Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
As I said in the last book post, I love the court scene in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, because it fills me with that I-CAN-DO-ANYTHING power feeling.
His Majesty’s Dragon, and other early books in the Temeraire series are fun and joyful too (I’m not saying the later books are bad, but they get steadily more serious). The Temeraire series is the Napoleonic wars re-imagined with an air force. But the air force isn’t planes, it’s dragons.
Notice how I’ve answered this question without mentioning Tolkien? Until now, that is…
Also, knitting books make me happy.
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
I’m going to take this question to mean a book that I enjoy reading, but also makes me sad, and not a book that makes me sad for the human race (those Darwin award books just make me want to bash my head against something. Also see: Pippa Middleton’s entertaining book). A book that I feel like I should have mentioned somewhere under ‘favourites’ is To Serve Them All my Days by R F Delderfield. This is a wonderful, gentle, British story about an ex-soldier with ‘shellshock’ (I think we call that PTSD now) becoming a teacher at a boys’ boarding school in 1918. This book makes me happy, nostalgic, and sad. I found a very dog-eared copy in the library of the boarding school I attended, and read it when I was 15 or 16. It set 85 years prior to me being where I was but I got it. And every bad or sad thing that happened to Powlett-Jones made me sad too. But there was a very nostalgic joy for me when things went right for him.
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Another book set during the Napoleonic wars, but this time with wizards. Where Temeraire is written in a more modern style, JS&N is written much more in the style of Austen or similar. I feel that a lot of people found it hard to get past the style, and those who might have liked the style disliked it the moment I mentioned ‘wizards!’ I remember trying to sell this to just about everyone who came in to the bookstore I worked in at the time I read it. So many people said NO! as soon as I mentioned magic or wizards. I think they thought I was trying to sell them Harry Potter, but this book is so different, definitely written for an older reader.
Day 08 – Most overrated book
I’m guessing I can’t answer with a book I’ve never actually read *coughcoughDaVinciCodecough*
Thinking of things I’ve read recently, I’d have to mention the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. As we’ve already established, I love me some Sherlock Holmes. I read pastiches (Holmes-style stories by authors who aren’t Conan Doyle), and I like them. The MR series has had some good reviews, and enough people told me I should read them that I did. No thanks. I read the first two, and that was one too many. I love the concept, but I suppose I was expecting something more Holmes-centric, rather than new character *coughMarySuecough*-centric. I just wasn’t a fan.