Aug 14, 2015

Interview: Lobsters Book Tag

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A little while ago, I attended a bloggers event (my first!) that was hosted to celebrate the release of the Dutch translation of Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen. And when I say a little while ago, I mean roughly two months ago. Oops.

I have been meaning to write a recap of the event, I honestly have, but I kept putting it off and thinking I’d do it tomorrow and suddenly we’re here. Yeah. I got to get this blogging thing under control.


Something incredibly amazing happened at this bloggers event. Next to meeting awesome people and having a Skype conversation with Lucy and Tom and getting the book and other really weird things in this super awkward goodiebag, there was a kind of lottery. Prizes were in a jar, written in beautiful handwriting on small folded pieces of paper, and every blogger was allowed to pick one.

You could win giving away a book on your blog, or a goodiebag to give away, or being allowed to share the first few chapters of the book. Yet what I won… Let’s just say, I feel like I’ve won the jackpot.

I got to create a booktag, which was then sent to Lucy and Tom to fill out.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Lucy and Tom, the authors of Lobsters, did MY booktag. Can you believe it?!

I certainly couldn’t when I just got the email with the answers, but once I read them I couldn’t deny how real it was. Lucy and Tom now know I exist. Can we all appreciate that for a second.

I’m sorry, I’m Fangirl-rambling a bit. I bet you’re all reading this thinking, when is she going to get on with the booktag?! And very well, that’s a good point. So here comes the Lobsters booktag, created by me, filled out by Tom and Lucy! (Don’t worry, there are no spoilers)

Lobsters Booktag 

As the amazing-looking title suggests, this is a booktag inspired by Lobsters! Every question is a character or important thing from the book that is matched to a book related question. You can answer with a title or with a character, depending on what the question asks for.

1. Freddie

A book where the outside doesn’t exactly match the inside. (Doesn’t have to be negative. May be a pretty book that turned out to be terrible, or a book with a rather bad cover that turned out to be amazing!)

TOM: Most sci-fi novels I like (In the UK, lots of great books by people like Philip K Dick, Brian Aldiss, Kurt Vonnegut etc tend to have terrible, cheesy illustrated covers!)

LUCY: I always wish they wouldn’t market classics with awful Victorian paintings on the front. They should definitely put a red hot topless model Darcy or something, that shows you what a hottie he is. 

2. Hot Ribena

A book that nobody seems to like/love, but you absolutely adore!

TOM: 'The Outsider' by Colin Wilson

LUCY: 'The Light Years' by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I always recommend it to people. It’s family saga about the interwars years…I’m not selling it very well, but just trust me, it’s amazing! 

3. Lobster

If you could pick one book character to be your Lobster, and actually have them stay with you forever, who would you choose?

TOM: Fleur Delacour. Definitely. 

LUCY: I literally cannot believe out of the whole of the literary world Tom picked her! I pick Romeo. It would have been so nice if it had been forever!

4. Carmen

A book that you’ve had a strong feeling against, one you maybe can’t even explain, until you caved, read it, and actually loved it. (I know Stella doesn’t end up loving Carmen but I’m imagining that Carmen in truth is a really nice person)

TOM: The Harry Potter series

LUCY: All of David Walliams. It makes me pee myself laughing now…

5. Ham/Sannah

Most favourite book ship of all time.

TOM: Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend (Adrian & Pandora)

LUCY: Darcy and Elizabeth. I know it’s so boring but I don’t care. 

6. Robin

Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff?



7. “One for all and all for one”

A book you love that has a friendship that is important to the story. (Like Hannah/Stella/Tilly/Grace, which was very important, but also Sam/Robin/Chris)

TOM: The 'Just William' books by Richmal Crompton

LUCY: 'Are you there God, it’s me Margaret' by Judy Blume. So much. 

8. Stella

A book that is so unlike your regular tastes that you don’t understand why you actually ended up loving it. (You’re a contemporary person but ended up reading a fantasy that you loved, you read your first LGBT book and it was one of the best things you’ve ever read, you normally read classics but read a YA novel instead to prove how it’s inferior and it ended up being amazing)

TOM: 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin (I never used to like sci-fi, but this book got me into the genre!)

LUCY: 'The Flounder' by Gunter Grass. I found it randomly in my parents house one Christmas and just started reading it. Also 'The Fault In Our Stars'. I don’t usually like sicklit, but I actually loved it. 

That was it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this booktag as much as I have whilst creating it, and of course whilst reading the answers! It has easily been one of the most fun pieces I’ve ever written, for this blog or for anything else. If you want to do the tag too, you’re free to do it! Just make sure you link back here to the original, and that you let me know down below/on twitter (my twitter is @TheBookaneers29) because I would LOVE to check all your tags out! 

Thank you so much for reading and hopefully I’ll see all your tags soon!


  1. Wow a bloggers event. I would love to go to one. It sounds like you had a fantastic time. I loved the interview it's so refreshingly different. Well done.

  2. I love the book cover. Interesting interview :)

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