#BookADay One Week Late

The first I heard about #BookADay was early today when I received a blog update from Pretty Books (whose blog I adore) and loved the idea.  Basically, The Borough Press https://www.boroughpress.co.uk/ is asking everyone to tweet #BookADay  throughout June to celebrate Independent Book Sellers Week starting June 28th. I love the idea, and although I’ve come to the party slightly late, as can usually be expected of me, I’m going  to give it a go. I’ll be tweeting and posting on Tumblr for anyone who wants to follow my endeavours.

Below is the #BookADay list:


Week 1 Summary (June 1st -8th)

I’m slightly cheating here as I’ve not tweeted or posted the first 8 #BookADay’s but at least I’m joining in!

1st June – Favourite Book From Childhood

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl – I’ve always loved Roald Dahl novels, they’re the first books I remember being read to at school. I used to sit cross-legged on the classroom carpet with all my school friends, listening to my teacher read. We were read The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits but Fantastic Mr Fox was always my favourite. Weirdly, I don’t even own a copy of it :(.

fantastic mr fox

2nd June –  Best Bargain

How to Be a Woman By Caitlin Moran – I am completed addicted to Caitlin Moran’s writing, she’s hilarious. I read her book How to Be A Woman at the library but was desperate for my own copy. I picked my copy up at a second hand bookshop on an industrial estate in Sharston, Manchester for a £1! Best bargain ever!!!

 3rd June – One with a blue cover

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Okay so I know this is sooo obvious but it’s an amazing book and I can’t wait to see the film next week!

4th June – Least favourite book by favourite author

Paper Towns by John Green – I find it really hard to pick favourites as I read so much (let alone a least favourite)  but I’ve read pretty much everything by John Green, minus Will Grayson Will Grayson, and he’s probably my favourite teen author of the moment. I’ve chosen Paper Towns because it just didn’t have enough John Green quirk in it.

paper towns

5th June – Doesn’t belong to me

I don’t generally borrow books from my mates, as a library lady I tend to just lend stuff from my local library. My latest borrow is A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke.

6th June – The one I always give as a gift

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I’m a sucker when it comes to giving books as gifts. Recently I’ve been buying people Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell because I love all her books but the book I’ve most gifted is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  because it’s an awesome read.


7th June – Forgot I owned it

This probably sounds incredible because Eleanor and Park is one of my absolute favourite books of all , but I forgot I’d already bought it for Kindle when I’d asked my boyfriend to buy it me in paperback for Christmas!


8th June – Have more than one copy

I used to holiday in the States a lot and one year I was travelling back to the UK on the same day Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was published in hardback. So I bought the American edition for the flight back home and when I got home my Mum had bought me the UK edition! Thus I have two copies!



Book Journal: March 2014

Books (7), Pages (1,908), Days Spent Reading (30)

25th – 29th March

out of the easyOut of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Pages (346), Days to Read (5), Rating (5/5)

Great teen historical fiction set in one of my favourite places, New Orleans.



23rd -24th March

uncommon readerThe Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

Pages (120), Days to Read (1), Rating (5/5)

A charming and witty tale you could read in one sitting. Such a cute little ‘what if?’ kind of tale.



22nd – 23rd March

blackoutBlackout – Emily Barr

Pages (77), Days to Read (1), Rating (5/5)

This psychological thriller had me gripped from beginning to end. It’s a great quick read.



11th -21st March

the book thiefThe Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Pages (552), Days to Read (11), Rating (5/5)

I love this book. Read it!




6th – 10th March

9780142410707_custom-937c8a14ae3737ec420c733288cba59afd9f1ce3-s6-c30An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Pages (215), Days to Read (4), Rating (4/5)

This was by far the worst John Green experience I’ve had and I found Colin, the main character really annoying .  It’s only saving grace was the quirky storyline



1st March – 5th March

how they met 2

How They Met and other Stories -David Levithan

Pages (307), Days to Read (5), Rating (3/5)

This made for some uncomfortable reading at times and I found I very difficult to identify with some of the characters, but I love David Levithan’s writing style.

24th February – 1st March

gabGabriel’s Angel – Mark A. Radcliffe

Pages (291), Days to Read (6), Rating (4/5)

This is an emotional rollercoaster read. Loved the idea of angels running therapy sessions in the space between heaven and hell.



My Book Basket Haul

book basket haulFrom left to right:

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

Holes – Louis Sachar

Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennet

Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson

Let it Snow – John Green

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

She is Not Invisible – Markus Sedgewick

Just One Year – Gayle Forman

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts – Robyn Schneider