Sunday, April 3, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 2

Day 2 - A book you've read more than three times

Well, to be perfectly honest, if it's a book that I own, chances are I've read it way more than three times! But it does say "book" rather than "books", and I've already cheated once, so I'll limit myself to one - Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson.

Holy hell, I can't even BEGIN to describe how much I love this book. It's a series of Bryson's magazine columns published in the UK about him returning to the US with his family. Seriously, don't read it on public transportation. You'll either be laughing your head off and have everyone think you're insane. Or you'll bust an organ trying not to laugh audibly. And because it's a series of columns, you can justify the whole "just one more chapter" thing because it's only about another four pages.

My favourite columns? "Dumb and Dumber" about the state of the American public education system, and "Our Friend the Moose", which is pretty self explanatory. Every column has at least one sentence filled with Bryson's trademark wit, which makes me all kinds of happy. For instance, in a column discussing his trip to the barber, he writes "You have to understand that I have very happy hair. No matter how serene and composed the rest of me is, no matter how grave and formal the situation, my hair is always having a party. In any group photograph you can spot me at once because I am the person at the back whose hair seems to be listening, in some private way, to a disco album called Dance Craze '97."

And what more do you need to know than that! If I hadn't just bought the new Jasper Fforde book this afternoon, I'd be starting Notes from a Big Country again now!

K xx

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. Hmm, maybe I should read this before our holiday. I must confess to not being a massive Bill Bryson fan - the book he wrote about Australia was a little... culturally condescending??

    I agree with your first sentence completely - I wouldn't bother to buy a book I didn't think I'd read several times!

  2. You know, I think how you feel about Bill Bryson depends on which of his books you read first. I started with The Lost Continent, and once you realise that he's culturally condescending towards EVERYONE, including his own people, you just go with it! ;)


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