1- The best book I read this year would have to be Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. I'm not going to go into depth for everyone, but if you want to know more about this book check out Ashleigh's review of it.
Day 2- There are many books I have read more than three times, but I'm going to try not to repeat any books in this challenge. For that reason, the book I'm going with for this one is The Fault in our Stars, which I have read 5-6 times.
Day 3- I'm not a huge fan of series in general. I often find the sequels a disappointment to the original book (even if it was supposed to have sequels). Having said that, my favourite series (and I'm sure everyone will agree with me, except Ashleigh) is HARRY POTTER! None of the books are worse than the others, in fact they improve as the series goes on, so that by the time you get to book 7 it's just WHAM BAM!!! And now you want to go back and read the whole series again.
Day 4- The favourite book of my favourite series. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This has always been my favourite. Not quite sure why, but I think it might have something to do with the balance of dark to light. Like the ratio of happiness and magic to death eaters and Voldemort. I think a lot of the books after this get a bit overbearing and some parts are harder to understand, I guess. No disrespect to the others, like I said, I love them all. It also might have something to do with the fact that David Tennant is in the movie adaptation.
Day 5- A book that makes me happy? This was a really tricky one. I don't read happy books. There are parts in most books that make me laugh or smile, but very rarely will I read a whole book that's just straight up happy. But after much contemplation the winner of Day 5 is Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland. Sure he might have written while he was in some drug stupor, but there's nothing sad about it. It's just happiness and craziness and it's a very good read.
Day 6- WHOOPS. Didn't mean to miss three days. A book that makes me sad. This is a lot easier than a book that makes me happy. Is that a bad thing? So many books make me sad, but for the sake of not repeating things. I'm going with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It's sad because of the innocence of the children and the love they show for each other.
Day 7- Most underrated book? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!?!?! I have spent hours contemplating this one. Basically, for me, if a book is good and it's not overrated, then it must be underrated. Anyway, the book I chose for this category is The Wish List by Eoin Colfer. I think the idea is original and it's very well written and entertaining. I can't name anyone outside my family who has read this. Therefore, for today it is the most underrated book.
Day 8- This one is slightly easier, because there are many more books that are "best sellers" or whatever and I've read them and they've left me feeling meh. I actually have a whole list and I'm sure some extreme fans will be offended, but what's the point in blogging my opinion if no one disagrees with them. For this reason, I nominate Twilight as the most overrated book. I was going to say 50 Shades of Gray, but seeing as I haven't read that, I thought it didn't count. I have never been a fan of the supernatural genre, but when Twilight became the craze back in like 2008 or whatever, I decided not to judge the book by its fans, so I swallowed my pride and read the book. And "ehhh" is all I have to say.
Day 9- This is interesting because if I don't think I'm going to like a book, I just won't read it. Having said that, sometimes you have to read books for school, so that's where this one comes from. I thought The Collector by John Fowles would be so different to what it actually was. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Day 10- Umm this is tricky, but after much contemplation I decided on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I did a brief summary of this one in my second blog post ever.
Day 11- A book I hated. Like I said before, I don't normally read a book if I don't think I'm going to like it, but this one I had to read for school. The winner of this category is Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. This is basically the original Twilight set in like the 1800's. Tess gets pregnant against her will, her baby dies. She falls in love with this guy, gets married to him, but he can't accept her past, he moves to Brazil, her dad dies, she falls in love with the guy that got her pregnant originally, then her husband comes back from Brazil, so she kills the one guy and then is hanged for murder. It's pretty much the worst. I got a 91 on an essay I wrote about it even though I didn't finish the book.
Day 12- This is impossible. I've been sitting here for hours waiting for some inspiration...This is what I finally came up with; there was this book I read back when I was maybe 10 called Wicked by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. It's about this brother and sister and a whole bunch of stuff happens that is too weird to even put into words (for me at least, the authors managed alright). I'm pretty sure at the end you find out their dad has an apple for a head and grows mould for a living. I thought it was the Bees knees. So I made my friend read it and her face when she returned it was like "Please don't tell me this is what passes for great literature inside your brain..."
Day 13- I had a few winners for this category. Like I could have done an author whom I have read most of their books. That would be Anthony Horowitz. Or I could have done an author whose books are pretty good, but they are just a great human being. That would have been either John Green or C.S Lewis. But instead I decided to go with the author whose writing style is so unique he can break my heart with anything he writes. Not to mention he's one of the more attractive authors of this century and he's Australian. Yes, you guessed it (or maybe you didn't. I don't know) it's Markus Zusak.
Day 14- My favourite Markus Zusak book is The Book Thief. Admittedly, it's the only one I've read, but The Messenger is going to be the next one I read. You can find a short review from me or a more in-depth review from Ashleigh in our respective alcoves. I so highly recommend it, but prepare for tears.
Day 15- I was considering just making a list for this one because there are so many in so many different genres. Like you can't compare someone like Mr. Darcy with someone like Finnick Odair, but in the end I have returned to my childhood for the man of my dreams; Joe Hardy. Joe is the younger of The Hardy Boys. Younger than his brother, Frank by only a year. he's shyer (which is attractive) and often more calculating. He's smart and athletic. I always pictured him as the dark-haired one, even though I'm not sure that's 100% accurate. Plus he solves crimes in his free time. Don't tell me that's not attractive.
Day 16- Favourite female character. I feel like I don't want to repeat what Ashleigh already said, but.... I had a really smart thought for this. I was going to agree with Ash and just say Aimee Finicky, but we're too much alike. So instead I have two young, protagonists whose names happen to be anagrams for eachother. Leslie and Liesel. I wish I was more like Leslie Burke; free-spirited, kind and unafraid to be unique. And I mostly just want to give Liesel Meminger the biggest of hugs.
Day 17- “It's not a big thing, but I guess it's true--big things are often just small things that are noticed.” ― I Am the Messenger
"Just close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open." -Bridge to Terabithia
Day 18- The first chapter book I ever read was called Josie Smith Goes to the Beach. You guessed it, it's about a girl called Josie who goes to the beach. It's riveting literature.
Day 19- Favourite book turned into a movie. This is a bit vague. Does it mean my favourite book to movie adaption? Or a really good book that was turned into an alright movie? Or an alright book that was turned into a good movie? Or a book and a movie that have the same title, but nothing else in common (*cough World War Z *cough)?There are always a few books that while you're reading them you kind of picture how it would be if it were a movie. And then there are some books that you pray they never make into a movie because it would somehow ruin the magic of the book. Having said that, First prize for today goes to Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. The first book was my favourite by a long shot, but the first movie was thoroughly disappointing. The second movie, however exceeded all my expectations. I thought they did a very good job of editing the 472 page novel into a suspenseful, exciting, by-the-book, thriller of a movie. Let's hope Mockingjay can do the same.
Day 20- A book that makes me laugh out loud. Do comic strips that have been condensed into a comic book count? If so, Calvin and Hobbes. I used to just enjoy watching silly, little Calvin impose his opinions on everyone, have wonderful adventures with Hobbes and throw water-balloons and snowballs at Susie. But now when I reread them Calvin's interesting philosophical questions and particularly his running bit about how his dad is doing in the yearly poll as dad, get me every time. He's a funny kid. And it's a funny book (if you count it as a book which I obviously do).
Day 21- I read a lot as a child. Sometimes I read really stupid books, but that's just how I developed my now more refined taste in books (I hope). My favourite book from my childhood was Through the Tiger's Eye by Kerrie O'Connor. It was about this brother and sister who were forced to move into this old, mysterious house when their parents divorce. And then this tiger shows up and they follow it through a tunnel to another world/country where all the children are enslaved. Their mission is to save/free all the children. I think this might have been the first book I ever reread.
Day 22- Finally an easy one! I am currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I am about 350 pages in and it is beautiful and heartbreaking. I'll do a review when I'm finished.
Day 23- My guilty pleasure is crime fiction. The thing about crime novels is that normally they're not that well-written, but they have all this weird, psychotic, gory, crime stuff. And my parents tend to agree that that's not the kind of stuff innocent, 17 year old me should be reading, especially not on such a regular basis. My favourite crime novel is Gone (which I realise is a super cliche name for a crime novel) a 448 page thriller about this ex-CIA agent whose wife goes missing and so-on and so-forth.
Day 24- I wish people just read more. End of story. 44 million adults in the U.S can't read well enough to read a simple child's story. 80% of American families didn't buy a book in the new year. That is sad. Anyway. That's not the point. A book that I wish more people had read so I could discuss it with them is We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier. It's one of those books where you have to sit there contemplating your life and everything you know, when you finish.
Day 25- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. My 8th grade teacher read this to us as a class and as soon as he finished I wanted to go find my own copy to read by myself. Unfortunately, I have yet to get my hands on a copy. Freak the Mighty is about two unlikely, social outcasts who become friends and help each other out. It's been years since I was in year 8, but I still remember the emotional impact it had on me at the time.
Day 26- Mao's Last Dancer is Li Cunxin's memoir of his progress through the dance world. It starts with him as a child in rural China where he is selected to study at a Beijing dance academy. At first, he struggles, but soon finds motivation and becomes one of the more well-known male dancers of our time. This changed the way I thought about my own dance; my motivation, my training, my goals. It made me feel kind of spoilt and ungrateful and it inspires me every day to work myself harder. I admit, it's not a book that everyone would enjoy as much as I did, but you don't have to know anything about dance to enjoy this beautiful piece of literature.
Day 27- I've been really looking forward to this one because I already knew exactly what book I was going to do for this one. The most surprising plot twist or ending; My Sister's Keeper. I am aware that many of you may have seen the movie, but probably haven't read the book, so I won't spoil the book for you, but I will spoil the movie (because this is a book blog. Think about it. Makes sense). In the movie, Anna wins her lawsuit, Kate doesn't get the kidney transplant and Kate dies which is sad, but nowhere near as sad as what happens in the book which is just THROW THE BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM REFUSE TO EVER TOUCH IT AGAIN... and then pick it up 30 seconds later and finish reading it. It's the worst, but it's so good. Read it!!! I dare you.
Day 28- Favourite title... Ashleigh will tell you that I am kind of drawn to books with kind of indie sounding titles. So for this entry I'll just list a few of my favourite titles. Also, for the record I haven't read most of these, but I do want to.
Everybody Sees the Ants. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Touching the Void. The Still Point of the Turning World. Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
You get the point. And while I am briefly discussing indie titles.... this is not book related, but hear me out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (UGH! Where can I get one?) is in an upcoming movie about a high-wire artist who attempts to cross the Twin Towers and the title of this sure-to-be-beautiful movie; To Reach the Clouds. UGH! Gorgeous name. I'll take two please.
Day 29- I had to do some research for this one because I don't really care about what "everyone hates" Apparently according to some list I found, Catcher in the Rye is the second most hated book as voted by, you know, people. I did a review of it like a month ago now and as is evident from that post, I liked it. It seems to me that it's one of those books that you either love or you hate. There is no in between.
Day 30- I MADE IT!!! GUYS IT'S THE END!!! As I've previously expressed, I find it so hard to chose a single book as my favourite, but since I've already committed to it, Bridge to Terabithia will be my favourite for as long as I use this blog. Unless some fantastical new book comes along and changes my mind.