I am completely devoid of inspiration at the moment, so let’s nick some questions from the Books That Made Me in The Guardian.
The book I am currently reading:
- Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
- The Seventh Manson by Maryse Meijer – both of these books require quite a lot of concentration, so I’m tackling them a little bit at a time.
- The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories – I’m about halfway though this stinking collection. Really terrifying.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo – For my work book club. It’s eye-opening.
The book that changed my life:
I had a couple of periods in my late teens/early twenties where I didn’t really read. But at uni I picked up Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk, which reminded me how exciting books can be. And similarly, when on a solo vacation at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I bought and read Emma Donohue’s Room, which reminded me that a book can often be the best possible companion.
The book I think is most underrated:
I recently read Christina Henry’s Lost Boy, an origin story for Captain Hook, and it was just so good. Henry’s book, Alice, seems to be lauded as her best, but I thought it was a little formulaic. Lost Boy, however, is just fucking magic.
I really enjoyed Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, and it seemed like it was going to be a massive success. Deepa Anappara’s writing is incredibly engaging.
The book that changed my mind:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. There’s a particular section that made me realize I need to be a little kinder to myself.
The last book that made me cry:
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd. I won’t spoil it, but there’s a really special relationship in that book. I wept.
The last book that made me laugh:
The sheer audacity of a couple of stories from Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories have made me laugh in a “WTF?!” kind of way. Notably Medium Rare, and The Clinic.
The book I’m ashamed not to have read:
Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice. I wouldn’t say I’m ashamed that I haven’t read them, but I’m probably doing the authors a disservice by not doing so.
The book I give as a gift:
I only usually give books to children, and it’s always something by Roald Dahl. Revolting Rhymes is a particular favorite.
My earliest reading memory:
Reading a comic of the UK kid’s TV show Rainbow.
My comfort read:
The short stories of Daphne duMaurier, and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. It will surprise no one to know I find comfort in horror.