We need to talk about books! #3

This week I have the pleasure of catching up with Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops, where she writes about books, writing, parenting and living with a chronic illness.

Are your bookshelves a ‘work in progress’ like mine or are they clearly and systematically organised? Tell us a little bit about your method if you have one.

My book shelves are a work in progress at the minute, they have a definite order but I am in need of another bookcase as I have too many to fit on the ones I have right now. Once I get my new bookcase I will be rearranging them. I am tempted to organise by colour as it looks so pretty, but I just can't because I don't want to split up series.

Apart from books, what is to be found on your bookshelves?

Bookish candles, art prints with quotes, bookmarks, woodmarks and any other book related things I have bought.

What do you do with books once you’ve read them?

I keep all of them because I often reread books.

Tell me more about re-reading books…

Yes, I usually reread earlier books in a series just before the later books are released and I reread the All Souls Trilogy each year, starting with the real time read in September (and each year I cheat and read ahead!)

Have you ever read or started reading a book only to realise that you had already read it… and it wasn’t a planned re-read?

No, I have a pretty good memory when it comes to the books I have read. There are some books I would love to 'forget' and read again for the very first time!

What is the prettiest book to be found in your current TBR pile?

Oh there are so many too choose from, I think the cover for Children of Blood and Bone is really striking and beautiful and the edition I have has stained red pages, so it's probably that one.

If you take physical books on holiday with you, how do you choose them?

I choose too many and take them safely in my booksleeve so they don't get damage. I also take my kindle too in case I run out of books.

Do you take a book with you whenever you go out, just in case?

Yes, I have the kindle app on my phone so I have emergency books just in case!

How do you feel about lending books to friends?

I don't lend my books out, mainly because people don't want to damage my books when the borrow them, even my mum buys her own copies rather than borrow mine!

I take it that you are not a ‘spine bender’ then!

Spines must be pristine! I can't stand the thought of bend spines... or worse pages with the corner turned over!

Do you write in books, do you use sticky notes for your comments or something like that?

I do not write in books, I usually keep notes in a notebook with page references.

If you have a partner, do they love reading too? If they do, do you have the same taste in books? If they don’t, have you ever tried to convert them?

My husband reads more sci fi than me, and I lean towards fantasy. We do read some of the same books and we both love Harry Potter and All Souls.

Have you ever met an author? How did it go?

As a child I met David Bellamy who wrote one of my favourite books when I was a child, it was called How Green Are You? and it was about making sure you were as kind to the environment as possible. He was amazing and he signed my copy of the book and drew a little doodle in it.

If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?

Fantasy, definitely.

And that was my last question for you. Thank you so much for joining me today!

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