30 days of books

I love reading, it provides the perfect escape for me. Vanisha introduced me 30 days of books, which is a little challenge she's taking part in.
I think its an awesome idea, so I'm taking part too! I'll be posting a whole weeks worth of answers/books in one post. I can't wait to share all my favourite books with you!

1. The best book you read last year - 'The End of Mr Y' by Scarlett Thomas. I won't give too much away, but history, mystery, romance, creation and a little quantum physics thrown in for good measure! It sounds like a difficult read, I promise you its not.

2. A book you've read more than 3 times - 'Pride and Predjudice' by Jane Austen. Come on lets be honest its a classic! I have to admit though I am now fed up of it. In my last year of Uni I had the curse pleasure to play Lady Catherine de Burgh, and I haven't wanted to read it since then.
3. Your favourite series - I've never read a series. I get certain authors I like and then read through ALL their books. I've never been into the Northern Lights, or Harry Potter's of this world though.

4. Favourite book of your favourite series - Once again I can't really answer this.

5. A book that makes you happy - 'Under the Tuscan Sun'  by Frances Mayes. About a woman settling in Italy and all the experiences that brings. It reminds me of the days I miss so much; sitting outside a cafe sipping wine and watching the Italians pass by = bliss!
6. A book that makes me sad - 'One Day' by David Nicholls. I'm finally watching the film adaption in a couple of weeks and I'm very nervous. Does it ruin the book!?!
7. Most underrated book - 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly. A very interesting perspective on the loss of youth and the need to grow up. Told in the style of a fairy-tale.
I would love to read your answers to these questions.
If you could recommend one book to me, what would it be?

H x


Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

I've just added 'The Book of Lost Things' to my list. 'Under the Tuscan Sun' IS just lovely. I've read Pride and Prejudice, enjoyed it and left it at that ;) I love this challenge because you get to hear about new books from other readers.

I've recommended two books for you already and because I'm doing the challenge too I think I'll refrain from making any more recommendations for you, otherwise the posts may become repetitive for you! Have a lovely day beautiful <3

Coco said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am always open to discussion or whatever, I've had it for so long that it's second nature now. ;) As for this post, I LOVE to read!!! But I'm a total pansy, I can't handle much "adult" content or tension... So, I would say...

1- Mere Christianity by CS Lewis... actually my all time favorite book. Read it easily 30 times.
2- Crime and Punishment... LOVE Dostoyevsky. Love. (Not much for Jane Austen though *shivers*)
3- Oooh. This is my weakness. First of all, hands down The Lord of the Rings series. But having said that, I also adore Harry Potter and Percy Jackson... why? I can't really say. I guess because they are clean and well written and fluffy. I don't have to focus on them a whole lot, but they're light and fun. (And the HP movies are not good, in fact I almost didn't try reading the series because I hated the movies so much.)
4- Fellowship of the Rings. I love the pastoral setting at the beginning SO much.It's like taking a deep breath of clean air. Aaaah. I want to be a hobbit.
5- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. It's just light and uplifting. Love it.
6- Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl. Beautiful book. Beautiful and tragic.
7- Hmmm. The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis, though it's not underrated so much as overshadowed by his other books... still one of my all time favorites and shouldn't be overshadowed.

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