Today is Tag Tuesday, so I thought I’d do the Get To Know Ya Book Tag. I found on the reader ages ago and decided it was time to do it. And so, without further ado, let’s get going…
1. Favourite book of all time?
Ouch, talk about jump right in and drop me in it… I think I would have to say Helen of Troy by Margaret George. I can remember my mum telling me that I’d never understand it and it would be a bit long winded and I’d struggle. I was quite young when I picked this book up. But instead I read this monster in a few days as I just couldn’t put it down. I loved it and everything about it. So much so that I bought other books by Margaret George as well (which I’m hoping to dive into this year).
**Blurb and picture from Goodreads**
A lush, seductive novel of the legendary beauty whose face launched a thousand ships.
Daughter of a god, wife of a king, prize of antiquities bloodiest war, Helen of Troy has inspired artists for millennia. Now Margaret George, the highly acclaimed bestselling historical novelist, has turned her intelligent, perceptive eye to the myth that is Helen of Troy.
Margaret George breathes new life into the great Homeric tale by having Helen narrate her own story. Through her eyes and in her voice, we experience the young Helens discovery of her divine origin and her terrifying beauty. While hardly more than a girl, Helen married the remote Spartan king Menelaus and bore him a daughter. By the age of twenty, the worlds most beautiful woman was resigned to a passionless marriage until she encountered the handsome Trojan prince Paris. And once the lovers flee to Troy, war, murder, and tragedy become inevitable.
In Helen of Troy, Margaret George has captured a timeless legend in a mesmerizing tale of a woman whose life was destined to create strife and destroy civilizations.
2. Favourite book 5 years ago?
I didn’t have my blog or Goodreads back then so I honestly don’t know what I was reading 5 years ago, if I read anything at all. I went through quite a time frame where I read nothing at all.
3. Favourite Duology/Trilogy/Series
I haven’t managed to finish this series yet and I do think I would have to start again from the beginning as it’s been that long since I started reading it and read it. But the answer to this needs no thinking about even if I haven’t finished it yet. That is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I think I made it to number 5 or 6 and then stopped as other things came first.
4. Last book you read.
Now this one is easy, it was Perfect Match by Zoe May which is a part of a blog tour so my review for it hasn’t gone up yet. But here is the blurb and book cover!
Can you ever find true love online?
Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…
After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.
Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?
5. Last book of poetry you read?
I think this was probably when I was in school. I couldn’t tell you the last one I read either. I do remember having to read a lot of Shakespeare’s sonnets and also The Jabberwocky but I don’t know in which order.
6. What book most influenced your life?
I can’t answer this one. As I don’t know. I think I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford is well up there. This taught me that I need to treat every single day as my last as you really don’t know when your last day will be.
**Cover and blurb from Goodreads**
A terminal diagnosis. A life-saving sacrifice. A love letter written on the walls of her heart.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.
I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.
** I’m half way through!! Woohoo!! **
7. Book that made you ugly cry?
Again, please see I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford above!
8. Book that made you laugh?
Well, I’m known for random outbursts, especially when I’m at the train station waiting for me train to work or actually on the train. I think the last one that really made me laugh was The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James. It really had me chuckling.
**Blurb and cover from Goodreads**
‘Britain’s answer to the best Marigold Hotel’
Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
9. Character you’d like to be for a day?
Wow! This is some question. I don’t think I can pick just 1, but the first 2 that come tom mind are Kahlan from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind or Sarai from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
10. Book so good you dreamt about it?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I didn’t even need to think about it. She painted such a vivid picture in the way she wrote about Weep and it’s inhabitants that I actually dreamt about it.
**Blurb and cover from Goodreads**
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
11. Book you DNFed?
The last book I DNFed was White Panther by Janez Jansa. The book sounded fantastic and I really wanted to finish it. But I just couldn’t get any further than 20%. I hate DNF’ing books but I just couldn’t help it with this one.
12. What book are you excited to read?
I’m really looking for to reading Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor and although I’ve had it for a while, The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams.
I hope you enjoyed reading and getting an insight into me. If you have any questions that you’d like to ask me so that I can make up my own tag, then ask below! Doesn’t even have to be Bookish!