1. Okay Jacinta, first question. What is a book that made you cry?
This is a difficult question because I haven’t read a book yet that has made me shed a tear but during The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I was pretty close. Not because a certain person dies ... but because of the way the story is told by some of the most amazing book characters.
I find it almost disturbing that a cancer book can be so hilarious, but this book got the balance between rolling on the floor laughing and crying just perfectly. Hazel is not your average heroine. She's a smart, witty girl who would definitely receive an Oscar for being so entertaining if she wasn't fictional.
2. That book is so sad! I swear that no one can finish that book feeling happy. I know I sobbed for about one hundred pages… Next question, what is a book that made you laugh?
Just Shocking by Australian author Andy Griffiths. In fact not just Just Shocking but the entire Just series, particularly this one though because it includes "101 Really Dangerous Things" and "The Exploding Butterfly Story" which are two of my absolute favourite short stories.
3. Gosh, I remember those - some good laughs. Actually, I don’t think I’ve read anything that funny since I read Andy Griffiths. What is your favorite book cover?
My favourite book cover would have to be the centenary edition of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy which was beautifully illustrated by Robert Ingpen. It shows a lightly sketched Peter in mid air whilst Tinker Bell is zooming past, which for some reason reminds me of my childhood of not that long ago. The back page, where the blurb would usually be, also has a fantastic drawing of Peter, John, Michael and the Lost Boys fighting captain Hook on his wooden ship.
4. I’m with you on that one, just the merest mention of Peter Pan gets me nostalgic … it would not be a lie to say I have a bit of a Neverland complex. Now, to bring us back to the present, what did you last read?
The last book I completed was Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. It tells the story of Allison, a young girl who, when the zombie apocalypse begins, is working a shift at the Brooks and Peabody bookstore. Readers follow the recounts of Allison’s days in apocalyptic America on her blog, which are nothing less than chaotic.
5. Sounds cool. Lastly, what are you currently reading?
Okay I give in: I am a terrible reader. I have at least 50 books on my currently reading list and it will keep on growing until I stop purchasing more books. I’m not sure why, but usually I pick up a book and read almost entirely till the end before picking another up and starting again. It’s almost as if I don’t want the amazing piece of literature in my hands to ever end. The latest books I have started reading are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which is proving to be a little bit more difficult than some other novels I have read in the past, and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, (almost finished!). I’m also re-reading one of my all time favourite books for the twentieth time and that is Holes by Louis Sachar.