Day 29: A Book Everyone Hated but I Liked

Go Set a Watchman

It seemed like no one was impressed with this novel, but I found it very powerful.  I just remembered to take it for what it was: a draft of a book that really wasn’t meant to be a sequel.  Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird may have the same characters, but really they are set in two different universes.  It may not be perfect, but I was really moved by this book.

Day 27: Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I think finding out about Sirius, and the events after this reveal, was a pretty big surprise for me.  It really changed my entire view of what the series would be like.  It was a twist in the story that changed the direction of the whole series, and that is why, while it may not have been the biggest plot twist, I chose to list this one as the most surprising for me.

Day 26: A Book that Changed My Opinion About Something

Wicked

 

 

I learned a lot from this book.  Like there are always two sides to the story and that even the “bad guy” has some redeeming qualities.  Sometimes, when you find out a bit more about the other side, you can find sympathy for the other person.  I’ve learned to be a bit more open-minded and less black-and-white about things since reading the book (and seeing the musical, which was also pretty amazing!).

Day 20: Favorite Romance

Anything by Jill Mansell

As an English major in undergrad, I read a lot of heavy books.  So I looked for light reads to occupy my spare time.  A friend of mine was really into chic-lit and came along The One You Really Want.  She gushed about it so much I had to get a copy myself.  She may have stopped reading Jill Mansell, but I found that she was exactly what I need to break up the heavy serious fiction I tend to read nowadays.  I own all her US editions (preordering them as they come out), and I’ve bought most of the UK editions of the ones that haven’t come out in the US yet.  I still by the US versions when they come out, too.  I’m anxiously waiting to get a complete set of all her books.