Sunday, 7 September 2014
Reader Spotlight: Rebecca Pugh
This morning's Reader Spotlight guest is the bubbly and gorgeous Becca from Becca's Books whose enthusiasm for anything book related is so contagious, even when you're having a bad day she is on hand to cheer you up ;-)
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name’s Rebecca, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been called Becca, hence the name ‘Becca’s Books’! Erm, I’m trying to think of things that will make me sound interesting, haha.
I’m the eldest of seven children, I usually find that gets the conversation going! My mum has five girls and two boys, and I just happen to be the biggest one of us all. That’s only age-wise though. I’m actually really small, and my thirteen year old brother is now taller than me, as well as my twelve year old sister, yay! Despite my smallness, they all seem to look up to me, and I ‘m super protective of them all. I guess you could say I’m a total family girl. I feel happiest when I’m with my family, watching old films or sitting around the massive dining table, eating dinner whilst surrounded by arguing children haha!
And of course, I adore to read. It’s basically what I do every day, and the reviewing part came years later. I love food, I love drinking tea and coffee, and I’m a big kid. My idea of a great night is either watching Disney films, or reading, whilst wearing pyjamas that have teacups on them.
I’m also a complete Christmas fanatic, and as you can imagine, with all those kids around, it gets pretty mental, but let me tell you know, when I watch them walk into the living room on Christmas morning, half-asleep and bleary-eyed, there is nothing that compares to seeing the magic take over when they realise that Santa has been. ARGH, I LOVE IT!!! I think that’s probably one of the main reasons why I love Christmas so much. Well, that, and Christmas dinner, and presents, and Christmas music, and… Yeah. You get the picture! ;)
Have you always been a bookworm?
Well, for as long as I can remember! The most distant memory I have of myself reading is probably about five/six years old. I remember climbing into bed, pulling my duvet right up to my chin, reaching to my side and taking a Ladybird book off a pile. The two I remember reading again and again were Chicken Licken, and The Little Red Hen. Ahhh, I love those stories. I used to fall asleep so easily after reading and finishing those books, as if the world was at peace just because I’d read them. But in answer to your question, I’d have to say yes, I’ve always been a bookworm.
Do you have a favourite author?
You probably hear this all the time, but I’m sorry! I cannot choose just one. There are far too many! Jill Mansell, Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk, Miranda Dickenson, Paige Toon, JoJo Moyes, Carole Matthews, Cecelia Ahern. And then for my darker side, I ADORE Stephen King and R.L. Stine. There’s a million more too, but I won’t list them all because we’ll be here forever! ;)
What is your all-time favourite book that you love to read time and time again?
I actually can’t remember the last time that I re-read a book, so I’m going to say a book that I want to read again, if that’s okay, Sharon? I remember buying, years ago, a box-set, which had three of Cecelia Ahern’s novels in. I found If You Could See Me Now, and I fell absolutely in love with it. It was beautiful, magical, and it just made me think, ‘What a wonderful mind Cecelia must have.’ If you ever get the chance to read it, please do. It will take your breath away!
Do you have a preferred genre that you mainly read, or are you open to read almost anything?
My preferred genre is definitely romance, without a doubt. I love reading about characters falling in love, I have no idea why, but it makes me feel gooey inside. Those first few shy glances, accidental touching of hands, and then watching it slowly blossom into something powerful? I adore it, and so many authors do it well!
But, having said that, I DO love a good horror novel, too. Stephen King repeatedly blows my mind with his weird and wonderful imagination. The things that he comes up with just astound me, and I also think I enjoy scaring myself too.
Historical fiction is another genre that I enjoy, but only now and again. If I read one straight after the other, I don’t enjoy it as much. It feels a bit samey. But genres that I will not go near are crime/detective ones. I have nothing against people that enjoy them, but unfortunately they are just not for me. Trust me, I’ve tried. Nevermind, eh? You win some, you lose some!
What book is top of your current wish-list?
I don’t really have a wish-list. Sounds silly for a book blogger, doesn’t it!? But no, I kind of go with the flow, and when book shopping, I just buy whatever grabs my attention at the time. I’m quite eager to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel though. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it, and it sounds brilliant, so maybe next time I go book shopping, I’ll pick it up!
Physical books or eBooks, what’s your preference?
I don’t think I have one really. My view is that if you’re reading, then you’re reading, and it doesn’t matter what format you’re reading in! I use both. I adore physical books because of their gorgeous covers, and nothing beats the feel of turning pages with your fingertips! But then I also love my Kindle because it’s so practical, and I can also read during the night because of the built-in light, which is the main reason why I brought it! I’m really not fussed either way!
What was the last book you read that made you cry?
Oh, God. I cry at everything. The last book that made me cry was The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, and that was very recent! I read and reviewed for the blog tour, and it was the first book by Nicholas Sparks that I have read. After reading, I closed the book and cried for a good few minutes, just for the sheer beauty of it, because it was heart-breaking but equally stunning. After having that as a first impression of the author, I definitely plan to read more. If you haven’t read it yet, and you’re ridiculously emotional like me, then heed my warning, you will need tissues and someone to cuddle.
If you were going to be stuck on a desert island and could only take 3 books with you, which ones would you choose?
Oh, I love questions like this, they really get you thinking. Hmm, well, I’d definitely have to take a Paige Toon with me, because I suppose being on a desert island could be seen as a holiday, and Toon’s books are the perfect holiday reads! And then I think maybe a solid, thick Stephen King novel to really get my teeth into. I get so lost within his world that I lose track of the time! Hopefully by the time I had finished it, help would be on its way, haha! And then maybe a naughty read to keep me entertained, with a hot fictional man to keep me company!
What book would you want to see made into a film and who would you cast for the central characters?
I would LOVE for Portia Macintosh’s latest title Bad Bridesmaid to be made into a film. Oh-my-God! It would be HILARIOUS! I’m not in the loop with the latest Hollywood stars etc. But I reckon, for the main character Mia Valentina, who’s a bit of a bitch, it’d have to be someone who’s feisty and speaks fluent sarcasm. I think Cameron Diaz could be a great Mia, or maybe Isla Fisher who plays Becky Bloomwood in the Shopaholic film! Both sassy and gorgeous!
Thanks so much for having me Sharon! Fabulous questions, and a pleasure to take part!