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Meet the Judges: Sophie

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 judge Sophie (Campclair)

My favourite book when I was little:

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The Rainbow Fish or Where is the Green Sheep? I loved them both as a kid and forced my parents to read them to me multiple times. After that, I adored Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl for a good many years.

Most unusual place you might find me reading:

You’re more likely to find me reading in a strange position in an everyday place (I spend a lot of time upside-down on the couch), but the most unusual place to find me reading is probably up on the cliffs near my house. Sometimes I go out of my way to find new places and then just sit down and read.

A book I have read that I wish more people would read:

The Diviners by Libba Bray! I adore this book and it represents so much for me. The descriptions are long, which I suppose is why many people don’t make it all the way through the book, and I know quite a few that have given up on the story before it’s even started! It’s a gorgeous book and I adore it. (You should go get it out from your library now, while the name is fresh in your mind.)

A book cover that I love:

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Look, we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I think we can each admit that we do it from time to time (and me more often than not). I do generally choose books with covers that I like, so I do have a few books with beautiful covers. I’ve narrowed it down to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I love the yellow cover of this book (there’s another, more popular, cover that I didn’t realise existed) mostly because it’s simple but still pretty. It summarises the book but it doesn’t let the reader know anything. It’s simple and secretive.

My controversial opinion about books/reading:

Look, I’m not a very controversial person, so the best I could procure was how much I dislike analysing books. Which sounds a bit like me just not wanting to read Hamlet, or whatever, but I really do think some books are not made to be analysed. Some, I know, do have hidden meanings that you can dig through (see: The Chronicles of Narnia), but some are just there for your enjoyment, the author’s enjoyment or have no hidden meanings at all. Last term, my English Literature class analysed The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupéry. Some things are made to be simple, okay?

For more about Sophie check out her Inky Awards judge video below