Is there anything better than to read a book? Well yes there is – you can read a book about a book, or books, or bookshops, or authors, or the pleasure and processes of reading, or collecting, or being addicted to books…
So this month we are immersing ourselves in all things BOOK!
Your task is to read between 3 and 5 books (more if you are inclined) Select your books from any of these Goodreads lists and LINK them in the challenge thread:
Tell us the title of the book you’re going to read, what list it is from, and the number on the list where the book appears; and then when you are finished also give us a bookie quote that caught your eye from each of your chosen books.
To make the selections for this month easier all three picks are from my TBR pile.
1). The Book Thief, #1 on ‘Best Books About Loving Books’ list
Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
It’s just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids – as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
2). The Eyre Affair, #8 on ‘Books about books’ list
Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.
3). The Fault in Our Stars, #36 on ‘Books about books’ list
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Audie Award Nominee, Best Teens Category, 2013