My Favourite Book: Joanna Goddard


I've been busy rounding up people for my new 'My Favourite Book' feature after Jane's wonderful introductory post. Some of the responses I've gotten are long, some are short, but all are interesting. One of these people is Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo, whom I asked because I became intrigued after reading this post. Her answer did surprise me though as she mentioned a book I've never read (always a good thing, it means I have another book to add to my growing list). Thanks for taking the time to respond Joanna, I know you're very busy. I'd love to hear some opinions on this book as it reminds me of another book I read a long time ago, but its name escapes me. I hope you enjoy this short but sweet contribution by Joanna, and I also hope this post is a good way to ease into Monday!

One of my favorite books is When We Were Romans by British author Matthew Kneale. The tale is narrated by a sweet-hearted nine-year-old boy, whose mother abruptly moves him and his sister from England to Rome when she becomes convinced that his estranged father is spying on them and going to harm them. As their adventure turns more madcap, you start realizing that things may not be quite what they seem. The little boy has such a sweet, authentic voice and your heart swells for him, as he tries to figure out which end is up. (He also loves talking about the universe and Roman emperors.) It's one of those books you can't put down; at bedtime, I was always fighting to keep my eyes open to If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you'll really love this book. It's not only a page-turner, but you'll fall in love with the little narrator.

Image credit: Photo of a lovely boy found here. The minute I read Joanna's words, this photo popped into my mind.