Catriona Feeney, also known as Little Book Owl, has garnered a loyal following as a Young Adult fiction expert and vlogger. Here, our YA ambassador shares her latest literary obsessions.
What books are currently on your night stand?
There is literally a pile of books teetering on my night stand! To name a few, I have A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, American Gods by Neil Gaiman and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare…
What’s the last great book you read?
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, it blew me away!
What kind of reader are you?
It’s not my ideal way of reading, but I often find myself in the middle of multiple books at once. I'm always in the middle of one audiobook and at least one physical book (though it’s more likely to be two or three…). Because I’m jumping back and forth between several books it feels like I read slower — until I finish them all around the same time, that is.
What book do you find yourself re-reading periodically?
I don’t often re-read, as my ‘to read’ pile is a little daunting and I feel guilty not working away at the mountain of books I have yet to read. One of the few books I have re-read is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Every time I read it, I find myself falling in love with the words and characters all over again. I know how the story goes, but there’s just something about it that makes me feel like I’m reading it for the first time.
'What does it say about me that I can instantly think of my favourite antihero, but I struggle a little more with a hero?'
What's the last book that left a deep impact on you?
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. It’s the true story of an African American man who was born a free man but was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It was sad and often hard to read.
Who is your favourite hero or heroine from a YA book? What about your favourite antihero?
What does it say about me that I can instantly think of my favourite antihero, but I struggle a little more with a hero? My favourite antihero is Victor, from V.E. Schwab’s adult novel Vicious.
How do you organise your books at home?
I’ve recently moved, so there isn’t much organisation. Half of my books are still in boxes! Typically, I separate my books onto different shelves depending on if I've read them or not, and within those, I either colour-coordinate or arrange by height.
What book have you bought for the cover?
Too many to count! The most recent was probably Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
What's next on your reading list?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is at the top of my list, as I’ll be participating in the #ACOTARreadalong!