30-Day-Book-Meme in One Day

I found this little meme from Nishita’s blog.

Day 01 – The best book you read last year

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Absolutely broke my heart.

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I re-read this once around every three years. It’s a comfort read.
Day 03 – Your favourite series

I would have to say Harry Potter! I did love it so much and despite what critics may say, I thought J. K. Rowling wrote a rather spectacular series with memorable characters and a vivid world.

Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series

Prisoner of Azkaban – book 3. Hello Sirius Black!

Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

Tintin! My favourite is Tintin in Tibet.

Day 06 – A book that makes you sad

I don’t think any book makes me sad in its entirely although I did wallow on the endings for The Mill on the Floss and Great Expectations. Or any book by Hardy too, I suppose.

Day 07 – Most underrated book

I’m going to cheat on this question. I’m going to say The Age of Reason by Sartre – not because the book is underrated but because, I think, its readability or accessibility is underrated. I found it a really enjoyable read. Forget about the intimidation of the author and its philosophical significance and just enjoy the story.

Day 08 – Most overrated book

I’m afraid I still don’t get the obsession for The Great Gatsby despite reading it three times since high school. Perhaps one last shot in the future?

Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson. I’m not a crime fiction fan and I’m aware that this book was the talk of the town a few years ago so I steered clear. I bought a copy at a library sale (for 2o cents!) the day before I left for my holiday and I simply couldn’t put it down. I wanted to stay in my room while in Vienna so I could just finish it. What an amazing and creepy story. If you find  an old library copy of this in Prague, that was probably mine.

Day 10 – Favourite classic book

Jane Eyre but I love most classics.

Day 11 – A book you hated

I don’t think I’ve ever hated a book but I wasn’t a huge fan of The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham.

Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore

I recently tried reading the ‘reunion’ book Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal. I grew up on these as a child and teenager and was crazy about them. I haven’t re-read any of the old titles since but the latest book was just horrendous. I couldn’t get past the first five pages because it was just so cringe-worthy and cliched.

Day 13 – Your favourite writer

Classics – the Bronte sisters. Modern – Jasper Fforde

Day 14 – Favourite book of your favorite writer

The Eyre Affair. Ah, so uber-creative. And the word play!

Day 15 – Favourite male character

I thought nobody could top Fitzwilliam Darcy but Frederick Wentworth managed to knock my socks off.
Day 16 – Favourite female character

Thursday Next! Tough, gritty, resilient, resourceful. And she knows her books.

Day 17 – Favourite quote(s) from your favourite book(s)

“He was filled with regret. In his life, nothing had ever had a tomorrow. He had admired afar all beautiful and passionate love-affairs; but a great love was like ambition, it would have been possible only in a world in which things were important, in which the words one spoke, and the things one did, left their mark; and Gerbert felt as if he were being cooped up in a waiting-room whose exit no future would ever open for him.” – p. 271. She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir.

 

I go, I go away, I walk, I wander, and I wander to no purpose: this is the University vacation, everywhere I go I bear my shell with me, I remain at home in my room, among my books, I do not approach an inch nearer to Marrakesh or Timbuctoo. Even if I took a train, a boat, or an autocar, if I went to Morocco for my holiday, if I suddenly arrived at Marrakesh, I should be always in my room, at home. And if I walked in the squares and in the souks, if I gripped an Arab’s shoulder, to feel Marrakesh in his person, well! – that Arab would be at Marrakesh, and not I: I should still be seated in my room, placid and meditative as is my chosen life, two thousand miles away from the Moroccan and his burnous. In my room. For ever. – p. 186. The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

Perhaps controversially, Emma by Jane Austen really disappointed me. I found it irritating and not as funny as I’d thought I’ll find it and I just didn’t warm to Emma.

Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie

Bridget Jones’ Diary. 🙂

Day 20 – Favourite romance book

I don’t read romances but the most romantic book I’ve read would be Persuasion.

Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood

Matilda by Roald Dahl. Enough said. And The Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton.

Day 22 – Favourite book you own

All my books are precious to me so it’s like choosing your favourite child!

Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Where do I begin *eyes off toppling TBRs*? Right now, it is Our Mutual Friend by Dickens and Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.

Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read

The Child’s Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper. Loved this strange, eerie book.

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Would it be disturbing if I said Esther Greenwood? At least I’m not answering with Patrick Bateman!

Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something

Dark Victory by David Marr. It’s a detailed investigation on the Tampa asylum seekers crisis back in 2001. It completely opened my eyes to the situation and it’s saddens and infuriates me that ten years later, asylum seekers are still used as political fodder.

Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending

I’m not really sure. Most of the books I read plod gently and aren’t really into shocking readings. I suppose the last twisting-and-turning book I read is Before I Go to Sleep by by S. J. Watson.

Day 28 – Favourite title(s)

What I Loved

Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked

I can’t really say but I did really like American Psycho. What does that say about me?

Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. “I married him, dear Reader”.

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6 comments

  1. Lovely responses! I’m glad about what you said about the Sartre because I’ve had it on my shelf for years and am a bit hesitant to read it as I can’t seem to grasp existentialism. And I too love Jasper Fforde! I’ve only read Austen’s P&P but now I’m curious to try Persuasion:)

  2. Wow, so much to respond to here! I’ll just write a brief comment that I thought Before I Go To Sleep had a good ending (but, not as good as Rebecca ;), and my class always loves Matilda. Or, the BFG. Roald Dahl, at any rate, knows how to please children. Oh, and I don’t get all the fuss about The Great Gatsby either. I mean, it’s good. But, great? No.

    1. Oh, somebody else who agrees about Gatsby! I just don’t see it. I much prefer Tender is the Night but I suppose Gatsby is suppose to embody the all American Dream…

      Roald Dahl is just terrific. I’m always amazed when kids come into work asking for him. He’s just as popular among all the new fangled technology.

  3. I never did manage to complete this meme. It was supposed to be a kind of disciplined activity to get my blogging mojo back on track. Never happened!

    Enjoyed reading your answers though, I agree with most of them except for the “Emma” one. I loved the book and the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow.

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