• 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Made to read at school

    I’m getting a bit bored of these prompts now but I’m determined to finish them.  It has been very interesting thinking back to books I’ve read long ago and remembering them.  It just might have been better to do a couple a week over a few months then one a day for a month.  Or to just do them as quick tweets as they were intended.  I do think however that getting back into the habit of writing something everyday (even if it is only a blog) has been very useful for me.  And I’ll like having this set to look back on at some point in the future.  Seven…

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    Out of Print

    I am totally phoning todays prompt in.  And I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get to that point! I don’t think books being out of print is as big of a deal as it used to be.  Because with the various book finding communities online it’s easy to find books now in a way that it never was before.  And even when you can’t remember much about a book there are communities which can tell you what it was. Seriously I once posted on one that as a teenager I’d read a  bookof my Dad’s about what if JFK had survived being shot and it had a gray…

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    Summer Read

    The Swallows and Amazons books are the ones that come to mind when I think of a summer read.  Perhaps because almost all of them are set in summer and are about sailing (Winter Holiday being the obvious exception but there are one or two others which aren’t about sailing as such).  Or perhaps because I’m reminded of sunny hot days sat outside my front door when I read them for the first time a few years ago (apparently it was 2009). These are classic kids books and I was surprised how much I loved them.  I said I’d read the first one and the rest if they were any…

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    Best Cover

    Late night, right before bed, blogging for this one.  Winding down but not ready to lie down yet… hot and don’t think I’ll sleep. I don’t choose books solely based on their covers so I thought this was a bit silly.  Covers catch my eye in the shop sometimes but it’s the blurb and sometimes flicking through a few pages that make me actually buy the book. So the book I think I’ll say has the best cover is The Other Hand by Chris Cleave (which was published in some countries outside the UK under the alternative title Little Bee). This cover really caught my eye.  It’s bright and summery…

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    Still Can’t Stop Talking About It

    I’ve just been looking at this prompt and the rest of the ones for the month.  Seems like they’re getting a bit samey now I’m pretty much two thirds of the way through them.  Still can’t stop talking about it, the earlier can’t believe more people haven’t read it and the upcoming should have sold more copies are different ways of saying what’s kind of the same thing when you boil it down to nothing. And pretty much every book I can think of this particular prompt I’ve already mentioned for other prompts. Geek Girl by Holly Smale The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Fever by Mary Beth…

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    Bought on a recommendation

    I have bought too many books on a recommendation to be able to mention them all.  But at the same time I’ve not bought any for a while because someone recommended it. The one that comes to mind (and is one I’ve not mentioned for this before is Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne. Unless using the 1001 books you must read before you die list as inspiration counts as a recommendation in which case I have.  I’ve got an app on my ipad which lists every single book that’s ever been one of the 1001 – it’s been updated several times since 2006 and there is somewhere in the…

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    Future Classic

    I am somewhat stumped by this prompt.  Stumped I tell you. [break of several minutes whilst I consider the prompt, get a drink and generally faff around on the internet] If I was feeling particularly confident and cocky I’d tell you that the novels I’m writing now are future classics for sure.  But actually I’ve not got very far with them and I’m floundering with one thinking the plot sucks and with the other thinking I’m a bad writer.  So no. I don’t want to name 1 book I think is a future classic.  Because there are books I’ve loved and books I know others have loved and have been…

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    Can’t Believe More People Haven’t Read It

    Fever by Mary Beth Keane. I picked that up when I went to a blogger event at Simon and Schuster a couple of years ago.  It really didn’t look like my sort of book but it belonged to a genre (historical fiction) that a friend of mine loves and I thought why not try it and expand my horizons.  I was able to have as many free books as I wanted when I was there and if I didn’t like it she’d probably read and enjoy it. I’m not sure that it’s a book I’m all “wow I can’t believe more people haven’t read this.” it’s definitely a book that…

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    Favourite Fictional Father

    That’s a nicely alliterative title.  I do like a bit of alliteration every now and then when I’m writing.  But being that this is a Book a Day prompt I can’t take the credit. These prompts were written to be used in June but as we all know I didn’t realise they were meant to be June ones am a rebel so I’m doing one a day in July.   And the 15th of June was Father’s Day hence where this prompt came from. I don’t have an absolute favourite fictional father something I’m sure will come as no surprise to anyone reading this as I don’t think I’ve been particularly…

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    An Old Favourite

    Today’s prompt shouldn’t be as difficult for me as I think tomorrow’s prompt might be.  But in a way it is.  Simply because I’ve already mentioned several “Old favourites” in responding to the earlier prompts.  Particularly when I wrote about my favourite books from childhood and the one that reminds me of someone I love. And in many ways I’d like to try not to repeat myself too much in answering these prompts.  So many books, so little time and all that… My old favourite is a book I’ve read many times (I’ve no idea how many) but haven’t reread in probably 9+ years – it’s one of the few…