Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Favourite Book Challenge Blog Fest

Today I'm joining a blog fest over at A Writer's Journey.  Come on join us in having some fun.  This is how it works:
1. Pick your top five favourite books
2. Between June 20 and 22nd, write one line on what each book is about and then one line on why you liked it. (Teralyn suggest you think of it as a twitter pitch for other people's work. Semi-colons are cheating, but you can use them anyway.
3. Go to the other blogs and discuss the books
4. If you don't keep a blog put your challenge in the comments section on the day.
OK here are mine, the toughest thing being picking 5 books!
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.  A cathedral is built over several generations of tragedy and hope.  I love it for its superbly crafted characters and for its graphic depiction of life in those times.
The Power of One by Bryce Courtney.  An awkward boy develops into a man with a remarkable understanding of the beauty and the horror of his homeland.  This book inspired me to an understanding that no matter what your beginnings, no matter what happens to you along the way, you can still triumph.
A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall.  Two young Aussie blokes in London, buy a lion cub from a department store and eventually help him to return to the wild.  I love it because it's a true story and reminds me of the story I'm telling here on my blog. (OK this adds a 3rd line, but if you haven't seen it watch this YouTube clip. Christian the Lion - have the tissues handy!)
Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Chen. The poignant story of one woman's determination to speak the truth, despite torture and solitary confinement for over six years.  Another true story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor-Bradford.  A girl refuses to be intimidated and rises above those who would put her down whilst enduring love, hate and tragedy.  I am just a sucker for poor girl becomes rich successful woman and this was Barbara's best work.
So that's my five.  What are yours?  Have you read any of these books?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of them.  

Until Friday's next episode of Merrilyn's story, take care and enjoy life. (If you are new here, here scroll down to my last post on Merrilyn the kangaroo joey, which is what I usually post about - take a peek. ) 

Cheers all Cheryl


  1. Thank you, thank you for the clip! I looked at every possible video of Christian...totally loved every sec! (Sorry, can't do the fest as we're going on holiday soon - all that last minute stuff!)

  2. Wow!!

    Clip is awesome!! Your books are awesome too!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! It was kind of you!!

    Didn't read any of your books, but I guess I should start with Lion called Christian


  3. I too loved Pillars - it was the kind of book that kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning...

  4. You were right - Christian is a definate favourite. Read it a while ago and loved it. Still need to read 2 on your list so it will be off to the library for me. :) I'll be following from now on !!

  5. I've read Pillars of the Earth about 5 times - such a great epic book! The sequel, World Without End, I didn't think was as good (maybe because it seemed to be too close to the original, only the names were changed). I didn't read A Lion Called Christian, but the video clip is sooo touching. Thanks for the recommendations.
    P.S. I'm a new Follower!

  6. I haven't read any of these books. But its fun to see what other people like and their brief reviews. Thanks!

  7. I haven't read any of these, so thanks for the wonderful recommendations. :-)

    A Lion Called Christian sounds amazing!

  8. I haven't read any of these, but a few of them are already on my to read shelf.

    I've heard amazing things about The Power of One.

    And I watched a documentary about Christian the Lion--didn't know it was a book.

  9. The power of one is outstanding!
    Makes me want to pick it up again.
    Cute blog here.
    I think I'll just have to follow :)

  10. I haven't read any of these, but thank for the breakdown. I haven't had much time to read lately, but I really enjoyed the last book I read which was The Help.

  11. I've added all these to my TBR list! As if it weren't long enough already...hehe

  12. Saw the lion clip last year--didn't know there was a book about it. Pillars of the Earth is a book I've considered reading--it sounds like my kind of fare.

    Tossing It Out

  13. I am so with you about "The Pillars of the Earth!" And "World Without End" as the sequel is great too. And besides that, I luv Merrilyn, so I'll be back!

  14. The Life and Death of Shanghai sounds awesome!!! My family is from Shanghai so I always love reading novels that are related to my Chinese heritage and culture. :)

    Your one-sentence explanations were very helpful and interesting to read! Thanks for sharing.




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