A Life in Books with Amy Sullivan of Novelgossip book review blog

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m Amy, a wife and mom to three kiddos, they’re 8, 5 and 2. I’m a readaholic, I finish a book every single day. (Most days) I don’t really have any other hobbies besides reading as my kids and their activities keep me busy!


What was you favourite book from childhood?

I loved the Babysitters Club series so much! I think it was the first series I ever read and I remember begging my mom to take me to the book store to get the latest one. I read them over and over again. I wanted best friends like the girls and I thought Claudia was so chic.


What type of books did you read as a teenager?IMG_1445

As a teenager I read V. C. Andrews, I loved the Flowers in the Attic series and after I finished that one I moved on to her others. Thinking back, it seems like I read books over and over again because I can still recall specific details from many of her books. I loved her Heaven series as well. I also devoured the Sweet Valley High series and read most of them. I was fascinated by twins and Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield were the epitome of cool to me.


When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?

I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins for a book report and I didn’t think I would end up liking it but I loved it! Karana was such a tough little cookie.


IMG_1446What is your favourite classic book?

This sounds terrible, but I’m not a huge fan of classic literature. I did love the Great Gatsby, anything from the twenties reels me in, so glamorous and dazzling.




What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last 5 years?

Oohh tough one! I loved Sirens by Jospeh Knox, it was such a crime fiction masterpiece in my opinion.


What book to you think you should read but never get round to?

To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s a travesty that I’ve never read it! I don’t know how I managed to get through high school without reading it?!


What do you consider to be your favourite book ?IMG_1447

I can’t possibly pick just one so I’ll cheat and pick a favorite series. The Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter is amazing. The characterization is astounding, the plot details are intricate and impressively executed, and she’s such a talented writer. Her books are gritty, dark and graphic which are all elements I love in crime fiction.


Is there a book that you have started but been unable to finish?

Sigh, yes. So far this year The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt was one I thought I would like, the premise was intriguing. But it was very slow and it just didn’t hold my attention. I also gave up on the Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice by Ronan Ryan. It’s quirky and I just wasn’t in the right mood I think, but I’m going to try it again later.


511cDkD1VmLIf you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you?
Hmm something long I think. Maybe Stephen Kings 11/22/63 and maybe a chick lit to keep it lighthearted, probably a Kristan Higgins, all of her books are great. They’re like comfort food for me.



Kindle or Book?

Kindles are so convenient but nothing beats an actual book.

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Hi, I am an avid reader and have been all my life. I put it down to being an only child and having a teacher for a mum. The idea of this blog is to share my passion for reading and review new and upcoming books as well as those that may have been out for several years. I also review on Twitter @Bookliterat

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