#BookADayUK 24

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#BookADayUK 24: A hidden gem

Claire

I quite like what Nikki included for this post, so I have to make sure what I do is good too. I don’t think this for #BookADayUK yet but I have to include it because I really do think of it as a hidden gem!

I first came across this book on Facebook whilst browsing Tor.Com’s page and I saw it crop up many times. My local library in Oxford had it so I just picked it up one day (not expecting to be wowed but to enjoy it, simply put). What I didn’t expect was to sit for 4 to 5 hours straight, not budging, barely eating or moving, so that I could efficiently devour this book. I had exams during this time and I totally forgot all about them. Either way, I consider this a true hidden gem.

Blurb:
You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

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Nicole

I’m going to go with something I found in a bookstore as opposed to everything else that “hidden gem” could possibly mean. I can’t think WHY I ever picked up Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (it was probably just the name?), but it became a total unlikely favourite.

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I’ve gone with a different cover this time to shake it up a bit since I’ve already listed this book once…

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#BookADayUK 23

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#BookADayUK 23: Best book on diversity

Claire

Nikki is really out doing me here because I have no darn clue what to do for this. I read a lot of diverse books naturally but to quantify one as the ‘best’ is a tad bit difficult. Right now the book that comes to mind is Huntress by Malinda Lo. Lo writes books with a strong cultural flair that have characters of color as well as LGBTQ characters. I love, love her books Ash and Huntress and encourage anyone to read them. I’ll have reviews coming up soon.

Blurb:
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

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I don’t think it’s possible to have a “best book” on diversity because it’s hard to speak about sooooo many different aspects of that (race, religion, sexuality, lifestyle choices, mental and physical disability…). I’m not totally convinced one book could do it because there are unique parts of each of those aspects. I actually had oodles of books to choose from when I went through my books, but I’m going to go with Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis!

It seems like a lot of people don’t like/”get” this book until they realise Gregor’s transformation is a metaphor for some acquired disability/change but, if one were to assume Gregor was always a bug who thinks and feels as everyone else does but is just different in his exterior and habits – it is a good metaphor for any difference in general.

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#BookADayUK 22

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#BookADayUK 22: Makes me want to travel

Claire

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

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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.

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#BookADayUK 21

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#BookADayUK 21: One where I fell in love with the narrator

Claire

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?

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Nicole

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.

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#BookADayUK 20

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#BookADayUK 20: Favourite bookworm in literature

Claire

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.

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Nicole

:/

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.

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(Book modelled by Mr Toots)

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#BookADayUK 19

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#BookADayUK 19: Made me cry in public

Claire

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?

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Nicole

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…

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#BookADayUK 18

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#BookADayUK 18: Made me laugh in public

Claire

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.

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Nicole

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.

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#EndTheStigmaAgainstPictureBooks #PictureBooksNotJustForKids #LoveLiteratureLovePictureBooks :’)

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#BookADayUK 17

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#BookADayUK 17: The nearest book to you right now

Claire

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.

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Nicole

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my signed copy :)

 

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