#BookADayUK November 2014

#bookadayuk takes place on Twitter.  During November Headline are hosting the event.

Below is my list of books selected for days 1 – 15.  There are some great prompts for consideration this month, so feel free to let me know which books/characters you would have chosen.  I’ll be back with another #BookADayUk entry later this month.

1st:   Your favourite hairy heroDewey the Library Cat. I wish my library had a resident cat.

2nd:   A book you can’t wait to read this winterRevival by Stephen King. I am such a big Stephen King fan I’ve been looking forward to this one ever since I first heard he was writing another book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and was so excited when I read that this book would see King return to horror.

3rd:   Your favourite fictional family – The Weasleys from the Harry Potter series.

4th:   A brilliant epic read (600+ pages) – At well over 1000 I think The Stand by Stephen King is a pretty epic read. I really want to read it again someday, especially now I’ve finished The Dark Tower, but it’s a daunting prospect, all those pages.

5th:   A character you love to hate – Ashton Main from North and South by John Jakes. She’s such a schemer, and goes out of her way to ruin everyone’s happiness, even her own family. Definitely not a nice character, but the trilogy wouldn’t be the same without her.

6th:   A book that reminds you of your school daysJane Eyre. I have fond memories of reading this for English class and loving the story so much that I’ve reread it more than once since.

7th:   The book you wish you owned as a first edition – This list could have been massive, but I went for the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

8th:   Best book featuring time travel – It’s still got to be 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  I have some other time-travel themed books in my TBR pile but even then I can’t imagine anything overtaking this book as my favourite.

9th:   A book you have to read twice to fully appreciateWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I must have missed SO much first time around, because even though I thought I was paying close attention I had no idea what the twist was going to be.

10th:   Favourite fantasy novel – Not just one novel, a whole series. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

11th:   Your favourite WW1 book – I thought Wake by Anna Hope was beautiful. The story deals with the lives of those affected by WW1, some directly, some indirectly. I reviewed Wake earlier this year.

12th:   A book on your shelf you haven’t got round to reading yet – Um, how long do you have?  To keep this list short I’m going to limit myself to just two selections and say the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and also the complete Sherlock Holmes collection.

13th:   A book you’d love to see on the big screen – I can’t just settle for one book because I think the Grisha trilogy would be absolutely amazing given the big screen treatment. It would be visually stunning.

14th:   A book you loved but wouldn’t want your mum to read – While I adored IT by Stephen King I can’t imagine it being a book that would appeal to her really.

15th:   A book that made you hungryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I have a sweet tooth.

 

So, that’s a mid-month #BookADayUk check in; I’ll be back at the end of the month with my bookish selections.  Have you read any of the books on my list?  What would you have selected for each category?  Would love to know what you think, so drop me a line in the comments…

#BookADayUK October 2014 Update 2

16th:   Most memorable adventure/journey in literature – Roland’s journey to The Dark Tower in the Stephen King series is one that will stay in my memory for a long time.

17th:   The nearest book to you right nowThe Diviners by Libba Bray

18th:   Made me laugh in public – As you can tell from my recent review of The Rosie Project, this book made me laugh out loud in public more than once.

19th:   Made me cry in publicThe Dark Tower by Stephen King.

20th:   Favourite bookworm in literatureMatilda by Roald Dahl.

21st:   One where I fell in love with the narrator – I wouldn’t exactly call it love, but I found the idea of Death narrating The Book Thief to be pretty unique.

22nd:   Makes me want to travel – Every time I re-read The Thorn Birds I always thin it would be marvellous to go and visit an Australian ranch like Drogheda.

23rd:   Best book on diversitySmall Island by Andrea Levy.

24th:   A hidden gem North and South by John Jakes. I love this series, and I know I’ve probably recommended it before, but it fits this category really well, so here it is again,

25th:   Most memorable food/drink moment in literature – The whole of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, especially the moment with the chewing gum which is an entire meal in one.  Just imagine how convenient that would be!

26th:   Clocks go back. Best book on time travel11/22/63 by Stephen King. I loved this book and I’ll definitely read it again.

27th:   Favourite epigraph – I love the verse about the bird with the thorn in its breast at the beginning of The Thorn Birds.

28th:   Has the best advice – It’s a long time since I read the book, but I can remember thinking The Carrie Diaries was a good read in terms of life advice for young people.

29th:   Most memorable fashion moment – Andrea going to work for Miranda Priestly and learnig all about the fashion industry in The Devil Wears Prada

30th:   Favourite experimental book – This one had me beat.

31st:   Spookiest readThe Shining by Stephen King has some of the spookiest scenes I’ve read in a while.

Top Ten Tuesday – The Halloween Edition

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.

This weeks theme is:   Books/Movies to get into the Halloween Spirit, or Characters I would want to be for Halloween.


I’ve gone for a mix of all of the above for this week’s TTT.

Books

I don’t think you could make a list like this and not include at least one Stephen King novel so I’ve chosen…

IT – This was one of the very first Stephen King books I read and although there’s plenty of horror and scares galore it was the childhood friendship of the Losers that really stayed with me, for they were so well-developed as characters you could almost imagine venturing down to The Barrens with them. What a wonderful group of friends.

The Shining – This book definitely has to be on the list. It has some of the creepiest scenes I’ve ever read. It’s the ultimate Haunted House book, and although I love reading about the place, you won’t find me anywhere near the Overlook Hotel.

Other books…

Dracula by Bram Stoker – Eerie and atmospheric, I love the opening scenes in Dracula. Definitely a book to pick up on a dark and storm Autumn night.

The Diviners by Libba Bray – I’ve not read this yet, but am hoping to start it soon. From the reviews I’ve read so far and the book trailer I saw recently it looks like a great read for this season.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill – I’ve put this one in books but I think both book and movie warrant a place on my list, as I will always remember seeing the movie in a packed cinema and someone a couple of rows in front screamed and leapt out her seat at least twice.

Movies

All of these are childhood favourites, but I always feel like re-watching them at this time of year, especially The Addams Family, which I watched countless times when I was young. I think it was one of my favourite movies.

The Addams Family

Addams Family Values

Hocus Pocus – Because every Halloween list needs at least one item featuring witches, and singing witches are even better.

Characters

Morticia Addams

Sarah Williams from Labyrinth, especially during the ballroom scene.  Or maybe even Jareth the Goblin King as that sparkly jacket would be great for Halloween.

 

#BookADayUK October 2014 Update 1

#bookadayuk is an event taking place on Twitter.  During October it is being hosted by Books Are My Bag.

Here are the book I thought of for the prompts from days 1 to 15.  I will make another post at the end of this month.

 

1st:  A book to curl up in front of the fire withThe Thorn Birds. It’s my ultimate comfort read. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve re-read this book over the years, and I think another re-read is due very soon.

2nd:  Favourite fictional dog – When I was young I absolutely adored Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton. I read that book many times because I loved it so much.

3rd:  A book from one of the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014 authorsStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. I liked the book so much it’s made me determined to check out more of her work.

4th:  One with a beautiful spineThe Diviners by Libba Bray.  My photo is over on my Twitter.

5th:  Favourite cinema/film reference in literature – I was almost beaten by this one. What a tough category. In the end I settled for Bridget Jones referencing Pride and Prejudice. Once I’d tweeted my suggestion, movie reference after movie reference came up in The Bone Clocks. Such is life.

6th: First book I bought in a bookshop – I can’t recall for certain but I would imagine it would have been something by Enid Blyton, as I was a big fan when I was young.

7th:  Last book I bought in a bookshopThe Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

8th:  Best bookshop find – The very first Jeeves omnibus by P G Wodehouse is my most memorable find. I adore those books and already wanted to collect the whole set, so these lovely omnibus editions were a revelation.

9th:  Favourite book about a bookshop84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I may have named this book when asked a similar question last month, but it really is a wonderful read. I’ve since found two other reads – The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry, and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, which I hope to read soon, but I can’t imagine any book surpassing 84 Charing Cross Road as my favourite bookshop book. We will see…

10th:  One with an orange cover – I went for my copy of Gone With The Wind for this one.  I posted the photo over on my Twitter.

11th:  Bought at a BAMB bookshop party – Can you believe I’ve never attended one?! I must try and find a local shop hosting an event.

12th:  Favourite bookseller recommendation – The last bookseller I spoke to was a massive fan of Murakami, and had high praise for his latest novel, which I really must read.

13th:  Changed meaning when I reread it later in life – I first read Jane Eyre in school, and whilst I did enjoy it I found it had a much greater impact on a recent reread, and it’s now one of my all time favourite classic novels.

14th:  I adore the title of this novelThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It sounds so mysterious, just like the story itself.

15th:  Best home in literature – The Burrow, AKA home of the Weasley family in the Harry Potter series. That’s one home I would love to visit!

 

 

#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.

The Sunday Post #4

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I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week, with a cold which is making me feel really tired (great excuse for a nice sit down with a cup of tea and a good book).

New To My Shelves This Week:

Everything this week comes courtesy of one library or another. No matter how many books I already have stacked up on my TBR pile, I’m incapable of going to the library just to browse; I ALWAYS come out with something.

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Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell – I read Fangirl recently and absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed Landline too, so thought I should check out other works by this author.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – I stumbled upon this book whilst browsing in the bookshop a few weeks back and kept thinking I would probably get it once I’d read a few of the books on my TBR pile, but recently I’ve read so much positive feedback about it that I didn’t feel like waiting any longer, so I’m looking forward to starting this soon.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – The library have really done me proud this time, for look at this wonderful book. I requested this book ages ago, way before publication, and way before I realised it was long listed for the Booker Prize. I think the cover is absolutely wonderful, and can’t wait to see if the story contained within the pages lives up to my expectations.

Books I’ve Reviewed This Week:

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. Gave this one 5 stars because I loved every minute of every short story (and I’m not generally a reader of short stories).

Books That Have Caught My Eye This Week (Must find out more):

Temeraire by Naomi Novik – Mainly because the cover has been redesigned and that caught my eye, then I realised I’d already purchased the e-book, way back when I first had my e-reader, so now my interest is raised again and I really must get around to reading it.

Anarchy by James Treadwell – I actually cannot believe that I missed this book. I read the first book, Advent a while ago. How has it escaped my notice that the sequel is available? I really must get my hands on this book.

Events I’ve Participated In:

#bookadayuk is still in progress on Twitter.  For more information, see this post on Welovethisbook.com.  I’ll be doing a mid-month progress post on this topic some time next week.

Also, the Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon has just started, (see HERE for more information) so that will be keeping me occupied for the next couple of weeks. I love read-a-thons, and the idea that so many like-minded people from all around the world are all joining together to participate in a reading event. I always end up finding countess books that I must add to my TBR list whilst browsing blogs.

Other Posts This Week:

Teaser Tuesday – The Miniaturist.
Thursday Thoughts – Cover Changes.