Hello and welcome to DAY FOURTEEN of Blogmas here on Matilda’s Library. I’m going to do something a bit different today and interview my boyfriend of four years – John. He’s a book lover as well and also has a blog named Books & Fables (although he’s not really posted a whole lot this year!)
Just a few quick questions so my readers can get to know him a bit more. My questions will be in bold and his answers are in normal font. I hope you enjoy this random Q&A session!
Hiya and welcome to your interrogation. You’ve been a massive disappointment this year in terms of reading and despite my relentless prodding to read books I think you’ll love, you’ve constantly disregarded my makeshift TBR’s for you!
Yeah..so what’s your question?
Is there a particular reason you don’t like following my book recommendations?
Yes there is actually! I want to read what I want to read. If I don’t read what I want to read, I won’t read it!
Surely there’s got to be some recommendations that I’ve geared you towards in the past that you’ve ended up loving?
Yeah, of course there are. Illuminae for instance, I probably wouldn’t have discovered on my own, but I read it when I wanted to read it, not when I was prodded. I do think you know what I would like to read better than I do myself, but the timing is crucial!
So, no makeshift TBR’s in the future then?
You know how I feel about your makeshift TBR’s! I might start the first book but then I’ll probably stray away from everything else.. And DNF the first book too.
I think something that would work really well with the type of reader you are would be buddy reads. You can take them as seriously or as casually as you like and you have someone to gush over a book with. I’m not necessarily saying do one with me, but is it something you’d consider?
Yeah I’d definitely consider that. I love talking about the books I’ve read (as you no doubt know by now), so having someone to do that with would be great! We certainly like different sorts of books, or rather judge them based on different things, so our views on the same book can be very, um, polarising – which makes a buddy read with you veeeery interesting.
You’ve not completed your reading challenge this year, and it’s looking unlikely that you will. I’ve heard you speak negatively about the stress they bring to reading throughout the year, so why is it that they just don’t click with you?
I’m not sure, because they work with so many other people. I must just be missing something! I remember the end of last year when I was speed reading just to complete my challenge and I think that’s the reason that I didn’t read again until what, mid-2018? I would much rather just read when I want to, and not have a number to hit by the end of the year. Sitting down with a book is one of the most relaxing things I can ever do, and I don’t want to feel pressured into doing so, otherwise it takes away from that for me.
Looking back on 2018, what has been your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
My favourite was probably Illuminae for me. The entry book into the trilogy was a breath of fresh air (yes, I know you think it’s a gimmick!) for me, and the fact that it was very heavy on the sci-fi just made it even better. I was left wanting more, and I think that’s proven by how quickly I read Gemina straight after! My least favourite would have to be How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand. It was an ARC that we picked up from YALC this year – definitely a whim. Not one that paid off, judging by the fact that I DNF’d it…
And given you’re dating someone who appreciates aesthetically pleasing book covers, do you have any personal favourites this year?
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. It is BEAUTIFUL. I cannot wait to read this just based on the cover alone!
If you could gift a copy of any one book to everyone you know this Christmas, which book would you like everyone to experience?
Cure For The Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker. Anyone who likes a quirky contemporary with pop culture references needs to read this book. It’s such an original idea, it’s funny, relatable, and it carries a deeper meaning too. Hands down one of my favourite books.
Will you be blogging again next year or is it something you’re just no longer interested in?
I don’t know. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t! I have to be in the right mood to make a blog post, and also have the free time on my hands to do so. Unfortunately, it’s quite rare that both of those things combine!
Given this is a Blogmas post, it seems only right to ask you this next question. What are your favourite things about Christmas?
The food. The food, and company, too. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to gorge yourself on a massive Christmas dinner with the people you love. The gifts are a bonus too!
Are there any 2019 releases you cannot wait to get your hands on?
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – after reading two of the Illuminae Files books, anything these two release is an automatic buy for me.
And that’s all we’ve got time for because as per usual this was not pre-scheduled or pre-written. A massive thank you to everyone who read this as well as John for agreeing to take part!