#BookADayUK September 2014 Update 2

16th: Favourite picture book – I think the illustrations in the Beatrix Potter books are all beautiful.

17th: Favourite literary detective/policeperson – I have read and really enjoyed most of the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo. I also love Sarah Lund from The Killing.

18th: Favourite coming-of-age book – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

19th: Favourite seafaring novel – This has got to be Life of Pi.

20th: Favourite literary friendship – I love the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter books.

21st: A book to turn someone into a reader – I think The Book Thief is a book to inspire other people to read.

22nd: Best book recommended by a bookseller – The last time I went to the bookstore they were recommending the latest book by Haruki Murakami.

23rd: Favourite prize-winning book – I really enjoyed The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and it won the Booker Prize last year.

24th: Something to do with the 1920s – Without a doubt I’ve got to choose the Jeeves books by P G Wodehouse, because I absolutely love these books. I don’t think there’s anything to rival their capacity to make me laugh out loud.

25th: A book recommended by your parents – My mum recommended the North and South trilogy by John Jakes, and it’s brilliant, set in the American Civil War.

26th: Favourite poetry collection – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. I absolutely love the stage musical based on these poems, which is why I’ve chosen this one.

27th: Book set in your favourite country to visit – I really like Cornwall, so am going to say the Poldark books.

28th: Favourite literary troublemaker – Loki from The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris.

29th: The book that made you question everything – The book which had a massive emotional impact, and stayed with me long after I’d finished reading it, pondering on the way things had been tied up, and how it could have been different (and might be next time) was The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

30th: The best book you read this month – The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I loved every single page to the point where I slowed down as the book progressed, just so I could keep reading it for a little bit longer.

#BookADayUK September 2014 Update 1

I’ve been taking part in #bookadayuk on Twitter and have decided to make a series of posts featuring all the book suggestions I’ve submitted so far.  For more information about BookADayUk, see this post on Welovethisbook.com

1st: Favourite book about books and/or bookshops – 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

2nd: Favourite book set in a school – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, or any Harry Potter.  Also Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

3rd: Best Home Front novel  – Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

4th: The book you bought for the cover – I believe there were a couple of options on covers for The Book Thief, but I really liked this one.

5th: The book you bought despite the cover – I can’t honestly say I’ve ever bought a book and been put off by the cover design, but for this option I’ve chosen the later Song of Ice and Fire books, which I bought despite the fact they’ve changed the covers recently and my collection so far were all older editions so they now no longer match.

6th: Favourite book of short stories – Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

7th: Favourite fictional monarch  – King Joffrey Baratheon from A Song of Ice and Fire. The monarch we can all love to hate. Unforgettable!

8th: Favourite literary dinner party – I went for the Red Wedding feast during A Storm of Swords. Not the happiest of outcomes, granted, but the writing and the build up to that feast is probably one of the best things I’ve ever read, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget reading it for the first time. So intense.

9th: Literary crush – There are MANY, but to narrow it down to something manageable – George Hazard and Charles Main from John Jakes North and South trilogy, Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre, Father Ralph from The Thorn Birds (SO wrong, but…), Snape from Harry Potter, and Mr Thornton from North and South.

10th: A book that gave you hope – Wake by Anna Hope. This is a gently narrated novel, with a great deal of sadness, and yet by the conclusion I did feel a sense of hopefulness, as various characters went forward to face their futures.

11th: Best book recommended by a librarian – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. A book about the last woman executed in Iceland sounds a bleak prospect on the surface, but this book was intense and emotional, and the end was just so well written. I really did enjoy this book.

12th: Favourite Austen character – I really like Elizabeth Bennet, closely followed by Mr. Darcy.  I’m a big fan of Pride and Prejudice.

13th: Favourite Roald Dahl character (Roald Dahl Day) – Matilda. I can’t recall I ever read much Dahl in my younger days (!) but I read Matilda because I was going to see the stage musical, and I thought it was wonderful. Incidentally, the musical is utterly magical and definitely worth going to see. The way the magic and power of storytelling is woven into the narrative is just beautiful, and the set, although simple in construction, is a masterpiece.

14th: Character most like you – This is a really tricky one, because nothing instantly comes to mind; I can’t say I’ve read something and been instantly struck with the idea that a certain character is anything like me. If pressed for an answer I’d say I relate to some of Sansa’s character from the later Song of Ice and Fire books, or maybe Cath from Fangirl.

15th: Favourite Agatha Christie story – I really have drawn a blank on this one, because I’ve never read any Agatha Christie! So, maybe now would be the time be make amends? Am definitely willing to accept recommendations.