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Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

I’m going to have to say The Book Thief by Markus Zusak here. I picked it up June last year from Asda. The title grabbed my attention, “A book thief? What in the heck could that be about?” And then I noticed the cover, which was Death dancing with a little girl, who I now know to be Liesel, and I read the blurb which gave nothing much away apart from it being an interesting sounding story about a girl in Nazi occupied Germany, narrated by Death. I had to have it and started reading almost immediately, even though I was reading something else at the time which is usually a big no-no for me.

This is the book that rekindled my love of reading. Sure, Twilight did do it to an extent, not because it was good but because it was the first book series that I’d read in years, but I didn’t start properly reading again until I read The Book Thief. It was such a fantastic book and it kept me company for that week I was on my own.

Even after I’d devoured it, laughed, cried, and thoroughly loved it, started reading properly again, joined Goodreads, there was more. I bought a copy for my nanny for her birthday. Me and her always talked books, kids movies, Shakespeare, so I knew she’d love The Book Thief as much as I did. And she did. Sadly.. a few months later her Parkinson’s really developed and she isn’t the same person anymore. Even when she does recognise you, she’ll come up with stories that never happened and fall asleep, it’s quite sad, and The Book Thief was the last thing I shared with her. It will always have sentimental value to me.

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Q. What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, a sequel to the Mistborn trilogy. I read the Mistborn trilogy earlier in the year and loved it. His writing style is so fresh and the world is so unique. When I heard there was going to be a sequel to Mistborn set 300 (400?) years in the future with slightly advanced technology, a slightly steampunk style to it, I couldn’t wait. If I had an ARC of Alloy of Law, I’d drop everything and read it right now and then try my hardest not to gush too much in the review.