30 Day Challenge Archive

Here you can find links to posts related to the 30 Day Book Challenge.

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Day 1: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Day 2: The Curse of Repetitive Reading

Day 3: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

Day 4: I couldn’t decide! Maybe The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Day 5: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Day 6: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Day 7: Best YA Fiction

Day 8: Can a Book be Overrated?

Day 9: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Day 10: I skipped this one for personal reasons. I hope you understand.

Day 11: The Six Questions of Socrates by Christopher Phillips

Day 12: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Day 13: Favorite Writers

Day 14: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Unfortunately, I have no post for it.

Day 15: Favorite Characters Vol. 1

Day 16: Favorite Characters Vol. 2

Day 17: Great Quotes Vol. 1: One Liners

Day 18: How Disappointing

Day 19: To the Silver Screen Vol. 1

Day 20: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Day 21: I read Junie B. Jones and Goosebumps. After that I remember a book called Bud, Not Buddy and then I read Twilight.

Day 22: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I touch on this is a post written before i started the challenge: The Fault in Our Stars in not about Teen Cancer

Day 23: I Should Read That

Day 24: I seem to have completely missed this one. I cover it in Day 23.

Day 25: Connecting with Characters

Day 26: Hasn’t really happened. The closest might be Ishmael: A Journey of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

Day 27: One of the twists in the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the only twist in the history of ever that’s ever gotten me (save for some events in American Horror Story). I didn’t write the post because I think everyone should read this book and I didn’t want to ruin it.

Day 28: The best Titles

Day 29: Coming soon!

Day 30: Coming soon!

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Favorite Writers

I believe it’s day 13 of the 30 Day Challenge, and I’m going to talk about my favorite writers. The actual prompt is favorite author, but that word has always sat strangely with me. Like at one point you’re a mere writer, and you graduate into an author. I don’t know. Anyway. My favorite writers.

Shakespeare

This isn’t cheating. I would classify myself as a huge fan, not quite a Shakespeare freak yet. The only plays I can quote are Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Hamlet is one of my favorites, but I really hate Romeo and Juliet. At least, I hate how it’s used in pop culture. More on that Later.

The man just has a way with words.

Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;                                                                 Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.

Good ol’ Sonnet #33. I get this sense of awe each time I read this man’s work. Just, wow. I love it. Enough to buy a hard cover complete works of 1252 pages. Yet, I feel kind of odd using words to describe this man. Because he’s so good with those word, that anything I could possibly say would be completely insufficient.

My favorites plays are Titus Andronicus and Hamlet. And I’ve got to give a shout out for Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech in Romeo and Juliet. 

Edgar Allan Poe

Yes, I own a hardcover copy of his complete works as well. The books is the same size as the Shakespeare one, but the pages are thicker, giving the still impressive 842 pages.

I love this man. Every haunting story or forlorn poem brings a smile to my face. Odd, I know. But if that hadn’t been made apparent by my favorite plays, I am a fan of the macabre. I tend to find the darkest stories to be the most interesting. And Poe just crawled right into my heart.

Is all that we see or seem                                                                                         But a dream within a dream?

My man!

I’ve got to appreciate such works as The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven. But my all time favorites are as follows:

Poems: A Dream Within a Dream, A Dream, Lenore

Stories: The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado

All Time: The Tell-Tale Heart

John Green

What is this, you say? A writer who’s still alive? Yes, indeed. A writer’s who’s still alive. I have been a fan of John Green since before I actually read any of his books. I love watching him talk. But, once I started, I knew that I would thoroughly enjoy everything he wrote. He has a real genuine way of writing, and I quite enjoy it.

I loved Looking for Alaska. I had never once read a book like that from the point of view of the person who wasn’t damaged or poor of anything like that. He didn’t get it at all, and it was so weird for me. Because I get it, and I’m so used to reading and writing people who get it. And – slight spoiler – the death in the story was not at all dramatic. It just happened. Very quickly, without warning, without a big dramatic set up. Because that’s how death is.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I can’t really talk about it as I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m giving it it’s own little section.

Then, of course, there’s The Fault in Our Stars. That book sort of crawled into my heart and lit up my life while I read it. It a book that I want people to read, but I won’t tell people to read. Because that would seem to personal. I know it’s a best seller, but I still operate knowing that no one really read the same book that I did. That books like that mean something different for different people, and with my current circumstances, I know nobody around me quite ‘gets’ what I took from it.

That’s my list. Have a nice day.

DFTBA

30 Day Book Challenge

As a new blog, I figured a great way to get started is with the 30 Day Book Challenge. What I’m going to do is complete the challenge, and have other blogs elaborating on my challenge  posts. For example, after I post about my favorite book (a post which will include no spoilers), I will write up a post discussing the book, meant to be read after the actual reading of the book.

Here’s the actual challenge:

  • 30 day book challenge

Let me know if you’re doing it too. We can follow each other as the challenge unfolds. Insert suggestive wagging eyebrows here. Have a nice day.