Member Spotlight: KnowledgeLost

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

Knowledgelost joined TheReadingRoom in January 2013 and has since reviewed more than 300 books, most recently Cop Town by Karin Slaughter and Divergent by Veronica Roth. His reviews also appear at Literary Exploration.

What book(s) are you reading right now?
Currently reading George Elliot’s Middlemarch, Matthew Lewis’ The Monk and just to make sure I’m not only reading classics just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth.

What book will you read next? I never think that far ahead in my reading, it will depend on what I feel like reading.


What has been your favorite book of the year, so far? At the moment I think it was The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ask me tomorrow and I might give you a different answer.

What was your favorite childhood book? Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

What were your reading habits like as a child? Non existent.

Do you read one book at a time, or several? Often too many but I try to limit myself to three at a time.

Where is your favorite place to read? In bed.

Do you write in the margins of books? No, I care about my books too much to do that

What makes you love a book? The book needs to explore a theme in an interesting way, making it transgressive fiction often helps.

What will inspire you to recommend a book? I don’t need inspiration, I’ll recommend a book to anyone that listens; have you all read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley yet?

Shadow of the wind

Is there one book you would recommend to everyone? My default recommendation is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón simply because it has a bit of everything in it.

Is there a book you love that nobody else seems to? There seem to be a lot of people that didn’t like The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, but I won’t rant about that here.

What is your favorite genre to read? Not that I would call them genres but I prefer literary fiction and classics.

How often do you agree with critics about a book? I prefer it when I don’t.

How do you feel about giving negative reviews? Love them, they are so much fun to write and I feel like I can vent about everything I didn’t enjoy about the book. However I do have to be careful and remain respectful and constructive.

Have you ever been intimidated to start reading a book? Finnegans Wake by James Joyce is very intimidating, but I still plan to read it because I’m pretentious.

Do you keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I keep them

What is a book you didn’t expect to like, but did? Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann and Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead.


What was the last book that you couldn’t put down until you finished it? Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

What is your favorite book series? The Philip Marlowe series by Raymond Chandler

Who is your favorite book character? Philip Marlowe

Who is favorite author? Don’t make me choose. Can I mention Raymond Chandler three times in a row?

What is your favorite book of all time? Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I read that book almost every year.

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