Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
You might think I’d put something from Lord of the Rings in here… and I do have (multiple) favourite quotes from there, but for capturing true feeling, and giving us just that tiniest glimpse into an enigmatic character, this is my favourite:
That story is The Three Garridebs. I’m not crying. Swearsies.
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Finally, I can talk about a recent read! I picked up A Discovery of Witches on the Kobo husband bought me for Christmas, because I’d heard good things about it. The thing is, now I can’t remember where I heard those good things! I was in the mood for a book about witches, and this one turned much too vampire-centric for me. Plus, the author repeats herself. A lot. It wasn’t bad enough that I didn’t finish, but I feel like I finished more out of bloody-mindedness than actually enjoyment. And I read the second one, because you know, it might get better, right? And now I’ve committed so much time that I’ll have to read the third when it comes out eventually, because I want to know the solution to the puzzle, even though I feel that I won’t like it.
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Fill in the blank. That one, and I also enjoyed Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, starring Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, and Stephen Fry as Marvin the Paranoid Android. Plus, it gave us the classic song ‘So Long And Thanks For All The Fish’, even if I have some problems with the movie too.
Edited to add: I was just reminded by this article of another book I love, which has been turned into a movie I truly love: The Great Escape. I went through a phase when I was about 11-14 where I read all the WWII POW books I could, all because of dad’s battered red copy of The Great Escape. I still have a big shelf of those books, including that little red hardcover.
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
I’m going to need to think of this as ‘Favourite book usually shelved in the Romance section’. I really enjoy the first two books of Jean M Auel’s Children of Earth series, Clan of the Cave Bear, and Valley of Horses. The funny thing about that is that (spoiler!) the romance part doesn’t come along until the very end of Valley. I love the detail Auel put in to Ayla’s growing up with the Clan. She is also genuinely different than those people, and not in the unbelieveable invents-everything-but-nuclear-fusion-in-the-Ice-Age way she is later in the books. Well, I suppose she’s still a bit like that, but without other humans to be talking about it all the time… As you can tell, I’m conflicted. I’ve read the whole series for the sake of completeness, but only actually like those first two books.