Archive Article – Vlog Of The Week/Desert Island Books: Lesley from “Words Of A Reader”

First published 22/04/12

Hi everyone,


Here I am again with my feature “Vlog Of The Week” where I feature one of the many book vloggers out there in YouTubeland.  This week’s featured vlogger is Lesley from “Words Of A Reader”.



Lesley has loved books since before she could remember, getting whoever she could to read to her as often as possible.  At the age of four, she got sick of having to wait for someone to have the time to read to her. As a result, Lesley learned to read for herself so that she could hear her stories whenever she wanted and hasn’t stopped since.


She started writing at around 11 years old and kept it up as a  hobby consistently well.  Lesley is also a huge music fan and worked as a music Journalist for a few years but books have always been her first love and, as a result,  thought of vlogging and blogging about them as a way forward.



Lesley’s favourite genres are Classics, Literary fiction, Children’s Lit, Travel Writing and Memoirs with her favourite individual books being:


Little Women -Louisa May Alcott
Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
Mr Rosenblum’s List – Natasha Solomons
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby



Her favourite characters are:


Laurie (Theodore Laurence) from Little Women, who is Lesley’s literary crush, as he’s charming and playful but very real and believable.

Agatha Runcible from Vile Bodies because she’s the kind of girl that you would want to party with. Clever, hilarious and up for anything.

Lemony Snicket from the Series of Unfortunate Events. This is because he’s the most genius narrator that Lesley has encountered plus she loves the way Daniel Handler weaves his pseudonym into the story.



As part of a new segment that I’ll be trying out called “Desert Island Books” (based on the BBC Radio programme, “Desert Island Discs”), I asked Lesley to select the eight books that she’d like to be stranded on a desert island with.  She selected:


“Little Women”, “Vile Bodies”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “I Capture the Castle” (because she can’t be without them), Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, plus she cheated a little by selecting a collection of Oscar Wilde’s plays, a collection of Shakespeare plays and one of  P.G Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster Ominbus volumes.


If you’d like to see more of Lesley’s vlogs, just follow the link.  Lesley also has a blog which partners her vlogs and she can be contacted through Twitter.



If you’d like to be featured on “Vlog Of The Week” or “Desert Island Books”, please feel free to get in touch.


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