaw (same reasons as Harriet)
Nick: Gryffindor (he fits the profile in my eyes, and is literally nicknamed Lion Boy)
Annabel: Slytherin (I was torn for Annabel! I think she’s a Slytherpuff- she has attributes of both houses)
Nat: Slytherin (this is the one I’m most certain of- Nat feels like SUCH a Slytherin)
How does it feel to be an award winning blogger and what are your plans next? (World domination?)/ How did it feel being nominated for and winning a blogger award?
Being nominated was a huge surprise, and I was very pleased, while also reminding myself that the chances of me winning were slim to none. I was out for dinner the night it was announced, and I was absolutely baffled as to why my Twitter had went so mad while I was out. Again, it was a huge shock, and I was so overcome I burst into tears. I half expected a message telling me there’d been a miscount for days (I still am even now, to be honest.
What book inspired your love of reading?
One of the first books I remember really loving was Princess Mirror-Belle, so I think I’ll say that.
Are there any books you’re excited for the release of?
Other than the ones mentioned in my Anticipated Releases for July and August, I’m super excited for the 7th Murder Most Unladylike mystery, and the seuqel to Nevermoor, which both come out in October I think.
What were some of your favourite books to read growing up?
There’s another similar-but-different question later on, so I’ll answer this with Pony Club Secrets. Waiting on the new books releasing was so exciting, and I always read them the day I got my hands on them. I’ve reread them so many times I could tell you the plots by heart, even now.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
I think it would have to be Geek Girl. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, the characters bring me so much joy and I can always find something new to love even though I’ve read it like a thousand times and know it like the back of my hand (I can genuinely quote chunks of dialogue from the first one)
What other hobbies do you have apart from reading and blogging/ What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t reading?
Watching TV or films, spending too much time on Twitter and listening to music. And eating, if eating counts?
Top 10 all time favourite George Ezra and Into The Ark songs?
I’m doing this as two top 5s, because mixing the two hurts my heart.
George Ezra- Shotgun, Drawing Board, Breakaway, Sugarcoat, Get Lonely With Me
Into the Ark- Money or the Girl, Not a One, My Heart Goes, Caroline, Underneath the Sun.
Top 10 fave Disney/Disney Pixar characters?
Basically this list, if I’m honest. Some humans I love are Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder (sorry Aimee, I couldn’t order them because this was SO HARD and I just couldn’t). I can do a top 3 of all time though: Olaf, Stitch and Nick Wilde.
Which book character do you most relate to?
I have a post planned on this theme soon (I was tagged in a tag entirely on this theme!) so as a taster, someone I mentioned in that post was Frances from Radio Silence.
Who’s your fave character on Dynasty?
I love almost everyone (unless they’re villains, obvs) but if you were to make me choose between my top 3 (Fallon, Steven, Sammy Jo), I’d have to go for Steven. He says ALL my absolute favourite lines, his relationships with Fallon and Sammy Jo are the absolute LOVELIEST, and I adore him. He does make me very frustrated with him sometimes to the point where I scream at him as I watch it. Still my fave though, and I think I love James Mackay the most of the cast too (though again, I also absolutely adore Rafael and Liz). I think I knew Steven would be my favourite from the moment we first meet him in the pilot.
Have you reread any books?
Yes, tons! I love rereading, and miss doing it often from before I blogged. The only thing I’ve reread so far this year is the Apprentice Witch, because I wanted to remind myself what happened before I read A Witch Alone, especially given the rather large gap between them.
What YA releases are you looking forward to this year?
Since I wrote my July-August anticipated at the start of July and it’ll be live before this post, I will mention one I’m excited for in September, which is Dramas of a Teenage Heiress. And Then We Collided (which my friend Rosie co-wrote) is also out that month, and if I’m getting the right inference from the synopsis I think I’ll enjoy it immensely. There’s a lot more MG I’m excited for than YA in the next few months though.
Which series did you binge-read under the age of 12?
I binged loads of Enid Blyton, the Babysitters Club, Karen McCombie books and Cathy Hopkins’s series, as well as things like the Laura Marlin Mysteries, Adventure Island and My Sister the Vampire, though I did have to wait on the last few releasing I think.
What’s your favourite dinosaur?
The really honest answer is that I don’t have one 🙈. I learnt about dinosaurs when I was in P1 or 2, which I can’t really remember as it was quite a few years ago. Let’s go for the fictional Driftosaurus from the Adventure Island series!
If one character could come to life for the day who would you pick and what would you do?
Either Nick from Geek Girl because I love himand he makes me laugh, or Ade fromBoy in the Tower so I could hug him and tell him how much of a star he is.
If you could have written any book, which would it be?
I’d LOVE to be able to plot mysteries as well as Robin Stevens, so one of her books.
Which game show would you most like to play for real?
Pointless, because it’s the one I’m best at!
Any books that inspired you to read even more/be more passionate about books?
I once fell into a rut of only rereading, and thought I’d never read something new I loved ever again. Adventure Island and the Laura Marlin Mysteries changed that.
Favourite and least favourite book cover?
My favourite book covers are Julian de Narvaez’s covers for Emma Carroll’s books, my overall favourite of which is probably In Darkling Wood. There aren’t many covers I don’t like, and those that I do are just my personal taste. I think the Babysitters Club covers are quite creepy.
If you could be any book character, who would you be and why?
I’d love to be Harriet Manners, as we’re pretty similar and I love the people around her so much. I’d also love to be Hazel Wong or Daisy Wells so I could solve mysteries! I don’t think I’m as brave or clever as them though…
What would your answers to some of these have been? Do we have any answers in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m really excited to have an author interview with Jenny McLachlan, to celebrate the release of her latest YA book Truly Wildly Deeply (which shall be in my March Reviews post this Saturday!). Onto the post!
A little (a long), while ago on Twitter, I asked for some questions for a Q&A post, so today I’m going to answer them all. I was so pleased with all the questions, and I already can’t wait to do another one of these (especially if anyone enjoyed it; please let me know what you think in the comments!)
Onto the post!
First and last crush on a fictional character?
The first was Aiden from Pony Club Secrets, last was probably Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss. The two biggest are Nick from Geek Girl and Sirius Black.
Favourite show/musical? And favourite character from it?
My favourite musical is Sunshine on Leith, which is based on the music of the Proclaimers, and I also loved Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat
If you were a Disney character, which one would you be and why?
This is SO hard. I asked my mum who she thought I’d be, and she said Belle as I’m almost always reading! I’d say Rapunzel, but I don’t think I’m optimistic enough in all honesty. In a dream world, I’d like to be Olaf.
How do you plan/write your reviews?
Badly 😂. I try and write notes on as many as possible throughout the month, then sit down at the end and write them all up (and usually put it off till the night before I want the post to go up). If I forget to write notes, I wing it.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I’d love to be a dog (probably either a cocker spaniel or a golden retriever, though really any breed as I adore them all).
Peter Pan or Tinkerbell?
Tinkerbell. Peter Pan is FAR too whiny for my taste.
What’s your favourite guilty pleasure snack?
I try not to be guilty about treats, but I do indulge in quite a bit of chocolate…
Do you think words have the power to change us and if so do you think this is a good thing?
Absolutely, and yes. Words shape who I am, and my knowledge.
What book have you had on your TBR forever, that you still haven’t read yet?
Loads! Based on the person who asked me this (hey Aimee, if you’re reading) I’ll say Abi Ephinstone’s books. I read the Dreamsnatcher and enjoyed it, but have still never got round to books 2 or 3.
If you could only read one author or genre for the rest of your life who/what would you choose?
I’d read mysteries, because you can find a mystery in most books and could therefore read almost everything!
What was your first favourite book?
A picture book called Second Best.
What are your pet bookish peeves/things you can’t stand?
I’m not keen on selfish or whiny main characters (or those I perceive to be those things, anyway), unless it’s clear it’s been done on purpose. For example, I really rooted for Olivia in Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls as she’s not conventionally likeable but we can see why. I’m 50/50 with animal deaths, and I detest any poor treatment of animals.
What do you really love to see in a book?
I personally quite like instalove if done well, but I also like slow-burn romances. I love characters who are so brave but don’t really know it, if that makes sense. I love seeing a foreign country, or fantasy worldbuilding. I love a good mystery, of course. And a really nice friendship!.
Three elements for a perfect story?
A middle grade mystery, with fab friendships and an exciting, excellent plot.
What’s your fave mythical creature?
I love a good dragon, and also unicorns.
If you could live in one bookish world, which one would you choose?
Stoneybrook in the Babysitters Club. I’ll be nice and safe, be able to look after lovely children and go on fun adventures to places like New York.
What got you started with blogging?
I had wanted to for ages, and decided in June that I might as well give it a shot.
Most underrated book?
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, which will most likely not come as a surprise. I’m planning a whole new feature this year about other books I love which are underrated and why I think everyone should read them. The first will be my favourite Enid Blyton series…
Most underrated Disney film?
I think I’ll go for Oliver and Company! I also bareky ever see love for Zootropolis, which I adore SO much.
Favourite t.v. show?
I love lots, but Suits is probably my all time favourite. There is literally nothing I dislike about it.
Best thing to binge watch on Netflix?
I have only ever binged the Good Wife on Netflix, which I adored. On DVD, I got through Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and the Mentalist VERY quickly.
Your ideal cosy night in?
A nice film or boxset, Maltesers and Counters, mint choc chip ice cream, crisps, a blanket, pillows and dog cuddles please.
Favourite genre to read?
Who are your top 5 singers?
George Ezra and Into the Ark are my joint absolute favourites then Tom Odell, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay.
Who are your top 3 favourite Grey’s Anatomy characters?
Meredith, Christina and Alex.
What underrated book do you wish everyone would read?
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, or the 39 Clues series.
What classics do you plan to read in 2018?
I have a few I want to read, but I’d especially love to get to Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess and the Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I’d also like to give some Jane Austen a go!
What is your daemon?
I‘ve never read Northern Lights, so I’m not really sure. According to the quiz I just took, a terrier.
What was the last book you DNF?
I think it was Things a Bright Girl Can Do.
What’s your favourite and least favourite genre?
MG- Mystery and fantasy, YA- contemporary for favourites. Not big on horror or dystopia at all, and I’m not that into sci-fi.
If you were a book character, what type of book would you be most likely to end up in? (Mystery, adventure, etc)?
I’d like to feature in a mystery, seeing they’re my favourites. Realistically it’d probably be very dull! My life would not make a good book.
Which characteristics in a protagonist really make you connect with them?
I love really brave characters that have to work hard to be so, e.g. Hazel from Murder Most Unladylike or Ade from Boy in the Tower. And those who love animals are always lovely too!
Which fictional character would you most like to marry?
In what may come as no shock whatsoever at this stage, Nick from Geek Girl. Or maybe Airen from Pony Club Secrets. Outwith books, it’s even harder. Patrick Jane from the Mentalist, Harvey Spectre from Suits and Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars (and also Jackson or Derek or Mark from Grey’s Anatomy). And film wise, Duckie from my all time favourite Pretty in Pink or Andrew from the Proposal, a new fave from this year.Thank you so much for reading! Do we share any answers? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!