Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut.  Sarcasm is my default setting. 

A Book a Day - August 2014

Day 1 Most arresting opening lines

Live by Night - Dennis Lehane, and One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Day 2 Best pairing of words and pictures

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll


Day 3 Favourite collection of short stories

Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman, and The Golden Apples of the Sun - Ray Bradbury


Day 4 Best graphic novel

When the Wind Blows - Raymond Briggs


Day 5 Classic hero/ine or antihero/ine

Michael Henchard (The Mayor of Casterbridge) - Thomas Hardy


Day 6 Best for a bedtime story

Slinky Malinki - Lynley Dodd


Day 7 Enjoyed by several generations

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett


Day 8 Never fails to cheer me up

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend

Day 9 Most powerful storytelling

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro


Day 10 Best-written bestseller

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Day 11 Ideal for a book group

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Day 12 Most practical book

One is Fun - Delia Smith

Day 13 Favourite 'controversial' read

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Day 14 Best quick read

Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

Day 15 Best lonnnnnngggg read

The Lord of the Rings - J R R Tolkein

Day 16 This book defends the undefended

Do Penance or Perish - Frances Finnegan

Day 17 Most beautifully designed book

The Imp of the Perverse - Edgar Allen Poe (designed by Helen Friel)

Day 18 I read to impress (& did it?)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M Pirsig

Day 19 Best YA book

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Day 20 The sequel was even better than the first

Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel

Day 21 Helps to tackle a tricky subject

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr


Day 22 C19th novel characters: let's play shag/marry/kill

Captain Troy, Edward Rochester, Angel Clare

Day 23 Best picture book for older readers

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

Day 24 Whose life? Best biography/autobiography

Claire Tomalin (Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Mary Wollenstonecraft, Samuel Pepys)

Day 25 Recommendation for a bank holiday

On Foot in the Yorkshire Dales, Roland Smith

Day 26 A book worth persevering with

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Day 27 Classic most relevant to now

Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury


Day 28 Most timeless contemporary book

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 

Day 29 Was totally worth the hype

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

Day 30 Best back-to-school book

Jennings and Darbishire - Anthony Buckridge

Day 31 Top book of the month

Currently reading

A Column of Fire
Ken Follett
King Hereafter
Dorothy Dunnett
Progress: 62 %