30 Day Book Challenge

It is winter.  January and February couldn’t go by faster (thank God one is the shortest month of the year) because they are, for me and many others, the most depressing months of the year.  Hence, I’ve been on a reading kick.

In addition to books, I’m frequently on the lookout for blogs to follow that I don’t end up hating three-quarters of the way through one post.  No offense to everyone who blogs, but there are very few of you who capture my attention and affection.  I understand I might perpetuate this exact problem, but I guess I’ll never know.

I like (and continue to try) reading the blogs of friends, for no other reason than to keep up with their lives, but even a personal connection to the blogger doesn’t guarantee my reading if the person is a boring writer or leads a boring life.

Anyway, I recently found this girl (from her blog which she no longer writes).  I hope she doesn’t think I’m a freakish stalker or something, but so far, all she’s written about are books and nail polish, two things I happen to take an un-average interest in as well.

On her blog, she posed the 30-Day Book Challenge, something someone suggested to her.

I’m taking it under consideration.  I’m just nervous that I’m not going to be able to think of a book in each category.  My memory for books is a lot like my memory for holding grudges.  Things come to me at the weirdest times, and never on demand.

I realize if I do embark on such a regimented writing routine, some of my regular readers are going to check out for exactly 30 days.  That’s fine.  Once in a while, the teacher in me likes to have an assignment.

The Rules…*

Day 1: Favorite book
Day 2: Least favorite book
Day 3: Book that made you laugh out loud
Day 4: Book that makes you cry
Day 5: Book you wish you could live in
Day 6: Favorite young adult book Favorite Series
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite
Day 8: Book that scares you
Day 9: Book that made you sick
Day 10: Book that changed your life
Day 11: Book from your favorite author
Day 12: Book that is most like your life
Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you Most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry Author you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child
Day 16: Longest book you’ve read
Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read
Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like
Day 19: Book that turned you on
Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times
Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood
Day 22: Book you plan to read next
Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)
Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene
Day 25: Favorite book you read in school
Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book
Day 27: Favorite fiction book
Day 28: Last book you read
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading
Day 30: Favorite coffee table book

*I can already tell I’m going to be changing/skipping some of these categories because so many are redundant or just boring.

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4 comments on “30 Day Book Challenge
  1. Nate says:

    This is a good idea. I’m thinking about doing this on my blog, just to get the juices flowing again. But I would also have a hard time coming up with a book for each category. Like “Book that made you sick.” Don’t remember that ever happening. And I also have a bad memory, even when it comes to grudges. Letting go of grudges is a virtue though, don’t you think? But it can be annoying. I mean, if you forget that your nemesis is your nemesis, you are at a serious disadvantage in epic battles. This is why keeping a small nemesis notebook on your person at all times is helpful.

    • claire says:

      Are we long lost separated Siamese twins? (I was sucking all the nutrients in the womb that produced height.) I was also daunted by some of the categories. Also, some are so redundant (like, favorite book and then favorite FICTION book). I’m planning to change the category if I can’t come up with something. But otherwise, I have to admit, it is cathartic and satisfying to have a prompt and complete an assignment. Do it.

      • Nate says:

        Hey wait a second, was that a crack about my height? Oh, I am so writing this down in my notebook before I get distracted and forget. Just have to find a pencil. I prefer writing in pencil because I make so many mistakes and I hate scribbling things out in pen. And sometimes the ink doesn’t dry very well, and you get those blotches on the opposite page when you close the notebook, which shouldn’t happen because it’s freaking 2012 already. Haven’t we had enough time to perfect ink pen technology? Do I really still need to use a blotter? I suppose the technological answer is to just use a word processor or an electronic tablet with a writing function, like a super fancy version of those old school magnetic writing toy things, what were those called? I can’t remember. Ok, I guess that’s all I wanted to say, although I feel like there was something I was going to do. Oh well. And I am definitely not going to go back and read the beginning of what I wrote in this comment because if there’s anything that instant electronic communication has taught us it’s that proofreading is for losers.

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