Friday Key Chain: @Shannonbookworm

The 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 this is a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Shannon. I’m 18 years old and currently doing my final year of Secondary school in Sligo, Ireland. I have always had a passion for reading but this love for literature increased when I created a book review blog almost two years ago. I hope that when I finish school and college, I can hopefully get a job in publishing as it is my dream job. 

What is your favourite book shop?

One of my favourite book shops is my local Easons. I think that the layout of the store is really easy to navigate and the layout of the books is always very well done. I think the staff are very friendly, which is good as they see me in the shop almost every week! I think it has a great atmosphere. I am just back from a trip in Switzerland, and while I was there I visited a book shop, of course! I don’t recall the name of the shop but I do remember it contained books both in French and English. There was also sections of the store where you could sit and read. It was very cool.

FEARSOME DREAMERWhat is your favourite book published by Hot Key books?

This is a tough question to answer as I think many of my favourite books have been published by Hot Key Books! Some of my favourite HKB books are PAPER AEROPLANES by Dawn O’Porter, BOYS DON’T KNIT by T.S. Easton, FEARSOME DREAMER by Laure Eve and FRIDAY BROWN by Vikki Wakefield. All of those books completely captured my attention and were flawless reads. I really enjoy that there is such a diverse variety of books published by Hot Key Books.

What is your favourite childhood book?

I think my favourite author as a child was Roald Dahl, so it is no surprise my favourite books as a child was THE BFG and THE WITCHES. Both books really entertained me as a child. I loved the rhyming of THE BFG and was so entertained by the twists and turns in THE WITCHES. I have heard rumours that THE WITCHES film is going to be remade. If that is true, I am very excited for it!

BookmarksTell us about your favourite bookmark.

I went to london last year with my family and we went to the Warner Bros. The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour and I picked up the bookmark on the left. I love it because it’s not too wide or thin and the colour goes with many book covers. The next two Harry Potter ones I picked up in a local bookshop and I love them because of the rounded edges and the tassle that hangs over the book. The one on the right was a gift, and I love it because it is a magnet that clips onto the page and doesn’t fall out of your book.

What is one of your bad reading habits?

When I was younger I used to dog ear the book pages…I know, I am ashamed. Thankfully I grew out of that habit. Now I think one of my worst is starting book series and never finishing them. I started reading the LUXE series by Anna Godberson in 2008 and only completed it in 2013. Another would be buying more books when I have so many already on my shelf unread. I own over 130 books and I think maybe 40 of those are unread! Oops…

If you could swap lives with any book character, who would you choose and why?

Definitely Georgia Nicholson from the CONFESSIONS OF GEORGIA NICHOLSON series by Louise Rennison. I think that she is such a funny character who always gets into crazy but fun situations. Her friends are very funny and also she always has some sort of romance / love triangle going on!

Paper AeroplanesWhat type of book would you like to read more of in the future?

I feel that contemporary is becoming very popular so far in 2014. I don’t read a lot of contemporary but what I have read is very good. I’d love to read more books like that, more books that are a little more “real” than the dystopian I’m used to reading. Books like PAPER AEROPLANES by Dawn O’Porter, FORGIVE ME LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick  and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky are some of my favourite contemporary novels.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

I don’t really know how to describe the organisation of my shelves as they are in a bit of a mess right now. I try to organise by series and will put books together if they are by the same author. I also have a HARRY POTTER & TWILIGHT shelf as they are the books that made me start to appreciate reading when I was 12. I also have a Jacqueline Wilson shelf of all the books I bought as a child. I’ve always wanted to try the rainbow shelves idea but I think i prefer all my series being together.

Game_of_thronesWhat is one book you would like to recommend to everyone you meet?

A GAME OF THRONES by George RR Martin. Although the book is not for young reader, maybe 16 +, the book packs a powerful punch. For lovers of fantasy or people who are starting off in the fantasy genre, this is the book you need to read. It’s full of amazing characters, strong female characters, action, adventure and a vivid setting. The Tv show is also good, but I would recommend reading the book first.

Who is your favourite person to follow for book reviews or news?

I think YouTube is a great place for finding out about books and watching reviews. I do really enjoy Sanne’s videos as they give you a clear insight into her thoughts which she articulates well. I also like Ariel Bissett‘s videos and Raeleen of Padfootandprongs07. CassJayTuck is also a favourite if I want to see someone fangirl over their favourite book. For book related news I find BuzzFeedBooks on twitter very helpful and Goodreads.

Thanks to Shannon for participating in the Friday Key Chain. You can follow her on her blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and Instagram.
She also read and reviewed NO & ME by Delphine de Vigan while we were reading it for the Hot Key Book Club! You can read her review here.