#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 friend – Burial 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 bones – The 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 book – The 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 night – Disclaimer 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.