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Pamf-LIT: Sharon Forrester

Pamf-LIT: Sharon Forrester

Pamf-LIT: Sharon Forrester

It’s funny, this whole process of asking cool women to share their literary lives and loves with us is a curiously intimate process. I’ve known Sharon, a freelance fashion and beauty writer, for years, but finding out what her favourite books are has given me an insight into her character which I never had before. A person’s bookshelf is about as personal as it gets, and we’re very grateful to all our Pamf-LIT subjects for letting us in.

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

I always read real books and, as long as they’re still publishing them, I think I always will. I just love the physicality of books. Although I can see the appeal of a Kindle for going on holiday (less books = more room for shoes!) – or when you’re reading the full works of Shakespeare or something.

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Pamf-LIT: Tavi Gevinson!

Pamf-LIT: Tavi G

Pamf-LIT: Tavi G

That’s right, we got the blogging wunderkind, indie teen queen and ed-in-chief of Rookie mag to tell us all about her literary life. Enjoy!

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Paperbacks, though I kind of want a kindle because I would probably read more and then I wouldn’t have to stress about ugly covers (so petty, I know).

How do you organise your books?

One of my book cases just organizes them by size, but I have them scattered throughout the rest of my room by theme/color. On the shelf next to my bed I have the books that have basically taught me how to live and shaped my point of view more than any other, including everything from Rodarte’s book with Catherine Opie and Alec Soth to zines from Rookie readers to The Westing Game.

What’s the book you reread more than any other?

The Virgin Suicides.

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Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT: Robyn Wilder

Pamf-LIT’s back after a week off for Easter! Here freelance writer and almost award-winning blogger Robyn Wilder shares her shelves, sci-fi secrets and hardback health and safety issues…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Kindles. I used to be anti-Kindle, then one night I fell asleep reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in bed, and it smacked me square in the nose. It’s a massive book and I still have the scar. So, essentially, Kindles out of spite.

How do you organise your books?

First by shape, then by author, then by whatever I can jam into the gaps. So entire author back catalogues sit happily alongside my Maurice Sendak Nutshell Collection, a book of weird Estonian fairy tales and a, er, hat.

What’s the book you reread more than any other?

I’ve read The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas about three times, because I thought it was so inventive and irreverent. I also accidentally read G.W. Dahlquist’s The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters twice. I got through half a second reading having “really weird déjà vu” before I realised that I’d read it before. Read More…


Pamf-LIT: Sarah Drinkwater

Pamf-LIT: Sarah Drinkwater

The Enchanted Hunters London style+fun blogger Sarah Drinkwater shares her bookshelf-secrets with us for our weekly column of literary inspiration and bookish confessions…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

Books, still. I was a real snob about Kindles until I went on holiday with a Kindle-owner and discovered you can send longform articles to it, and spent the whole week wading through great pieces from places like The Atlantic and Slate. Here‘s an especially good list of longform articles from the owner of the Kindle that converted me.

How do you organise your books?

I really don’t. As well as a stuffed bookcase at my parents and the magazine pile I live on top of, I have a double-width bookcase in my hallway with my very favourites rammed in. The picture is the least embarrassing corner of it, and still manages to include a book on the history of gin in London and one on Victorian spiritualists. Believe me, the other areas were worse.  Read More…


Pamf-LIT: Jane Bradley

Jane Bradley 2013 webThis week we have a snoop around For Books’ Sake editor and founder Jane Bradley’s bookshelves…

Do you read paperbacks or Kindle?

I can definitely see the appeal of Kindles (especially when out and about), but I’m a bit retro in that I don’t own one! Being lucky enough to be on the receiving end of regular review copies of ‘real’ books, I just haven’t got round to getting one. And since I freelance full-time from home, it’s only if I’m away or travelling to meetings that I get time to read on the go, so I’m more than happy sticking with paperbacks for now.

How do you organise your books?

By colour and size. I’m so sentimental about my books, and I love them so much – I like their visual impact to match that of their contents! My books have got pride of place in our living room and it’s really geeky how much I love looking at them – my partner’s are off to one side so they’re not so visible from where I usually sit, otherwise it’d wind me up too much that they’re not organised ‘right’! Read More…


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