This evening I welcome fellow blogger Sam from Clues and Reviews to discuss books that she has loved in A Life in Books.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I’m Sam, the blogger behind Clues and Reviews. By day, I am a teacher and by night, I read mystery, suspense and thriller titles. Anything crime fiction? I’ll read it! Besides reading, I enjoy trying to take selfies with my dog (who is un-cooperative) and baking.
1. What was you favourite book from childhood?
My first memory of really loving a book was Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews. My mom bought me a copy from a used bookstore when I was eight. My grandmother almost had a heart attack when she caught me reading it!
2. What type of books did you read as a teenager?
You’d probably be surprised to know that I loved any sort of teenage romance; if it had a title with a pun in it and a geeky girl who was in love with the popular boy, I was probably reading it.
3. When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?
Night by Elie Wiesel. I am a history geek and have always been fascinated by human survival stories so this one really got under my skin; it was has always been one of my favourites to read and to teach. I am always in awe of his story and his ability to forgive.
4. What is your favourite classic book?
Ooh! Good question! I majored in English Literature in University so I have read many a classic. I have always been a huge fan of The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises. I am a huge fan of American expatriate literature. I also love anything by the Southern Gothic writers; Flannery O’Conner, William Faulker.
5. What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last 5 years?
This is a hard question! I have read all kinds of amazing books- especially lately. I think one that I go back to and constantly recommend would be The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I had been in a book slump for a few years after I first stated teaching, I read this one and it reignited my love of reading.
6. What book to you think you should read but never get round to?
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I feel like it is a crime fiction staple but I never have enough time!
7. What do you consider to be your favourite book ?
You know, I couldn’t even answer this question if I tried! Depending on my mood and the time and the year, this would be continuously changing. I do know for sure I am always a fan of Ania Ahlborn books and I love Tess Gerritsen. I also am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series; I re-read them every year at Christmas time. I’d say those are all my favourites.
8. Is there a book that you have started but been unable to finish?
Yes and I always feel so guilty!
9. If you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you?
Lord of the Flies and Robinson Crusoe. Maybe I’d be able to pick up some tips for survival!
10. Kindle or Book?
Book for sure; I love the smell and I’m too scared to bring my kindle into the bathtub!