Follow the hashtag #janMARKuary to join in Ben Harris (@onetoread) and others discussing Jan’s short stories – and other titles people happen to be reading.
|1st January||A Can of Worms (DYRM)||Who is the main character?|
How do you know?
|2nd January||A Little Misunderstanding (F&OS)||Where did the story happen today? Was the setting ‘closed’ or wide ranging?|
|3rd January||Closer than a Brother (DYRM)||Was today’s reading mostly about: Action? Setting? Characters?|
|4th January||Crocodile Time (ACOW&OS)||What feelings did you experience when you were reading JM today?|
|5th January||Do you read me? (DYRM)||If you could illustrate this story, what would you draw and why?|
|6th January||Enough is too much already (F&OS)||What do you think JM wants readers to remember most from this book/story?|
|7th January||Feet (F&OS)||Would the book make a cool movie or video game? Describe it!|
|8th January||—||In the story you are reading, are there clear ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’?|
|9th January||Frankie’s Hat (FH)||If you could re-title the JM you’re reading what would YOU call it?|
|10th January||Front ( DYRM)||Which was your favourite moment in today’s reading or in the book you have read?|
|11th January||—||Describe JM’s authorial voice from what you’ve read so far.|
|12th January||I was adored once too (F&OS)||Are there any authors writing today who you think are in the JM lineage?|
|13th January||It wasn’t me (FH)||If you could interview a character from the JM you’re reading, what would you ask them?|
|14th January||—||Which character from your JM do you like most? Why?|
|15th January||Just passing through (DYRM)||What message(s) do you get|
from your reading of JM so far?
|16th January||Like it is round here (FH)||What do you make of JM’s dialogue?|
|17th January||Have you read anything else like this book?|
|18th January||Mrs Tulkinghorn’s First Symphony (F&OS)||Do JM’s characters seem believable to you?|
|19th January||Party Wall (ACOW)||Which part of your reading has stuck in your memory the most forcibly?|
|20th January||—||In your reading of JM what in your opinion interests her as a writer the most?|
|21st January||Poor Darling (F&OS)||Which character did you like least?|
|22nd January||Posts and telecommunications (F&OS)||Was there anything you disliked about what you read today?|
|23rd January||—||Tell us how the main character felt in your reading today?|
|24th January||Resurgam ( DYRM)||Which character interested you the most?|
|25th January||What surprises does this book have?|
|26th January||Still life: Remote Control (F&OS)||Is the setting of the story important?|
|27th January||—||Would you read other books by JM? Why?|
|28rd January||The Gnomon ( DYRM)||Was there anything that puzzled you in what you’ve read today?|
|29th January||The Travelling Settee (ACOW)||How did the main character change in the story?|
|30th January||—||From what you’ve read, what are JM’s frustrations?|
|31st January||Too Old to Rock and Roll ( DYRM)||Did you think the ending was a good one?|
ACOW – A Can of Worms
DYRM – Do You Read Me?
F&OS – Feet and Other Stories
FH – Frankie’s Hat …
and don’t forget, Jan’s other YA collection, Enough Is Too Much Already.