The Remainder of the 30 Day Book Challenge ..

I’ve fallen behind on the 30 Day Book Challenge, so I’ll use this post to catch up on the rest of the questions!

Day 22: Book you plan to read next

I’m debating between The Fall or The Lady of the Rivers. Scary or Historical fiction … this is a tough one!

Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)

I guess that would have to be BONK by Mary Roach. I’ve read about half of it before losing interest and have put it aside until further notice.

Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene

I can’t think of a favorite scene.

Day 25: Favorite book you read in school

1984, by far. Such a great book!

Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book

Tough one, I’ve enjoyed quite a few Non – Fiction books. I guess I’d have to say The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. So interesting!

Day 27: Favorite fiction book

1984. I feel like I’m being overly repetitive.

Day 28: Last book you read

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. Great Book!

Day 29: Book you’re currently reading

The Shining by Stephen King

Day 30: Favorite coffee table book

The PostSecret books make awesome coffee table reads.

Day 17: Shortest Book You’ve Read

The shortest book I’ve read is probably The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A short story about a man who was born old and ends his life as an infant! A super interesting short story. I couldn’t put this book down!

From Shelfari: “Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America’s most gifted story writers. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a witty and fantastical satire about aging, is one of his most memorable stories. In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life — he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse. This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature.”

Day 16: Longest Book You’ve Read

I think the longest book I’ve read is I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Fairly long book, at a little over 900 pages, but a well written story. I really enjoyed this book. Wally Lamb is a wonderful author.

From Goodreads: “Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1998: What if you were a 40-year-old housepainter, horrifically abused, emotionally unavailable, and your identical twin was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed in public self-mutilation? You’d either be a guest on the Jerry Springer Show or Dominick Birdsey, the antihero, narrator, and bad-juju magnet of I Know This Much Is True. Somewhere in the recesses of this hefty 912-page tome lurks an honest, moving account of one man’s search, denial, and acceptance of self. This is no easy feat considering his grandfather seemed to take parenting tips from the SS and his grandmother was a possible teenage murderess, his stepfather a latent sadist, and his brother, Thomas, a politically motivated psychopath. Not one to break with tradition, Dominick continues the dysfunctional legacy with rape, a failed marriage, a nervous breakdown, SIDS, a car crash, and a racist conspiracy against a coworker–just to name a few.

A stretch, both literally and figuratively from his Oprah-christened bestseller, She’s Come Undone, Lamb’s book ventures outside the confines of the tightly bound beach read and marathons through a detailed, neatly cataloged account of every familial travesty and personal failure one can endure. At its heart lies Freud’s “return of the repressed”: the more we try to deny who we are, the more we become what we fear. Lamb takes Freud’s psychological abstraction to the realm of everyday living, packing his novel with tender, believable dialogue and thoughtful observation. –Rebekah Warren”

Day 15: First “Chapter Book” You Can Remember Reading As A Child

The first chapter book I remember reading as a child would be Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM. This was a wonderful tale of life struggles, family bonds, friendships and courage, all told from the points of view of rats! We read it in elementary school and I loved it! The movie was just as great as the books!

 

From Goodreads: “Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.”

Day 12 and 13 – Book Challenge

Day 12: Book That Is Most Like Your Life & Day 13: Book Whose Main Character Is Most Like You

 

I cannot for the life of me find books for either of these questions. I have yet to encounter any characters that remind me of myself. And none lead similar lives. It would be interesting to find relations between a character and myself. Perhaps one day?

Can you answer these questions? If so, what books would they be?