#BookADayUK February 2015 Part 2

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During February Borough Press are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected for the second half of this month.

16th:   Favourite book in translation – I adore the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’ve read many of his books, but I think the one that really stands out, and the one I’ve read more than once is The Shadow of the Wind.

17th:   Book you were wrong about – Not sure about this one?  Will have to give it some more thought.

18th:   Book you read after seeing the film – I recently watched Before I Go To Sleep and now I really want to read the book because I enjoyed the film a lot.

19th:   Favourite book about music – Hm, this is tricky. The Phantom of the Opera. I love the book and the stage show, and it does feature music, so I think that counts.

20th:   Slept with the lights on after reading – I don’t think I get scared too easily, but there were certain scenes in The Shining by Stephen King that I couldn’t get out of my mind for a while after reading the book!

21st:   Brings back good memoriesRight Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. There was a particular scene in this book that I just had to pause on because it made me laugh so much. I ended up rereading it over and over, and each time it just seemed funnier than the last. I laughed so much I had tears streaming down my face and ended up with stomach ache. It’s a good job I was home alone so no one could witness the scene.

22nd:   Glad you took a chance onTwenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. It was a total change from the books I would usually read and I found every minute of it a pure joy. I liked it so much I would read it again.

23rd:   Favourite book published in your lifetime – This question made me realise that many of the books I’ve read and enjoyed are quite literally before my time, especially when it comes to the classics such as Jane Eyre and North and South. So, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin it is then!

24th:   Character you’d least like to turn up on a blind date – Inspired by yesterday’s answer – Joffrey Baratheon. Enough to send any girl running for the hills I would imagine. While I may enjoy a fictional bad boy there are limits.

25th:   Book you would give to a lover – Have pondered on this one for so long now and still haven’t come up with an answer.  Oh, I know… Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I love the way Darcy and Elizabeth clash so often before they actually manage to accept that they’re in love with each other.

26th:   A book you’d love to discuss with your favourite author – Some of my favourite authors at the moment are Stephen King and George R. R. Martin, so I would happily sit and talk about any of their books with them, and any other books they wanted to talk about as well. It would be brilliant to get book recommendations from your favourite authors.

27th:   Longest owned unread – I have PILES of books that would fit into this category. I wouldn’t even know where to begin, but casting my eyes over my vastly over-stacked bookcase the first one that catches my eye is A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It’s such a massive book that it’s a little daunting, which may be one of the reasons I’ve never read it to date.

28th:   Book to convert a non-readerThe Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s a book about books, reading and a love of literature. It shows how these things can help bring people together and is all-round a wonderful story, although I did find parts of it pretty sad. Such a great read though.

#BookADayUK February 2015 Part 1

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter.  During February Borough Press are hosting the event.  This is a summary of the questions and the books I’ve selected so far.

 1st:   Book that defined my teenage yearsHarry Potter and midnight book launches were quite a defining feature of my (late) teenage years. I doubt there will be anything like that again. I used to love going along and people-watching as we waited for the crucial moment, just to see the vast variety of age groups who were all so invested in knowing what would happen to Harry and Co. next. Once I’d got my book in hand I would lose the whole weekend devouring it in an almost constant reading session.

2nd:   I’d like to know what @____’s favourite book is – All of you! Tell me your favourite book and I’ll probably add it to my TBR list, even though that’s always huge!

3rd:   My favourite character’s favourite song would be – For some reason Sansa Stark came to mind for me for this question, and the two songs which instantly sprung to mind were No Light, No Light by Florence and the Machine and I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady.

4th:   Matchmaking – These two characters should get together – Sara Falk and Mr. Sharp from The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher. I have high hopes that they were be reunited in future books because I would love for them to get together.

5th:   The author I would love to meet (living or dead) – I can’t just go for one, so – Stephen King, George R R Martin, Charlotte Bronte, P. G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen.

6th:   And the question I would ask them is – I would ask GRRM when The Winds of Winter is going to be published, and whether the tv series Game of Thrones will overtake the narrative of the books and whether that bothers/worries him. I would ask Wodehouse if Bertie Wooster was based on someone he knew in real life and whether any of the many hilarious antics he got up to were also real-life experiences made into fiction.

7th:   My favourite opening line – “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed” from The Gunslinger by Stephen King – such an iconic line and one that always remains in my memory.

8th:   Bought entirely for its coverA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, although I’ve just started reading it and the story so far is really good, so I’m glad I chose it.

9th:   The book that has always stayed with me – There are so many: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough, the North and South trilogy by John Jakes, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

10th:   A great book to read aloud – I’ve never really considered reading aloud so this one has me beat.

11th:   These two characters should not have got together – This is a tough one, but possibly Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights would have passed happier lives (and so would several other people) if the two of them had never been so drawn to each other.

12th:   Feelgood read – Any of the Jeeves books by P. G. Wodehouse. Nothing makes me laugh quite as much as those books. I read one once which was so funny I wouldn’t have dared read it on public transport in case anyone wondered what on earth I was laughing at so hard. I don’t think non-readers would appreciate how all-consuming a well-written comic moment of a book can be to induce such excessive laughter.

13th:   This book is precious to me because – All books are precious, I think, but the ones which have moved me to tears include The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough, The Dark Tower by Stephen King and The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

14th:   The book that reminds me of an exBirdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

15th:   Book set in the place you’re from – I can’t think of a single book set in my location, so I’m going for the place I would love to go to if we could travel into fictional worlds and say Westeros. I’d love to go to Dorne and Winterfell.

#BookADayUK December 2014 Part 2

#bookadayuk takes place on Twitter.  During December Baileys Prize are hosting the event.

16th:   Which @SpinelessClass you’d like to find in your stocking this year – Id’ never actually heard of this before so couldn’t think of anything, but some of the suggestions I saw on Twitter were really nice.

17th:   The bookshop you’ll be buying your Christmas presents from – I’ll probably mostly be buying online (mostly e-books), with a few purchases from a couple of local stores.

18th:   The literary character you’d most like to kiss under the mistletoe – Jericho Barrons from Darkfever. Can I choose two, as I’d love Thranduil from The Hobbit (yes, I’m probably basing this on the movie version) too!

19th:   The book that gets you in the festive spiritIt Must Have Been the Mistletoe by Judy Astley is my latest festive read.

20th:   Your favourite Christmas film adapted from a book – When I was young I used to love reading Home Alone 2 around Christmas time, and I loved the film too, although I have no idea whether the book or the film came first.

21st:   Your favourite fictional family – I really love the Weasleys from the Harry Potter series.

22nd:   Favourite festive character – Um, Santa Claus?! I don’t know how it can be possible but this question sees me drawing something of a blank.

23rd:   The book you’ll be giving for ChristmasFangirl by Rainbow Rowell. A total pleasure of a read and one I would love to be given myself for Christmas.

24th:   The book you want for ChristmasThe World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin is one. I also have the rest of the Throne of Glass series on my wish list too.

25th:   The literary house you’d most like to spend Christmas at – Can I go to Hogwarts, please? Tell me that’s not too much to ask…

26th: The best book you got for Christmas – I already had The Lies of Locke Lamora so I was really pleased to receive the other two books in that series and I can’t wait to start reading them.

27th:   The best-looking book on your shelfThe Oversight by Charlie Fletcher has a striking cover, and it’s going to be one of my first reads in the new year.

28th:   The three authors you would invite to your ultimate literary dinner party – Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and Sarah Waters.

29th:   The book you’re ending the year with – I ended my 2014 reading with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

30th:   The first book you’ll be reading in 2015The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

31st:   The character you’d most like to be with at midnight – Charles Main from North and South by John Jakes.

2014: The Year-End Book Survey

This survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.

I think this will probably before my final post before the Christmas break.  I will be back to blogging around January 3rd or 4th.  Hope you all have a brilliant break and see you next year!

2014 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:   50 at the time of writing.
Number of Re-Reads:   0
Genre You Read The Most From:   Fantasy, YA, contemporary

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Shadow & Bone and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Levin
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Dark Tower series and Revival by Stephen King

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Want You Dead by Peter James, mainly because it was recommended to me by a colleague who claimed it was the best book she’d read in the last two years. With such high praise and great expectations I guess it was a lot to live up to. I did enjoy the book, but it had been so built up that for me it fell short. I think coming into this series midway through, without having experienced the developing characters and their stories was probably a mistake for me too, as their subplots were just as interesting as the crime they were investigating.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. A fair amount of time has passed since I finished that book and I STILL can’t get the twist out of my mind, or how I missed it when I thought I was paying such close attention while I was reading. I really want to revisit that book sometime and read it again, knowing what I know now.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey was one I recommended, and was delighted when I took the book back to the library to see that the next request for the book was for a reading group. I bet they had an amazing time reading and discussing the book. I almost wish I’d been part of the group.

Also The Collected Works Of A. J. Fikry. I think this is a wonderful book for anyone who loves books and reading. It was a joy to read, and definitely one I would recommend, although you may need your tissues for the ending, which I wish I’d known before I started because I found it really sad.

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo was one of the best series I started. At first I was just reading, but part way through the first book something really took hold and I was swept up with the world of Ravka and the characters of the book. I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the series because I enjoyed it so much. The second book didn’t disappoint either, just made me love this fictional world even more.  I’m saving Ruin and Rising for 2015 because I don’t want the series to end for me.

Siege and Storm is probably the best sequel, as it carried on the great pace during the latter stages of Shadow and Bone, and set the scene nicely for the final confrontation which I will hopefully read about soon in Ruin and Rising.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Leigh Bardugo for the Grisha trilogy.
Margaret Atwood after I read Stone Mattress.
E Lockhart for We Were Liars.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I read The End of Your Life Book Club which is far removed from the type of thing I would normally read.  I do tend to stick with the familiar because reading a book can take up a lot of time, so I want it to be something I know i’m going to enjoy.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, but especially Wizard and Glass.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was thrilling in a different way, it was a really engrossing drama.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo was another book I couldn’t tear myself away from.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I would read The Dark Tower again in a heartbeat, all 8, house-brick sized books of that series kept me gripped.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. I thought this was a lovely cover the first time I saw it, but once I’d read the book and could pick out various details I thought it was even more brilliant.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy.
Evie O’Neill and Jericho from The Diviners, and their nemesis Naughty John.
Charles Jacobs from Revival.
Jericho Barrons and V’Lane from Darkfever.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was wonderfully written, and so was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I can’t possibly choose between the two of them so I have to say both. Each book made me feel really immersed in the world/time period.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Reading The Dark Tower series almost back to back had a pretty great impact by the time I reached the latter books. I felt really engrossed in the plot and characters and really cared about their eventual fates, so inevitably there were tears involved on more than one occasion.

The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin had a great impact too. It was such a lovely, warm read, but by the end I was crying again.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

The whole Dark Tower series. That was such an intense reading experience, especially towards the latter end of the series. I can’t believe I waited so long to get on with it. I’m definitely going to re-read it sometime. Would 2015 be too soon to tackle all those 1000s of pages all over again?!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book let you choose a few thoughts for yourself” – Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, p.39

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

The Longest according to my Goodreads shelf is The Dark Tower by Stephen King which comes in at 1079 pages. I’m actually pretty surprised at this, because I read that book on my e-reader and it didn’t feel that long at all. Who knew?

I think the shortest was The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith at 240 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The final scene in The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey made me really wish I was reading this book at the same time as someone else, so we could talk about it. It wasn’t what I expected at all, but I did find it quite satisfying.

Also, several scenes from The Dark Tower by Stephen King, including the final scene featuring Roland. I would love to know what other people made of the end of Roland’s quest.

The final stages of Revival were pretty shocking too.  That’s not a place I would want to go to!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Cath and Levi from Fangirl.
Mac and Jericho Barrons from Darkfever. No, wait… Mac and V’Lane. ARGH! Too tough, I can’t choose!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Melanie and Miss Justineau from The Girl With All The Gifts.
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi from The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I’ve read quite a few of her books and I really enjoyed her latest offering.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Want You Dead by Peter James. A colleague gave it to me, saying it was the best book she’d read in the last two years.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Jericho Barrons and V’Lane, both from Darkfever.
Thranduil from The Hobbit (although I may be basing this on the film version rather than the book).

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Wake by Anna Hope. That book was such an emotional, well-written read. It was definitely memorable.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I love Mid-World from The Dark Tower, and Ravka from the Grisha trilogy. Both were really vividly created.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I adored everything about that book, from the relationships Cath formed to the fictional world of Simon and Baz that Cath was so devoted to writing fanfiction about. It was a wonderful read and I would read it all over again.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion also provided some laugh out loud moments too.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

The Dark Tower by Stephen King.
The Collected Works Of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I really liked Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. What an atmospheric read. I picked it up after it was recommended to me by someone at work and I was really glad I gave it a go.

I also really enjoyed It Must Have Been the Mistletoe by Judy Astley as a nice seasonal read.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I know I keep mentioning this book, but yet again I’m going to go for The Dark Tower.  Reading what happened to the ka-tet before Roland completed his quest was so crushing (and I’ll say no more because I don’t want to risk posting spoilers for anyone who wants to read the series).

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I loved the mixture of story and fanfiction, and the way the novel addressed writing fanfiction, which has always appealed to me.  It was also a pleasure to read.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, mainly because this book promises a big twist and I read some of the comments at the beginning of the book before I started reading and I worked out what the twist was going to be.  That annoyed me as I never read the book with any other idea in mind, and when I turned out to be right there was just no element of surprise left at all.  I would love to know how I would have responded to that book had I not seen the twist coming, because I’m the first one to admit I love a good twist in the tale.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

This is my first year of book blogging, in fact I’ve only been blogging for a few months, so everyone and everything I’ve discovered has been new, and they’re all brilliant. I have all these excellent blogs to thank for my ever-expanding TBR list, because they all write such great reviews of some really interesting-sounding books.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

I absolutely loved reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, so writing a review for that book was a pleasure. To date I still don’t have it up on my blog, but it’s coming soon, so an eye out for that one!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I must admit I haven’t really branched out into discussion posts yet, and it’s something I really want to try and incorporate into my blog during the coming year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

One of the very first events, and the one that prompted me to think I should probably start a book blog was Sarah’s Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon. That was the very first time I even became aware there was such a thing as the book blogging community, so I’ll always look on it fondly, and participate whenever there’s going to be another event.

I also really enjoyed Bout of Books, and will doing the next Read-A-Thon.

The meme I participate in most regularly is Top Ten Tuesdays. There are always such interesting topics and I love reading other peoples’ lists.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

In general my favourite and best moments of book blogging are when I’ve absolutely adored a book and can put all that enthusiasm into my review in the hope that other people will pick up that same book and also have an awesome read, or that they’ve already read the book and we can talk about all the things that made it so amazing.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I think that was probably one of my Weekend Posts but I’m not really sure.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I guess any review could fall into this category. It takes so long to write a review, trying to word it well enough without revealing any spoilers can take up so much time.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Finding a bookshop that actually stocked a demo model of the new Kindle. I kept looking at it online and really wanted to see one in real life, but it took ages for anyone within reasonable travelling distance to have them in stock.

Also – Magnetic bookmarks!! I love them. They’re pretty, they hold your reading place easily, and they don’t get lost in handbags quite so easily as regular bookmarks. I’ve started a collection of them.

Finally, discovering the whole world of book blogging was a great discovery for me. Can you believe that before the middle of this year I had no idea such a wonderful place existed?

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

The only challenge I had this year was the Goodreads challenge. I set myself a target of reading 35 books, which I managed to complete. I’m hoping to sign up to a few more year-long challenges this time though. The only reason I didn’t before was because I have no idea about the book blogging community and the number of great challenges available.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Just one, really? I could give you a whole list. Here’s just a few – Cinder/Scarlet/Cress, The Lies of Locke Lamora plus the rest in that series, The Name of the Wind plus the rest in that series, The Bronze Horseman, Anna/Lola/Isla. I think I’ll stop there.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. One word – FAE!!!

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I have absolutely no idea, but if you have some recommendations then I’m willing to listen…

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Okay, it’s not the series ending, and there’s a good chance it may not happen in 2015 but please please please give me The Winds of Winter soon! Please? I’ve been anticipating this book for a very long time now.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

I hope to maintain my blog and keep adding new content and reviews. I’d also like to participate in plenty of online read-a-thons and events, and keep reading reviews and finding brilliant new books to read.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

None yet.  Feel free to recommend some to me though.

Books I’ve Loved and Books I’m Looking Forward To

Good afternoon all.
With the end of the year fast approaching I’ve started to turn my attention to a bookish survey looking back on 2014. Before that, however, I would like to offer up 5 of the books that I enjoyed reading over recent months.
It was only when I started thinking about this list that I realised a great deal of the books I’ll mention are ones I’ve yet to review on my blog, so this serves as a little preview of reviews to come in the New Year.
The final two on the first part of my list are books I’ve already reviewed and you can click the links to see more about each book.

The Diviners
by Libba Bray – 1920s New York, a ghostly serial killer, the creepiest haunted house I’ve read about in a while, and a colourful array of characters who all apparently have superhuman gifts and talents. What more could you want?

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning – The first book in the Fever series sees Mac venture to Ireland to try and find answers regarding the murder of her sister. What she actually learns is that there is another world, that of the Fae, and that she has powers which enable her to see the fae in their true form, which isn’t always pretty. She also finds Barrons Books and Baubles, a most enticing-sounding bookstore, and it’s owner, the enigmatic Jericho Barrons, with whom she forms a sometimes tempestuous alliance.

by Stephen King – Character driven tale of Jamie Morton and the one-time reverend Charles Jacobs, who embarks on a dark path after a personal tragedy which will have consequences beyond anything either of the characters ever envisaged.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – The second book in the Grisha trilogy was fast-paced and introduced some interesting new characters whilst also continuing the story of Alina and the Darkling. I can’t wait to read the final book in the trilogy.

The Girl With all the Gifts by M. R. Carey – Post-apocalyptic themed, totally engrossing tale. I don’t want to say too much and give anything important away, but definitely worth a read.

And here are five I’m looking forward to reading in 2015, some already published and waiting on my TBR pile, and some yet to be released:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – I am experiencing something of a Fae fascination at the moment (I think it comes from my reading of the Fever series) so I was really excited when I heard about this book.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – The follow-up to The Diviners, which was probably one of my favourite reads of 2014, so needless to say I’m pretty excited to get my hands on this one.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I’ve avoided reading too much about this book, hoping to avoid spoilers. I hope to make this one of my first reads of 2015.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – This is a series I’ve wanted to read for a while now.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Another new-to-me fantasy series that sounds intriguing.

So, that’s my round-up of books for now. I hope I have many happy hours reading ahead with the books I’ve mentioned above.  Have you read any of the books on my list?  Which ones did you enjoy the most?  As always do let me know in the comments.

#BookADayUK December 2014 Part 1

#bookadayuk takes place on Twitter.  During December Baileys Prize are hosting the event.

 1st:   The book you began the year with – It seems a very long time ago now, but I think it was Carrie by Stephen King.

2nd:   The book you tell everyone about – At the moment I can’t stop talking about Revival by Stephen King and The Collected Books of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

3rd:   Favourite classic by a female authorJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve read that book.

4th:   The book you re-read at least once a yearThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough, and no matter how many times I read the book I still cry at the end.

5th:   The best-looking book on your shelf – I would have said The Diviners by Libba Bray, but it was a library book and I returned it last week so it’s no longer here!

6th:   Your favourite female author – I really like Sarah Waters.

7th:   The female author you’d most like to meet – I would love to have met Charlotte Bronte so I could thank for for creating Mr. Rochester

8th:   The book you’d choose if you could only read one againThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read this book a while ago and it’s been on my mind that I must read it again ever since. It has some gorgeous imagery, and I think it would make a wonderful movie.

9th:   The book you’ve been meaning to read for a while – Just one? Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I really am going to read it soon!

10th:   The book you’d give your best friendFangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I adored that book in so many ways from Cath as the lead character to the fictional world of Simon Snow and the fic writing that world inspired. A real joy to read and definitely one I would give to a friend.

11th:   The book that makes you cryThe Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin made me cry most recently, but it was a brilliant read.

12th:   The book your mum passed on to youThe North and South trilogy by John Jakes. I cannot speak highly enough of this series; it’s such a great read and there are some brilliant characters, both heroes and villains.

13th:   The book with the best advice – I think the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith have brilliant little observations and advice about life, delivered in a gentle manner.

14th:   Favourite winner from the Baileys PrizeHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

15th:   Your favourite book with an ambiguous ending – The ending of The Giver by Lois Lowry was pretty ambiguous.

That’s it for now – I’ll be back at the end of the month with another list of books!  Have you read any of my choices?  What did you think of them?  Let me know in the comments.


#BookADayUK November 2014 Part 2

#BookADayUK takes place on Twitter and this month it is hosted by Headline.

16th: The best debut you read this year – I read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and thought it was absolutely brilliant.

17th: Your favourite mystery novelThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was atmospheric and mysterious. I really enjoyed that book, and would probably read it again.

18th: Your favourite sport book – This topic makes me wonder if I’ve ever actually read a sport book, and I think the answer is probably a resounding ‘no’. That being the case can I say Harry Potter, because who doesn’t think Quidditch is a brilliant sport?!

19th: A brilliant book with an eye-catching red cover – I loved the cover of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

20th: Your favourite fictional pet – How about Ghost from Game of Thrones? Direwolves are so fierece!

21st: A book you’ve read that you wish had a sequelThe Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey. I’m torn on this one actually, because I loved the book so much that I would certainly have enjoyed a sequel, but it did have a definite end, which doesn’t particularly require furthering. Melanie and Miss Justineau are such great characters though that I would really like more of their story.

22nd: Your favourite book about a journeyThe Dark Tower by Stephen King – Roland’s journey is definitely epic.

23rd: An awesome autobiography by one of your heroes – It’s not an autobiography as such, but I did like On Writing by Stephen King. I also liked Stephen Fry’s Moab Is My Washpot.

24th: A series you’d happily read all over againHarry Potter by J. K. Rowling, the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, The Dark Tower by Stephen King and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I couldn’t possibly have chosen only one for this topic.

25th: A book you want for ChristmasThe World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I keep looking at this one every time I go into the bookstores – the illustrations are beautiful, and it would be a lovely companion book to the rest of the series.

26th: Your favourite cookery or baking book – This one has me baffled.

27th: Your favourite US classic – How about The Great Gatsby?  I love books set in that era.

28th: A book with beautiful title typography – I know this answer is starting to feature heavily in my picks, but I love the type on the Grisha book covers, it’s so grand-looking.

29th: Favourite fictional world – Ravka from the Grisha trilogy, Mid-World from The Dark Tower and Westeros from A Song of Ice and Fire. All of these have the potential to be brutal places, but there are so many great things about each of the places too.

30th: Your favourite book featuring a wedding – Would it be cruel to name A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. There are at least a couple of exceptionally memorable weddings in that book. I think the Red Wedding was one of the best pieces of writing I’ve read in a long time. The build up was fantastic, and the outcome just heartbreaking.