Today, Tilbury Talks To… Sandra Jones. Sandra lives in New Zealand and as her blog name hints at, she tries to read a book a day. When not reading she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and being close to the sea. Thank you for taking part today Sandra, lets begin.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I often wonder that……
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I was reading a book a day when I started my blog. I wasn’t working, and not expecting things to change so thought a blog would be a good way to get a bit of intellectual stimulation. Then life changed suddenly, as it seems to do when you think you’ve got it all sussed, and I found myself back in the workforce. I find the pressures of trying to blog every day a bit much at times. …. But I love that I am in contact with so many wonderful people, like you Mark, that I would never have otherwise ‘met’.
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
No, but I have a very long list that I would like to meet, and one that I have threatened to move in with because she lives in the same road as Stephen King.
If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
One author? One question? You have got to be kidding…..
Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth, which deals with the subject of dementia in people who are not elderly. I think that this book had such a huge impact on me because, not only is it beautifully written with great compassion and empathy, it is a lesson in humanity. I made these comments in my review – ‘Sally Hepworth’s writing is beautiful, lyrical, never soppy, never sentimental. She shows great perception, great empathy, great understanding.’ and ‘Her characters are complex human beings. They have problems of their own; their own back stories, their own triumphs and tragedies. Hepworth reminds us that elderly people have lived and loved, that they deserve our time, our respect, our affection.’
I have, in the past few years, lost two friends, both younger than me, to this terrible disease. It is not only confusing and terrifying for the sufferer, but equally so for those who love them.
If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
Oh, I would love to be Tigger in the Winnie-the-Pooh books! So bouncy, and full of joy and wonder. When I was younger, I would have given anything to have been Jill in the Jill’s Ponies series by Ruby Ferguson. I still would!
In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
Winnie-the-Pooh. The whole collection. A great guide to life.
Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
I can’t pick just three! There are a whole library of wonderful authors out there whom I love and respect and recommend for varying reasons. . .
Thank you for taking part today Sandra and for your great answers.
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Sandra’s blog: https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/.
Goodreads: Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones.
As always, thank you for your support.