Category Archives: 30-Day Book Challenge

Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This used to one of my favourite books. The best aspects of this book are, for me, the narrator (who just happens to be Death), Liesel’s foster mum Rosa, and Rudy, Liesel’s best friend. These three characters bring very different elements to the book: Death (and, as such, Zusak) tells the story in such a beautiful way, using colours as a way for the reader to both connect and then, on other occasions, remain disconnected to the events unfolding. Rosa is the secret softie, an angry exterior and adorable on the inside. Hans and Max are the more obvious choice for sweet, lovable characters, but Rosa is the one you have to work for. And finally, Rudy. Poor, sweet Rudy, desperately in love with our protagonist, with his lemon hair and undying passion for all things Jesse Owen. He captures your heart and when the book ends (I won’t spoil it here) he manages to have broken it into pieces. It’s a lovely book, both beautifully sad and uplifting all at the same time, and worth revisiting.

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Day 1: Best book you read last year

A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein

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I’m taking last year to mean 2013, which is also going to be remembered by the year we had the house-move from hell. During the process, however, I was able to read this book on golf. While that doesn’t sound that interesting unless you’re a golf enthusiast, Feinstein is able to turn golf from a seemingly dull sport, and demonstrates it can be thrilling and, psychologically, very difficult. My favourite sections were on Q-School, or qualifying school, which showed how golf is a brutal game to compete in when you’re starting from the bottom. This renewed admiration for golfers, a result of Feinstein’s evaluations of specific players, makes this book a really interesting read.

Note: I haven’t had the chance to read as much as I would like to have in the past 3 years as university has been eating away my time (and my soul). However, one book that I was tempted to put here but resisted was a book I had to read for my course. I would definitely recommend Just and Unjust Wars by Michael Walzer – it explores some very interesting issues about the ethics of combat.

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The 30-Day Book Challenge

Inspired by fellow blogger the Doodle Mole over at DoodleMole Reader, who is doing her own 30-day challenge, I decided to give this a go. The idea is simple: starting tomorrow, every day a new challenge is created and I will pick a book (or character, depending on the prompt) to fulfill the challenge. The order is:

Day 1 – Best book you read last year
Day 2 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 3 – Your favourite series
Day 4 – Favourite book of your favourite series
Day 5 – A book that makes you happy
Day 6 – A book that makes you sad
Day 7 – Most underrated book
Day 8 – Most overrated book
Day 9 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t any more
Day 13 – Favourite author
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite author
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character
Day 17 – Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favourite romance book
Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favourite book you own
Day 23 – A book you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favourite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time

It’s not an exhaustive list of the books I like and dislike – that would be crazy – and I may post other content during the challenge (but these will be posted too). I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I will enjoy writing them!

If you’re missing your film-fix, check out Dreams From the Mind. It’s all about film and fashion, a combination of opinions and reviews.

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