The Ultimate Book Tag

It's amazing how little you read for pleasure when you're at university.
Since graduating I have been really enjoying catching up on some lost reading tie. So I decided to do Belle Lumiere's Ultimate Book Tag.
Book Q&A Rules
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

What are you reading right now? I am currently revisiting a couple of favourite books of mine this month, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? I’m looking at picking up some new books, so I’ve got my eye on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to? I’ve always wanted to read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now? I have Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle and Vogue.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read? The Twilight Saga. I made the fatal mistake on being bought the series one Christmas and I knew by the second book that reading the rest of the books was going to be a painful experience.

What book seemed really popular but you didn’t like? I really wanted to like The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold, I really did. For some reason however I just didn’t enjoy the book and found myself getting very bored reading it.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? Thinking about it, I don’t really do a lot of book recommendations. I would say that I think everyone has to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde at least once.

What are your three favourite poems? Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats and The Lady of Shallot by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

Where do you usually get your books? I usually pick up my books at Waterstones, WH Smith or Amazon. I do love wandering into second hand book shops though, the scent of books in those places is just incredible.

Where do you usually read your books? I tend to take books everywhere with me. My favourite place to read it usually is on my bed, snuggled up in a blanket with a mug of tea.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits? I read a lot as a child but some favourites of mine were Roald Dahl, Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, C.S Lewis, Enid Blighton, Jacqueline Wilson and JK Rowling. My dad used to read a lot of Ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology with me as well when I was a child.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? I haven’t stayed up reading in a long time actually, the last book I probably devoured like that might have been one of the Phillipa Gregory books?

Have you ever “faked” reading a book? Definitely a few books on my course list when I was studying English at University. I swear I tried to read Adam Bede but I just couldn’t, okay?

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover? I am a sucker for good cover art.

What was your favourite book when you were a child? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

What book changed your life? I had to sit and have a think about this one, as there have been a lot of books that have changed my life. I’d probably say either The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

What is your favourite passage from a book? “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word. The groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals, dissolve and form in the same breath; already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the centre of a group, and then, excited with triumph, glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constantly changing light." - The Great Gatsby

What are your top five favourite authors? Oscar Wilde, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, F.S Fitzgerald

What book has no one heard about but should read? Married by Force by Leila, the book is a first-hand account of a forced marriage and is absolutely heart breaking to read.

What 3 books are you an “Evangelist” for? The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (you’ve probably guessed it’s a favourite by now), The Beautiful and the Damned by F.S. Fitzgerald and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

What are your favourite books by a first-time author? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

What is your favourite classic book? Definitely Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Five other notable mentions? Emile Zola The Ladies Paradise, Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre, Flaubert Madame Bovary, Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights and Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkein.

I really enjoyed doing this tag and I tag all the book lovers out there!
What are your current favourite reads? Let me know in the comments.