#BookADayUK May 2015 Part 2

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During May Dead Good Books are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected for the second half of the month.


16th:   Favourite Golden Age novel – How about a bit of Agatha Christie to get things underway? And Then There Were None.

17th:   Recommended by a friendBurial Rites by Hannah Kent. I loved this atmospheric read and was glad for the recommendation.

18th:   Literary sidekick – I’m not really sure which you would call the sidekick but I loved the team of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

19th:   A modern classic – I think the Harry Potter books probably count as modern classics.

20th:   An unusual murder weapon – I can remember there was a really good short story in Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood which had a pretty unique murder weapon. I’m not giving anything away because it’s a book well worth reading but the cleverness and the planning were really good.

21st:   Chilled my bonesThe Shining by Stephen King. There was one scene in that novel which almost made my skin crawl. What a read!

22nd:   Wish there was a sequel – I’m currently re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It’s many years since I first read the book, so I cannot recall how it ends and whether a sequel would be possible, but I’m already wishing that there WAS a sequel.

23rd:   Most beautiful bookThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Some of the imagery in that book is amazing.

24th:   Can’t wait to read…Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. This is the sequel to The Diviners, which I absolutely adored, so I eagerly await being able to return to that world again. Also The Winds of Winter by George R R Martin (am trying to be very patient in my wait for this book!).

25th:   Exotic location – Dorne from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

26th:   Most epic ending – It’s been a while since I finished reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and I STILL can’t get that ending out of my mind.  I really want to read that series again.

27th:   Best small screen adaptation – Okay, it’s early days, but how could I not mention Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I’m re-reading the book at the moment, which I’m loving, and I think the tv series really does it justice. Go watch it if you’re not already.

28th:   Summer read – Anything by Ali McNamara, Jilly Cooper or Karen Swan.

29th:   The unreliable narrator – Rachel from The Girl on the Train.

30th:   The book that kept me awake at nightDisclaimer is one of the books keeping me awake at the moment because I ALWAYS need ‘just one more chapter’.

31st:   My next read – I have an endless amount of books on my e-reader, all demanding attention, and a pile of library books which have to be back by a certain date, so I’ll probably go for one of those next. A few of the potential reads include – The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, The Incarnations by Susan Barker, Carnival of Shadows by R. J. Ellory and Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.

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