20 June 2014

Book-a-Day Challenge: 15 - 20

This post includes more than I originally intended, as with these if you put off writing it you add another book to the list...

15 - Favourite Fictional Father - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith

This one took me a while to decide on. My favourite genre is YA fiction so most of my favourite books either have non-existent fathers, mostly absent fathers or douchebag fathers. Then I remembered my favourite classic Pride and Prejudice and how awesome Mr Bennett is, considering the time period and social expectations at the time. He loves his daughters, supports their decisions and really takes care of them. He's a great fictional father. And in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies he also kicks zombie ass and trains his precious darlings to do the same.

16 - Can't Believe More People Haven't Read

This is a fairly popular book, but the fact we don't have a film franchise for this one yet baffles me. The tagline across the top of this copy reads "Before The Hunger Games there was..." which sums up the genre/tone of this book pretty well. While both the plot and protagonist are quite a bit different, I think the story would really appeal to fans of the Hunger Games series.

17 - Future Classic - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This book is AMAZING and I'm certain this one is going to blow-up sometime soon. Laini Taylor weaves the real world into her fantasy world so seamlessly I didn't even realise I was avidly reading high fantasy until I put the book down (I never used to be a fan of high fantasy, but after DoSaB and Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire I'm beginning to change my mind).

18 - Bought on Recommendation - Room by Emma Donaghue

I was doing a two week placement at a marketing company last year, and one of the girls who worked there recommended this to me. Real-life drama isn't usually a genre I get into but she was particularly persuasive and I ended up being really glad I picked this up. Definitely a recommendable book, no matter what genre you usually prefer.

19 - Still Can't Stop Talking About It - The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The fact that I had to pull this image off of Google owing to the fact my copy is currently lent out, only reiterrates my point that I will force this book onto everyone I know. I'm easily pushed to tears by both books and films, but this is the first one I have openly sobbed over. There's a lot of criticism/mocking directed towards this book and I can't for the life of me see why. It's beautiful, and I love it. Everyone should read this book.

20 - Favourite Cover - The Humans by Matt Haig

What I consider to be the most beautiful covers all have two things in common; simplicity, and a really awesome font. It scares me to think that one day if/when I get published, my story's cover will be out of my hands. I may have to self-publish at least one just to have the satisfaction of being able to dictate how I want the front cover to look. Say what you will about not judging a book by it's cover, if I'm listlessly browsing through Waterstones it's the covers that catch my eye.

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