Today on Chuck A Book, I am pleased to welcome the lovely Laure Eve. Laure is a publicist at Hatchette Books but will soon be a debut author with Hot Key Books. Laure’s book Fearsome Dreamer will be published in October and personally I can’t wait!!!
1) The best book you have ever read.
This is such a hard question to answer, actual tears spring to my eyes at the thought. It would depend on my mood on any given day, but today I’m going to define ‘best’ as ‘book that affected me the most profoundly’. And that would probably be Elidor by Alan Garner, for all the reasons.
2) A book you loved from your childhood.
Narnia, simply because they were probably the books I re-read the most. And they still transport me – I can read them even now and I feel like a child again, with a heartache longing to live in that world.
3) A book that made you laugh.
I’m going to go with Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. That book made me cry with laughter. In public. It was one of the earliest of his I read and I can still quote whole passages from it.
4) A book you could not finish.
Argh. I may get hissed at disapprovingly for this, but here we go: it was an Anita Blake novel. I actually remember throwing it across my bedroom in disgust. It was the first one I tried and it put me off for life.
5) A book that made you swoon.
This is so deeply unoriginal of me, but it has to be Pride and Prejudice. I was thirteen. It was the scene in Charlotte’s parlour. You know the one. Oh, Darcy. *heart flutter*
6) A book you can’t wait to read.
At the moment, probably The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I fell hard for American Gods and have been waiting for another adult novel of his to affect me so much. This might be the one.
7) A series you have read and loved.
This question made me realise that… well… I don’t really *read* series. BAD LAURE. But even in an alternate universe where I read nothing but series fiction, it would still probably be Stephen King’s The Dark Tower at the top of my list.
8) A book that made you cry.
At the risk of sounding like the world’s biggest fangirl, I’m going to go with The Green Mile by Stephen King. It was ugly crying, too, the kind with sobbing and snot involved. There’s something about unfairness in fiction that really hurts me.
9) Your guilty pleasure book.
When I was younger, I used to think Jilly Cooper was shamefully fun, and I’d probably still enjoy a romp through one of her books.
10) A book that took you out of your comfort zone.
It was American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis. It was so relentless. It was so… mind-blowingly odd and awful, in the best sense of the word. I’d never read anything like that before. All the more interesting, I suppose, that I’ve found all the other books I’ve read by him a bit meh in comparison.
Thank you Laure! I have to admit to being a secret Jilly Cooper fan. Her books got me through my ‘O’ levels.
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