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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 30 : The Book By Your Bed Right Now”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 29 : Your Favourite Series Of Books”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 28 : Your Favourite Autobiographical Book”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 27 : Your Favourite Non-Fiction Book”

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….Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 26 : A Book You Honestly Read In One Sitting”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 24 : Your Favourite Book As A Child”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 23 : Your Favourite Book By A Non-British Author”

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…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 21 : The Book That Made You Look At Life In A Different Way”

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….Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 22 : A Book You Wish Was Real Life”

The Time Traveller’s Wife definitely comes under this category. I’m pretty sure I’ve cried every time I’ve read it, because it’s full of emotion and I’m a complete sucker for a love story. (A lot of my favourite books are coming under so many of these categories that I feel like I’m repeating myself. Clearly I need to read more diverse books, heh). I haven’t read it for quite a while but I’m going to throw in Watership Down. The film scared me when I was a…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 20 : The Saddest Or Most Emotive Book You Have Read”