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
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