#BookADayUK - July 1 - 31

I missed the beginning of this game so I decided not to play catch-up but to post them all at once on the last day of July - today. No covers though, just the authors and the titles. You might notice that some writers’ names (my favorites) are repeating – they are suitable for more than one answer.

 

1. A book that made you laugh out loud
   Terry Pratchett – Feet of Clay

 

2. Favorite SF/Fantasy novel for World UFO Day
   Lois McMaster Bujold – Komarr

 

3. Favorite novel in translation
   Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers

 

4. All-time favorite American novel for 4th of July Independence Day
    Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex

 

5. Most delicious novel about food
   Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells

 

6. Which book will you put down today to watch tennis
   None

 

7. Most chocolatey novel – it’s National Chocolate Day
    Laura Florand – The Chocolate Thief

   Unbelievable bitter-sweet flavor of dark Paris chocolate. I salivated.

 

8. Favorite Great War novel
   Sarah Blake – The Postmistress
   This book is not as much about the war (WWII) as about the Holocaust. It’s not my favorite – I don’t like war novels – but it made a huge impression

 

9. Most irritating character in a novel
   Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind
   The protagonist is a pretty irritating fellow, never grows up, causes lots of grief

 

10. Novel with most memorable picnic for Teddy Bear Picnic Day
   One of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances
   I’m sure there is at least one picnic in them but I don’t remember which one.

 

11. The book that made you cry
   Jojo Moyes – Me Before You

 

12. Novel that best conjured a place for you
   Terry Pratchett – Going Postal
   That postal office was surprisingly vivid, even though it is located on Discworld.

 

13. Best title for a novel
   Carola Dunn – Murder on the Flying Scotsman

 

14. For Bastille Day, you favorite novel about or set in France
   Georgette Heyer – Devil’s Cub
   A rake abducts the wrong sister and takes her to France, to Dijon. A novel of absurdities ensures, and everyone asks the most unimportant question: “Why Dijon?”

 

15. Most recent book purchased
   Wen Spencer – Wolf Who Rules

 

16. Favorite book to take to the beach
   Jennifer Crusie – Fast Women

 

17. Novel which surprised you most
   Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer – Don’t Look Down
   Didn’t expect that such a disparate pairing would produce such an excellent book.
   She is a romance writer; he writes military thrillers.

 

18. Favorite crime novel
   Any Dorothy Sayers’s novel about Peter Wimsey

19. Most memorable plot twist (no spoilers)
   I don’t know.

   Many of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan novels have some pretty memorable twists. Terry Pratchett too. Which one is the best? I’m drawing blank.

 

20. Your desert island novel
   Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer – Agnes and the Hitman

 

21. The novel you expected to hate but turned out you loved
   Terry Pratchett – Mort

 

22. The novel you most like to give to friends
   Sharon Shinn – Archangel
   This lyrical book combines fantasy, romance, and the most unusual angels

 

23. Favorite novel with exotic background
   Barry Hughart – Bridge of Birds
   A fantasy about China “That Never Was”

 

24. A book that most reminds you of your English teacher
   Carola Dunn – any of her Daisy Dalrymple mystery series
   Her English is beautiful. I find new words in almost every novel.

 

25. Book that is your guilty pleasure
   Jayne Ann Krentz – a number of her romance novels published between 1990 and 2005

 

26. The novel you wish you had written
   Sharon Shinn – Fortune and Fate
   I love everything about this novel.

 

27. The best/worst parents in fiction
   Jennifer Crusie – Bet Me – worst mother
   Jennifer Crusie – Faking It – best mother

 

28. Favorite animal novel
   Allie Larkin – Stay
   A hilarious book about a dog and a love story

 

29. Favorite likable villain
   Terry Pratchett – Guards, Guards and other Watch novels – Lord Vetinary

 

30. Book you read or plans to read from #BookADayUK

   I don't know.

   So many have been mentioned. I probably read at least one or plan to read several, but I didn’t keep track so I don’t remember.

 

31. The book that reminds you of someone special
   Nalo Hopkinson – The New Moon’s Arms
   This book about a mother reminded me of my mother