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The Bloggers Bookshelf – Jackie from Never Imitate Blog @followthehens

Hi Guys, welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have Jackie from Never Imitate Blog. Her blog has some fantastic book reviews on and I’m sure you will all really enjoy adding it to your circulation.

Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I was fortunate to grow up in a house of many books but, as the youngest child of three, few were specifically for me. The first I remember being given was from my father when I was ill in bed. It was a Ladybird book – Come to Denmark. I still haven’t been.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors (translated by Martin Aitken) – short stories by an award winning Dutch writer. This sounds right up my street so is unlikely to linger on my TBR pile for long.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I’ve just finished How to Be a Kosovan Bride by Naomi Hamill. This proved better than I expected – although as it is from Salt Publishing I don’t know why my expectations were not higher.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I have every book published by Galley Beggar Press, most in their limited edition black covers , and I’m guarding those well. Their latest, We That Are Young by Preti Taneja, is just fabulous. I recently purchased a 20th anniversary hardback Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Nobody is borrowing that. On my coffee table I keep Spoon’s Carpets by Kit Caless – a great conversation starter because the concept is so bonkers yet somehow works.  I have read many excellent books in the past year but most would be replaceable so I lend them out to share the love. I do feel very sad if they are not returned.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I have asked for His Bloody Project by Graeme McRae Burnet, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, The Glass Shore edited by Sinead Gleeson, and The Power by Naomi Alderman for my birthday.

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Probably crime and thrillers, perhaps historical fiction.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
I can’t get enough of literary fiction, and I would like to read more horror. I also enjoy non-fiction nature or science books, particularly those with a medical, psychological or philosophical bent.

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Tidy me.

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
My shelves are a wondrous rainbow mess.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Jackie

I am a wife, mother, henkeeper and writer living in rural Wiltshire, England. I started my blog in January 2013 although it was about eighteen months before I focused on books. When not reading I can be found wandering the fields near my home. Who am I kidding, you’ll find me in my library reading.


The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoIt has been such a pleasure to have you on The Bookshelf Jackie, and so interesting to see your picks. There are definitely some in here I need to take a better look at!

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I don’t currently have anybody booked in next week so first person to fill in the Q&A and return it to me gets that spot!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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