Major gratitude to Borough Press for starting hilarious, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial twitter-wide conversations about the books that we own, read, loathe and love. Whoever you are, person or people that dreamed #bookadayuk up: make yourselves known and I WILL buy you a drink!
For posterity, here’s my June 2014 #bookadayuk compiled:
- Childhood favourite: Squeezing in a trilogy – The Deptford Mice trilogy is fave from childhood (Dark Portal, Crystal Prison, Final Reckoning)
- Best bargain: Halls, Tunbridge Wells, 10p for a hilarious book about chocolate incl. the q. ‘Does it come in better colours than brown?’
- Blue Cover: Snap!
@francescamain My #bookaday is the great Tim Winton, too
- Worst book by (former) favourite writer: Well, I was a Coupland fanatic until JPod came along. I haven’t read one of his since. It seems I had a sense of humour failure
- Book that’s not mine: A whole shelf of other people’s books. For some, the moment has passed
- Always buy as a gift: I’ve bought and given ‘If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things’ by the wonderful
@jon_mcgregor more times than I can count
- More than one copy: I have two of these – any tweeps
@StokeyLitFest this afternoon want my spare?
- Reminds me of someone I love: Dad bought me ‘The Rebel Fairy’ acknowledging, all at once, my love of reading & the fact that my life wouldn’t be like his
- From second-hand bookshop: Heard Gillian Slovo on
@BBCRadio4 a while back & found Red Dust at Oxfam same day. Finally gonna commit to reading it
- Lied about: Well, there are a good few books I’d pretend I hadn’t read to keep up my street cred. Even the odd sentence-over-the-shoulder
- Makes me laugh: Diary of a Nobody makes me laugh until the bed shakes! Great book for reading aloud | There was a very messy and unfortunate incident when I read About a Boy on a train with a cold, at the baguette/dead duck moment | Finally, the wonderful Adrian Mole is ever a source of laughter (RIP Sue Townsend) – beetroot sandwiches, grapes for sex… | Most recently, a prince among books by
@i_am_mill_i_am – this bit, solace for regular train-travellers
- Old Favourite: My
#bookadayuk old favourite is The Color Purple. Have loved it for 20 years, and it was published the year I was born. Aah.
- Best fictional Dad: The Testament of Jessie Lamb – portrays conflict between wanting children to be independent & wanting to protect at all costs
- Can’t believe more people haven’t read: Can’t believe more people haven’t read Nick Walker – Blackbox or Helloland – both wickedly funny, exquisitely plotted
- Future classic: Future classic: Wolf Hall. Precision plotting, deft character work, etching allure and danger in the mind – inescapable
- Book bought on recommendation: Props to
@K7Kate for spreading @caitlinmoran‘s How to be a Woman around Nottingham and making BOSSES of us all | For a book I bought on recommendation, repeat gratitude to @DilysTolfree for Tell the Wolves I’m Home by @Carolrifka
- Haven’t stopped talking about: The book I haven’t stopped talking about since I read it in 2009 is How To Paint A Dead Man by Sarah Hall
- Best cover: C by Tom McCarthy – the black hardback with the see through plastic dust jacket and all those white scribbles – is just gorgeous
- Summer read: I had great fun arguing for this selection of
#summerreads14 with @WritersCentre #bookadayuk http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/yoursummerreads.aspx …
- Out of print: a shame, ‘cos who doesn’t want to know how to seduce the ‘gay divorcée’? cc
- Made to read to school: Made to read at school (in full) Romeo & Juliet
#bookadayuk – have remained suspicious of love without common sense, and teenagers, since.
- Hooked me in to reading: DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little got me hooked into reading (&buying). Made me discover publishing/awards. My watershed moment!
- Never finished: Haven’t finished Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty. It’s all waiting for Thatcher to turn up, but I don’t think she will
- Should have sold more: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt should sell so much more. All the drama of a western, replete with humanity and humour
- Fictional character wanted to be: Wanted to be the young detective in
@CatherineQanik‘s What Was Lost. Such skills, with a monkey assistant called Mickey to boot
- Bought from fave indie bookshop: The
@booksellercrow is King of the Indies. Selected this gem for me: a book to savour & ruminate on
- Have re-read the most: Sixth time round with Lord of the Rings since 2001. It’s a read aloud special in my household
- Would save from a fire: Most books I could buy/beg/borrow/steal again, so I’d save my book journals. Priceless when memory fades