Whohoo it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HumpDay but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite bloggers on the planet Jen who blogs over at jenmedsbookreviews.com. If you haven’t checked out Jen’s blog yet it’s a MUST, especially if you are a lover of crime thrillers. Now over to Jen……….
How many bookcases do you have?
7 of varying heights dotted around the house. That’s not including my massive Kindle bookshelf. But I need more. I’m double stacking now …
Approximately how many books are on your book case?
Each one? Or total …? 450+ unsigned and 300+ signed. The 700 unread (1269 total) on kindle don’t count right? (Eek)
What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?
Crime, crime and more crime. Anything that comes under that generally unspecific genre heading so mystery, thriller, action, procedural, psychological etc. There are some rom coms and a few humour books, maybe a couple of dozen reference books which I haven’t counted here, but they are all well hidden and surrounded by murder etc.
Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?
Right now? Physical book wise it’s a tie between The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry and Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. E-book wise, probably Mark Hill’s The Bad Place, closely followed by End Game by Daniel Cole
Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest?
and you haven’t yet got around to reading? Probably The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. I had all good intentions when I bought the book as a teenager until I realised that life, much like my good self, is far too short. So I cheated and watched the Disney cartoon instead. That’s kind of the same thing right?
Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?
So, so many. I have pre-orders which take me up to December 2020 … Aside from the ARCs I already have and will be converting to kindle copies when released, I’m looking forward toThe Family by Louise Jensen, Poison Ink by Alison Belsham (I need a signed copy to go with The Tattoo Thief, obvs) and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten. Really looking forward to seeing where she is taking the series. Other than that I’m trying not to take life too seriously and playing it by ear and by recommendation. Aside from the 30 pre-orders I have in
If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?
Just one? Really? The complete works of someone who has written a hell of a lot of books? No? Okay then. The Sun Also Risesby Ernest Hemingway. This was one of few the books I read at school which really stuck with me because of the imagery (even if the bull fighting is barbaric), the conflict and the complexity of the relationship between Brett and Jake. The writing style is superb, sparse and yet expansive at the same time, creating such a vivid setting and all engaging characters. Plus he sparked my love for American literature (which led to a rather useless American Studies degree …) I think the book has one of the finest closing segments in any book, where Brett and Jake finally give up on any chance of being together. It encapsulates the whole essence of the book – the dreamer v the realist.
“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.
“Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
Plus he’s a fellow cancerian so he can’t be all bad.
Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?
Cripes. Not sure I’d like that. Would I have to vaccum? If they need to be breathing then possibly Stephen King. One, because he was such an influence on my childhood reading habits and, two, because I’d love to know what he really thinks of some of the books he’s been quoted on 😉 Of all time and not currently breathing (though I’d prefer we could rewind to a time when they) then Ernest Hemingway. I just think he would be fascinating to talk to with the life that he led, and again, a big influence on me as a reader in my formative years. And I’d love to know what he would make of the modern publishing world.
I am a nearly mid-forties recovering Transport Manager. I now live a much less stressful life managing contracts for an Engineering company, which gives me a lot more time to read and attend book events. Bliss. I am very much ruled by my two moggies Luna and Rory and what they say (meow) goes.
I started blogging in 2016 after having attended CrimeFest in Bristol and foolishly thinking that I might be able to give this blogging malarkey a go. Three years on and I haven’t been called out as a fraud yet so must be doing something right. When not reading I can be found out walking (pretending to get fit), listening to music or heading off to the theatre. Failing that, find yourself a Crime Literature Festival and I may well be lurking there somewhere …
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My thanks to Jen for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.
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