30 Day Fanfic Challenge

Around five years ago, I completed a book challenge, which I originally found at Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic. Basically, the idea was to post every day for 30 days, with a set theme for each day. I had fun participating in that challenge, and a fair bit of time has passed since then, so I figure it’s about time to complete another one. Rather than looking up another book challenge, however, I decided it might be nice to do something a little different. My challenge is still related to reading but, instead of blogging about books, I (and anyone else who chooses to participate) will be blogging about fan-fiction. Continue reading

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 30

Book Covers of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen by Australian author Garth Nix

A Book You Couldn’t Put Down Wow. It seems as though I have made it through to the end. Well, for this final category, I am going to use a trilogy, rather than a single book. You may recall that … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 29

A Book You Hated The list of books that I have hated is surprisingly short. I sometimes cannot get into a book, but disliking it enough to add it to my ‘do not read’ list is rare. Such books do … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 28

Book Cover of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Favourite Quote From A Book I am actually going to include more than one quote here, but I think it should be acceptable because they are all from the same book – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Quote 1: … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 25

Agatha Christie by Dory21

The Most Surprising Plot Twist Or Ending I cannot think of a single book to list here, but I can think of an author. There is one author whose books I enjoy reading who never fails to surprise me. Her … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 19

Portrait of popular Horror book Author Stephen King

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A Favourite Author

30 Day Book Challenge Day 16

Portrait of popular author Jodi Picoult

Most Thought-Provoking Book I am not going to choose a book for this category. Rather, I am choosing an author. That author is Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is an excellent author who engages the reader from page one. Her characters … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 15:

Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter

A Character Who You Can Relate to the Most I believe one of the characters I relate to the most is Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series. Like Neville, I was a late bloomer. I was no raging beauty … Continue reading

Books I Read in April 2013

Books Wordcloud from April 2013

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick The Revolution Will be Digitised: dispatches from the information war by Heather Brooke (50 pages) The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn Eclipse by Richard North Patterson (63 Pages) Crime and Punishment by … Continue reading

Books I Read in March 2013

March 2013 Books Read Word Cloud

The Third Man by Graham Greene Dracula by Bram Stoker Incandescence by Greg Egan The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde Don’t Kiss Them Good-Bye by Allison DuBois One for the Money by Janet Evanovich Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 14:

The Road Cormac McCarthy book cover

A Book That Made You Cry Whether you are talking about books or movies or music, I cry at the drop of a hat. Therefore, there are loads of books that I could use for today’s blog. The book I … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 13:

A Book that Disappointed You

Geralds Game by Stephen King book coverAs many of my readers will know, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I love the way he spends words to ensure you are on the same page as he is. I love the way he populates his worlds with minor characters, with names, families, thoughts and histories of their own, where other author’s simply say ‘the baker’ or ‘the policeman’ or ‘the driver’.

I love the way he intertwines his novels so that you feel as though you are reading different stories from one big world, and how, when reading one book, you will recognise a character, a place, a news article – some minor detail from another of his books. I especially love his ability to scare the shit out of me. I never fail to have a sleepless night after reading one of his novels.

Which is why I was so disappointed when I attempted to read Gerald’s Game. I found this book to be terribly boring. I was not sucked into the story, the way I usually am with his books and, frankly, I just did not feel as though the writing was up to his usual quality. In fact, this the only Stephen King book that has ever failed to pass my fifty page test.

I suppose every author has to have a less than perfect work that isn’t up to their usual standard. For Stephen King that work is Gerald’s Game.

30 Day Book Challenge Day 12:

The Enlightenment The Rise of Modern Paganism by Peter Gay book cover

A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time But Still Haven’t Wow. There are so many, many books I could use for today’s challenge. At the time of printing, I have 2,667 books on my wishlist, and over … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 11:

Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner book cover

Favourite Classic Book I don’t seem to have read a lot of the classic books that others have, though many are on my wishlist. I think it may be because people often make it their mission to read as many … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 10:

The omplete Maus by Art Spiegelman book cover

A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving One thing about me is that I don’t always read the fine print. Because of this I often find myself adding books to my wishlist because they have an … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 9:

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence book cover

Most Overrated Book Everybody has their own taste in books. One person’s favourite book is another’s most hated. Sometimes a book comes along that is almost universally loved or loathed and, like people, a book’s reputation is often entirely undeserved. … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 8:

Letters of an Indian Judge to an English Gentlewoman book cover

Most Underrated Book In my opinion, one of the most underrated books I have read is a little known book called Letters of an Indian Judge to an English Gentlewoman. First published in 1934, the book takes the form of … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 7:

Guilty Pleasures book cover

A Guilty Pleasure Book This is an extremely difficult question for me, because I really don’t have a guilty pleasure book. Having a guilty pleasure book implies that you are ashamed or embarrassed in some way about the book you … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 6:

Book You’ve Read the Most Number of Times I am a bit unsure as to the answer for this one, since I am assuming books read over and over (and over and over and over) to my children don’t count. … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 5:

Your Comfort Book I am not entirely certain what is meant by a comfort book. Does it refer to a book you read when you just want to be comfortable and don’t want to have to think too much? Or … Continue reading