Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

30 Day BC – Day 30 : The Book By Your Bed Right Now

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I bet you didn’t think I’d finish this, did you? (Confession: I didn’t either.) But here we are, finally, day 30 and thankfully for me it’s a nice easy one. By my bed at the moment are:

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar – borrowed from Hayley, I’ve actually finished this one and yes, I enjoyed it. Guilty pleasures by damned, I enjoy slightly trashy books, okay?

Zero History by William Gibson – I read one of his books and really loved it but I haven’t been able to get into this one. Eek.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – this is a bookgroup book. I’ve barely started it and have never read a Russian novel before, hopefully it won’t be too hard.

My Kindle also has 173 ‘to read’ books on it. Er, oops?

30 Day BC – Day 29 : Your Favourite Series Of Books

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Asides from the groups that I’ve mentioned already? I really enjoyed things like Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club when I was younger. Francine Pascal wrote some amazing books, although she seems to have gone off the boil with the latest SV update which is a bit of a shame.

Jasper Fforde and Janet Evanovich both write incredible funny books that you could read as standalone but also work well in their respective series’. Patrick Ness and Phillip Pullman have both written great trilogies for young adults as well – definitely worth a read if you’ve not already discovered them.

I tend to consume authors in one go if I find a new one I like, but there aren’t many series’ that I enjoy that are still going, unfortunately, so I guess I’ll have to just read the ones I love again. Such a hardship 😉

30 Day BC – Day 28 : Your Favourite Autobiographical Book

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Did you forget I was doing this? Because I totally did.

I don’t tend to read non-fiction books but an ex boyfriend was quite into biographies so I did read a couple out of sheer desperation. I think my favourite was probably Rolf Harris, weirdly. One other one that I enjoyed was the story of Starbucks, but I’m not sure if that really counts as autobiographical or not?



I think it’s safe to say that I’m more into fiction than non fiction – if you’ve got any books you think will change my mind feel free to suggest them!

30 Day BC – Day 27 : Your Favourite Non-Fiction Book

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Bill Bryson writes brilliant non-fiction books, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is my absolute favourite of his. I don’t really read a lot of other non-fiction tho. I’d love to include “true story” books in this category but I think I might be pushing it a bit.

I’m currently reading a book about stoicism which is quite an interesting read – whether or not it will become a favourite remains to be seen.

The only other non fiction things I read are biographies but really you could probably claim that most of them are fictional too, heh.

Am I missing anything? What should I be picking up?

30 Day BC – Day 26 : A Book You Honestly Read In One Sitting

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The last book I remember devouring the minute it was released was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, even though we had a friend visiting that weekend. Wildly anti social, but I think he understood.

I’m a pretty voracious reader, so there are quite a few books I’ve read in one sitting. Short books are no problem – I read two on a three hour coach journey recently – but there aren’t many books I’ve stayed up to read just because they were so good. Normally the reason I finish a book in one sitting is because it’s either not that long or I’ve got a lot of free reading time that day.

Shamefully, I remember staying up until past midnight to finish reading Twilight. No idea why, now.

I’m not really waiting on any books to come out at the moment. I remember willingly forking out £20 for the hardcover edition of the last installment of The Dark Tower series because I was so desperate to read it, but these days it’s more a ‘oh, that would probably be quite good to read’. I spend less money on bulky, unweildly books but I sort of miss the excitement, I must admit.

Is there anything I’m missing?

30 Day BC – Day 25 : Your Favourite Book Of Last Year

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I enjoyed Room by Emma Donaghue although I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book of last year. I didn’t think it was as amazing as everyone was saying it was, but it did put an original twist on a story, which I liked.

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell was a beautiful book, and something I would never have picked up if it hadn’t have been assigned as our book group book. I’ve read a couple of hers since that I enjoyed equally as much – it’s good to know that she wasn’t a one book wonder because I really loved her style and prose.

I like both those books but I think my favourite book of 2010 has to be The C Word by Lisa Lynch. I met her on twitter (& loved her so much she has an invite to our wedding) and reading the story of her battle with breast cancer at 28 was an emotional ride, but completely and utterly worth it. she writes with a enviable confidence and gentle humour – by the end of the book I was in floods of tears and more proud of her than ever before. Definitely one not to miss.

King Death by Toby Litt
Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk

30 Day BC – Day 24 : Your Favourite Book As A Child

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As If I could pick just one? I almost inhaled my local library as a kid (moving on to Danielle Steele and Virginia Andrews when I’d finished reading the Young Adult section – possibly not the best idea in hindsight). I was practically Matilda.

I used to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I adored anything by Francine Pascal, Enid Blyton and R.L Stein – many a night was spend under the covers with a torch reading Point Horror and the Famous Five after my mother had repeatedly told me to turn the lights out and got to bed.

I was a teenager when Harry Potter came out rather than a child, so that doesn’t really count, but obviously they’re some of my favourites so I’m going to include them in every book list I ever write, apparently. Sorry kids.

But…no. I can’t pick just one favourite, it wouldn’t be right. If I had to recommend a book to read now tho I’d probably pick something like Tilly Mint and the Dodo. I loved that book when I was younger – I wish I still had a copy. Anyone with a food based surname gets a special place in my heart.


30 Day BC – Day 23 : Your Favourite Book By A Non-British Author

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I think the majority of the authors I read are non British – I actually really struggle to find good British authors. (if you have any suggestions now is the time to speak up!) Obviously all the ones I’ve already mentioned a hundred times before: Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs, Douglas Coupland and Haruki Murakami. Although I don’t tend to read a lot of British authors I also don’t seem to branch out into non-American/Candian authors either so this question becomes harder to answer if you take them out of the equation.

I love Janet Evanovitch, but she’s American. I love Bill Bryson but he’s American too. I’m looking through my GoodReads but this is getting tiring so I should probably just say ‘I read a lot of American authors’ and leave it at that.

30 Day BC – Day 21 : The Book That Made You Look At Life In A Different Way

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Tuesdays With Morrie helped me to be more tolerant, I think. The Diving Bell & The Butterflymade me more grateful for the little things we take for granted. (Cliché, but true!).  The Raw Shark Texts, The Unbearable Lightness of Being  and The End Of Mr. Y opened my mind more to science and philosophy, always welcome and always fun, if a little difficult to get my head around sometimes.

There are so many books that have shaped and moulded my personality and knowledge. Books written by foreign authors like Haruki Murakami and Augusten Burroughs that give me insights into what living in a different country might be like.

It’s one of the main reasons I love reading, I think. To be able to gain knowledge, learn new words and expressions, to understand things in a different or better way. I’m such a knowledge geek, but hey. At least it’s better than being a Star Wars fan, right?*

I don’t read a lot of non fiction books – although I’ll read Bill Bryson and some autobiographical stuff. I think I should try and change that. There’s a whole world of information out there just begging to be learnt. Anyone want to give me any good recommendations of what to start with first?




*I jest, I jest! You can love Star Wars all you want. Just don’t expect me too 😉

30 Day BC – Day 22 : A Book You Wish Was Real Life

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Q and I are flying out to Portugal today to celebrate my birthday and our Anniversary on Monday. (Yes, we got together on my birthday. This way he always remembers 😉 ). I’ve scheduled a few posts to run whilst we’re away so that you don’t miss me too much. I know, I know. I’m thoughtful like that…

Er, Harry Potter? Any of the X-Men comics? Anything that can make it alright for me to be a massive geek is absolutely fine by me.

I’d love it if Susie’s version of Heaven from The Lovely Bones could exist, but I don’t think I’d want the rest of the book to be reality. I’d love to live in the Dark Tower series for a while but I’m not sure I could cope with their world for too long.

It would probably also be fun to live in Jasper Fforde’s BookWorld – getting to jump between books and hang out with literary fiction would be fine by me.

Like I said. Massive geek. You’re not going to tell anyone, right?