30 Day Book Challenge – #1 Favourite Book

After completing the Book Q&A the other day, I decided to attempt to complete the 30 Day Book Challenge. That means that for the next twenty-nine days I will be writing blogs about books that fit into the 30 Day Book Challenge criteria (see below.)

The first book on the list is ‘your favourite book.’ I always find it difficult to narrow it down to one favourite book, but when I have to I always seem to fall back on ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier. The story is about an unnamed narrator who, when working as a companion for a rich American woman, meets the wealthy Maximilian (Maxim) de Winter. After a brief courtship, the couple marry and return to Maxim’s estate, Manderly. The narrator is Maxim’s second wife. His first, Rebecca had died in a boating accident, but all of the members of the household, particularly the housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, appear to have worshipped the seemingly perfect Rebecca. The narrator soon becomes concerned that Maxim is beginning to regret marrying her, and is still in love with his angelic first wife. Ultimately, an unexpected confession is made that shocks the narrator and the reader.

This is my Mum’s favourite book, which is the reason that I first read it and watched the film (which is also very good!) When I first read it I wasn’t sure what to expect as I didn’t know anything about the plot. Initially, I found it slightly tedious, as the courtship seems dragged out, but once you enter Manderly, it quickly becomes obvious that everything is not at all as it seems! This is a brilliantly constructed crime novel that even verges on horror, with its Gothic characters. Once you really get into the plot you won’t be able to put the book down!

 

30 Day Book Challenge Criteria

Day 1: Favourite book
Day 2: Least favourite book
Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud
Day 4: Book that makes you cry
Day 5: Book you wish you could live in
Day 6: Favorite young adult book
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite
Day 8: Book that scares you
Day 9: Book that makes you sick
Day 10: Book that changed your life
Day 11: Book from your favorite author
Day 12: Book that is most like your life
Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child
Day 16: Longest book you’ve read
Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read
Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like
Day 19: Book that turned you on
Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times
Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood
Day 22: Book you plan to read next
Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)
Day 24: Book that contains your favourite scene
Day 25: Favourite book you read in school
Day 26: Favourite nonfiction book
Day 27: Favourite fiction book
Day 28: Last book you read
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading
Day 30: Favourite coffee table book

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