#BookADayUK 22: Makes me want to travel
So many books make me want to travel but I agree with Nikki in that my choice will be quite similar I believe.
Here is the blurb for The Historian:
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history
Like I said before, despite my travel anxiety, I really love travelling to new countries. Can’t say I’ve read many books that made me feel that more than my constant base level of wanderlust… But let’s go with The Da Vinci Code.
Because I LOVE Paris. And just thinking about this book makes me want to go back. Even if I have to deal with old dead naked pagans in the Louvre.
#BookADayUK 21: One where I fell in love with the narrator
Fell in love with the narrator? I’m going to have to dig deep into my brain for this one… I’d have to say Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series was one of my favourite narrators so far. Does she count as a narrator though? Or just a POV character?
Most protagonists I’ve “fallen in love” with aren’t the narrators of their stories (Bernard Marx, R.E. Psmith (the “P” is silent), Lord Peter Wimsey, Philip Lombard).* And I think this sometimes more easily facilitates falling for them because you often see a more rounded view of them more clearly this way (though not always). In fact, I think most narrators I’ve read are the default ‘omnipresent non-character’ so this is going to be a little difficult…
*Thinking about it, that’s basically a list of smart, cheeky dudes who are critical of the conventional and maybe uncover mysteries to varying degrees…hmm…Maybe I have a ‘type’! And, based on that, I can only assume I’ll probably love Sherlock Holmes. haha
But I think I’m going to go with Kimberly Keiko Cameron a.k.a. Skim (from the graphic novel Skim). She knows herself and she doesn’t. She’s strong but also very sensitive. She’s perceptive and also vulnerable. She is so real and you can’t help but fall for her.
#BookADayUK 20: Favourite bookworm in literature
So easy! SO EASY! Ok, not so easy because there are a few bookworms that I greatly admire but I’d say Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series and Cath from Fangirl are my favourite bookworms.
I guess maybe the narrator in HP Lovecraft’s short story The Outsider (from the collection of short stories Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales. Can’t honestly say I’ve read many bookworms I liked all that much.
(Book modelled by Mr Toots)
#BookADayUK 19: Made me cry in public
CEDRIC * sobs *
The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march…
I must make a comment about the blurb though. I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan since the dawn of time so I never actually read any of the marketing blurbs for the books. I just bought the book. Immediately. No questions asked. But the blurb… it seems a bit odd though, to me?
I don’t know if you know that Claire and I have a manga past… And I don’t know how much this counts as crying “in public” because it was only in front of my mum… But pretty sure I bawled at the end of the fourth and final instalment of The Demon Ororon when I was 14 and had a difficult time explaining to my mum why I was crying over comics…
#BookADayUK 18: Made me laugh in public
Made me laugh in public? That’s a lot of books actually. This tends to happen on my lunch break at work because I’ll whip out a book and just chillax for a bit. Some, however, make me so laugh I embarrass myself in front of my coworkers! Blurb:
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, and published monthly by Image Comics.
The series, which is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent, depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, who struggle to survive amid a galactic war with their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.
I don’t have kids (or plan to any time soon…ever?) but I read 3 Jon Klassen picture books at a BAMB bookshop party last Saturday and I laughed loads in the bookshop at each of them. For today’s book I’ll just pick I Want My Hat Back which just had such a funny climax and such a funny ending. Jon Klassen is a brilliant illustrator and author, and his books deserve your attention.
#EndTheStigmaAgainstPictureBooks #PictureBooksNotJustForKids #LoveLiteratureLovePictureBooks :’)
#BookADayUK 17: The nearest book to you right now
Well aren’t I lucky to actually have a book right next to me! Here is a description:
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.
This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.
There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.
These people are dangerous.
And wanted. Desperately wanted.
my signed copy :)
#BookADayUK 16: Most memorable adventure/journey in literature
Again, I will try to not choose the same book as I have used for previous posts.
We all know of Lord of the Rings being an epic adventure and how could I not post it here?
I feel like you could get really philosophical on this challenge with metaphorical journeys, but let’s be literal here! Because ALL stories – fiction and non-fiction – are journeys (otherwise they’d be terribly boring and aimless time-wasters).
OK. Confession time! Journeys actually make me really anxious – in books and real life – despite the fact that I love to travel. I get anxious about leaving safe spaces. I get anxious about forgetting important things. I get anxious about not preparing thoroughly enough. I get anxious that everything hasn’t yet been discovered and taken advantage of in the place I currently occupy (literarily and literally). I feel like I probably share this attribute with hobbits and I want so badly to say The Hobbit for today’s challenge…but I won’t (even though I loved that book/journey and it was my “most memorable adventure/journey in literature”…Aside from maybe Sabriel which I will not(!!) mention again in this challenge!). Instead, I’m choosing Aberystwyth’s journey in Andrew Kaufman’s The Waterproof Bible to save her mum from certain doom..!
This journey takes Aberystwyth – a humanoid amphibian woman – out of water(!) for the first time and across North America on a tense and perilous rescue mission tempered with the type of off-kilter humour that is characteristic of Kaufman. I enjoyed this journey despite (/because of?) the tension and, while I don’t think Kaufman will appeal to all readers, I really love his witty, farcical writing.
Fun fact: I’ve been to the town of Aberystwyth in Wales twice.