Lit Chat #4

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Welcome to part four of my Lit Chat series (check out parts one, two and three). It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I’m bringing it back.

Lit chat

This is the series where I select a few of my Lit Chat cards (previously sent for review) and discuss reading habits and book-related memories, amongst other bookish things, and invite you to join in.

Lit chat

If your favourite English teacher were to visit your home, what book would you want them to find on your coffee table?

For my GCSEs and A Levels, I wrote a fair bit about Sylvia Plath, so I’d want him to find a copy of The Bell Jar or Ariel.

What book would they actually find on your coffee table?

I’m currently dipping in and out of a beautiful poetry book called She is Fierce.

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How do you treat your books? Do you make notes in them? Dog-ear pages? Or do you keep each page absolutely pristine?

I like to keep my books as perfect as possible, unless it’s something I’ve picked up secondhand and it’s already a bit battered.

If you do make notes in your book, have you ever gone back and looked at them?

I haven’t done this since graduation. I only ever did it for text books and such.

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If you could join a friend group from any book, which one would you choose?

The Spinsters (first introduced in Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet?). Although I’m a good decade older than them…

Your friends are having a small gathering. Which literary character (or author) would you bring along?

I’d want to bring someone knowledgeable, entertaining and topical. I reckon Dawn O’Porter would be pretty epic.

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Have you ever done something inspired by a book? What made you decide to do it? Did it live up to your expectations?

I’m often inspired by Sarah Knight, particularly The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck. While I could do better when it comes to my fuck budget, I’ve certainly learned to give less and better fucks.

Something that didn’t live up to my expectations was the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. I’m a big Austen fan and we went for my birthday when I was pregnant with Jenson. It could have just been the morning sickness but I found it incredibly underwhelming, including the afternoon tea.

Have you ever decided NOT to do something based on what you read in a book? What influenced your decision?

Not that I can remember.


Lit Chat is such a great idea. Perfect for English classes, book clubs and a wonderful gift idea for bookworms.

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