I participated in #BookADayUK in June and after a little break, I thought I’d participate again in September. This month it’s hosted by We Love This Book. I’ve also been tweeting and posting a new photo on Tumblr every day, so here’s a recap of the third week! Clicking on each image takes you to the Tumblr post.
15th: Favourite Agatha Christie mystery
I’ve only read three Agatha Christie books: And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile & Murder on the Orient Express, but I think And Then There Were None will be my favourite for a long time because I cannot imagine a more brilliant mystery! It may not be a book I’ll treasure forever but after reading it, I wanted to enthusiastically recommend it to everyone I knew. It has those moments that make you sit up and gasp, and wonder how you didn’t notice them before.
16th: Picture book
As I’m still new to children’s publishing, I don’t have a favourite picture book yet, although I’m loving reading them. I’ve picked one that was given to me by a colleague as a leaving present: William and the Missing Masterpiece.
17th: Literary detective
Laura Marlin is an incredibly passionate, intelligent and brave young detective! Dead Man’s Cove was (to my delight!) much more complicated and darker than expected, but it also leaves you nostalgic for a childhood you (likely) never had, full of breakfast by the sea, accompanied by a loyal Siberian Husky named Skye, roaming sand the ‘colour of a Labrador puppy’, but most of all, in the company of a brilliant friend capable of solving any mystery!
18th: Coming-of-age book
I read so many coming-of-age books since I love YA contemporary, so I went with one of the originals. It’s difficult to explain what I loved about The Outsiders. I read it four years ago and it was a mix of being blown away by the characters and the story, and being surprised because I didn’t know what the expect from this modern classic that I’d owned for years but hadn’t picked up.
19th: Favourite seafaring novel
I haven’t read any seafaring novels so I picked Second Chance Summer, which takes place around a rustic lake house in the sunny Pocono Mountains, Pennyslvania, and on the beach. It was a wonderful setting for the story and the feel of the entire book reminded me a little of Lilo and Stitch (‘Ohana’ means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.).
20th: Literary friendship
Code Name Verity has one of my favourite literary friendships, set during the Second World War, about Maddie and her best friend ‘Verity’: ‘Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.’
21st: A book to turn someone into a reader
I think the answer’s different for everyone because it’s so difficult to know which book will turn someone into a reader, but I firmly believe there’s a book out there for everyone. I’d probably give a reluctant teenage reader The Fault in Our Stars because there’s so many other wonderful books in that genre to recommend if they loved it.