Sunday, April 1, 2012

30 reviews in 30 days is on again!

30 reviews in 30 days was a great success. Thanks for all your reviews. Let's do it again.


In 50 words or less tell us about the best book you have ever read. Why did you feel this was such a great book?


At the end of 30 days a winner will be drawn. They will win a National Year of Reading Book prize pack including books kindly donated by Dymocks Rouse Hill


Please leave your name and email address at the bottom of the review so we may contact you should you win the book pack.This information will not be displayed publicly.  Limit of one review per person. Prize must be collected from any Hills Shire Library.


21 comments:

Carolyn G said...

My favourite book is Lillian’s Story (by Kate Grenville) for its rich sensory images of Sydney of the past, for its large, loud, tragicomic heroine and for its generous empathy with, and celebration of, the eccentric.

Jenny R said...

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. Not at all what I typically read, but did from a friends recommendation. It is the one book I now recommend when ever anyone asks. He is an Australian author, however the book is set in Nazi, Germany. Death narrates the story, which although sad, is done with humour.

Anonymous said...

Its hard to pick just one! One of my favourite series of books has to be Harry Potter. They are the kind of books that once you start reading you can't put down! Yes they are written for children/teens but I still love them and they can easily be enjoyed by adults as well. They're just very cleverly written - action packed but also sometimes humourous with lots of clever little parallels between "our world" and the "magic world." I enjoyed the movies too but you have to read the books to fully appreciate the whole story. Kristen

Emma said...

One of the best books I’ve read is ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. This book is written in the 19th century and it opened up a whole new world for me. Jane Eyre lives in a male dominant society who tries to pursue her independence through from childhood to her adult years. She is a strong character who longs to live a full life. I love how she stayed true to herself and never sacrificed her own values even if it’s for her true love or for social status. At the end, she gets all what she deserves... happiness. It’s a great story about love, morality, femininity, society and expectations. I love how the characters speak with such eloquence and passion. How beautiful would the world be today if everyone spoke to each other like this?

Anonymous said...

One of the best books i have read is Room by Emma Donoghue, it is a unique and interesting book that will keep you riveted till the end.

Roslyn said...

I loved Jasper Jones..... it has everything in it.. murder, mystery, romance, racism, heroism and triumph against evil... a great book.

Loveit said...

You cant beat Lord of the Rings for the best book of all time!!

A great adventure story and full of imagery told with great details and great characters.

Loveit.

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite books is actually a children's story called "The Velveteen Rabbit." I loved it as a kid and still love it now. Its about a rabbit who is the favourite toy of a young boy - even though he has other more expensive and newer toys. One day the Rabbit learns that a toy becomes real if its owner really and truly loves it. Eventually the boy becomes sick and his toys are thrown away - and the velveteen Rabbit becomes a real rabbit. I think maybe I liked it as a kid because I used to think if I loved my toy bunny enough it would become real as well! I still think its a lovely story - sought of old fashioned, but it always makes me want to cry when i read it!

Anonymous said...

As a reader above said, it's hard to pick just one but Julie and Julia 365 days 524 recipes by Julie Powell is a fantastic book. I love stories that describe food and this fits the bill. Throughout the book the reader feels like they are in the kitchen with Julie and it inspires you to try Julia Child's recipes (well the easier ones if anything). Erica Staff

Aki said...

Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy. I think everyone can relate to the feeling of not being ‘good enough’ that Skye experiences throughout the book. Cathy’s plot is intriguing and, like Skye’s dream world, this book is exactly like a marshmallow, sweet and addicting. Another riveting book from the ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series.

Amylou said...

I think one of the books I've enjoyed most in the last year would be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Schaffer. It's just a lovely, well-told story that shows how a bad situation can bring out the best in people. I also love that this is a first novel, published just a few months after the author passed away at age 74 which shows it's never too late to follow your dreams. Best of all though, it was written by a librarian!

Marianne said...

Hi

The book which inspired me is “A Fortunate Life” by Albert Facey. Although it was read when I was in high school, it still has the profound effect to this day. Facey demonstrated no matter how hard life is as was the case in this book nothing is impossible to overcome.

Erica Swanson said...

My all time favorite book is Veronica Roth's 'Divergent'. This novel is in it's own style of a dystopian novel. With brisk pacing, plentiful flights of imagination and creativity and writing that was full of fine detail which kept me indulged throughout the whole book. I felt like i was on the journey with the protagonist. I felt every emotion she felt, I faced ever challenge she faced and i felt that I could fully relate to her . Veronica Roth is very young and this shows throughout her writing, but i believe this is in favor to her and is a major asset to the novel. It is a much more relatable writing style for the young adult age group and is one of the main contributing factors as to why i completely loved this book

Wing Si Ha said...

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta makes haters of the fantasy genre change their perceptions forever. Not only are characters so easy to fall in love with, with their mysterious pasts, the ending presents such an elusively written twist, you can't help but smack yourself silly at the revelation!

Anonymous said...

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a fabulous fable that will take you on a journey to find the true meaning of life.

Anonymous said...

To kill a mockingbird is still a very strong contender for the best book I have ever read, it is haunting and so relevant, even today.

Anonymous said...

LOVED this book. I could not put it down, and when I had to, I was thinking about the characters and could not wait until I had time to read again.

This book gave me so much to think about and brought up so many feelings, so many good, and so so many not so good.

Nevertheless, the best book I have ever read.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, the book before in the post was THE HELP.

Anonymous said...

What I like so much about Tomorrow when the War began is that it starts out like a normal description of a camping trip by a girl with her friends, but before long something much darker has been foreshadowed.

My favourite part of the story would have to be the description of the characters first reactions to the situation they find themselves in. I loved how the characters changed in the story, and became someone they didnt know they were.

As I don't want to give away the ending, I'd just like to say that I thought it was very well handled and seemed to be a fitting end to the story.

Anonymous said...

You cant beat Twilight.... an amazing work of Fiction... and so popular

Tamara said...

The Quarry - Johan Theorin


Do not be fooled by its introduction as a crime novel.
It is filled with of hope, triumph of human spirit, a lesson in family interactions and the roads travelled.
It is haunting at times, poetic in its descriptions of Swedish landscape, and the main characters are almost palpable.
All you want in a book. To identify with the stories that weave through the main plot, and to find yourself in its main characters. That is what happened to me.
I was almost sad to finish the last page, I did not want the voyage to end!