I have no words for just how effervescent this novel is. I went in expecting to like it, but I wound up loving it. The whole story has a fairytale-like quality that captures your imagination and runs away with it. Valente doesn't waste time trying to simplify her novel for children, but understood that even young children can appreciate a well written story.
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Gather up your courage and your wishes; grab a little pinch of luck - and prepare to be swept away, in a ship of your own making, to a land unlike any other. September is a twelve-year-old girl, Somewhat Grown and Somewhat Heartless, and she longs for adventure. So when a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes invite her to Fairyland - well, of course, she accepts (mightn't you?).When she gets there, she finds a land in crisis and confusion - crushed by the iron rule of a villainous Marquess - she soon discovers that she alone holds the key to restoring order. Having read enough books to know what a girl with a quest must do, September sets out to Fix Things.As September forges her way through Fairyland, with a book-loving dragon and a partly human boy named Saturday by her side, she makes many friends and mistakes; loses her shadow, her shoes and her way. But she finds adventure, courage, a rather special Spoon, and a lot more besides .
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series everDaughter of the Forest by Juliet MarillierTo reclaim the lives of her brothers, Sorcha leaves the only safe place she has ever known and embarks on a journey filled with pain, loss and terror. When she is kidnapped by enemy forces and taken to a foreign land, it seems that there will be no way for Sorcha to break the spell that condemns all that she loves. But magic knows no boundaries, and Sorcha will have to choose between the life she has always known and a love that comes only once.Check out my review here
Day 05 – A book or series you hateDay 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all timeDay 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwiseDay 08 – A book everyone should read at least onceDay 09 – Best scene everDay 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up lovingDay 11 – A book that disappointed youDay 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five timesDay 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)Day 15 – Your “comfort” bookDay 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetryDay 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a bookDay 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!) Day 20 – Favorite kissDay 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)Day 23 – Most annoying character everDay 24 – Best quote from a novelDay 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stackDay 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book endingDay 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsessionDay 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?