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#FictionFriday: Hufflepuff Horror

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Jon Margetts, who is one of our fantastic learning support practitioners. Jon's Hogwarts House is definitively Hufflepuff; Jon admits, "I did the Pottermore assessment TWICE because I was unhappy with being placed in Hufflepuff initially, and then got placed in Hufflepuff again. I have since accepted my fate." We think you're in good company with Newt Scamander and Nymphadora Tonks, Jon!



What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"My dad used to read me the Roald Dahl books out loud, so the first memory I have is probably of Matilda, or George's Marvellous Medicine. The first book I can remember reading myself was the novelizati…

#FictionFriday: The (Library) Borrowers

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking toSally Wilde - our Learning Centre assistant who makes sure the books go out to the right people and come back on time! She also oversees our Careers room and is a huge fan of live music.

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"A pillow fight story (read to me)... I read "The Secret Seven" by Enid Blyton, and also remember the Janet and John books!"
What is your favourite book of all time?

"Pear's Encyclopedia. Because I loved doing general knowledge crosswords. In the years before the Internet I would plough through to find things - from geography to Greek philosophers. It was really good fun!"
Which book would you love to…

#FictionFriday: Fan of Green Gables

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Natasha Ely, who is a Work Based Learner Functional Skills Lecturer for Maths and English. Natasha has chosen Ravenclaw as her Hogwarts House; considering they prize "wit, learning and wisdom" we think this is the perfect choice. 

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"Read to me - Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories. Reading myself - "The Church Mice" by Graham Oakley."

What is your favourite book of all time?

"This is so tough as I have about 30 that I reread regularly, but as I can only choose one, it's "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery.
Name one book or author that you really can't…

#FictionFriday: Hobbitually Creative

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Camilla Bell, who works in the Spot as one of our fantastic Student Support team. Camilla is a talented artist who is passionate about raising awareness of mental health, and fittingly she is also Team Gryffindor.


What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"The Magic Key - Biff, Chip and Kipper stories."

What is your favourite book of all time?

"My sketchbook - because I can draw in it without getting into trouble."

Which book would you love to be in or live inside its world?

"Harry Potter!"

What's your favourite book adaptation in film or TV?
 "The Hobbit - the motion picture trilogy."
Would you read the book before w…

#FictionFriday: Books and Cakes and Zombies

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.

 

Today we're talking to Robyn Murgatroyd, who is our resident Learning Centre Assistant, book charmer and sunny heart of the library. An English and History graduate from our own University Centre, Robyn is also an animal lover and environmentalist - and an excellent baker. She also didn't choose a Hogwarts House - but YC_Reading feels intuitively that she would be Hufflepuff.

Here are Robyn's choices...



What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?

"Squirrel Nutkin, by Beatrix Potter."

Name one book or author that you really can't stand!

"Thomas Hardy - I LOVE classic literature, but he's just too depressing. And wordy."

Which book would you …

#Fiction Friday: Austentacious Literature

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Welcome to  #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books.
Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.


Today we're talking to Katy Limmer.
Katy is an English lecturer and she can often be found perusing books in the library, talking animatedly about everything literary, or flicking through a copy of Empire magazine (she also specializes in film studies).Katy is a panelist for the YCAA and Waterstones Man Booker evening, so we knew that she would have lots to say about reading and literature!
And her Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw, making them a very well represented House amongst the faculty at Yeovil College thus far.

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"Ladybird Cinderella."
What is your favourite book of all time?

"Jane Austen - Persuasion."

Name one book…

#FictionFriday: Now That's What I'm Tolkien About...

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Welcome to our first ever #FictionFriday, where we ask Yeovil College staff to share their thoughts, opinions and just plain random tastes in books. Each staff member selects questions to answer from a finely honed and crafted selection, designed to entertain and educate us about their reading lives.



Today we're talking to Chris Canning.
Chris is our LRC Co-ordinator, and he can often be found helping students with referencing and e-resources in the Quiet Study Area.

Chris is a huge science fiction, fantasy and graphic novel fan, and has helped us select great titles for our fiction section, which is still growing steadily like a Hobbit after second breakfast. His Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw.

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
A book called "Tim and the Hidden People." It was a series of books where a boy finds a key that lets him see hidden people. Pirates and dead people and also some very scary trees... It was a little bit dark! With a talk…