30 Day Book Challenge: Day 10

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.

Day 10: Favourite Classic Book

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are the first classic books that I read, so they have a special place in my heart. As a child, I was fascinated by the world of Wonderland, and desperately wanted to attend one of the Mad Hatter’s tea parties and meet the Cheshire Cat. These books show how strange and wonderful curiosity and imagination can be, and are fun, imaginative reads. Also, that leather bound edition is gorgeous, so I need to get myself a copy sometime soon!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 9

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.

Day 9: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

I love fantasy novels and had heard excellent reviews of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I was afraid that it would turn out to be too much like my experience with Lord of the Rings: I spent weeks wading through endless pages of description just to finish the books, which have been gathering dust on my bookshelf ever since.

The majority of my friends love the HBO adaptation of these novels, so I was very tempted to just watch the show. Of course, the bookish part of me argued that I can’t possibly watch the show without reading the books first, so I found myself on the couch holding this ~800 page work and wondering what on earth I had gotten myself into. I quickly found myself engaged in the plot, but it wasn’t until one of my favourite characters was killed off that I realized how invested in this series I had become – and just how much I was enjoying it. I read all five books in under two months, flew through all three seasons of the show… and now I’m stuck with the incredibly long wait for The Winds of Winter. Hurry up and write, Martin – I need to know what happens next!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 8

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.

Day 8: Most Overrated Book

One of my friends from high school lent me a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, claiming that it was one of the best books they’ve ever read. I was curious to see if it’d live up to all of the hype, so I decided to give it a try. Poor decision. I struggled to get through even the first few chapters, and somehow made it through the first 100 pages before finally allowing myself to quit and mark it as “dnf.”

I honestly don’t understand how this book managed to sell so many copies when it’s poorly written, has inconsistent characterization (though, really, the characters were nothing special to begin with), and has no depth whatsoever. And don’t even get me started on Christian Grey. Abuse, manipulation and stalking aren’t sexy or flattering; they’re creepy and should be seen as warning signs.

I feel the need to say that I have nothing against people who read/write erotica. It’s not my cup of tea, but I respect the fact that everyone has different preferences. From my (albeit limited) understanding though, this book isn’t an accurate portrayal of consensual BDSM relationships; it just romanticizes abusive relationships, and that shouldn’t be condoned.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

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.

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

I know that I already did a Saturday Showcase post about this series… but it’s just so good! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much about the Chaos Walking series outside of the book blogging community – in fact, I had never even heard of Patrick Ness until a few months ago.

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and will leave a lingering impression.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 6

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.

Day 6: A Book That Broke Your Heart

I’m not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t read it, but The Fault in Our Stars is one of the many books that turns me into an emotional mess. The first time I read it, I had to stop reading at certain points because my tears made it hard to read the words on the page. You’d think that the second time around I’d be able to make it through without this happening, right? Even though I know what’s going to happen, I still end up crying. Every. Single. Time.

I don’t think my reactions were nearly as great as my mom’s though. When I lent this to her, I told her nothing about the plot; only that it’s an excellent book. She read it in one sitting and then came into my room crying and asking, “how could you do this to me?” She now explicitly asks whether or not a book is going to make her cry before she borrows it.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

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.

Day 5: A Book That Makes You Happy

You know those books that just make you feel warm and fuzzy after reading them? Well, Anna and the French Kiss and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True are just two of the many books that make my heart smile. They’re light, fun reads that never fail to put me in a great mood. The romance is sweet, and always leaves me with a huge smile on my face. Etienne St. Clair and Ian Davidson are adorable and both of them firmly occupy places on my list of book boyfriends; sorry real boys, you’re going to have to work on that charm some more… and maybe an English accent.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 4

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.

Day 4: Favourite Film Adaptation of a Book

I’m so glad that I already did a Top Ten Tuesday post about this; otherwise, I would have been forced to actually think about an acceptable answer.

At the moment, my favourite movie adaptation is definitely The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The author himself was involved in the process, so I didn’t have to worry about it not being true to the book. A lot of the dialogue was lifted straight from the text, so my roommate and I embarrassed all of our friends when we went to see it on opening night by quoting it and crying throughout the entire movie.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3

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.

Day 3: Your Favourite Series

If I hadn’t already challenged myself to only use a book/series once during this challenge, I would have chosen the Harry Potter series. Those books were a huge part of my childhood and teenage years, and helped me become the voracious reader I am today.

Since I already used Harry Potter for my day 1 post, I’ll have to go with The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

It’s filled with loveable characters, many plot twists, demons, clockwork creatures, and swoon-worthy boys. The Infernal Devices is one of those series that I can pick up again and again, and the fact that it’s set in the Victorian Era and incorporates steampunk aspects made me enjoy it even more than The Mortal Instruments series.

(Yes, it’s partially because of Will Herondale – what can I say? I have a weakness for pretty boys with dark hair, blue eyes, a love of books, and witty, sarcastic banter).

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2

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.

Day 2: A Book That You’ve Read Again and Again

Lemony Snicket is one of my favourite authors of all time. I fell in love with A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger, and when looking for other works by this author, I stumbled across Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid. This collection of aphorisms is dark, hilarious and strange – like Chicken Soup for the Soul with a healthy dose of sarcasm and wit – and is my go-to book when I’m feeling down. 

Here are just a few stellar pieces of advice that Snicket has to offer:

“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake someone else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”

“Taking one’s chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck.”

“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. Piracy, for example, is a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t mean we should all attack ships and steal their gold.”

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

“There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well worth staying up all night to finish.”

Which books have you read again and again?

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1

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.

Day 1: A Book You Wish You Could Live In

Since I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I’ve desperately wanted to go to Hogwarts.

Imagine running through the barrier to get to Platform 9 3/4, taking the Hogwarts Express, purchasing chocolate frogs from the trolley, trying out for the Quidditch team, learning Defense Against the Dark Arts… it would be a dream come true!

On my eleventh birthday (and the weeks that followed) I ran to get the mail every morning in hopes that my Hogwarts letter would finally arrive. It hasn’t… yet. When it does, though, I’ll be ready: I learned all the spells and potions, read up on the magical creatures, studied the rules of Quidditch, and even practiced wearing robes and ties. Now I just need my owl to arrive…