#BookADayUK 31

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#BookADayUK 31: Spookiest read

Claire

I typically don’t read spooky or horror books, but I did love Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and it certainly was spooky.

Blurb:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

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Nicole

If you aren’t already reading Emily Carroll‘s lovely, creepy stories you are missing out on a lot of fun!

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Happy Halloween!

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#BookADayUK 30

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#BookADayUK 30: Favourite experimental book

Claire

Experimental book? I’m not sure what that is?

I’m including work by a friend I used to go to school with in Canada (I did the IB there). She is an amazing artist but she did her IB Visual Arts exam in book making. She made many wondrous books. So many, so many. This was one of my favourites, a series of repurposed dictionaries that she made into a book that could open 4 ways. Everything was made by hand (it was amazing to see her work, she taught me a bit and I’ve loved book making since). To see more of her work, check out her blog, Heather Gabriel Smith.

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Nicole

I can’t think of any books I’ve read that are physically bizarre. And I’ve read a few literarily interesting ones this year that I consider a little unconventional though none are exactly works of postmodernist, non-linear unorthodoxy like I hear Naked Lunch is, for example. But I’m going to go for Jillian Tamaki‘s Gilded Lillies which Claire actually gave me for Christmas (she knows me well).

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A quiet, unassuming book. At face value, it is a beautiful compilation of sketches, mini comics, thoughts made visual and observational drawings, but it perfectly tells the story, in fragments like memories, of a city and a time.

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#BookADayUK 29: Most memorable fashion moment

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I’m not a fashion person whatsoever so I really, really, don’t know what to put with this. I never pay attention to clothes on a character.

I was however, very impressed with McGonagall’s dress robes at the Yule Ball. I’d totally wear those on a fancy night out.

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Nicole

kali ciesemier I like to be comfortable and well-prepared while lookin’ cool (to my mind…) so any ‘style icons’ would probably fit that philosophy. That said, I don’t actually pay that much attention to a character’s fashion to remember specific outfits. In fact, super detailed descriptions of clothing can sometimes seem a bit tedious to read I find. The best use of clothing descriptions to me is to give an impression of the character’s personality or the atmosphere of the situation (though I know some people find a lot of minute detail adds more texture to the reading).

Again, Kali Ciesemier’s depiction of Sabriel is perfect and well-aligned with my tastes in every way. I wouldn’t call this a fashion ‘moment’, but I definitely appreciated the WWI tech & dress of this fictional world mixed with its magic elements. Everything seemed very practical, well-crafted and just right.

Fun fact: Until a recent (ruthless) clear out I had a parka that looked very similar to Sabriel’s coat.

 

 

 

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#BookADayUK 28: Has the best advice

Claire

I have a couple really, and most from Harry Potter. So I’ll put the ones that I can remember here.

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus- Hogwarts motto.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”- Albus Dumbledore

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
– ancient verses of prophecy translated from the Elvish by Bilbo, referring to Aragorn

Home is now behind you, the world is ahead! – Gandalf

OK, so these aren’t so much pieces of advice but rather, quotes. But I take them as advice. Serious advice.

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Nicole

Books have so much good advice for so many different occasions. I think yesterday’s epigraph is quite a nice general one and, as with yesterday’s epigraph, there is no “best”. But I’ll go with something from The Bell Jar (which, coincidentally, is more or less along the same lines…).

“I’d discovered, after a lot of extreme apprehension about what spoons to use, that if you do something incorrect at table with a certain arrogance, as if you knew perfectly well you were doing it properly, you can get away with it and nobody will think you are bad-mannered or poorly brought up. They will think you are original and very witty.”

–Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

I don’t subscribe to doing weird things with the sole intention of having people think you’re cool/unique/hipster/interesting, but I do believe in not being afraid to challenge preconceptions and to be wrong and to be yourself (those things tend to come as a package anyway).

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#BookADayUK 27: Favourite epigraph

Claire

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This appeared in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.

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Nicole

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I spent way too much time putting together this image…haha :’)

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#BookADayUK 26

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#BookADayUK 26: Clocks go back! Best book on time-travel

Claire

I’m out. I haven’t… wait. WAIT. I have read a book with time-travel in it! Hazzah! The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is a pretty decent book on time-travel, or some kind of form of time travel. It’s more like jumping spirits. This book was published by Strange Chemistry (RIP, I MISS YOU SO MUCH) and so, I don’t know if it is still for sale or what happened to the authors after the imprint folded. Sigh.

Blurb:
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

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Nicole

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An obvious choice…

 

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#BookADayUK 25: Mmmm! Most memorable food/drink moment in literature

Claire

Nikki took the book that popped up in my mind so now I have to divert a little. Like Nikki also said, it would be very easy to add something from Harry Potter (butterbeer, pumpkin pasties) or LOTR (lembas bread, miruvor) but I’m going to try and be unique here. I choose The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. I choose this because as a child, I always wanted a piece of Turkish Delight. I didn’t know what it was but the White Witch made it sound so amazing. That with the hot chocolate?! I come from a hot country so I never, ever got hot chocolate as a child (I got tea if I was lucky). Ugh. So yum.

Edmund and Turkish delight copy

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Nicole

I don’t enjoy reading about tasty food the same way that I hate even the concept of plastic/felt/fake food: “What am I supposed to do with that!? I can’t put that in my face. What’s the point?”…….So I don’t think I pay much attention to food in books. And an obvious option would be a Hogwarts fest or other goodies from the Harry Potter world (there are so many) but I have a pretty big sweet tooth and there was a lot of talk about cake in The Witch of Duva. I know they probably mean doughy/plain/more savoury ‘cakes’, but I don’t care. The thought of tasty, sweet, cakey goodness kept popping into my mind!

Claire’s Edits: YES, YES, YES, YES! I agree to this whole-heartedly.

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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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