Friday, 30 August 2013

Desert Island Books August Takeover - Part 10!

Happy Friday! We're coming to the end of August and end of the Summer holidays but do not fear we still have a few more Desert Island Books to keep you going!


As it's Friday I've got another double dose of bloggers today! We've got Samina and Hannah answers our grueling desert island questions today!


Take it away, Samina!

 
1.  If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

Do I really have to chose one book? One and only book? Is choosing my Kindle allowed? I’m only joking.
 If I’m allowed only one book to take with me to a deserted Island I’d take Shadow Fever by Karen Marie Moning. It is one of my favourite Urban Fantasy series and the story never gets old for me. The plot and characters are both complex and layered  and each time I read it, I discover a new dimension to a character or a situation. It’s a long book with a story and characters which make you personally invested in their welfare and that never ending curiosity as to what will happen next.

2.  You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?

Even if I love Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series the author I’d like to get stranded with is Ilona Andrews. They are a husband and wife writing duo who have written the wonderful (also one of my favourite Urban Fantasy Series of all times) the Kate Daniel’s Series. Not only are these guys incredibly talented but also have this natural sense of humour which screams ‘We don’t take ourselves too seriously’ which shines through their writing. Even their blog is funny and every time I find myself feeling the blues I read one of their books which instantly cheers me up. I’m pretty sure this writing duo will be able to make any dire situation, included being washed up on a deserted Island a light hearted  and fun experience.

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

Now, this question is interesting. As this is only fantasy and not real I can be tongue in cheek and ask if it is possible to get the next Kate Daniel’s Manuscript as soon as it is sent to their editor. I won’t try any other bank handed techniques on them like threatening or hypnotism. I’ll play nice, I promise.

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?

I just realised all fictional world that I’d like to go would be rather dangerous to travel. However if I have to choose, it would be Japan. I have always wanted to visit Japan but after recently reading Ink by Amanda sun and her beautiful portrayal of modern Japan and it’s inadvertent ties to its past, blending into this beautiful mish-mash of old and new which is both futuristic and rustic.

Samina's blog is called Escapism from Reality and the blog url is www.escapismfromreality.blogspot.com
Her Twitter handle is @Escapismfanatic and my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/EscapismFromReality

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Here's another one! We have Hannah to tell us her answers!

1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

One book.. for the whole Summer.. just one book.. Why doesn't the Harry Potter Omnibus exist yet? ;) Hmm.. Maybe Lord of the Rings. It's long enough to last a little while, and there's enough in there to keep me enjoying it even after a couple of re-reads.

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?

Patrick Rothfuss! I love The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear (adult epic fantasies for those who haven't heard of him yet). They are brilliant fantasy novels. As for the man himself, after following his blog a little and seeing him on a few YouTube videos, I'm confident he'd also be great company. He has quite the sense of humour and comes across as charismatic and enjoyable company.

3.What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

"Can you teach me how to play Dungeons & Dragons?" I've always wanted to try it! I'm a massive fantasy geek, and I know he's quite big into D&D. What better way to spend a Summer stuck on an island than pretending you're an Elf set to save the world from dragons.. in dungeons..?

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?

"Back to Hogwarts, please." I know, I'm way past the entrance age but imagine being able to enter the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry!!

Check out Hannah's blog here: http://onceuponatime.jaedia.net/
And her twitter is: @jaediasrantpage

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Desert Island Books August Takeover - Part 9!


Today we are joined by Amber for Part 9 of our Desert Island books takeover!!

1.         If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

I would bring Falling Hard by Megan Sparks because it’s a fun light-hearted read that I wouldn’t get bored of.  If I was stranded on a desert island for the summer I can imagine I would be pretty annoyed, so that book would hopefully cheer me up a bit!

2.         You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?

I have a few favourite authors but I’d have to pick Cathy Cassidy. I’ve met her a few times and she’s lovely, and it would definitely be more fun because we would probably make bracelets and eat chocolate and write. ^_^

3.      What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

“Has your dog ever eaten your manuscript?” …I’m joking! I’d probably ask who her favourite author is and if her writing style is similar to theirs.

4.      You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?

Yay! I would want it to take me home, but we would take a bit of a detour first. How about Los Angeles? I’ve always wanted to go there and see the sights! And then it could take me to Hogwarts…and then District 12, although not for long. Then finally, it could drop me off at home. :)

Amber's links: Facebook (facebook.com/themilelongbookshelf), Twitter (twitter.com/milelongbooks), Blog (www.themilelongbookshelf.com). 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Desert Island Books August Takeover - Part 8!

Today Tyler Rose is stranded on our island with only one book!



Here's what she has to say:



1.   If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why? 
I suppose I can't cheat here and bring my Kobo? Didn't think so... If I had to choose one book to read and re-read I'd choose... John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Why? Because it doesn't matter how many times I re-read it (which is a lot!) I love it the same each time!

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)? - As of right now, I'd want Jennifer L Armentrout to wash up on desert island. Why? Because then she'd finally take a break from writing the amount of books she does! And secondly, because I can then ask alllll of the questions I'd want to ask ;) By now, I'd have scooped up all the supplies on the island, so I can bribe her to answer my questions with fruit! Haha.

3.What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?
 HOW?! How do you write as many stories as you do!? I don't understand!

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)? 
In the real world: Back to my boyfriend! Because I'm sure he'd look after me if I'd been stranded some where for a few months! In fiction: I'd probably want to go to Hogwarts, but I'm too old... So just that world in general - I'm sure I can fake being a wizard - Besides, I still look 12!! (I think!)



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Desert Island Books Takeover Part 7!

Welcome back to the last week of August! Hope you've had a lovely bank holiday - what did you read? Summer's end is quickly approaching (very sad!) but never fear we've still got out desert island books to keep the sun shining! As a treat today we've even got a double feature! You lucky lot! Both Erin and Marjolein are in the desert island hotspot today, so check out their answers!



Erin Taylor

1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

I would probably say Heart on a Chain by Cindy C. Bennett. It;s my most re-read book. I never get tired of it. It's such a sweet book, full of the feels.

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you - who would it be (and why)?
I'm always discovering new favourite authors, currently it would be Laini Taylor. I would want to pick her brain to find out how she writes so lyrically, and her inspiration for Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

3. What would be the ultimate question you'd love to ask them?
I would want a spoiler, because I'm a spoiler freak. I'd want to know if Karou and Akiva get their happy ending.

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you... Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?
I would say Morganville, setting of the Morganville Vampires. After being stuck on a desert island, I won't want to see sand for a while.I'd want to meet Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane.



Marjolein:


1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

I think it would be Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok. I have read this book over and over again and it is still my favorite

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?

I have a few favorite authors, but I would pick Kathryn Stockett . I was blown away by her book The Help!

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

I would ask her what her next writing project is, and what inspired her to write it. Will it be something similar to The Help or completely different?

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?

Definately New York! Since I can remember it's my dream to visit NYC, so the boat would definately take me there.






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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Desert Island Books August Takeover - Part 6

Wouldn't it be lovely, on such a wet and miserable bank holiday weekend, to be stranded on a hot desert island with a book?

We thought so, so welcome to the 6th part of Desert Island Books August takeover!
And it's Andrew's turn!


1.                   If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?
Just one book... now, that's hard. It would have to be a thick book. A book I love and would like to reread... I think, in this current moment, I would go for the complete His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I'm pretty certain there's a volume that contains all three books so I would go for that. And why? The story is awesome, I adore Mrs Coulter (even though I'm meant to despise her), I would love to reread it. Plus, as the book is SO HEAVY, I could use it to kill any bugs that scare the jeepers out of me!



2.                   You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?
JK ROWLING!!! I just adore the woman. I don't think I need to say more than that, do I?

3.                   What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?
Now, onto the hard question. I have so many over the world of Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy! Why Lupin and Tonks? Why didn't Luna and Neville get together? Why did Ginny let Harry name their children THOSE names? The history of Hogwarts itself? When are we getting the Harry Potter Encyclopaedia (sorry, Pottermore doesn't count and, to me, it will always be the Scottish Book)? How did you cope with fame? So many! But, I think, I would ask about her opinion on evil. I would ask her if she believes Voldermort was evil from birth (because he was conceived under a love potion) or if he became evil over a period of time and, if so, could he have redeemed himself in some way?

4.                   You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?
HURRAY!!! AM SAVED!!! But... now this is a 50/50 choice. If I could go somewhere fictional, I would ask to go to Hogwarts. Because... it's HOGWARTS!!! But I would considered long and hard about going to New York. I adore New York and the only time I went, I loved the city. I have such wonderful memories of it (though there was a LOT of Starbucks Coffeeshops from what I remember), but I think I would choose Hogwarts first and see what the captain (and JK Rowling) would say...



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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Desert Island Books - August Takeover Part 5!

Much Loved Books

Michelle from Much Loved Books is stranded on our island today and is ready to answer our questions!

1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?
Technically you didn’t specify what type of book, so I’m going to give two answers, my cheating answer would be my iPad with a solar powered charger that way I would have hundreds of books at my fingertips and could spend time lazing in the shade while I read.  My real answer is The Lord of the Rings, three books in one. (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/340381.The_Lord_of_the_Rings).  I would bring this book as Tolkien is one of my all time favourite authors and this book would keep me entertained for a while and I would never get bored of reading it.

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?
My favourite author would be David Eddings.  Along with Tolkien, Eddings is one of my all time favourite authors, and he was partly responsible for me getting the reading bug back when I was younger.  I originally borrowed his Malloreon series off my Nan, and soon found myself begging for the previous part of this series, the Belgariad.

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?
My serious question is.. How did you come up with the inspiration and ideas behind such a complex world you have built?  My not so serious question is So how do you plan on getting us off this island?

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?
After spending so long on a roasting hot desert island my one and only destination would be to go somewhere cold, preferably with lots of snow like the Alps, Lapland, Alaska…you get the picture.



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Twitter:https://twitter.com/MuchLovedBooks



Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Desert Island Books - August Takeover Part 4

Welcome to Part 4 of Desert Island Books! Have you decided what your answers would be yet? Leave a comment below or tweet us - you never know you might have the same choice as one of our other bloggers (you'll have to fight them for it!)






The lovely Barmy Bex is with us today for her Desert Island Books - see what she has to say:


1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?
Well I'm going to cheat a little bit here, but it's technically one book! It would be my 'Chronicles of Narnia' by C.S. Lewis as it has all 7 books in one binding. I love those books, they are so magical and really make me fall in love with the whole world every time I read them. They would let me escape and forget my troubles and pass the days.


2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?
Wow, that's a question! So many awesome authors I would love to meet. J.K Rowling would be a popular option, but I think I would actually say Malorie Blackman. She is such an incredible author, and of course is now the Children's Laureate and stands for so many amazing campaigns and initiatives, you can really tell that she cares about what she does. And I would love to talk to her about her writing. Noughts and Crosses is one of my all time favourite books.

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?
The ultimate question I would ask her would be, goodness this is a hard one... "What are your plans for the future?"

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?
If the boat picked me up, I think I would ask it to take me to Hogwarts. I would love to go there, walk the corridors, explore the classrooms, meet the characters, venture into the Forest, have a flying lesson and go to Hogsmead. Would be incredible. I'm still waiting for my acceptance letter...

Got any questions for Becky about her answers? Ask her here:

Her blog is http://beckysbarmybookblog.blogspot.com
Her twitter is @Barmy_Bex

Monday, 19 August 2013

Desert Island Books Takeover - Part 3!

Welcome to Part 3 of our Desert Island Books Takeover!
This time we've asked the lovely Arianne to answer our questions! Do you agree with her choices?



Arianne currently guest blogs freelance at a couple of different blogs, but you can find her most often at Daisy Chain Book Reviews, run by the amazing Leanna: http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.ie/
and you can find her on Twitter @Ariannebooklove: https://twitter.com/Ariannebooklove

  
1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

Talk about a tough opener! I am notoriously bad at naming my favourite books. The Lord of the Rings would certainly keep me fit on the island if I had to keep lugging it around and I really love Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I'd choose Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. It has the most stunning story and when I read about Andi's battle, I feel like I can overcome anything. 

2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?

Now I have to choose people as well as books? Oh dear! Initially I was going to say Claire Hennessy, a brilliant Irish author who published most of her nine books before she was out of her teens, but I think that would be cheating as I've actually asked her a few questions about writing in the past! Seriously though, it'd have to be Jennifer E. Smith. I love her characterization and writing style. I also think she'd be a really fun person to be washed up on an island  with!

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

I would definitely have trouble sticking with one question, but if I had to I would love to ask Jennifer about how her books come together. I've always been interested in the first-draft-to-editing process and I think that's where you know if the style and story are really working. 

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?



I'm not even going to try and hide my cheating with this one. The boat would take me to the TARDIS, from which I would visit Paris, Hogwarts and every Book Expo America from here to eternity, via Renaissance Italy and a day trip to Ancient Egypt - in that order.


(Hey, if you'd been stuck on a desert island for months, you'd want to spoil yourself too!)

Friday, 16 August 2013

Desert Island Book - August Takeover, Part 2!



Welcome back and for those of you who have just joined us, welcome to Part 2 of our August Desert Island Books takeover!
We're getting in the summer spirit and hoping for a heatwave by imagining ourselves on a (beautiful, hot) desert island and asked some of our lovely bloggers to answer some fun questions all about their desert island books!

This time we have Pamela answering the questions for us!



1. If you were stranded on a desert island for the summer and you were only allowed one book, which would you bring with you and why?

 I would bring with me The Nanny by Melissa Nathan. This has been my 'comfort blanket' book since the first time I read it and fell completely in love with it's charm. The Nanny is light-hearted, funny, flirty, romantic - the perfect beach read. Every time I read it I discover something else about it that I love, so it would keep me well occupied all by myself on a desert island. 




2. You discover that your favourite author has washed up ashore with you – who would it be (and why)?
Woohoo! Company! And it's in the shape of...gosh, this is really hard...couldn't, like, a writers' cruise sink and there's loads of them on my island? No? Okay...aha! It's Maria V. Snyder. Perfect. My favourite writer changes with the seasons. But Maria V. Snyder has consistently produced books that I cannot put down. She has that rare talent of utterly drawing you into her worlds and forgetting reality. When I'm interrupted reading one of her books, I have to blink as the fantasy world dissolves and the real one comes into focus.

3. What would be the ultimate question you’d love to ask them?

The ultimate questions has to be...would you read me the third Avry novel?

4. You see a boat in the distance coming to rescue you… Where would you want it to take you and why (it can be anywhere, real or fiction)?
At last! Salvation has come for me and Maria V. Snyder. Our boat has set sail for home, because really, there's no place, fantasy or real, like home. But of course we detour to a bookshop, because I dread to think how many new releases I missed being stranded on that island. 

And here are the links to Pamela's blog and Twitter:



Did you enjoy Pamela's answers? Well we've still got a great selection of bloggers with equally fab and fun answers waiting to share with you, so don't go away!