Great Scott! It’s time tag..
I was really pleased to find myself recently tagged for the Time Travel Tag by Jessica over at The Bookworm Chronicles. Here are the Q&A.
What is your favourite historical setting for a book?
I probably have a few and it’s difficult to choose. I enjoy the Tudor period of history, there’s such a lot going on during that period, I also love reading about the Romans and stories with an alternate story set during that period. But, I think my favourite period is probably Victorian. It just lends itself to all sorts of tales, mystery, murder, steampunk, gaslight, gothic. Yes, I think Victorian probably wins the day for me.
What writer/s would you like to travel back in time to meet?
Well, Tolkien is one that immediately springs to mind – there is such a lot of speculation, what is book was really about, did it relate to the war, etc, etc. It would be nice to have the chance to go and have a chat with him about how he really found the inspiration. I think I would also like to visit the Brontes – in their home, to look at their lives and how they lived. Perhaps I’m just very nosey.
What book/s would you travel back in time and give to your younger self?
I would give myself a copy of the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I love that book and it would be great to see what I made of it at a younger age.
What book/s would you travel forward in time and give to your older self?
This is a real toughie! Perhaps a book that I’ve always loved. Maybe Rebecca or Gone With the Wind. I think I’d like to see what my older self would make of them and whether I still loved them as much.
What is your favourite futuristic setting from a book?
Ohh, so many to choose from but I’m going to go with Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War series. These are two separate series but both from the same world. A post apocalypse world which reads almost like a mediaeval one. Amazing books.
What is your favourite book that is set in a different time period (can be historical or futuristic)?
This is also really difficult – to choose a favourite book from a different time period. There are so many! Given that I’ve chosen the Victorian era for my first answer I’ll go for the same period and plump for the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Spoiler Time: Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book just to see what happens?
Yes – well, I did, but not any more. When I was younger I think my impatience sometimes got the better of me and I had to know the ending. A bit silly really because if it wasn’t the ending I was hoping for it would definitely put me off reading. The thing is, if you skip to the end and read the final outcome – it can be very misleading taken out of context. I haven’t skipped ahead for many years now – it just isn’t something that appeals to me any more.
If you had a Time Turner, where would you go and what would you do?
It would be so easy to say I’d go back in time and chance certain events – but of course we all know that never works. I could take my Time Turner and turn into a thief! Going back or forwards and taking certain items – but again, that doesn’t appeal to me. I think it might be interesting to go back to certain events, like a fly on the wall, to see how things really played out. But, I think I would be more likely to use a time turner to simply help me to do more – particularly reading!
Favourite book (if you have one) that includes time travel or takes place in multiple time periods?
I had to go for more than one – these four are all so fundamentally different that there’s definitely something for everyone on this list:
- The Time Machine by H G Wells
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffengger
- In the Company of Thieves by Kage Baker
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
What book/series do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time?
Virtually every book that I’ve ever loved – just to see how I’d feel about it to read it again! To choose one in particular probably Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Now, obviously this is book tag and therefore I should really choose some book bloggers to tag next. I so dislike tagging people though! But, I’ve chosen three particular bloggers – and these are people who I’ve chosen before – to be clear, I’m not picking on them – I just think they’d enjoy taking part and I think their answers would all be so very different that it would make great reading. If you’d also like to jump on board then please do so and feel free to come and link up.
Susan at Dab of Darkness
Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek
Sarah at Brainfluff