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#FictionFriday: Sartorial Slytherin Splendor

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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 Carey Bastin, a Business lecturer with fine literary and sartorial taste. Carey was the original book club manager and blogger for YC Reading, and her Hogwarts House is Slytherin - home of Severus Snape and Merlin as well as He Who Must Not Be Named. Here's what Carey told us about her literary loves!


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

"James Frey - 'A Million Little Pieces'." (You can read our 2014 book club review here and borrow the novel from the Learning Centre.)
Name one book or author that you really can't stand

"I love them all!" …

#FictionFriday: This Librarian Runs

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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  Kim Campbell, our Assistant Learning Resource Advisor for FE. Kim is a dedicated runner who has participated in many charity race events, and a big fan of all things stationary (meaning pens, notebooks and sticky notes rather than non-moving objects)- and unintentionally amusing wordplay. Her favourite Marvel character is Harley Quinn, and her Hogwarts House is Gryffindor - perfect for the most intrepid member of the library team!

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
" "Andy Pandy's New Pet". Read by my parents, who are no longer with me, but my daughter still has the book."
What is your favourite book of all time?

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#FictionFriday: Down to (Middle) Earth

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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 April Cursons, who is our Assistant Learning Resource Advisor which means she makes sure the YCUC courses have books and reading lists for study and research. She also helps run our literary and literacy events, and occasionally appears in fancy dress for a good cause; recently she was an enthusiastic elf in Santa's grotto at the Yeovil College Victorian Christmas Fayre. April's Hogwarts House is definitely Ravenclaw - very suitable for one of our library staff.

What's the first book you remember reading, or being read?
"Being read - my Rainbow Brite annual. Reading by myself - my collection of She Ra and Thomas the Tank Engine Ladybird books. Spot the 80…

#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…