Wednesday, 31 August 2011

30 Day BC: Day 7 – A book that reminds you of somewhere

The Island - Victoria Hislop

I went to Spinalonga in Crete a few years ago. It's an island just a few miles from Elounda and it is a former leper colony. We went on a boat trip to the island and the tour guide took us around the small village, showing us the houses, church and the small graveyard. The island itself is beautiful, but it was still strange to go there and be told of people who were sent there, believing that they would never leave (which unfortunately was the case for many). It ceased functioning as a leper colony in 1957 and is now a tourist attraction and a site for archeological digs and such.

The Island is about a family from Crete affected by leprosy and the impact it has on them, with the mother and daughter both having the disease. It's a work of fiction, but it covers such things as the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War. The description of the island reminds me of being there.

30 Day BC: Day 6 – A book you either couldn’t finish or struggled to.

The End of Alice - A M Holmes

I really struggled with this. I'm going to give it another go soon as it is very well written and I do like A M Holmes as a writer but this is quite difficult to read. It's about a paedophile and his correspondence with a girl who is attempting to seduce a young boy. It's pretty dark and it makes me feel a bit icky reading it, but I will give it another go.

30 Day BC: Day 5 – A book that you’ve read the most times

The Harry Potter series. They all look a bit dog - eared.

The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

Sort of a different take on the myth of Dracula and Vlad Tepes, which involves three generations looking for his resting place. Definitely has a bit of a 'gothic horror' feel to it. Very very enjoyable.

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Brilliant book. Very witty and clever. Although I don't think I would have read it as many times had I not chosen it as the subject of my dissertation.

Monday, 29 August 2011

30 Day BC: Day 4 – A book you lent out once, never got back and miss

I don't think this has actually ever happened. Although I may have accidentally done this to a few people myself. Oops.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Contemplating going vegetarian. I'm in two minds. I really want to but the last time I cut meat out of my diet my iron levels went through the floor. Obviously I'd have to try and do it right. I'm not entirely sure family would be that supportive. Although, why at almost 27 I'm worrying about that, I don't know.

30 Day BC: Day 3 – Your favourite book to recommend to friends

I like to recommend Jessica Mitford - Hons and Rebels. Jessica Mitford was the second youngest daughter of the Mitford family, who were pretty interesting. Obviously Nancy Mitford, one of her older sisters is probably the most famous for writing 'Love in a Cold Climate' (amongst others). Six sisters in total, two of them heavily involved in facism. Jessica, in contrast, joined the Communist Party, ran away to Spain during the Civil War and married Esmond Romilly, nephew of Winston Churchill. This is her autobiography, taking her from childhood, until the death of Esmond. I probably don't do it justice here, but it's a very interesting read.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

30 Day BC: Day 2 – Your least favourite book of all time

It would probably have to be Death In Venice - Thomas Mann. Maybe I would have liked it if I wasn't forced to read it as part of my English degree. I doubt it though. It was pretty boring.

Friday, 26 August 2011

30 Day BC: Day 1 – Your favourite book of all time

I don't have one favourite really. I've read too much to be able to name one. Here are two though.

1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Completely bonkers but utterly incredible. Perfect mix of fantasy and horror really. I'm quite interested to see how they adapt this for TV (and where Gaiman goes with the sequel). I'm quite interested in mythology so for me, this is really interesting.

2. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Brilliant. I guess Eugenides is most famous for The Virgin Suicides, but for me this is so much better. It's about quite an epic, depicting three generations of a family, following their emigration from Greece. The main focus of the story and the narrator is Cal, a hermaphrodite. The story deals with this, but it isn't the main focus, for much of the story, which makes it all the more interesting.

Obviously a special mention goes out for Harry Potter series, but I have a feeling they will feature quite frequently over the next 30 days!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

30 Day Book Challenge

Okay, so I know I failed miserably with the 30 Day Photo Challenge. Maybe I'll do a little better with this. Pinched from Falling Forward

Day 1 – Your favourite book of all time
Day 2 – Your least favourite book of all time
Day 3 – Your favourite book to recommend to friends
Day 4 – A book you lent out once, never got back and miss
Day 5 – A book that you’ve read the most times
Day 6 – A book you either couldn’t finish or struggled to.
Day 7 – A book that reminds you of somewhere
Day 8 – The book you can quote best
Day 9 – A book you read when you feel down
Day 10 – A book you’ve always meant to have read and never got round to
Day 11 – Your favourite book that has been made into a film
Day 12 – A book you think should be made into a film
Day 13 – A book that disturbed you
Day 14 – An author of a book you just don’t get
Day 15 – A book where you wish you were one of the characters
Day 16 – A book that is a guilty pleasure
Day 17 – The most over hyped book you have ever read
Day 18 – A book you have that belongs to someone else
Day 19 – The most romantic book you have ever read
Day 20 – The saddest or most emotive book you have read
Day 21 – The book that made you look at life in a different way
Day 22 – A book you wish was real life
Day 23 – Your favourite book by a non-British author
Day 24 – Your favourite book as a child
Day 25 – Your favourite book of last year
Day 26 – A book you honestly read in one sitting
Day 27 – Your favourite non-fiction book
Day 28 – Your favourite autobiographical book
Day 29 – Your favourite series of books
Day 30 – The book by your bed right now

I'll start tomorrow.