Throughout December, Penguin Books UK is running a #SeasonsReadings Challenge whereby readers are asked to upload pictures of books fitting certain themes for each day. The most creative images will win book prizes at Christmas.
For those of you who have missed my social media posts (rude! I'm going to take it personally), here's a round up of my first 12 days of #SeasonsReadings.
Day 1: Iconic first line
"There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature with the most agreeable manners"
- Candide by Voltaire
I have no idea why this Penguin Classic appealed to me so much. It's random and a little bit insane, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was the starting line that drew me in to the book in the first place.
Day 3: On my Christmas list
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
This was an easy choice for me. I love Jane Austen and I love Alexander McCall Smith's insight into characters. This 'Emma' is a modern retelling of the classic and I've asked my brother to get it for me for Christmas. If you can't find me for the next few days after Christmas its because I'm curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea reading this little beauty.
Day 4: For Chilly Nights
The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle
I loved everything about this paranormal mystery romp featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. You can read my interview with the author here.
Day 5: Quintessentially British
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
I don't think its possible to get more British then the Queen of Crime herself. She is the world's most popular author and a true genius in the art of the mystery novel. The Body in the Library is one of the first that comes to mind when I think of a great British mystery.
Day 6: Everyone should read
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
I read this book when I was about 12 and for some reason when I think of great books that I have read in my time, I always remember this one. I still remember the exact moment I visited my local library and found it on the shelf. I took it home like I was holding the most precious thing in the world.
Day 7: Childhood favourite
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck by Beatrix Potter
I loved everything about Beatrix Potter when I was little. Maybe it was because even at that age I was obsessed with anything British, but I also loved it because it was a sweet story. I loved it so much I named my first ever doll Jemima.
Day 8: It's a mystery!
The Winter Garden by Jane Thynne
I found this book at my local library and new I had to read it. I'd already read Black Roses (the book before this one) and had to hear what happened to the character Clara Vine. Set in Berlin before World War II, Clara is a British actress working at a Berlin film studio where she is recruited by the British to spy on the Nazi elite. This installment sees her investigate the murder of a bride from the Nazi Bride School. I. LOVED. IT.
Day 9: I judged this book by its cover
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The cover of this book is what first caught my eye, and then I saw the title... how could you possibly not want to know what The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society is?! The book is written in letters between a journalist and inhabitants of the island of Guernsey and recounts what it was like to live on the island when it was under Nazi occupation in World War II.
Day 10: Latest purchase
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
I bought this book the day it was released and was then lucky enough to meet Anthony Horowitz and have it personally signed 'To Mel'.
I was also lucky enough to hear Anthony Horowitz being interviewed about his work and have to say that he is one of the most intelligent and witty people I've ever heard speak. I'm halfway through Moriarty and it is brilliant- everything that I would expect from a genius like Anthony Horowitz.
Day 11: A Christmas Classic
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Chrisite
Christmas is for curling up with a good book by your favourite author- so Hercule Poirot's Christmas gets my vote for a Christmas classic.
If Poirot was real I think he would be top of my list of people to invite over for Christmas dinner.
Day 12: Book of Poems
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
This book features short stories as well as poems, but it is my go to book for poetry. I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I have always been fascinated by 'The Raven', it's haunting and beautiful and very well written.
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