Day 26

30 Day Book Challenge

26. Book that makes you laugh out loud.

I can think of a number of books that make me laugh. Harry Potter is definitely at the top of the list. So many characters, especially the Weasley twins and Ron, and often Harry, have always cracked me up.
A few quotes that I’ve always found particularly funny:

Percy wouldn’t recognise a joke if it danced in front of him wearing Dobby’s tea-cosy.” (Ron Weasley, 

“And what if I wave my wand and nothing happens?”
“Throw it away and punch him in the nose,” suggested Ron. (from the Philosopher’s Stone).

Why Are You Worrying about You-Know-Who?
You SHOULD Be Worrying About
U-NO-POO –
the Constipation Sensation That’s Gripping the Nation!
(The Deathly Hallows)

Ron, you know full well Harry and I were brought up by Muggles!” said Hermione. “We didn’t hear stories like that when we were little, we heard ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Cinderella’—“

“What’s that, an illness?” asked Ron.

Other books that make me laugh a lot (when I’m not crying or experiencing major feels) are Paper Towns, Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments, and of course the very funny

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Day 25

30 Day Book Challenge

25. Most surprising plot twist or ending

I’m not sure if “surprising” is the right word, but I think the end of Chaos Walking was definitely not what I’d been expecting. I won’t give anything away because well SPOILER, but pretty much the ending left me thinking what? What! WHAT JUST HAPPENED? THAT’S IT? A powerful ending but one that really makes me wish Patrick Ness would write the next one!

Otherwise, I think Harry Potter probably has the biggest number of plot twists and they’re all pretty awesome. Eg. Snape. You know what I mean all you HP fans out there :).

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So.

I was just thinking to myself that, even though I should really be working on the pre-production stage of my Watership Down essay, it’s time I should write another post. Most of my posts have been the 30 Day Challenge, and although I’m quite happy I’ve managed to post them every day, I think it’s time I posted something else as well.

First off, I just wanted to thank all of you for following me. I only really started posting regularly a month ago, and to have 53 followers already is a pleasant surprise. To be honest I was a little reluctant to start this blog because I didn’t really think many people would be reading it. The fact that you guys are is really awesome :). Especially when I don’t even have a lot of spare time to spend on this blog at the moment.

It is a very busy time for me. In a months time I will finish my Honours year, and after four years of studying and having to read the set texts for all the English subjects I’ve done, I’m really, really looking forwards to being able to read whatever I want and to have the time to write more. As you may have seen by reading my first Reading List I am planning on reading 30 books through the end of October to December. It should be a challenge, especially if I get the job I want (at a bookstore), but I’m going to try my best! At the moment I am still in the process of reading Assassins Apprentice and Watership Down, so I should have them finished soon! I will be posting reviews and updates about my reading during that time.

I am also planning on writing my second novel during my break (which, at the moment, could be for awhile depending on when and if I go back to study next year). I think it will be a young adult realist fiction of some kind. Should be fun 🙂

So that’s all the fun stuff.

Of course, as any early-20’s student, I have a lot of other things to worry about. Money/job/career…finally getting my driver’s licence…the future…if I’ll ever have enough money to travel…how long I want to travel and leave my boyfriend behind…when I can move out of home…politics… There are sure a lot of things to look forwards to and worry about, that’s for sure.

I wish we didn’t have to be slaves to money. I just want to write and read. You know?

I don’t even know what the point of this post is. I guess I just wanted to ramble about my own nonsense thoughts and post it.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne. A lovely day to have lunch with the family for my Mum’s birthday and then walk along the yarra river and feed some ducks 🙂

Day 24

30 Day Book Challenge

24. Book you are embarrassed to say you like/liked.

For this I chose three series of books (there are plenty others) I liked and now have no idea why I ever liked them as much as I did. I guess I was going through a phase! I won’t say anything else because I know some of my followers like these books and I don’t want to offend anyone by spinning off 1,000 words of reasons why these are no longer in my favourites list.

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Day 23

30 Day Book Challenge

23. Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months. 

I can think of many wonderful books I’ve read in the last year. However, as I’ve already mentioned a lot of them in other posts (I don’t want be too repetitive if I can help it) I’ve decided on one I haven’t mentioned before:

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Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a brilliant book that was definitely a challenge for me to read because it provoked a lot of feelings in me, including anger and sorrow. The novel follows the life of Oscar Wao, an overweight teen living in Paterson, New Jersey. He is obsessed with fantasy, science fiction and video games. He doesn’t have much luck with love, and is incredibly insecure around girls. And there’s also this big curse on his family…

I won’t give the plot away, but this is an amazing novel that really illuminates themes of family, sex, oppression and identity. I found so many of the themes, stories and characters in the novel very confronting. Quite often I went into a rage. Other times I laughed a lot. Other times I felt hollow and sad. You can certainly give it to Diaz! He’s an incredibly good writer in that he was able to create so many feelings in me. You should definitely give this gem a read.

Day 22

30 Day Book Challenge

22. Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise.

Pretty much anything predictable or anything cliche/trite or anything that makes no sense/is impossible or when characters are used as plot devices or when there’s anything dumb in the plot that really does nothing for the story. I can’t think of any actual examples of this happening at the moment….but that’s pretty much it.

Day 21

30 Day Book Challenge

 21. Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)

Well, that would be…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

I bought the book a few years ago at my local bookstore. I read about half of it. I don’t know whether at the time I just got distracted by other things, or the hype of the novel just wasn’t living up to me in that first half or what, but for whatever reason I’ve never ended up finishing it. I’d like to give it another go that’s for sure.

Have you guys read it? What do you think about it?