My favourite book(s)

It is going to be tricky to answer questions like this otherwise than going on about The Lord of the Rings, which really is my favourite book ever but maybe is not such an interesting answer. One other book that I rate very highly is George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which puts a very human face on a historical period of rapid social, political and technological change – it may seem odd to say this, but I find it in some ways a rather sfnal novel, dealing as it does with the social impact of new knowledge, if admittedly from a historical rather than futuristic perspective. It is years since I last read it, and we don’t seem to have a copy in the house, but that is easily remedied.

A couple of other books that blew me away: Mary Gentle’s Ash, with its amazing rewriting of the later Middle Ages (and I am sorry to say that I have not really enjoyed any of her other books); and on a completely different and more sombre note, the Lost Lives anthology of the lives and deaths of victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which I have not actually finished but which left a searing impression.

Day 01 – Your favourite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read
Day 03 – Your favorite recent book
Day 04 – Your favorite book ever
Day 05 – A book you hate
Day 06 – Your favourite writer
Day 07 – A writer you don’t like
Day 08 – Your favourite work in translation
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – An book you’ve read more than twice
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure book
Day 17 – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
Day 18 – Favorite book cover
Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book
Day 20 – Favorite kiss or love scene
Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A book you plan on reading
Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot
Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer
Day 28 – First book obsession
Day 29 – Current book obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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  1. Interestingly, he has never said that. (Though I also would caution against underrating the vigour of Swedish territorial defence.)

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