Let’s get to know each other – bookish edition!

Hello! I’ve had this blog for some time now (though I’ve got rid of a bunch of old posts) and I’d love to resurrect it. Like a lot of people, I’ve now got some free time on my hands, so I’m going to have a go at posting more regularly. The lovely Lauren from BookishLaurenBlog tagged me in this meme and I thought it was a really good way to reintroduce myself. Massive thanks to her – go follow her, she’s great!

Q. What’s your name, and where are you from?

📚A. Suzanne (or Suzie, either is fine!) and I live near Glasgow. I’ve lived in and around Glasgow all my life.

Q. An interesting/random fact about yourself?

📚A. I keep pet rats! I currently have three – Charming, Hootenanny, and Shindig.

Q. Other than reading, what are your other favourite hobbies?

📚A. Journaling, writing (or trying to) video games, tabletop/pen and paper gaming (very much new to this but I love it), TV, as above I have pet rats so… rat-mongering? Wrangling?

Q. What are you reading at the moment?

📚A. Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann and They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie.

Q. Favourite Genre?

📚A. Okay, so while the magpie in my username/blog title refers to the fact that I’m constantly distracted by shiny new books, it’s also a reference to my indiscriminate acquisition of books due to the fact that I will read pretty much any genre and jump between them all the time. If I have to pick, I’ll probably gravitate towards speculative fiction/fantasy (whether adult or YA) more than anything else, but I basically love every genre.

Q. How many unread books are on your shelf!?

📚A. It’s not 100% up to date but I have – according to LibraryThing – 715 paper books and 673 ebooks. In other words, far, far too many.

Q. One of your favourite books that you’ve ever read?

📚A. Hng. It’s so difficult to pick! I’m going to go with I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It’s an absolutely fantastic bildungsroman and I love the characters so much. I could read it again and again

Q. Favourite book you’ve read so far this year?

📚A. Another tough question, but I’m going to go for A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood – it’s beautifully written, and actually really reminiscent of I Capture the Castle.

Q. Your favourite Author?

📚A. Terry Pratchett, for sure. By far my most read author and never ever fails to make me laugh and challenge me in equal measure.

Q. An underrated book that you loved?

📚A. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. She’s hardly an underrated author but this particular book doesn’t get a lot of love and was one of the things that inspired my obsession with the Tam Lin myth.

Q. A book that you didn’t enjoy and thought was overrated?

📚A. There’s a few, but the first one that popped into my head was All the Bright Places, which I though was a horrible book in the way it addressed mental health.

Q. How many books did you read in March and what are you aiming for this month?

📚A. In March I read 19 books and I was aiming for more than that this month but it looks like I’ll be on 19 or 20 if I manage to finish either of my current reads today!

Thanks again to Lauren. I’ll be posting my May TBR tomorrow, and my weekly summary of what I’ve been reading on Sunday.

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