The Book Lover’s Tag

So, the superhot Gary at Fiction is Food nominated me to give you the lowdown on the following questions all related to loving books, which I do. A lot. Ever since, as a 5 year old, I cast my eyes upon the Roger Red Hat et al books, reading is my very favourite thing to do. For such a sociable person, I love the solitude and escapism it provides me. I’ll stop blathering on now and give you my answers.

Do you have a specific place for reading?

Whilst I have inherited my Father’s love of reading, I definitely don’t follow in his footsteps when it comes to where I choose to read. His place to read was annoyingly on the latrine. We only had one toilet in the house, so once Daddy was in there with a book, we had hours to wait to use the loo. Anyway, my specific place to read is undoubtedly in the garden, in the sun. If it’s not sunny, then on the sofa. However, when I am super rich, I will have my own reading room. It will have the most comfortable chair that looks out of a large south-facing window. The room will have floor to ceiling shelves upon shelves of books and I will be the only one allowed in this room. This will be where I will read.

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

I have a beautiful bookmark made for me by my daughter. It has a picture of ET that she drew on it and it has been everywhere with me. She made it 4 years ago and it’s still going strong.

Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of chapter?

I can stop anywhere, but one prefers it to be at the end of the chapter.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

Tea, tea and more tea. If I’m feeling particularly decadent then wine. I generally don’t do any eating whilst reading though. Too distracting.

Music or TV whilst reading?

I love listening to music. I love watching TV. And I love reading. But never shall the twain meet.

One book at a time or several?

I used to be a one at a time girl, but now I can keep several on the go at the same time…wait, what were we talking about again? Oh books. Yeah me too. Definitely talking about books, I was.

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

Circumstantially, it happens to be at home. Pre-having children and giving up my career, I read only on the commute to and from work. Though obviously, my preference would be elsewhere, if it’s abroad in the sun, looking at some stunning landscape.

Read out loud or silently?

Silently. I’m not 5.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I’m not a monster. One NEVER skips pages or reads ahead.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I neither break the spine or try to keep it like new. I’m a fan of natural wear and tear. Much like arthritis.

Do you write in your book?

I’m no longer a student, so no. If I particularly like a sentence or paragraph, I make a note of it somewhere separately or take a photo of it.

I thought I’d add some extra questions because I am self obsessed and find myself terribly fascinating (but I’d also be interested in reading other people’s answers to these questions).

What book are you reading now? 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Favourite childhood book?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

All time favourite book?

Yeah, so this is kind of impossible to answer (why did I give myself this question?!), but it would be between Paddy Clarke HaHaHa by Roddy Doyle, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Wild Swans by Jung Chang or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Actually, I think I need a whole separate blog post for this question as I’ve just thought of 20 other contenders.

Now I need to nominate some others to answer these questions. Sorry if you’ve been nominated before. Just point me towards the relevant post, if you have been.

  • Lisa at Lisa’s Ramblings a lovely lady, who not only writes a lot about books, she also writes about all types of other important issues. Not to mention the fact that she is a YA author herself.
  • Angela at You are Awesome the gorgeous Angela is another author and her blog covers social commentary and real life stories about inspirational people.
  • Christine at I’m Sick and So Are You the very, very funny Christine writes about her illness honestly and inspirationally. She’s also bloody funny, did I mention that?
  • Em at Em Linthorpe Em is ace. She won’t tell you this, so I will. She also writes about a plethora of subjects including parenting, health, life and does fabulous photography around Cumbria.



  1. angelanoelauthor · June 25, 2017

    Oh Hayley! Thank you for the lovely mention and the challenge!! I am absolutely obsessed with finding the right reading place. I have rented apartments solely because I thought the light in a particular room was perfect for reading. This is going to be super fun to answer. Thanks for the nomination–I’ll get right on it! 🙂

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    • thebeasley · June 25, 2017

      Yes, it’s so important isn’t it? Luckily, my garden is lovely to read in, but at the moment we’re house hunting, so I’m going to have to make sure I still get my ideal reading place. I look forward to your answers x

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  2. SickChristine · June 26, 2017

    Thank you! So this can be like our commenting situation, I will just agree with what you have to say? Hahaha! I’ll get to work on it soon. Thanks again.

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    • thebeasley · June 26, 2017

      Haha just copy & paste, my friend.
      I look forward to your answers x


  3. Em Linthorpe · June 26, 2017

    I’m blushing so darn hard right now…oh my, hahaha! Thank you for the huge compliment my sweet ❤
    I enjoyed reading this very much, and you reminded me of my love for Roddy Doyle too…it was a very good while ago I binged on his stuff…the standout one for me back then was The Van for some reason 🙂 I would be honoured to take part in this, thank you xx

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    • thebeasley · June 26, 2017

      Awesome. Can’t wait to see your answers. Roddy Doyle is a brilliant writer x


  4. Gary · June 26, 2017

    Superhot? Oh Hayley you are so enamoured with hyperbole, but one will take the compliment, blush and run with it as I am totally certain nobody has said that before…ever!!!

    And to your answers…very good indeed. Even “doing” more than one at a time…easily side-tracked…books yes, of course… I also have aspirations of a reading/writing den. I have an internal garage that just sits waiting for conversion, well cash if one is more pragmatic. I’d like that transformed into a library and writing studio. Agreed re parenting too; reading habits swerve to fit in…ergo my school run slot lol

    Thank you for being so quick and providing such a fun read x

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  6. Traci York · July 1, 2017

    *giggle* *giggle* *snort*

    Adore your answers, Hayley, and double adore your additions! I’ll be sure to add them in when I take advantage of superhot Gary. I mean, when I respond after he tagged me too. Wait, that didn’t sound quite right…

    Oh, and I’ll keep my eyes open for your list of 20-ish all time favorite books (which sounds like it might be a five part series – LOL!).

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    • thebeasley · July 1, 2017

      Haha. Thanks love. I didn’t tag you in this as I knew superhot Gary had already (is this our new name for him?). I look forward to your answers too x

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  8. fattymccupcakes · September 3, 2017

    I was then nominated by Angela to do this book tag! I didn’t realize this was an older post upon first reading-HAHA! I realized it when you said what book you were currently reading. I’m a little slow. I need a reading room too!!

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    • thebeasley · September 4, 2017

      Haha. It’s taken me ages to share this, so I’m probably the slow one! A reading room is the dream.

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  9. Pam Avoledo · September 4, 2017

    I’m a monster. I skip ahead all the time. Even before I buy the book, I flip through it and read the ending. I think it’s a result of reading a few bad books in a row and so I have to keep my options open.

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    • thebeasley · September 4, 2017

      You ARE a monster haha! Reading so many bad books in a row is so disheartening though, I definitely get that x

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