Friday, June 27, 2014

#bookaday Days 21 to 25

#21 Summer Read
My fave read this summer was Euphoria by Lily King. Three anthropologists caught in a love triangle in 1930s New Guinea.

#22 Out of print.
I loved Nancy Drew but I was also fond of the Dana Girls especially the older editions. This series is now sadly out of print.
#23 Made to read at school.
I didn't care for The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway the first time I read it but I loved it the second time around.
#24 Hooked me into reading.
I've been a bookworm ever since I started reading the Nancy Drew books at the age of eight.
#25 Never finished it.
Although I count The Secret History by Donna Tartt as one of my top three favorite novels, I just couldn't finish The Goldfinch. I made it to 40% before I decided I just didn't care about the characters or the plot.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#bookaday Days 16-20

#16 Can't believe more people haven't read.
It may have been written in 1861 but East Lynne by Ellen Wood is a page-turner!

#17 Future classic.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

#18 Bought on a recommendation.
A friend recommended these  two at a bookshop in Kowloon circa 2000. I've been a Paul Auster fan ever since.

#19 Still can't stop talking about it.
It's tough to choose one for this category but I'll have to go with this Pulitzer Prize winner just because of the story behind how the book got published and because there's never been a character in literature like Ignatius Reilly.

#20 Favorite cover.
The Go-Between by LP Hartley. The cover looks like a stack of love letters wrapped with a ribbon. It's a  perfect cover because it's about a young boy who delivers messages between two secret lovers leading to a terrible conculsion. Gorgeous and heartbreaking book!

Friday, June 20, 2014

#bookaday Days 11-15

#11  Second hand bookshop gem.
I found this at a second hand book shop in Holland. Link to my review .

#12  I pretend to have read it.
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott. I loved the mini-series set in the British Raj but could never get into the book for some reason.

#13 Makes me laugh.
Wodehouse is fantastic! This hilarious madcap shipboard comedy of misunderstandings is really a gem.

#14 An old favorite
It's been about 20 years since I first read The Secret History by Donna Tartt but I still consider it one of my favorite books. Strangely enough, I didn't really care for her other two novels, The Little Friend and The Goldfinch.

#15 Favorite fictional father.
Mr.Bennett of course from Pride and Prejudice!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

#bookaday Days 6 to 10

#6 The one I always give as a gift. 
I can't imagine anyone not loving Wonder by RJ Palacio no matter what their tastes are in books or even if they're a non-reader.

#7 Forgot I owned it. 
A look through my shelves and I spot a book I totally forgot about, Armed with Madness by Mary Butts. It's a super weird book with a bizarre cover to boot.  I bought it in the late 90s just because I liked the blurb....

"In a remote house on the English Channel coast, a group of people, handsome and young are gathered: Scylla Taverner, sometimes a witch and sometimes a bitch, her potential lover Picus, her brother Felix and two other friends. Into their close circle comes Carston, an American curious to see something of England off the regulation road. But the discovery of an ancient jade cup ignites conflicting emotions and they embark on a mystical quest, full of heady promise and violent consequence."

Sounds interesting right? I don't remember finishing this one but maybe I should give it another go. Has anyone read it?

#8 Have more than one copy.
Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple. I have a first edition that's just falling apart in this tropical climate so I had a copy made. Here's a picture of both including the original's beautiful endpapers.

#9 Film or TV tie-in.
I don't usually buy books with film or TV tie-in covers. I didn't think I had any but I found one....The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.

#10 Reminds me of someone I love.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. When I was eight years old, my grandmother gave me this copy of her favorite book, Jane Eyre. I tried it several times but I just couldn't get through the first few pages. I found the red room part so claustrophobic and scary. The language was also difficult for me. I think because of that experience I avoided it for so long. I finally read it at the late age of 29 or 30 when my grandmother was long gone. Of course, I ended up loving the book. I regret that she's not around so I can tell her it's now one of my favorite novels too.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#bookaday Days 1 to 5

I'm late to the game but I really want to join the #bookaday meme from The Borough Press so to avoid clogging your feeds, I'll post five days in each post.

#1 Favorite book from childhood
It was tough to choose just one from the many I loved but I'm going to choose a Judy Blume novel and this one is my favorite. Here's the edition I read over and over again.

#2 Best Bargain
A recent bargain I found at the bookshop called BookSale is a childhood book I lost or misplaced long ago, Gnomes by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. I got this pristine hardbound edition for just 400 pesos or roughly 10 dollars!

#3 One with a blue cover
Scanned my shelves and this is what I found which also happens to be a book I love, Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier.
#4 Least Favorite book by a favorite author
Love most of Margaret Atwood's novels but this one was just ok.
#5 Doesn't belong to me
I borrowed this years ago from my brother but I haven't read it yet.

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