Archive | October 2012

30 Book Challenge

It’s done! It’s over! I hope you enjoyed this month of book rediscovery through the challenge. Want to do it yourself? Here’s the list! Give it a go and let me know how you get on! Cheers. 

Day 01 – Best book you read last year

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

Day 03 – Your favourite series

Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series

Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

Day 06 – A book that makes you sad

Day 07 – Most underrated book

Day 08 – Most overrated book

Day 09 – 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 anymore

Day 13 – Your favourite writer

Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer

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 wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve 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 

Day 30 – 30 Day Book Challenge

It’s not fair asking someone who loves to read what his or her favourite book is. It’s impossible to choose. I picked C. S. Lewis because this book taught me to dream for the impossible. I see doors differently now. It made me wish for something else, to believe in the imaginary. It’s timeless. Narnia will always be timeless. You can never get there by the same path twice, and I’m still looking for my way in.

WOW! 30 days gone and 30 books discussed! I hope you enjoyed by journey through this year’s 30 Day Book Challenge. May I inspire you to do your own. Hooray for reading!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

There is a house that rests nearby an ancient graveyard. One night the man named Jack enters the house and murders the family living there, all except for a little baby that unintentionally escaped to the graves. Too young to know his own name, the ghosts of the graveyard adopt him and christen him ‘Nobody Owens’ or Bod for short. Shielding the baby from danger, the ghosts become his family, his friends and teachers.

With a guardian to provide food and teachings of the world, Bod grows from a baby to a boy then teenager. But the graveyard isn’t what it seems and there are dangers that Bod can’t understand that coexist with the friendly haunts. As the years pass and Bod grow restless for knowledge about himself and the world, he’ll have to rely on his wit and ghostly friends as the man named Jack is still on the hunt for him…

Beautifully illustrated and decorated with in depth characters, alive or not, Gaiman is the master at creating environments that readers just accept. The ghosts are hauntingly intriguing and the setting of the graveyard with its secret nooks and creatures is beautifully crafted to lure the reader in.

Although a bit long for my taste, The Graveyard Book is still a wonderful adventure to behold. Gaiman is a talented writer and nothing is lost throughout this book. What Gaiman excels at is providing settings and characters that don’t need a full explanation, but are better left up to the discretion of the reader. The beginning is shrouded in mysterious, the middle full of complex lessons and adventures, but the ending is exciting and before you know it the book has ended. Like Stephen King, Gaiman is able to create constantly new material each book, nothing repeats and it’s never boring. The Graveyard Book is a great YA novel for those looking for something with a bit more depth and mystery.

Day 29 – 30 Day Book Challenge

Honestly, I don’t know if people hate The Host, I just know that I don’t like Stephanie Meyer’s writing from Twilight. It’s been a while since I read the book but it was my beginning of reading dystopian and enjoying the genre. Aliens take over and the world comes to an end. Yet people continue to survive. I liked it because there’s a part of me that’s on the alien’s side, although if it happened during my lifetime I would change my view. I liked it and how uncomfortable it made me feel. Don’t judge me too harshly over this.

Day 28 – 30 Day Book Challenge

It’s a symbol that didn’t exist until the series was created. Now it’s a symbol of great sadness and revolution. One word that has created a book title that stands for everything despite not even being real. That’s why I love it.

Day 27 – 30 Day Book Challenge

Too scared to read through the entire Flowers in the Attic – Dollanganger series? Seriously, if you can’t handle the first book, then don’t even try to read this finale. I have never had a book make my jaw down except for this one. You’ve been warned.