30 Day Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Sharon introduced me to the 30 Day Reading Challenge last month. She’s been participating on her blog (you can start here) and I’ve been participating on my FB page. Below is the compilation of my responses. Please share your responses in the comments (any or all)!

30 Day Reading Challenge

Day 1: The best book you read this year —- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Day 2: A book you’ve read more than 3 times —- She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Day 3: Your favorite series —- Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony

Day 4: Favorite book of your favorite series —- For Love of Evil by Piers Anthony

Day 5: A book that makes you happy —- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Day 6: A book that makes you sad —- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Day 7: Most underrated book —- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Day 8: Most overrated book —- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Day 9: Favorite classic book —- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Day 10: A book you didn’t think you’d like but ended up loving —- The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

Day 11: A book you hated —- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Day 12: A book you used to love but don’t anymore —- The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (I couldn’t think of a specific book but love of this series is definitely waning)

Day 13: Your favorite writer —- Neil Gaiman

Day 14: Book from your favorite writer —- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Day 15: Favorite male character —- Charlie Asher from A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Day 16: Favorite female character —- Orb from Being a Green Mother by Piers Anthony

Day 17: Favorite quote —- From How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran: “Because for all that people have tried to abuse it and disown it, ‘feminism’ is still the word we need. That ‘Girl Power’ has been the sole rival to the word feminism in the last fifty years is a cause for much sorrow on behalf of women. After all, P. Diddy has had four different names, and he’s just one man.” (I had issues with so much of this book . . . which you can read about here . . . but there were a few really great quotable bits.)

Day 18: First chapter book you can remember reading as a child —- The Witches by Roald Dahl

Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie —- The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Day 20: Book that makes you laugh out loud —- All my friends are dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

Day 21: Favorite book from your childhood —- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Day 22: Book you’re currently reading —- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (still the same book because I haven’t had much time to read in the past week)

Day 23: Your guilty pleasure —- The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (yes, my love is waning but I will continue to read the books because I’m invested in the characters!)

Day 24: A book that you wish more people would’ve read —- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Day 25: Favorite book you read in school —- 1984 by George Orwell

Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something —- I’ve been thinking about this one for most of the month and honestly, I just can’t come up with one. Books have certainly helped shape my opinions by offering insights into things I otherwise wouldn’t have thought about, but I can’t recall ever reading something that actually *changed* my opinion. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened. I just can’t think of a specific example.

Day 27: The most surprising plot twist or ending —- American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Okay, so I had figured the twist at the end before it was revealed, which makes it not quite a surprise BUT there were a lot of twists throughout book that I didn’t see coming.)

Day 28: Favorite Title —- My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked —- Under a Velvet Cloak (Incarnations of Immortality #8) by Piers Anthony (This book seemed to get a lot more slack than the other books in the series. It’s been a about 4 years since I’ve read the book, so I’m basing this on memory, but while it may very well be my least favorite book in the series, I thought it nicely tied up a lot of details and I was happy to get an insight into the incarnation of Night. One of the biggest complaints I’ve noticed was underage sex . . . . I certainly don’t condone underage sex, but I think the setting of the book should be considered.)

Day 30: Favorite book —- “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” ~Neil Gaiman . . . Totally true, so to suggest that I could possibly pick ONE favorite book is completely ludicrous. Instead, here is my Goodreads list. Anything rated 5 stars can be counted among my favorites!


13 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve been following along on your page and enjoyed it! 🙂


  2. I haven’t read a Wally Lamb yet…but I know I need to, just not sure when it will really happen! but more than 3 times! Dang.


    • “She’s Come Undone” is the only Wally Lamb book I read, but I really did love . . . . I read it 3 or 4 times between high school and college . . . I did that with a few books back then, but I definitely don’t have the energy to reread books anymore . . . besides, there’s just way too much to read to spend time rereading!


  3. This is a great idea, I have to do my own- and +10000 on all Neil Gaiman stuff!


    • I bookmarked your post and am hoping to get to it over the weekend! I look forward to seeing your choices 🙂

      And yes, I LOVE Neil Gaiman . . . interestingly enough, I just started reading him this year!


  4. […] shout-out to I Shall Be A Toad whose own 30 Day Challenge inspired me to follow suit. And because I’m impatient, I’m doing it all in one […]


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