Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 1

There are a whole stack of "30 Days of..." memes around on the internet, with "30 Days of Truth" being one of the most common. I've never been tempted to do that one, but when I saw this on Gillian's blog the other day, I knew I couldn't resist. So let's get this show on the road! (Don't worry, I'm not going to post it 30 days running. That's far too much like hard work for all concerned...)

Day 1 - the best book you read last year.

This is a really hard one for me, given how many books I read in a year, including all the research I have to do at work. So I'm going to cheat, and do one fiction book, and one non-fiction book. In terms of non-fiction, I'd say it's hands down Van Diemen's Land by James Boyce, which I read for work.

If you're interested in the early history and settlement of Tasmania, this is the book for you. The amount of detail involved is ridiculous. It's fascinating and intriguing and occasionally horrifying. Boyce has a book about the history of Melbourne coming out later this year, and I can't wait to read it.

On the fiction front, I'd have to give it to "The Lollipop Shoes" by Joanne Harris.

It's the sequel to "Chocolat", and it's awesome. The story is told by three different narrators, which means the voice is constantly changing. I've read it about three times in the past year, and I adore it a little bit more every time. And it's filled with amazing shoes, and we all know how much I love those! ;) Here's hoping they decide to make a movie version of it before Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp get too old to reprise their roles from Chocolat!!

K xx

The full list:

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favourite series
Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favourite writer
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character
Day 17 – Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favourite romance book
Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favourite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favourite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time


  1. I really want to read Chocolat and Lollipop shoes now! And she looks like red riding hood in that book cover. Too cute!

  2. Oh gosh! A meme that actually ties into my blog theme?!?!?! I don't think I can resist...

  3. My mom is reading The Lollipop Shoes right now. I really love the cover, and if shoes are involved, I might have to add this to my TBR list at some point.

  4. Emmy - you should read them both! They're so amazing. Just don't be surprised when they're not set in the same era as the movie of Chocolat...

    Gina - you should definitely join us on the bandwagon!!

    Gillian - it definitely needs to be on your TBR list ;)

  5. Wow! I thought I read a lot but I don't think I'd be able to complete this list! Think I need to pick up a few more books!


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