Blog chain — an icebreaker challenge

Silver chain with gold link

My flatmate and friend, Lizzie from It’s me, Lizzie has nominated me for this, what I call the ‘ice-breaker’ blog chain challenge.

Blog Chain Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you by placing a link to their blog in your blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 5-11 blogs. (NOT the person who nominated you)
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My Questions:

What was the last book that you couldn’t finish?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – I can’t remember why.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “vampire story”?

Twilight. I know Meyer gets a lot of criticism for Twilight. The films weren’t great, like many many adaptions, but I found the books were good. Not sure I want to read the gender reversal version of it though.

What about you? Do you like Twilight?

Do you remember the book/series that gave you a love of reading? What was it?

It was Harry Potter. When I was little, I believed the films came out before the books. Then one day, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Sainsbury’s— a supermarket in the UK. Little me looked at the book, thinking:

But there isn’t a film yet.

I went to one of the staff near the floor and asked about the book. “It’s the Sixth one I think”. Great. I thought. They released the book before the film this time!

So the first book I read—that was not one of those weird 20-page books the school got you to read—was the last book in the Harry Potter series.

Yet, despite reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows first, I didn’t realise Dumbledore had died until I read all the books in order. My experience reading the last Harry Potter book the first time around was anger at Dumbledore for abandoning Harry and letting him leave Hogwarts with Voldemort on the loose, I didn’t realise that the abandonment Harry felt was because of his death.

Certainly not my most Ravenclaw moment… and I am often told I am one of the most Ravenclaw kind-of-person my friends have met.

What are your three “desert island books”?

Ugh! Three! Really? Fine, I’ll try.

I think Fearless by Tim Lott would definitely be one of them. It is about girls locked up in a prison after the government learn their parents are terrorists. But the prison is a secret, to the outside world, these girls are in a boarding school. Love it! It reminds me of Blame.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. In a world where you can hear everyone’s thoughts – even the thoughts of your pet dog, would it drive you insane? Todd lives in such a world and he has never seen a girl in his life.

Hmmm… Should I choose Blame by Simon Mayo or The Fire Within by Chris De Lacy. As I said, Blame is similar to Fearless but at the same time, it is also very, very different. Ant and Mattie are in prison with their foster parents for a crime their biological parents and their foster grandparents committed.

However, The Fire Within is the reason I love polar bears so much: Note, it has nothing to do with polar bears. Lucy and her mother make clay dragons but these dragons are special and David learns this when he moves in as their lodger.

How do you feel about love triangles? How about in stories that aren’t primarily of the romance genre?

I hate Romance books. I don’t mind love triangles in any genre, as long as it doesn’t take over the book! But on a general basis, I avoid the romance genre like it is the plague. The only exception is the book, Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern.

However, love triangles in a genre that is not dependent on romance tend to be better. I think this is because I can focus on the main part of the story if I chose to and groan at the love triangle if I want.

What would you say is your favourite genre? Least favourite?

Least favourite is above. Romance. Blah! Favourite is probably fantasy or steam punk.

Do you make a point of reading the book before seeing the movie?

Now I know the truth, Yes.

Paperbacks or ebooks?

Hardbacks but love e-books too. Paperbacks are too fragile for me but my CP also makes it hard for me to read a physical copy—there have been times when I have needed to for university or something, so I have a book chair for that.

If you had to go out for coffee with the protagonist of the last book you read, who would you be going for coffee with? How do you think it would go?

The little kid, Ella, from The Longest Whale Song. I’ll probably be regretting giving her coffee as she’ll be a nervous wreck that is also bouncing off the walls.

I wouldn’t enjoy it either, I don’t like the taste of coffee. It gives me a headache. Maybe tea instead? With milk. I am British after all.

If you HAD to swap lives with a fictional character, which one would you choose?

…………. I’m thinking………… I’m thinking. …… I can’t think of any…… OH the Doctor! Then I can see history and be home on time and have all the time I want to have… but then danger follows the Doctor so maybe not.

Nah, I’m happy being me.

Recommend some books to the people reading this!! Do it!

  • Katy by Jacqueline Wilson,
  • Mister Monday by Garth Nix,
  • The Fire Within by Chris de Lacy,
  • Bloodchild by Tim Bowler
  • Fearless by Tim Lott,
  •  Blame by Simon Mayo
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I nominate the following to participate in the blog chain:

  1. Sophie from The Life of Sophie
  2. Cristian Milhai from irevuo
  3. Bethany from The Unofficial Librarian 
  4.  Max? from maxxes book topia
  5. Yesha from books, teacup & reviews
  6. Silveryew from The Realm of Silveryew
  7. Rebecca from Rebecca Yeomans


To answer:

  1. What is the main subject of your blog?
  2. Do you have any hobbies?
  3.  What is the one thing you struggle with the most?
  4. What is your favourite film and why?
  5. Do you have a favourite animal?
  6. Do you play the Sims?
    1. if no what games do you play and why?
    2. If yes what is your favourite collection and why?
  7. What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike?
  8. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
  9. What’s the ideal dream job for you?
  10. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
  11. If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be…

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s blog chain posts!


Thanks for Reading

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to the blog chain challenge. Lizzie, that was hard! Do follow me on here, on Facebook or on Twitter

~Shannon

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