A little book Q and A for you this Monday morning.
-What is the last great book you read? I had a look back at my Good Reads Reading Challenge for this year and the last book I read which I really really loved was Who's That Girl by Mhari McFarlane. This reminds me I must pick up more of her books because I love her writing.
-What book have you gifted the most? I actually rarely gift books as they're such a personal thing/people have different tastes than me so it's a bit of a risk. I guess I'm yet to find a book which I feel worthy to gift to someone.
-What's your favourite independent bookshop? That would have to be Unity Books in Auckland on High Street. There aren't actually that many independent bookshops I know of but this one is always there for me without a doubt. It's a small store so it's cute and cosy.
-What's been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow Booktuber)? This one has got to be Everyday Sexism after Jean from Bookish Thoughts recommended this one on her channel. It's made me read more about feminism and I'm grateful for that.
-What's your favourite bookshop memory? This is a bit odd, but picking a book in an airport before every holiday me and family go on. It's become a little bit of a tradition (or habit) to pick up some reading material courtesy of my parents.
-What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them? I love physically searching through books to find a gem. Online shopping is convenient but the atmosphere of a cosy bookstore is way better and you can stumble across reads you would have never thought to pick up. I love the old look bookstores can have and the history they can have sometimes.
-What are the books that made you? What books have most affected or influenced you?
I think the young adult books which were quirky and different and raised important issues. It gave me faith that young adult books can be incredibly useful and helpful for teens and older. I think Holly Bourne has really shown me that books can involve feminism + female friendships and be exciting. As for a specific book, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart really affected me and gave me faith that young adult books can be cool and interesting without the final outcome being love. This is what keeps me interested in YA.
-What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile? I don't have this book right now however if I did it would be right at the top. It's How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne. I can put my trust in Holly Bourne and say this is going to be a fantastic book.