1. What is your favourite book and why?
Oh no. This could be difficult. I'm really loving Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy at the moment, mainly because of its kickass female lead and gorgeous plot loop. I've always adored Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (for no particular reason at all) and I currently have a love/hate relationship with Wuthering Heights (gorgeous imagery, faltering ethics). Overall though, I've fallen for The Firebrand by Marion Zimmerman Bradley. It's a superb re-telling of the Fall of Troy, complete with gods, symbolism, death and fabulous female leads.
2. All of these seem pretty awesome, and it's good to see a couple of classics thrown in there. The next question is, what is a book you cried in?
As a rule, I generally avoid sad books. They're not fun, and melancholy isn't a good look on me. But, like most, I fell into the trap of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. While I can't say I regret my decision to read it (despite how far it was out of my comfort zone genre-wise), I can't lie about how much I bawled, like seriously, if you plan on reading this, don't expect a happy ending. Please. Don't.
3. Already read it. Did not expect happy ending. Was correct. There were tears. So, how about a book you laughed in?
I honestly spent around twenty minutes trying to think of a funny book that I've read recently, to absolutely no success. Perhaps I'm just not a very funny person. Regardless, please don't come to me for funny book recommendations.
4. Maybe I'll have to lend you a few... Now, in honour of the LilyJudgesBooksByTheirCovers blogs, what is your favourite book cover?
Easy. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: it's simple and plenty gorgeous (this book is also one of my many loves). Other favourite book covers (because come on, we all love pretty books) include books by Maria V. Snyder (her works are an acquired taste, the covers definitely making it easier) and Patrick Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicles.
5. All very pretty. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?
The last book I successfully read: hmmm... It's a toss up between Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, which I read at the same time. Wuthering Heights was lovely to analyse (ecofeminism galore) but the subject matter and certain characters (cough - Heathcliff- cough) made it a bit difficult to stomach. All in all, I enjoyed this book purely for its subtext; if you love longing descriptions of landscape and the equivocation of women and nature, this is for you.
I'll admit, despite loving Cassandra Clare's other series, The Mortal Instruments, I had my doubts about The Infernal Devices--I've never really gotten into historical fiction.Yet the first novel in this trilogy is pretty amazing, in fact, I would go as far as saying I enjoyed it more than her previous novels. Combining features of history (impractical dresses and an abundance of Victorian propriety) with the fictional aspects of her Shadowhunter world, Clare creates a world of intrigue and danger, strong women in ball gowns, steampunk and powerful tattoos. As always, I can't go past any of Clare's novels without mentioning my favourite character: Magnus Bane. Occupying a minor part of this story line, Magnus Bane's narrative plays out in the background of this novel, keeping a constant, glamorous presence. I would definitely recommend this novel, series, and author to anybody with a hankering for the supernatural, Victorian England, and/or witty personalities.