30 Minute Book Challenge (New and Improved)

This was supposed to be a 30-day book challenge, but sufferer of ADHD that I am, I don’t want to write about that for thirty days in a row. So, I have given myself the somewhat brisk challenge of writing it in 30 minutes instead. It is 6:23 right now… and GO!



Day 1: Favourite book: 

The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende… hands down. “Atreyuuuuuuu!!!!” The guy that wrote this book was a psychology major, as with his father before him so it is more complex than the movie would suggest. Just read it. The Chapter illustrations alone are worth it. I want Falcor AND Artax AND Grogoman (not in the movies). Currently trying to read another one of his called Momo.


Day 2: Least favourite book

Twilight “Gaga” by Stephani “Dunderbutt” Meyers. No, I didn’t read all of it, only like a chapter cause my sister was obsessed with it. The only thing worse than the subject matter is the writing. Double bleh. You notice the only people reading this are teenage girls and middle aged divorced women. Correlation? Members of both groups have unrealistic expectations of men and romance. Now I will prove my point. The only way they could make a man to satisfy these two groups was to make him sparkly with god-like good looks, so incredibly old that he’s independently wealthy by default, never needs to eat food or sleep, is so obsessed with them that he actually stays awake and watches them sleep (creeper MUCH!), Super strong, doesn’t die, and can practically fly (run fast)… OH, and he has the ability to read minds, which with these groups, any man would HAVE to be able to do in order to satisfy them. THUS is the basis of his appeal. And now I will have hate mail catapulted at me by the tons accompanied by sacks of flaming cat poo… you know, from all the cat ladies. Ahahahahaaa!!!


Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut… he introduces himself to his alter ego Kilgore Trout. He tells him that he is the “Creator” of Kilgore’s world and that even though there may be a different creator in the world he is from, that He, Kurt, is the creator of that world. Kilgore Trout kinda freaks out on him. Genius.


Day 4: Book that makes you cry

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins… wretched thing made me cry like 12 times. Don’t even ask. I don’t wanna talk about it. Sigh.

Day 5: Book you wish you could live in

Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore… I have faith that the world will be that perfect one day. It is the dream at the very core of my being.

Day 6: Favorite young adult book

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Yes I know it’s uber popular, that would be because it’s bloody EPIC.

Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite

The Bible… yup, and there is not a more quoted or quotable book in existence either.

Day 8: Book that scares you

The Giver by Lois Lowry… Dystopian fiction is always frightening though. This was my first real experience with it.

Day 9: Book that makes you sick

Deerskin by Robin McKinley…. Oh dear lord… just read it. She is wronged and she gets revenge… and finds true love too.

Day 10: Book that changed your life

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It’s just an amazing book. I love Mr. Rochester. My mom actually got me this hardback copy as a gift! It is one of my most treasured posessions. 🙂 I love my mom.

Day 11: Book from your favorite author

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley… she’s as close to a favorite as I have. It’s the sequel to The Hero and the Crown. Oh, by the way, the chick in this book name is Harry. 🙂 She’s an rugged horsewoman and wields the blue sword… not to mention capturing the love of a king.

Day 12: Book that is most like your life

Reveries of a Solitary Walker by Jean Jacques Rousseau… his thought are my thoughts. His outlook on the world is the way I hope mine will fully be when I get older and wiser. It always blows my mind. I got a glorified excerpt by penguin classics at a garage sale for 25 cents and then spent forever searching out the full book. It was worth it.

Author NOTE: Alright… I had to go somewhere at this point but I am stopping at 6:38! I will take it back up when I get back!

OK, I’m back, it’s 9:52… I will finish now! I have 14 minutes!

Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen… Elizabeth Bennet… yep, fraid so friends, fraid so. And, yes, I love to hate her too.

Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry

The Hunger Games (Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins… Peeta. Oh sweet bread making hotness. I love him for the man he wants to be and for the man he almost is. I love him. I LOVE HIM!

Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child

Pounding Hooves by Dorothy Grunbock Johnson… when I was like 9 because I was obsessed with horses. I own it 🙂

Day 16: Longest book you’ve read

When I attempted to read the Count of Monte Cristo… only got through 800 pages. I didn’t make it. Defeated by a fat man with a mustache. Everything I read was good… just too much for my inch long attention span.

Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman, it was excellent. Awesome part illustrations. Very well written. Her writing style is rich and raw. LOVE.

Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like

Sisterhood of the Travelling pants… all four books… oh Good grief. I really liked them all. Good characters are good characters.

Day 19: Book that turned you on

Bread Alone by Judith R. Hendricks… really hot quickie scene in that, little descriptive. I was like WHOAH, where’d that come from??

Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times

The Hero and the Crown by Lois Lowry…. something about a dragon fighting red head that’s good with horses and swords. It was the first book I truly loved.

Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood

Pokey little Puppy, had the coloring book and everything.

Day 22: Book you plan to read next

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and she read the whole Never Ending Story, so I think I owe it to her.

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

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas… I so want credit for reading that after spending 800 pages on it.

Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene

Deerskin by Robin McKinley where she gets her vengeance on her father in front of the whole royal court, pretty awesome.

Day 25: Favorite book you read in school

The Hobbitt by J.R.R. Tolkien in this one because I’ve said Hero and the Crown way too much already. Hobitt was AMAZING.

Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book

Your Erroneous Zones by Dr Dwayne Dyer… Fascinating book about people’s self destructive habits… go get it and read it asap.

Day 27: Favorite fiction book

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan… it was so incredible. Her writing is….. wow.

Day 28: Last book you read

Messenger by Lois Lowry. Third and final book that wraps up with all the characters in the Giver series. Gathering Blue is the second one, and my personal favorite.

Day 29: Book you’re currently reading

Beauty by Robin McKinley because Karen said she liked it and I’ve had it forever and not read it yet. It’s a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. I love fairy tale remakes.

Day 30: Favorite coffee table book

Magic Eye… we just bought it from B & N because my husband taught me how to do it… finally. It’s SO COOL!!

OK, it took me 45 minutes. FINE, I lose!! Oh well, TWAS still fun to do.


3 thoughts on “30 Minute Book Challenge (New and Improved)

  1. kbnelson says:

    Wow! That was amazing – although I get far too much blame for forcing you to read dormant books. I’m going to try this challenge too…if I can think of enough books for some of these categories.
    Most surprising to me about you: “Reveries of a Solitary Walker” (Now I want to read that), and “Your Erroneous Zones” (Sounds fascinating), and darn it! you can do Magic Eye? I’m so jealous!

  2. l4nm4rs says:

    Dormant books? Is that an expression for books you’ve had forever but haven’t read yet?? Oh… I think I like that. They aren’t neglected… they’re dormant! Yes, precious… we likes it very much indeed we does.

    Warning on Reveries of a Solitary Walker… it is horribly depressing but I am sad to say that it was the way I felt in my early twenties. Alone. I have always felt like that to a certain degree. The chapters may come off as nothing more than one pity party after another, but the way he writes about it is so deeply personal. His heart is on his sleeve and he’s daring the world to come at him, sword and shield in hand, already broken and bloodied, because he doesn’t care any more. It felt like he was having a conversation with me, but he and I were one, so he was talking to himself and i was reading about myself. I was always heartened by the way he feels the entire world is against him and yet he has the strength to write about it in such a “to hell with you all” kind of way. I’m serious…. I fell in love with this book when I was about 20 and it took me years to get a copy of it in full. It may be as close to a personal manifesto as I have ever gotten.

    Oh, and the Erroneous Zones book… DUDE. I occasionally go through periods of self exploration where I research and delve into my imperfections and become enthralled with what drives humanity… this obsession if the product of one of those times… plus, I got a hardback copy of this book at the thrift store (my Mecca) for like 37 cents. 🙂

    I wish I had had my husband pick up my sister and I’d had lunch with you 😦 I am always just trying to do it all, not wanting to inconvenience anyone else for fear of being viewed as inconsiderate. My weekend has been drama and stress with brief periods of laughter and snacking. I just want you to know that I deeply felt the loss of your company. 😦

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