Time….for your thoughts!

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Simon from Savage Reads challenged us to answer these time related questions, so here are my answers:

What time do you find the best time to read?
I generally read all evening; once my boys are in bed I have a few hours to relax, have a bath and read until it’s time for bed.

What are you spending time reading right now?

Gone with the Wind is taking up most of my time now. I’m really enjoying it, but the type is tiny!

What’s the best book with time in the title you have read?
The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, I can’t actually think of any others, but as this is in my top 25 I know it is the best.

What is your favourite time (as in era) to read novels based in?
I like reading about periods in history that I know nothing about. The more obscure the country, or time the better.

What book could you read time and time again?
I’m afraid I don’t like reading books more than once, so I’d have to say something like my favourite cook book: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s The River Cottage Meat Book

What recently published book do you think deserves to become a classic in Time?



A Fine Balance (see below) or Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

What book has been your biggest waste of time?
Lord of the Rings – I really tried to like it. I spent months trying to read it, but only made it to the end of Fellowship of the Ring. I’m afraid it just wasn’t for me. 

What big book would you recommend to others to spend time reading if they haven’t?
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children)by Jean Auel is a very big book, but is well worth reading. The research that has gone into this book is phenomenal. If you want to experience what like was life for early man then this book is the best I’ve found.

What’s your favourite read of all time?
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The characters are well drawn, the plot is amazing, and it is packed with emotion. I can still remember is all vividly. Please read it as soon as you can!

Who is your favourite author of all time?
This is a difficult one, as it involves all the books they’ve published. I think it would have to be David Mitchell, as he is one of the few authors I have read, and enjoyed all his books. I can see Sarah Waters or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie joining the list soon though.

I’d love to see your answers to these questions, so if you have the time please have a go, and let Simon know too!


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7 Comments

  1. Sandy says:

    Great answers! I saw this post from Simon, and I really wanted to answer, but I just couldn’t get my head around it. I’m having a busy week so I just had to walk away!

  2. Simon S says:

    Sandy – I am so saddened by this lol, but am sure you can do it whenever you have a spare moment.

    Jackie – loved hearing all your answers and feel the same way about Sarah Waters and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, canno wait for their new books in the autumn!

  3. Beth F says:

    I have to check out your top read. But I’m laughing this morning! LOTR is one of all-time favorites and I really didn’t like the Clan of Cave Bear books — stopped reading after forcing myself through the first two or three!!

    I’m sooooo happy there are lots of book choices and that my friends don’t have to like what I like!

  4. Jackie says:

    Beth – I’m surprised by this as I thought we had similar reading tastes. I wonder what I’ll think of To Say Nothing of the Dog now I know this! I’m looking forward to finding out!

  5. Beth F says:

    Jackie, I thought we had similar tastes too! But I guess we can’t match 100%!

  6. Sandra says:

    What an interesing questionnaire. I enjoyed your answer so much. I rarely read anything twice myself.
    I must put A Fine Balance on my tbr list. I’ve heard several recommendations for it but yours seems to top them all. Thank you. I’d love to do this. I can’t seem to get these things done before everyone’s moved on to other things though. I’m enjoying looking around your blog.

  7. tanabata says:

    Fun questions and answers! I love Sarah Waters and David Mitchell too. I still have The Night Watch and Black Swan Green on my pile unread. I really need to try and get to them this year.

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