Friday, April 15, 2011

30 Days of Books - Days 9 and 10

I had grand plans for going to the gym tonight. I haven't been to Body Pump in about a month, and I'm feeling ridiculously lazy. But then I wound up having to spend about half the day in the gallery doing install stuff. So I had to stay late at work to finish a presentation for Monday, and couldn't get to the gym. In keeping with my ongoing laziness, I'm combining days 9 and 10 into one post. Which is appropriate really. As you'll see shortly!

Day 9 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving AND Day 10 - Favourite classic book

The reason that it's appropriate to combine the two of these is simple - the same book applies to both. In year 10, I was horrified when I saw the reading list for English. For the first time, we had to read a classic book (although we'd done Merchant of Venice the previous year). This is not to say that I hadn't read any classic books before - I read a Dickens omnibus (containing A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities) when I was ten. It's just that when I got my school books in January (our school year starts in February), this book looked SO. FUCKING. BORING.

Obviously, it's rather more mangled than it was when I got it...
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I took one look at the cover and decided that this was going to be the suckiest book of all time. Oh, fourteen year old Kirsti. How foolish you were... Anyway, I always read my English books during the summer holidays, so one day when the parentals decided we were going on a family drive, I grabbed this to keep me occupied. It only took about 20 pages before I was completely hooked. We were on a drive through the Dandenongs, which means lots of twisty, turny roads. It took Mum 20 minutes and me turning rather green to get her to convince me to actually put the book down.

I adore Jane Eyre, from "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" to "Reader, I married him". And no, I didn't have to look up either of those. I'm rather excited about the new movie version of Jane Eyre that's due out soon. Although I'm not sure that I can cope with anyone other than Toby Stephens playing Mr Rochester, even if he does wear a truly vile hat!!
Mmmm, Toby Stephens... Also, source
K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your 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 any more
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 you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character 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. Jane Eyre is probably my most favorite book of all time! I've read it three times and every time I read it in about two to three days. I can't put it down. When I finish it, I feel so good. I just love the story. Here's the kicker, too. I don't own it. I've had the same borrowed copy for about three years now!

  2. Oh, Shelly... That's just sad! Clearly you need to drop hints to Nick to get you both the book and the recent BBC adaptation on DVD for your birthday/anniversary/whatever!! ;)

    But yay to a fellow Jane Eyre fan :)


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