#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.

#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.

The Sunday Post #5

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The Sunday Post is hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received.  See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.  If you want to find out more please visit the official launch page!

I’m really enjoying the Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon, and have been glued to The Paying Guests all week. I had a list of around 4 books I hoped to read during this challenge, but for now I can’t tear myself away from The Paying Guests. It’s just such a good read that I couldn’t devote any time to another book until it’s done.

I’ve also been participating in the Bookish Challenges which are posted each day, and will be grouping these together into new journal posts in the near future. The ones I’ve already posted are linked at the bottom of this post.

The read-a-thon has also introduced me to the concept of reading sprints, a dedicated session of reading, anything from 15 minutes up to an hour. It’s a great idea, and whilst doing that I move away completely from blogging and Tumblr/Twitter/Wordpress and solely focus on my reading, which is nice, as I’m far too easily distracted by all the good book recommendations to be found on all these websites.

New To My Shelves This Week:

Everything this week is in e-book form.

The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimmington

The Woods by Harlan Coven

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

Books I’ve Reviewed This Week:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb – I’ve never read anything by this author before, but have heard many good things, so I wondered if I should start by reading this book.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – Whilst playing along with #BookADayUK on Twitter I realised that somehow I’ve managed to never read anything at all by Agatha Christie. After receiving some recommendations this title seemed to be something that I might enjoy. I can’t believe I’ve never read anything by this author before!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – I have The Name of the Wind already on my Kindle, but haven’t got around to reading it yet. This book caught my eye because of the lovely cover, and it sounds really good. I wonder if I could read it without having first read the other Kingkiller Chronicles?

Events I’ve participated in:

#bookadayuk is still in progress on Twitter. For more information, see this post on Welovethisbook.com.  I also posted my first update with all the books I’ve thought of so far here.

The Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon is well underway as mentioned above and I’ve been participating with daily progress updates, which I’ve added to my TBR List and Goals post, and also had a go at some of the daily Bookish Challenges, which I’ve grouped together into a single post (link below).

Other Posts/Summary of Activity on my Blog This Week:

Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon September 2014  TBR Goals and Progress
Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’ve Read One Book From And Need To Read More
#BookADayUK so far
Thursday Thoughts – Where Do You Read?
Trees of Reverie Daily Challenges

#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.