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My thanks to Rebbie Reviews for tagging me in the Meet the Blogger book tag – and to Bibliomavens as the original creator of the tag.

Do check out Rebbie’s answers and consider giving her a follow.

Anyway, here are the all-important rules:

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Use the same questions from the tag.
  • Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you

Meet the Blogger Book Tag

Questions

Who is your all-time favourite book character?

"I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing."

Dr. Bernard Rieux of Albert Camus’s The Plague (which is, coincidentally my favourite book).

Rieux is a doctor caring for people in the Algerian port town of Oran, following the outbreak of a deadly plague.

He’s a rational humanist icon, shunning the various loony factions of Oran proclaiming the plague to be a punishment for their sins, or the plague-deniers we’ve all become quite familiar with during COVID times.

Love this guy. He’s my top boy.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

Really simple answer – The Lord of the Rings!

It’s epic, highly re-readable, and beautifully written.

Besides, all of my editions of The Lord of the Rings include the all three books – winning at life!

What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

Super lengthy books (700+) are usually a sign of poor editing, rather than complex writing.

What’s your weirdest bookish habit?

I dog-ear books* so that I can find my favourite passages more easily at a later date.

#SorryNotSorry

* I will never do this to another person’s book – just my own!

What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?

Marian Halcombe of The Woman in White, hands down.

She’s witty, gives zero flips, and is one of the strongest female characters in fiction, let alone Victorian literature.

Number one Marian Halcombe fanboy right here.

Check this out 👇

"‘our endurance must end, and our resistance must begin, to-day. That mark is a weapon to strike him with.’"

Marian Halcombe, The Woman in White Share

What made you decide to start a book blog?

In March 2020, I was placed on the UK Government furlough scheme. 

I work in marketing and wanted to work on my digital marketing skills such as running a website, measuring SEO & analytics, and so on.

I spent some time researching hosting, web security, best practices, and all of the behind-the-scenes things and finally launched TfA in early April, 2020.

I used to run a sports blog called Baseline Sport (yep, it’s still live!) whilst I was at university. It gave me the blogging buzz, but I hadn’t done enough research to make a proper success of it.

These days I’m a more accomplished writer, and combining my marketing experience with my love for books – it just made sense!

What about reading and books do you love the most?

Whilst I do enjoy the escapism offered by books, the main thing I look for is perspective.

Experiencing lives I’ll never live… visiting places I’ll likely never visit (especially the fictional ones!), and expose myself to points of view I’d either not considered or do not agree with. 

It keeps you honest.

What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?

I hold a Master’s in English Literature and now work in marketing as a content marketer! Essentially, this means that I write words that make clever people sound even more clever!

My dream is to work in marketing for the RSPCA or either of the two phenomenal book-related charities; The National Literacy Trust and BookTrust. All three do amazing work – do consider supporting and following them.

What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?

Somewhat suspicious of it being ‘a bit too YA’ , I was quite resistant to read The Hunger Games at first, but a friend gave me a copy and I devoured it in one sitting! (The only other book I’ve read in one sitting since The Great Gatsby).

My father-in-law also recommended Andy Weir’s The Martian, and whilst it took me a while to pick up a copy and read it, it’s easily the best sci-fi book I’ve ever read.

What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?

The Sound Mirror – it’s somewhat of a running joke that myself and author Stu Hennigan are on commission for getting people to buy it (we aren’t!)

It was my 2020 Book of the Year and easily one of the best books I’ve read in years.

Get a copy – I’m not shilling; it’s just genuinely phenomenal.

Even if you haven’t been tagged in this Meet the Blogger Book Tag, feel free to give it a go and post a link to your answers below!

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