Book A Day


Welcome to June!

I heard about this Book a Day idea and thought I’d try it out here on my blog. This is how it’ll work.

I am going to “pin” this to the front page and add the title of a book that fits the requirement of the day as per the graphic above.

If you want to join in, share where you’re posting in the comments below, and check back here daily. 🙂


1stThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum I read this book cover to cover, flipped it over, started again. I did this until the cover fell OFF the BOOK. I don’t know why. 🙂

2ndTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I got this book for only $3.99 in trade paperback. It was originally $21.00, and I was pretty chuffed. 🙂 This was my best bargain from last year that wasn’t a Kindle deal. 🙂

 3rdSeize the Nightseize the night

4thNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I love Austen. I know Northanger Abbey is something like a parody, made to be exactly what it is. I know that. But. This is my least favorite book by Austen.Once upon a time, my least favorite book of hers was Emma, but I love it, now. So who knows? Give me a few more years and Northanger may grow on me. 🙂

5thI have no books on my shelf that aren’t mine. I used to, but I sent it back to its owner. That one was The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. And, though I very much enjoyed the movie? The book was, as always, far better. 🙂

ECM-3D-Paperback-eReader6thThis is hard. I don’t often give books as gifts unless they’re mine. I don’t know why. So I’ll do a bit of a plug here and say that the book I have given most often as a gift is Éire’s Captive Moon.

7th – The book I’d forgotten I owned is Pirates of the Chesapeake. Shortly after I moved here to Maryland, my mother-in-law and I went shopping at an actual bookstore (be amazed – I don’t to them too often, these days) and I found it in Local History. I thought I might use it for research for a new book. I still might. I’ve written Vikings, but not pirates, per se. Hmm… 😉

8th – Now. For those who know me, the title of the book for which I have more than one copy is what might be termed a “no-brainer”. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I have quite a few copies of this wonderful Jane Austen novel and I suspect I always will. 🙂

Making or P&P9th – This should surprise no one. My first choice for book that is a movie or television tie-in would have to be this. The Making of Pride and Prejudice.

10thRilla of Ingleside. The final book (I think) of the Anne of Green Gables series proper, this book centers around Anne’s youngest daughter, Bertha Marilla Blythe – Rilla – as she grows up during WWI. It’s a hard novel to read at times, a beautiful story about a maturing young woman, and there is a sweet romance in there as well. This book reminds me of waiting for the man who would one day by my husband when we were pen pals while he was in the USMC. Remember, bittersweet is my favorite flavor.

11th – My secondhand bookshop gem would have to be a book I really wanted to find but couldn’t find it except in a used bookstore. It’s The Hampshire Hoyden by Michelle Martin and is, to me the ultimate of what a Regency Romance can be in terms of verbal sparring, social mores, and sheer entertainment. 

12th – To be honest, there really isn’t a book I pretend to have read. I am secure enough in my literary background to own up to books I just haven’t read and don’t want to read. I’m okay with that.

biblioholism cover13thA book that makes me laugh every time without fail is Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction by Tom Raabe. Read through the timeline alone for some serious chuckles. Especially if you are an industry professional.

14th – Today’s book is to be an old favorite. I have acquired so MANY favorites over the decades that it was hard to pin down one. But in the end, I choose Dragonsong, by Anne McCaffrey. This is the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy that takes place on McCaffrey’s world of PERN, and is about young Menolly, who has to suffer much before she can achieve her dream of being a Harper.

Atticus Finch and Kids15thWhen asked who my Favorite Fictional Father is, my answer is immediately Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. For the record, I loved him as a dad before I saw Gregory Peck in the movie, but Peck did nail the role and will forever be Atticus Finch to me.

16thWhy haven’t more people read the book The Princess Bride by William Goldman? We’ve all seen the movie (right? RIGHT?) but the book remains a largely undiscovered gem.

17thA future classic? I think Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton might be one, but it’s hard to say, these days!

Curious Incident cover18th – I bought the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon on recommendation years ago. It was rec’d to me because I have a son on the Autism Spectrum. This is the only work of fiction I’ve read featuring someone with ASD and it was very interesting, to me. 

ACK! Feeling horribly guilty. I haven’t updated this in a week. My apologies!

Let’s catch up:

19thThis is one I JUST READ. How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You by T.M. Franklin. It’s a YA I got because I know the author and it’s charming! See my review here.

20thFavorite cover? Aside from the awesome covers my cover artists have made for me? Here is one I like a lot – though I didn’t, at first. It’s for Picture Maker by Penina Keen Spinka. 

21stA great summer read? I’d recommend 1632 by Eric Flint. This is a science-fiction-historical-fiction-messing with the time stream kind of story. There is language, people, but it’s a fascinating story.

22ndA great book that you’ll have to look for because it’s out of print is The Hampshire Hoyden by Michelle Martin. I love this book. The perfect Regency Romance.

23rdA book I had to read at school is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Sorry, folks. I cannot recommend this one, but it does fulfill the requirement for this day.

24thI don’t know that I have a book that hooked me in to reading. I started reading when I was, like, two. So there isn’t a book that made me do it. I just…did.

25thBooks I never finished… Ah, there are a few of those. One of them is The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I tried. I really did. I just couldn’t do it.

26thSomething that should have sold more? *grin* Mine! lol Okay, something that’s not mine, maybe? How about Columbus was Last by Patrick Huyghe. At the very least, it deserves more ratings on Goodreads.

And now that I’m all caught up, I’ll try to do better the rest of the month.

27thI think the only book in which I would have liked to be one of the characters was Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 🙂  Of course, I think I wanted to be Mary. 🙂

28thAlas, I don’t have a favorite independent bookshop… 😦 

prideandprejudice-mp29th – The book I have read most often in the course of my life, aside from the Bible, is Pride and Prejudice. I know, big surprise, eh? It’s a classic. My mother gave me my first copy of it when I was thirteen years of age, and I became a huge fan of Austen in college (my thanks Dr. Ruth ap Roberts!). I now have several editions of P&P in print, as well as all the major screen adaptations on VHS and DVD. This story will never be old for me. 

30th – The final book on this list is the one I’d save if my house were on fire. I have to say, I don’t know that I have a book like that. I might try to get our Chronicles of Narnia series as it’s bound in leather and looks nice. I might try for my Jane Austen anthology. But in reality? I’d likely make sure my Kindle were tucked into my purse while I got the paintings off the wall. Because the paintings in my house are original oils done by artists in my family and they’re irreplaceable. Much as I love my books, even the rare ones, they are not as dear. 

And thus we end Book a Day!

Favorite Books

This post will likely change as I give the matter some thought over the next few days.

Currently, my favorite works of fiction include:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Stand by Stephen King
  5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  6. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  7. Merlin by Stephen R. Lawhead
  8. Picture Maker by Penina Keen Spinka
  9. Timeline by Michael Crichton
  10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton