This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Since the first of this month, Borough Press has started a meme on Twitter, which asks book lovers to tweet a book a day based on specific themed topics. It is a fantastic idea based on the simple desire of getting people talking about the books they love – something we at Novelicious could do all day long. The full month of topics can be found here. Intrigued? Yep, me too. So intrigued, I thought it'd be fun to base this week's Ten Books on the first ten days in June. Join in on Twitter anytime throughout this month – just include the hashtag #bookaday.
1. June 1st – Favourite Book From Childhood – How is it possible to choose when there are just so many? I would have had differing favourites at various points ranging from Ballet Shoes, Malory Towers, Famous Five and stories by Dick King Smith, Judy Blume and Gwen Grant. Plus, I remember enjoying Goodnight Mister Tom and Carrie's War (I've always loved books with a Second World War theme). Then there is Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Choose Your Own Adventure (I always ended up being killed) and Adrian Mole. Can you tell I was a child of the 80s? If I had to choose one it would be Trebizon by Anne Digby. The whole series.
2. June 2nd – Best Bargain – Maeve Binchy's Light a Penny Candle. I picked this up in a villa on holiday as a teen and swapped it for another book. A swapsie that has given me a lifelong enjoyment of Maeve Binchy's books. Bargain with a capital B.
3. June 3rd – One With a Blue Cover – I have to choose a recent one for this. I'm a big fan of Liz Fenwick and have even visited the areas she has mentioned in her novels. A Cornish Stranger with its magnificent blue cover of the sea is exactly like my visit.
4. June 4th – Least Favourite Book by Favourite Author – Ooh, this is a tricky one. Firstly, you have to know who your favourite author is, but you then also have to admit which book by that author you like least. I love all books by Sarah Waters, but maybe enjoyed The Little Stranger least. Let me make this very clear, however, I still massively enjoyed it and would read it again. I would also be delighted to have written a book of that quality myself.
5. June 5th – Doesn't Belong to Me – Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess. I borrowed it from my parents and never gave it back…
7. June 7th – Forgot I Owned It – Stephen King's On Writing.
8. June 8th – Have More Than One Copy – Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. One from my childhood and a fairly recent beautiful re-issue cover
9. June 9th – Film or TV Tie-in – Has to be Agatha Christie, especially Dead Man's Folly because I've actually been to the setting of the book.
10. June 10th – Reminds Me of Someone I Love – Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories reminds me of my daughter.
Could you answer all of these if you scratched your head for a while? We'd love to follow along if you're participating on Twitter so do leave your handle in the comments!