30 Day Book Challenge: Day 20, 21, 22 & 23

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

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I was away in Simcoe for the Gentlemen of the Road stopover this weekend (which I’ll likely make a huge post about, even though it has nothing to do with books) and, once again, I forgot to schedule my 30 day book challenge posts. Here’s another “four bookish things to learn about Erin for the price of one post,” so I apologize in advance for how long this post may be!

Day 20: Favourite Romance Book

I don’t really read books for the romance; I read them for the plot. That being said, there are a lot of contemporary YA books that have adorable romances that make me swoon, smile, laugh, and occasionally cry.

I already mentioned this one in my day 5 post about a book that makes me happy, but I’m going to use it again anyways.

By now, I’m sure that you all know how much I dislike instalove. It may just be the more pragmatic part of me speaking, but I feel like love at first sight isn’t really love – after all, how can you fall in love with someone that you don’t really know? That’s why dating the person and getting to know them before declaring your love for one another is important, but it seems to be skipped over a lot in most books… instead, characters are just inexplicably drawn to one another because they find each other attractive.

Thankfully in Anna and the French Kiss, the relationship between Anna and Etienne starts as friendship and then grows to something more. It’s a realistic progression filled with sweet moments and complications. I fell in love with Etienne along with Anna and was completely invested in their relationship. They’re just too cute.

Day 21: Favourite Book From Your Childhood

When I was younger, I absolutely loved the Inkheart series. I desperately wanted to be like Meggie and Mo, since I’d have so much fun with my favourite book characters. I identified with them so much: they loved books as much as I did, and insisted on carrying as many as they could with them whenever they traveled. I haven’t re-read these books in years, but I sincerely hope that I’ll still enjoy them as much when I give them another read in the future.

Day 22: Favourite Villain From A Book

Ooh, this one is an easy one! I absolutely love The Darkling from The Grisha series. The Darkling is my favourite kind of villain: the morally ambiguous kind. He’s such a complex character: as evil as he may be, he has these flickers of humanity that are intriguing and make him a more sympathetic character. I’m sure that he feels like his actions are for the greater good, and he had completely convinced me that he was trying to help Ravka… right up until the tables turned and left me confused and hurt by his betrayal. I can’t wait to see why he did all of the horrible things that he did, and I’m really excited to see if he has a redemption arc in Ruin and Rising.

Day 23: A Book You Wanted To Read For A Long Time But Still Haven’t

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Angelfall and it’s been on my to-read list for ages. My library has finally ordered in a copy — and, of course, I’m heading off to school in a week so I’ll have to put off reading it for even longer. I will get to it eventually, I promise!

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