Friday Key Chain is a feature on our blog where we introduce you to some of our most active twitter followers. We love people who want to get involved and we figured that this would be a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Ellie and I am officially too old to read young adult but unofficially love them! Actually I love all sorts of books, they’re the best entertainment you can get. I live by the sea in Bournemouth, am a self-proclaimed geek and spend my days breaking software. I like dinosaurs and a have a t-shirt addiction. I have been blogging for over 2 years now and have met some amazing people who are completely on my wave-length. Which is reassuring. Book lovers are the best.
What is your favourite book shop?
Am I allowed a second hand one? The Crooked Book in Bournemouth is full of knick-knacks (that you can buy) and an old piano with sheet music, there are home-made cakes and tea and sometimes they have live music in there. Oh yeah, and the books; it’s so much fun to riffle through the shelves as you’ll never know what they’ll have. Although I am too short to reach the highest shelves.
What is your favourite book published by Hot Key books?
PAPER AEROPLANES by Dawn O’Porter; I loved the nostalgic 90s setting and the realism of it. It’s interesting to remember a world before smartphones and social media! It seems so long ago.
What is your favourite childhood book?
I was a pony mad child, so if it had a horse in it, I was there. I especially loved the JINNY books by Patricia Leitch set in the Highlands of Scotland. I have fond memories of hunting through charity shops for them with my mum.
Tell us about your favourite bookmark.
I tend to just grab whatever’s to hand for a bookmark, train tickets, receipts…but I do have a zombie book stats one that I quite like. I have even been known to stick my Kindle in the pages of a paper book to keep my place.
What is one of your bad reading habits?
I struggle reading long books because I keep thinking how many other books I could be getting through in the same amount of time. It’s pretty unfair on the long book! I find it easier to break them up into smaller chunks but then I forget about them completely. Oops. I did impress myself by getting through A GAME OF THRONES this year though.
If you could swap lives with any book character, who would you choose and why?
OCTOBER DAYE from Seanan McGuire’s books because I have a huge crush on Tybalt. That’s a valid reason right? Plus she is kick-ass half-fae.
What type of book would you like to read more of in the future?
More science-fiction for young adults with a scientific basis. I think dystopia has been done to death (though I still enjoy it), so it would be great to see a future that hasn’t fallen to bits explored more.
How do you organise your bookshelves?
Hah, I don’t! I love colour co-ordinated bookcases and starting to try that out but I only managed to do one yellow shelf before I got bored. I have a few genre based shelves and one for the fancy editions but mostly they just go where they fit. Or on the floor in little book cairns. They are a crucial barrier against burglars.
What is one book you would like to recommend to everyone you meet?
I love matching my recommendations to the reader so I’m careful not to force the same book on everyone I meet… probably one of my big young adult recs at the moment is PANTOMIME by Laura Lam, it’s such a brave book and advocates acceptance of those who are different.