Romance is not, and never will be my genre of choice. Therefore I might be slightly hopeless at a Valentine's Day post. The popular alternative is an anti-Valentine's post, but who wants to lessen the beauty of love? Instead, I thought I would introduce you to my very own "Valentine", Sheff, and get him to share some bookish views from the male mind. Enjoy!
|Sheff in a cafe in Bath - He came with me to the Jane Austen Museum. He's all right this one!|
Hi! Welcome to Mab is Mab. Would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi, I'm Sheff. I'm a User Experience Consultant also interested in psychology - particularly how it can be applied to improving wellbeing. I like flapjacks and tea, and I'm a bit of a martial arts nerd. I play more FIFA than my girlfriend thinks is healthy.
(Mab: FIFA is the enemy)
Nice to have you here! Do you have a favourite book?
I have quite a few favourites so cant really just say one, so I will pick ones on a couple of different topics:
Fiction - I really enjoyed the Mistborn Trilogy. The epic-ness and how they brought an element of science to fantasy
Fact - The Happiness Hypothesis. A mix of philosophy and psychology that introduces loads of really interesting concepts that can be applied to real life. I cant rave enough about this book. And a special mention has to go to Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-kicking Films of Steven Seagal - If I was going write a book this would have been it!
If you could be anyone from a book you have read, who would you be and why?
Hmmm tough one I will have to come back to this. I cant really think of anyone.
(Mab: cop out!)
Have you ever read a romance novel? What do you think of it?
Ro-mance? What is this?!... Joking aside, no I don't think I have... Wait, I once read a book called Dream Traders (years and years ago), it had an element of Romance to it I think (and lots of Opium).
Sounds, intriguing... Finish this sentence: "I read because..."
I want to learn. (and sometimes because I want a bit of escapism)
Why did you name my Kindle "Bindle"?!
Bindle sounds like Kindle...! A Bindle is a bag on a stick.
Erm, ok. You've joked about writing you "memoirs" before - who would play you in a film version?
Anyone but Sean Bean!!!
If you were to recommend one book to my readers, what would it be and why?
I recommended it earlier - The Happiness Hypothesis . Go read it now!
And finally: What's it like to have a girlfriend who has her head stuck in a book half the time?
(Mab: Oh ha ha)
You can read more about Sheff's explorations in the fields of UX and Psychology at his website: mcshefferty.com
Also, give him a follow on Twitter. I can't promise he'll share as many tea photos and cynical observations as myself, but he sure does share a lot of helpful knowledge!
Enjoy Valentine's day everyone!