#bookadayuk September Edition – All 30 book picks

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Another month another #bookadayuk, this time hosted by We Love This Book.  For those of you who don’t know #bookadayuk asks folk on twitter to nominate a book based on a daily theme or question – one book for every day of the month.  It’s a great way to get to know fellow tweeps, bloggers and book lovers and to find some new and interesting books to read. I followed #bookadayuk in back in July and had great craic with it.

Below are my choices for each day of September.

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1st Favourite book about books – The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende

One of my favourite books of all time.  Follow the link here to read more.

2nd Favourite book set in a school – The Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling

Because Hogwarts that’s why.

3rd Best home front novelAtonement by Ian McEwan

Arguably McEwan’s best I would say this is a must read for any bibliophile.

4th A book bought for the cover – The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G. W. Dahlquist

I have, shamefully, yet to read this one – but lookit! So pretty!

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5th A book bought despite the cover – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I chose this because…well have a look for yourself.

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6th Favourite book of short stories – Nine Stories by JD Salinger.

I love these purely because they feel part of a time that is now gone but not quite old enough to be forgotten.

7th Favourite fictional monarch – ???

I had to skip this one. Too many monarchs in literature are evil bastards and I couldn’t think of a good one.  What were your picks?

8th Favourite literary dinner party – The Junior League Benefit in The Help by Kathryn Stockett

If you’ve read the book you’ll know why.  If you haven’t, I won’t spoil it for you.

9th My literary crush – Sherlock Holmes

I’m a nerdy gal who’s fond of the smart boys.

10th A book that gave me hope – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I have no idea why this book is life affirming given that it starts with the end of the world, but it is.

11th Best book recommended by a librarian

I couldn’t offer one because I’d never been recommended a book by a librarian.  This caused a bit of a flutter on twitter and several wonderful librarians in shining bookmarks came to my rescue with recommendations.  I was so moved by this that I decided it was high time to give my local libraries more love and so started my book buying ban challenge, which you can read about here.

12th Favourite Austen character – Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility

I find Ms. Dashwood a great creation as she is both spirited, well meaning and also very very flawed.

13th Favourite Roald Dahl character – the man himself in Boy and Going Solo

Of all Roald Dahl’s childhood novels, his autobiographies have a very special place in my heart.  I can’t hear the words adenoids or Norway without thinking about him.  Also, when I think of Dahl I feel a little pang of sadness that my childhood copies of the books are no longer my own, having been given to a charity shop many moons ago.

14th Fictional character most like you

Best explained through the following tweet:

15th Favourite Agatha Christie mystery – The Mousetrap

Cheating here because the Mousetrap is a play and not a book but I love it nonetheless.

16th Favourite Picture Book – Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s illustration go together like day and night.

17th Favourite literary detective – Sherlock Holmes


18th Favourite coming of age novel – Breakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe

A unique take on the “Oirish” novel, it follows the story of transwoman Patrick “Pussy” Braden as he tries to escape the fictional Irish town of his upbringing, find his birth mother and move to London.

19th Favourite sea-fearing novel – The Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor

Another Irish choice this time set on a famine ship headed to the states. I love Joseph O’Connor’s work because it is literary but very accessible.

20th Favourite literary friendship – Frodo and Sam in the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

Was there ever a character more loyal than Samwise Gamgee?

21st A book to turn someone into a reader – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Chosen because it is a page-turner that’s easy to follow but has all the elements of a great read. Also because it is a trilogy, if your non reader likes the first one they can come back for more.

22nd Best book recommended by a bookseller – A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka

23rd Favourite prize-winning book – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I have fangirled over this book in a review which you can read here.  BTW is it possible to fangirl over things once you hit thirty? Do I fanwoman now instead?

24th Favourite 1920’s novel – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Atwood is always worth my time. Here she does a great job evoking the inter-war period.

25th A book recommended by my parents – All the Names Have Been Changed by Claire Kilroy

Recommended to me by my mother a few years back not least because it is set in my alma mater.

26th Favourite poetry collection – Versus by Ogden Nash.

I’ll admit it, I don’t read a lot of poetry, at least not since school and not unless I’ve heard them recited in a movie or play.  In fact, I’m liable to skip any poetry that appears in a novel too. Actually, that is one of my bookish peeves – poetry in novels. If I wanted to read a poem I’d have bought a book of bloody poetry.  This is aside from the fact that the poetry that pops up in novels is invariably terrible.

Anyway, this is one of the rare collections of poetry I have read.  I originally found it amongst my parents bookshelves when I was a nipper but I think it may be out of print now.

27th A book set in your favourite country to visit – The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Set in Spain, which is a country I love.  Read more about my love for the place here.

28th Favourite literary troublemaker – Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones

Always scheming and a creation borne out of pure divilment.

29th A book that made you question everything – The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson

A non fiction account arguing that large gaps in economic equality is bad for society in every conceivable way.  Culturally I’m very left leaning but this book pushed me closer to the left on economics too.

30th Best book I’ve read this month – The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

You can read my review of this novel here.

So those are my choices – what were yours? Have you read any of these books? If you have a #bookadayuk post of your own, be sure to add your link in the comments.

October’s #bookadayuk is being hosted by Books Are My Bag. Will you be taking part? If so, follow me on twitter for more #bookadayuk shenanigans.

7 Comment

  1. I dipped in and out of this month’s #bookadayuk, but I’m going to try and be diligent about October. It’s been really wonderful connecting with people over this and sharing so much book love.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Yeah, I really love #bookadayuk. It forces me to dip into my past and re-consider the books I’ve loved (and didn’t love quite so much). Also, from a purely selfish point of view, these round-ups show me a map of my preferences and how books have shaped me in a way. For example, I never realised how much Irish fiction I actually read. Never thought that I had a geographical/national preference in my fiction but it seems that I do.

      1. haha – it’s showing you for the patriot that you are?! 😉

        I also love the shock, surprise, outrage and total agreement I feel for everyone else’s posts.

  2. Lovely post. I somehow missed much of #bookadayuk in September but like ‘born and read’ I’m going to try harder in Oct.

    The book you chose for ‘bought despite its cover’ look just awful, like a dull, out of date, slightly nerdy, textbook! What was it like to read?

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      The book itself was great. It’s a short novel but follows the mind of a man as he goes from being mentally challenged to super smart. it raises questions about the nature of intelligence and how it links to society and society’s expectations of people. Not that you’d ever know it from that horrible cover!!!

  3. I loved your comment on the fictional monarch as it made me think of my own response, the ultimate evil b*stard, King Joffrey from Game of Thrones 😀

    I picked the Dream Eaters mainly for the cover too, and I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it as sadly I DNF the book. It was such a long time ago that I can’t even remember why I stopped reading and now I wonder whether I should give it another go.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Yeah, I really couldn’t think of any ‘good’ monarch but there are loads of really horrible ones.

      Not sure when I’ll get round to Dream Eaters but in the meantime it sits beautifully on my shelf 🙂

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