Time for the final batch of #bookaday nominations. I really enjoyed myself this month – taking time out to reflect on some favourites and others not so much so, instead of constantly chasing to review the next new thing. #bookaday will continue as #bookadayuk for the foreseeable future and I’ll continue to play on twitter. See you there?
For now though, let’s complete #bookaday June 2014 in orderly fashion. Scroll down for previous entries.
June 23 – Made to read at school
That phrase implies something negative and so, here’s the book that tortured me at German A-level. Call Don Carlos what you will. I have. Many, many times.
Apologies to Schiller. The companion play in the pictured volume, Mary Stuart, is superb.
June 24 – Hooked me into reading
My teachers didn’t always get it wrong and this O-level English literature choice was inspirational. It showed me just how great the best literature can be and ensured I became a lifelong bookworm.
Of course, To Kill A Mockingbird is now banned from the English Literature syllabus, as post-1914 titles must be British. Parochialism rules! Where would we be without the astute wisdom of our politicians?
June 25 – Never finished it
I was surprised at the shame many tweeters felt at not finishing their nomination in this category. Not me. 9-pages of that Irish novel, Uly-something, was more than enough.
June 26 – Should have sold more copies
Title changes occur between editions to boost sales, and I hear such is mooted for my favourite from Peirene Press.
Please, Peirene. Please don’t come up with something as inappropriate as Witch Hunt, the singularly awful and misleading title that was inflicted on the paperback edition of Susan Fletcher’s superb Corrag.
June 27 – Want to be one of the characters
i’m very specific about this. I want to be Natasha in Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Her fiancé, Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, has been my literary crush since forever.
June 28 – Bought at my favourite independent bookshop
“Meandering in Marylebone” has become a euphenism for visiting the legendary Daunt’s Books in Marylebone High Street. I never exit that shop with bank balance intact. Fortunately I live 387 miles away. This was the purchase I made in May.
June 29 – Most reread
English O-level teacher 5 (To Kill A Mockingbird) German A-level teacher 5 (Effi Briest)
June 30 – Would save in a fire
Me, mine and, assuming there’s time, my photograph albums. My books can be replaced, memories cannot.