Follow my book blog Friday is hosted by Paranjunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book? 

When I was a kid this would have been such an easy question to answer! I was obsessed with the idea of turning into animals, so I definitely would have written myself in as a shapeshifter. I wanted to be able to turn into a cat at will – why? Because cats are frickin’ awesome. I wanted to be able to fly, and hide, and just be an animal. I loved that whole kind of thing, so the idea of actually being able to transform myself even if in story form would have been great.

More into my teens, I wanted to go to magic school, even before Harry Potter (I was determined that J.K. Rowling had ruined my plans for an awesome story about a magic school before I’d bothered picking up the books and falling in love with them – true story). I dreamt about it, sometimes I even wrote about it. I’d written down dreams and planned my stories around them but resigned to the fact that from then on, it would have been seen as a Harry Potter copy so I left it.

These days, as much as being able to write myself into a nice story about shapeshifters and magic schools would be fantastic, perhaps I’d just write myself as one of those characters who is well-loved by her close group of friends, has a great husband, a couple of kids, and in the end becomes a bestselling author. Of course, that book in itself wouldn’t be so bestselling so perhaps we go back to the shapeshifters and the magic schools? 😉

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Q. The Reviews We Don’t Write:
Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?

Even if I don’t want to write a review for whatever reason, I still do it. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right things to say, which I’ve beaten by taking notes while I read, and sometimes a book rings true with you, whether it’s just a new favourite that you couldn’t possibly review, or a book that really affects you that becomes something personal, with those books, I just force myself. I’m too slow a reader not to, I need the reviews for my blog and at the end of the day, I like to think that my reviews help people find good book recommendations, whatever I put in the review. So I’ve done my best to not make it an issue, but it does happen. For example, I’m really struggling with my The End of Mr. Y review because I feel like everything I want to say is a spoiler! But that’s what my notes are for, and I took a lot for that one.

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