It’s Bastille Day, when the French revolutionaries stormed that great symbol of Royal power, freeing their comrades and criminals alike. So quickly, before they fetch Madame la Guillotine, here are Rob and Kate’s favourite French books… Continue reading “Favourite French book for Bastille Day: Asterix and The Count of Monte Cristo #bookadayuk”
It’s Wimbledon Final day and even if the most bookish of us have put down our books to watch the action. Despite Andy Murray going out, it’s a classic with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battling it out. Rob has put down The Circle by Dave Eggers and Kate has torn herself away from Levels of Life by Julian Barnes. Continue reading “Put down to watch the Wimbledon Final… The Circle and Levels of Life #bookadayuk”
We’re so pleased that #bookadayuk will be continuing into July, this time curated by those lovely people at Doubleday. We’ll also being continuing to join in here at AWW Towers, and we hope you will too. It’s been brilliant fun raiding our bookshelves so a big shout-out to Borough Press for June, and here’s to another month of sharing our bookish choices. But, what are the challenges for each day? Continue reading “Goodbye June and hello July – #bookadayuk, now curated by Doubleday UK”
Books are precious because of their stories, because of the person who gave them to you, but sometimes they become irreplaceable, especially if they’re signed by the author themselves. To save from a fire, Rob has chosen his signed copy of Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold, and Kate has chosen More Than This by Patrick Ness, which will hopefully be signed very soon…
For most of us, there are a few books we come back to and reread for comfort, familiarity or just for the sheer joy of experiencing something brilliant again. This time around, Kate has picked The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K Le Guin and Rob chooses The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
We all know it’s a tough time at the moment for a lot of businesses and not least for independent bookshops but they’re also a very special place, and the best are like magical oases of stories… Some of our favourites include Red Lion Books in Colchester, The Book Hive in Norwich and Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Rob has bought The Bookshop Strikes Back by Ann Patchett and Kate has bought Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
We’ve all dreamed about being a character from our favourite book for a day, going on an adventure, meeting exciting people or visiting strange places. Rob and Kate have both chosen character who like to live dangerously – Rob would like to be James Bond and Kate wants to be Lyra from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
It’s a mystery why some fantastic books don’t sell more copies. Here a a couple that Rob and Kate read, enjoyed and can’t understand why more people haven’t bought… Kate chooses Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and Rob picks Free Agent by Jeremy Duns.
Why don’t people finish a book? Maybe it wasn’t what you expected. Maybe you lost it, or maybe you were just too busy. Maybe you started something else that was better… Rob has never got to the end of Underworld by Don DeLillo and Kate has never finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsen.
For some people, there’s a particular moment or a particular book that hooks them into reading. For some it’s not as clear cut as that… Rob has chosen Sherlock Holmes as something that he loved reading at a young age and Kate has chosen Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley.
Some people find studying books at school can take the joy out of them but luckily both Rob and Kate found they enjoyed the things they read, even though they were “made” to read them. Rob has chosen a collection of Shakespeare’s works and Kate has picked The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Rob and Kate have gone for the same out-of-print title today, as they recently discovered when they tried to get a copy for their book club podcast Hear…Read This!: the classic children’s fairytale book, A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski.
A summer read could be a steamy beach read, a chilling thriller, or something to broaden the mind while you explore a new place. Rob’s chosen something that reminds him of a particular summer, The Beach by Alex Garland and Kate has three non-fiction titles she’s been saving for the summer, Careless People by Sarah Churchwell, Waterlogged by Roger Deakin and Beechcombings by Richard Mabey. Continue reading “Belated Summer reads: Non-fiction and The Beach #bookadayuk”
Often the cover of a book is the first thing that catches our eye and a big reason for buying that book. Rob and Kate have both chosen really striking covers that show a fantastic eye for design. Rob’s choice is Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, cover design by Punch Design, and Kate has picked The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan.