My Fictional World Meme

I’ve decided to take part in The Reading Residence’s Book meme My Fictional World. Here are my answers to the questions – click on the badge to find out more!

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What were your favourite reads from your childhood?

I loved Enid Blyton – The Secret Seven and The Faraway Tree series. These were so fantastical and magical and were so exciting to read. I also loved some science fiction with Redwall and also a book series about a grandfather and daughter who were finding out about atoms and neutrons but I can’t remember the name! I loved all Roald Dahl books. I was a big book worm! (And still am).

There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?

As a young teen I loved Thomas Hardy and a lot of classics. The Mayor of Casterbridge and Far From The Massing Crowd being two of my favourites. Tess of The D’Urbervilles is also an amazing book and one which I found so sad and that has stayed with me. I also fell in love with The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins which I found such an amazing book and totally compelling. In my late teens I loved Wuthering Heights, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.

Who are your favourite authors currently?

Oh so many! I don’t tend to read a lot of one author but a few favourites are Lionel Shriver, Ken Follett, Kate Mosse, Sebastian Faulks, Charles Dickens

Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?

I’d say History or Historical Fiction, Crime/Thriller and Classics

Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?

History:  The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, Songbird by Sebastian Faulks

Crime/Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, Room by Emma Donoghue, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Classics: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Great Expectations Charles Dickens and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

And your least favourite genres?

I am afraid I really don’t like ‘chick lit’ or romance very much unless it is a classic! I have read sci-fi books before and do enjoy a few but I wouldn’t say it’s my go-to genre!

Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?

Oh that’s a difficult question. Maybe I’d like to go back to Dickens’ Victorian London or maybe visit Gatsby’s party

Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights without a doubt! Also Alec D’Urberville is a terrible villain in Tess and Kevin from We Need To Talk About Kevin is truly chilling.

Share the books that have had you sobbing?

The Time Travellers Wife and One Day both had me in tears!

And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!

The book I just read had me chuckling –  The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out Of A Window And Disappeared by Jonas Johansson.

I really enjoyed answering these questions and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s! I can’t wait to add a few new books to my reading list.

21 thoughts on “My Fictional World Meme

  1. The Reading Residence

    I wonder if there are children out there not reading Blyton and Dahl – be such a shame. Lots of classics there, too. I do love Wuthering Heights and I feel the need to try Sebastian Faulks. Thanks for sharing and joining in with #MyFictionalWorld x

  2. Jess Paterson

    What a great meme! I’m just reading the third Faraway book to my 6yo, they’re real page turners! I really like Lionel Shriver too. The last one sounds funny, thanks for the recommendation! X

  3. Stella Branch

    I love books and reading – I may have to join this one myself! It’s always interesting to get new recommendations. Lovely to see all those classics in the list too.

  4. My Life As A Mummy

    There are a lot of books in your post that I haven’t read , however I was a big fan of Enid Blyton when I was younger. I think I still have all of the books in my Mum’s attic

    x x x

  5. Kate Thompson

    So many good books – I loved “Charlotte Sometimes” and all the Noel Streatfield books when younger. And the “Dark is Rising” series. I read and read and read. Still do! Just finished Child 44, I am Pilgrim, Perfect, About a Boy….. too many books too little time lol!

  6. Rollercoaster Mum

    What a great meme! I loved Enid Blyton as do my two girls – 6yo is totally in love with the Faraway Tree books and she is a proper little bookworm! I don’t get to read as much as I would like these days but the Britmums bookclub keeps me going at least a little bit. I’d forgotten all about the Dark is Rising series Kate mentioned and I loved those books! #blogclub

    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      Ah, me too. It’s only been the last 6 months I’ve Only started reading again in earnest. As I work I tend to read a bit in my lunch break or on the bus. X

  7. Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick

    I loved Enid Blyton too and have recently read The Faraway Tree series to my kids. I tend to go through phases of reading these days and this lovely weather has meant I have picked up a few books recently while the kids have been playing in the garden!


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