Day 25 – Favourite book you read in school
This has to be To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. A book that leaves a very deep impression on most of its readers, I would think. It is a perfect story, making difficult subjects accessible to young readers without patronising or protecting.
It is just as good as an adult read – I was shocked that Matt was never made to read this at school and after much badgering, he picked up my copy. “It’s quite good, isn’t it?” he said, surprised. Yes, dear, it is.
Day 26 – Favourite nonfiction book
Tricky – there are lots of books I like to read that aren’t fiction – cook books by Leon, Nigella or Nigel, or text books (I’ve got a fondness for my old Ritter, Rang and Dale Pharmacology text book).
I’ve chosen this book as it’s nice to have something contemplative around and because it’s a book that I associate with good people I know both personally and as the progressive movement that has shaped British society. Quaker Faith and Practice is a religious book written for the Society of Friends by members of the Society of Friends.
The red book covers the procedures and practices of British Quakers, how Meetings are organised and so on, which is a bit dull if you’re not a Friend or at least a regular attender. So unless you have a particular interest in these things, I recommend heading to the chapter entitled Advices and Queries. It gives a strong insight into what drives Quakers individually and as a religious organisation.
I also like the chapter Faithful Lives which gives testament regarding Society members over the years and others that discuss caring for one another, relationships and so on. Anyway, if your curiosity has been pricked and you’d like some thought provoking reading, much of the book is available free online.
Day 27 – Favourite fiction book
This is the same as Day 1. Odd that.