Hello! I have been super busy with interviews, end-of-term celebrations and catching up on some much needed sleep, and so have not been updating my Penguin Book-a-Day challenge on this blog. Below are some thoughts and reflection on days 3-17 (that’s today). To see what other people have selected, search the hashtag #seasonsreadings on Instagram.
Day 3: On my Christmas list
I have asked for several books for Christmas, including:
Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2015: Green
The Earth Diet: Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth’s Natural Ingredients
Day 4: For chilly nights
I think most books are suitable to read on a chilly night, but perhaps some are more suited to such weather conditions, such as A Tale of Two Cities (Wordsworth Classics)
Day 5: Quintessentially British
Day 6: Everyone should read
Harper Lee’s first and only novel is a book which I truly believe everyone should read. The novel balances warmth and humour with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. It is a book that I have enjoyed reading time and time again, and I discover something new each and every time I re-read it.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
Atticus Finch is a physical embodiment of what it is that make us human: the ability to empathise with others, and the ability to make choices. It is the exploration of so many themes, such as race, loss of innocence, class, written and “unwritten” laws, courage, compassion, etc., that makes the novel such a canonical text.
Day 7: Childhood favourite
Day 8: It’s a mystery!
Day 9: I judged this by it’s cover
- Anything with a minimalist Faber & Faber cover
Day 10: Latest purchase
Day 11: Christmas classic
Day 12: Book of Poems
Day 13: Stocking filler
- Any Penguin Modern Mini Classic!
Day 14: Read at school
Day 15: Favourite colour cover
I’m not particularly fussy about colours. If you want to talk about favourite covers, the Penguin clothbound classics are beautiful, such as Emma (Clothbound Classics)
Day 16: For someone I love
I have ordered this book for my grandpa for Christmas. He absolutely loves art, but he claims that he “doesn’t understand modern art”.
Day 17: Funny read
Day 18: Massive tome
Day 19: Travelling home – reading this
Day 20: Set where I live
Day 21: To be read
I have so many books in my “to-read” pile. Instead, I will pick a few to mention here.
Poet in New York (Penguin Modern Classics)
Economics: The User’s Guide: A Pelican Introduction
Day 22: Favourite festive scene
I honestly have no idea!
Day 23: The best present
I opened my presents from my friends at sixth form last week, and one of my friends bought me Selected Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics)
Day 24: For Father Christmas
Any healthy cookbook to combat the inevitable Christmas over-indulgence.
Day 25: Under the tree