Friday Key Chain @UK_Booklover

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.

Hello, My name is Tiff and I am a book-a-holic! I live in the Midlands and work as a Library and Information Assistant in a public library. I am studying for a BSc (Econ) in Information and Library Science at Aberystwyth University. When I’m not reading, or working, or studying I enjoy yoga, gardening, and travelling. I tweet often @UK_Booklover and blog reviews on Literally Addictive.

What is your favourite bookshop?

My favourite bookshop is Barter Books (@BarterBooks) in Alnwick, Northumberland. It is a reader’s paradise and well worth the journey north. The used bookshop is housed in the old Victorian railway station and is an Aladdin’s cave. I spent hours in there and spent a small fortune! Imagine open fires, homemade cake and a model railway running around the whole shop! Barter Books is also the home of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster, discovered in an auction lot.

THE SAVAGESWhat is your favourite book published by Hot Key Books?

My favourite Hot Key book (so far) is THE SAVAGES by Matt Whyman. Fantastic characters and laugh-out-loud moments, its a book you really want to get your teeth into!

What is your favourite childhood book?

It is really hard to choose my favourite childhood book, I had so many! The first book I remember was a rhyming picture book called THE PONY TWINSs – Dapper and Gay who escaped their paddock and went on an adventure. I still have it though its a bit worse for wear now. When I was older I re-read GOODNIGHT MR. TOM and THE SILVER SWORD over and over. I also LOVED the LITTLE HOUSE series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and L. M. Montgomery’s ANNE books. There are more but I’d better stop there!

Tell us about your favourite bookmark.

My favourite bookmark is a homemade pressed flower bookmark I made when I was at Brownies. Growing up, we had a lovely garden but years later our house and garden were demolished and we had to move. Looking at the flowers brings back so many happy childhood memories.

What is one of your bad reading habits?

One of my bad reading habits is having too many books on the go at any one time. On my Kindle, in my locker at work, on my bedside table, in my handbag… you get the idea. Thankfully I have a good memory and can keep up but I do feel a little unfaithful!

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

This is a tough one…any book character? Umm…Anne Shirley. She is such a feisty girl…dreamy but strong, confident, impassioned and smart. She also ends up with Gilbert Blythe *swoon* and not forgetting that red hair…just don’t call her carrots! Good old PEI would be a lovely part of the world to live in. I see similarities between me and Anne, I’m always finding scope for imagination, am quite independent and up until the age of 5, I had bright red hair!

13555073What type of book would you like to read more of in the future?

Working in a Public Library I come across book of all genres but for some reason seem to avoid the Horror genre. Basically I am a big scaredy cat but I feel I should toughen up as I seem to be missing out on some great books. I did read LOCKWOOD & CO last year and LOVED it – even though some of the ghostly goings on were quite vivid and chilling. Its something I’m working on.

How do you organise your bookshelves?

As I said I work in a library so it is strict alphabetical for fiction and Dewey Decimal for the non-fic (as far as I can remember it). I have a few signed copies of books which I keep on a small bookcase in my bedroom (again alphabetically). You know what they say, you can take the girl out of the library…

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

Only one? It would be BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM by Kate Atkinson. I don’t know what made me pick this book up but once I had I couldn’t put it down. Its a real no-holes-barred depiction of family life. It is rich, vivid and completely absorbing. It really took me by surprise so I would hope it would do that for others.

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

My favourite person to follow for book news and recommendations is Trip Fiction (not an actual person but an organisation). As I said I love to travel but if I can’t be somewhere in person, I read about it! My last holiday was to Paris and I read a lot of fiction and non-fiction before I went. While there I was reading UNDERGROUND TIME by Delphine De Vigan on the Metro which was so good I missed the Metro stop I needed! Trip Fiction are great – they regularly tweet new additions to their extensive database of book locations and whether I’m going away or staying in, I can travel the world with their recommendations. So thanks @Trip Fiction!

Thanks to Tiff for participating in the Friday Key Chain. You can follow her on Twitter @UK_Booklover and on her blog Literally Addictive.