Q: When did you start reviewing books?

A: I started reviewing books on Tumblr with my friend Rosie in 2011.  But I’ve been recommending books to friends and customers since I started working at a second hand bookshop in high school.

Q: Do you review all the books you read?

A: Alas, that would be a difficult task indeed!  I usually read at least two books a week, sometimes more if the weather’s dreary, and my fingers would probably fall off if I tried to write a half-decent review for each and every one.  I tend to review books which make me want to immediately go back and underline all the bits that made me think complicated thoughts.  If I would recommend the book to a friend for specific, literary, reasons – rather than just because it amused me – I try to form my opinions into coherent sentences.  Some reviews will be more academic than others, because there are times when I just love a book so much that I wish everyone would read it, but my enthusiasm commandeers my critical faculties.  In short, I review a book when it makes a distinct impression on me and when I have the time to do a book justice.

Q: Will you review *my* book?

A: I have, on occasion, read and reviewed self-published or recently published books upon request, but I don’t always have time to read things I don’t find on my own.  Lemony Snicket said it best: “It’s likely that I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”  I would need to live three hundred years just to get through all the stuff on my own list, and I just keep adding new books to it!  AT THE MOMENT, I AM NOT REVIEWING ANYTHING UPON REQUEST!

Q: What are your favorite books?

A: As Neil Gaiman has said, “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”  So, here are my fifteen current favorite books, in no particular order:

1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

2. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven by Sherman Alexie

3. The Basic 8 by Daniel Handler

4. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

5. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

6. Abarat by Clive Barker

7. A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes

8. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

11. Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirlees

12. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

13. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

14. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

15. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones

(It was incredibly painful to choose only 15 books.  Please don’t ask me to do that again.)

Q: How can I get in touch with you?

A: Leave a comment!  Or, once I figure out how to include my email address on this blog, send me an email!  I love to hear from other readers and/or scurvy knaves.

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