June Book Lovers Interview

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June Book Lovers Interview

As it's June, and summer should be coming... we thought we would feature our own little ray of sunshine, Boolino Friend and blogger, Emma Jane Mackay.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am a full-time mother to two extremely lively little boys. Sometimes three if you count my husband. We live in Scotland in the beautiful countryside and spend most days collecting shells at the beach or reading in the garden. I love reading and writing, so much so that I got a 2:1 degree in Creative Writing And Film Studies despite being dyslexic. Go me! I also enjoy baking, eating cake, drinking tea and singing badly to musicals. Oh and I adore anything cute and fluffy! We have two bunnies and two guinea pigs. Yep, that pretty much sums me up briefly. Hello!

10 Questions: (Answer honestly!)

What is the most memorable book from your childhood?

Has got to be Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. I love all of her books, but Peter Rabbit IS my childhood. I have happy memories of reading that book over and over again. I never owned a copy and would be constantly renewing it from the library. I like how cheeky Peter is; sneaking into Mr McGregor’s garden. I also adore the illustrations and the attention to detail. The thought of bunnies in little petticoats has always made me smile.

Are there any types or genres of books that you don’t like to read, or struggle with?

Sometimes textbooks can be a bit overwhelming with all the information they throw at you. Like the textbooks they give you at school. They were never fun or interesting and always gave me a headache. I enjoy all the different genres and appreciate them for what they are. Always interesting to read something different I’m not used to. I like to keep an open mind when it comes to reading and will try anything more than once, just to be certain.

What fictional character most stands out for you and why?

This has GOT to be Mog by Judith Kerr. She is adorable and always trying her best. She can be a very forgetful cat but she always has her family’s best interests at heart. In ways, she reminds me of myself; a little bit clumsy, but means well. 

Where is your favourite place to read?

My bed. I can snuggle under the covers and discover different worlds with new friends. It’s just my own personal heaven and soooo comfy. I can get lost for hours with a book and a cup of tea curled up in my bed. That is until the terrible twosomes come barging in demanding I play trains with them for the ten thousandth time. You’ve got to love parenthood.

If you were a fictional villain who would you be?

Hmmm that’s a tricky one. I would say the witch from Hansel And Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. She has a house made of sweets! How awesome would that be. I could nibble my walls if I was feeling peckish. Though I could do without being put in the oven at the end.

If you could change the ending to any story book, what would it be and why?

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. I would make the tiger come back and bring his family with him. I always wondered why he never did, if he went back to the jungle or just went from house to house every day all over the world eating everyone’s food. I would love to have read more about him, he seemed like a friendly tiger. Would just have to hide my secret stash of doughnuts if he ever turned up on my doorstep.

What is your current favourite children’s book?

Pilot Jane And The Runaway Plane By Caroline Baxter. The boys and I love reading this book and jetting off across the world with Jane and Rose. Makes us hungry for cake and adventure. Always a good mix in my book! 

If you could make a book club, and invite anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Jacqueline Wilson because she writes fabulous books and is one of the many authors that inspired me to start writing. It would be great to have a cuppa and chat all about books while I admire her rings. She is fantastic at creating characters and making them so relatable to a young audience. When I was growing up it was so comforting to know that I wasn’t alone. I would love to meet her one day to simply thank her for being such an inspiration and just awesome in general. 

And what book would you read at the book club?

Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny Mclachlan, I would be interested in seeing what Wilson makes of Meg. If she could see her and Ellie (from Girls In Love) being friends and hanging out together. I would love to see that as a book, would be interesting. 

Finally, if you could take one children’s book onto a desert island, what would it be?

Ooooh, tricky one. There are so many. It would have to be Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It was the very first Roald Dahl book I ever read and will always hold a special place in my heart. The imagery is beautiful, I could read it a million times and never get bored. It could very well make me hungry but my imagination would be well fed while still craving more like greedy Augustus Gloop.

A big thank you to Emma for taking part in this months interview. If you would like to read more from Emma you can find her blogging at Bunny's Pause or follow her on Twitter @emmajanemackay and on Facebook and Instagram too!

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That was a joy to read and so Emma. Yes I have the pleasure of knowing her so I may be biased but the interview is spot on . So happy that her reviews are so well received as they deserve to be.