Meet the Judges: India
The Inky Award judges have 20 books to read in two months and the shadow judges had a month to read two books each… so I set them some extra work! I asked them to tell us a bit about themselves so we can get to know them a bit better. Curious about who is hard at work creating the Inky Awards shortlist? Learn more about them in our Meet the Judges series.
Today we meet shadow judge India (Indiaaqua)
My favourite book when I was little:
Oh geez. Don’t judge, but probably Princess and Fairy by Anna Pignataro. I used to read it about twice a day. I had pretty much the whole series. My favourite would have to be Princess and Fairy: Fairytale Parade. The books have themes of friendship and magic and love, and are look-and-find books with a storyline as well. They have really cool art, and there is glitter on the pages. I used to run my hands over the pages and I knew all the hiding places for the objects you had to find off by heart. I just overall fell in love with a book series (the first of many).
Most unusual place you might find me reading:
The birthday card aisle in any shopping centre! I will read almost anything; a fact reinforced when we go grocery shopping. I ditch my family and go to the birthday card aisle to read all the cards. One time someone from my school walked into the aisle and saw me reading the birthday cards and said ‘Oh hey Indi, whatcha doing?’ I then looked up, exposing the birthday card (fatal mistake). They then looked down at the card and blinked twice, then randomly smiled and walked away. Just try to picture it: a girl literally standing in the middle of the aisle removing birthday cards to READ THEM, not because she’s actually buying them, just reading them for the sake of reading them (to be honest I’ve only ever bought about three birthday cards ever; I usually draw them myself).
A book I have read that I wish more people would read:
The Darcy Burdock series by Laura Dockrill. This is one of my favourite book series, and it makes me so sad, because I bet if I asked around my school, no one would know what book I’m talking about. Just depressing really. They’re such quaint, well thought out, quirky, original reads that have the best characters and express everything while maintaining the viewpoint of a twelve-year-old – all written by a 32-year-old woman. That takes skill, and it’s disappointing that so few people I know read her books.
A book cover that I love and why:
My favourite book cover would DEFINITELY be Lorali by Laura Dockrill. First off, the colour scheme is beautiful; deep sapphire blue and silver. Then pair this with the book’s topic of mermaids and you get the most amazing cover I have ever seen in my entire life. The cover is literally blue MERMAID SCALES with silver edges. It’s even amazing to touch! The scales are raised off the page, so you can feel each one. And then the title is designed so well. It’s silver, metallic, shiny, running writing that fits the book so well. You can also touch it, as it is set into the book slightly.
My controversial opinion about books/reading:
There are two types of books I try to avoid!
I usually refuse to read books about the Holocaust, although I’ll make an exception for The Book Thief and the Once series. Other than that, I am just not interested. I am one of those people who when they make their mind up about something, you have trouble changing it. People tell me ‘Oh you read The Book Thief? You should read [XYZ war fiction]!’ NO. I refuse to read any more of these books that prattle on about war. Give me historical fiction that isn’t related to Hitler AT ALL and I will probably read it. But it seems every book of historical fiction recommended to me just HAS to include war and the Holocaust.
And as for the classics, sorry, but they just don’t do it for me. Jane Eyre springs to mind. I don’t think the issues in the classics relate at all to today’s issues, and that makes them really hard for me to connect.
And that is me. Hoping you got a sense of what bookworm I am. ?