Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 21

Day 21: The first novel you remember reading

958277I’m pretty positive that this was not the first novel I read, but I do remember loving the Junie B. Jones series in my young reader days. I remember getting up to #13 or so before moving on to more sophisticated series, such as the Magic Tree House, the Unicorns of Balinor, and the American Girls series. Junie B. Jones was a series that focused on a dramatic six-year-old who had to deal with things like a stinky school bus, cafeterias, Meanie Jim, and Handsome Warren. To homeschooled little old me, this was a fascinating peek into a world I wouldn’t see until my sophomore year of high school. Again, notice a theme? The whole living vicariously through fictional characters in public school thing? Yeah, when I actually got to school, it was a real wake up call.

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548295I’m so glad this came up! I’ve had this book on my mind a lot lately and I really want to find it and read it again.I remember it clearly, how excited I was when finished, how it felt to realize there was an entirely different world within the pages of books.

Laura’s Luck by Marilyn Sachs was a book that I finished when I was in the first grade and it started a HUGE addiction – after that I read everything I could get my hands on. It’s about the adventures of a girl named Laura while she’s away at summer camp. It shocks me how many details I remember about this when it’s been so long since I’ve read it. I remember the description of her ankle spraining while the campers are on a hike, the annoyance of the mosquitoes and the smell of the craft cabin. So crazy to me. I always wanted to go to summer camp, but never actually got to. I think I read this book pretty regularly until middle school and it obviously had a huge influence on me.

Kiesha

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Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 20

Day Twenty: Favorite romance book

18233789So, I’m not a huge romance fan. I can probably count on one hand how many I’ve read in my entire life, actually. But! That doesn’t mean that every once in awhile I don’t get sucked in.

The Note by Teresa Mummert did just that, drew me in like a black hole. I wasn’t even really looking for it, I just scrolled through my nook library and chose it by random, and I’m so glad I did!

It’s about a woman named Jenn who is ready to give up on life and throw away her dreams, when a chance run in with a soldier home on leave changes everything. It’s all about how every single thing that happens in life, happens for a reason.

I love this book, it was exactly what I needed when I read it and I will definitely be reading it again.

Kiesha

7812659I absolutely love Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. In fact, I should have used it as my favorite book-turned-movie. After all, I did lop off eight inches of hair immediately after watching it. That is beside the point.

The book follows the typical Nicholas Sparks formula—back east, one is rich/advantaged, the other is poor/disadvantaged, someone’s significant other has died, etc.

It’s about Katie, who escapes an abusive marriage by running away to a little North Carolina town. She changes her appearance, gets her own place, finds her own way, and meets Alex, a widowed store owner. According to Goodreads, she learns that “love is the only true safe haven”.

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Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 19

Day Nineteen: Favorite book turned into a movie

10412Though the movie wasn’t really based on the book, as the book is laid out in a self-help format,  I loved He’s Just Not That Into You. The book was like my field guide in college—if a boy didn’t text or call me, I assumed He Wasn’t That Into Me. If a guy was busy, I assumed He Wasn’t That Into Me. This book taught me not to put up with BS and to move on—because I am beautiful, awesome, etc. Granted, the book wasn’t that awesome. Once I stop analyzing boys so much and just let it flow, I could actually figure out if someone was into me, because people are humans and they give signs.

But I love the movie. I love how they took the Rules from the book and inserted them into several different characters and relationships. If a guy is into you, he will call. If a guy is into you, he won’t cheat on you. If a guy is into you, he’ll do everything within his power to marry you and move mountains to be with you. And the list goes on. Shallow material, but I love it.

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5Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is my FAVORITE Harry Potter book and my favorite movie. I feel like it was so well done!! Obviously there are changes, that comes with any book-turned-movie, but it was just so… brilliant.

I watch the movies over and over, but this is the only book of the series that I’ve ever read more than once. All of the scenes are so amazing, the way that Patronuses were done, the entire setting of Hogsmeade was perfect. I just love it. It was also the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Sirius Black, so of course that helps!

Kiesha

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 18

Day Eighteen: A book that disappointed you

13447149I started the Breathe series (twosome?) by Sarah Crossan back in April and devoured the first book, so I immediately started the second, Resist, thinking it would be just as good. I was so wrong.

The second book seemed rushed and all over the place, like Crossan was grasping at straws deciding how to end the story. I think that she should have made it at least a trilogy so that it could have ended better and avoided ruining the story. I was geared up to start recommending the books to everyone, but didn’t say a peep after finishing Resist. Kiesha

 

18465657I was very disappointed by the One & Only by Emily Giffin. I absolutely love Giffin’s books, so naturally, I was excited for this one to come out. Without reading the summary, I picked it up and jumped in…and was sorely disappointed in the football saturated world of football-obsessed ladychild Shea Rigsby. It didn’t stop there—it was a page turner, but not for good reasons. Shea barely changed by the end of the book, and her slightly incestuous relationship freaked me out. Giffin, I love your other six books…but your seventh was a flop. Hopefully the eighth is better!

 Lauren11

 

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 17

Day Seventeen: Favorite quote from your favorite book

“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”
Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto

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““You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Kiesha

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 16

Day Sixteen: Your favorite female character

And again, since finishing Poison Study my answer has changed… Yelena is totally my favorite. She’s such a badass! I love that she’s so smart and strong, and that she doesn’t take crap from anyone no matter who they are. She stands up for what she believes is right and, like me, has the first instinct of running away from things that are uncomfortable or scary, but she’s trying to change. Totally the girl I want to be. Now if only I could find someone to teach me how to fight like Ari & Janco teach her…

Kiesha

13I absolutely love Mia Thermopolis. Is she crazy confident, cool, and brave? Hell no. Does she wield a sword, slay beasts, or go on crazy quests? Hell no. No, Mia is okay at school, a terrible princess, and even worse with boys.

In short, Mia was my role model when I was growing up. I was no princess by any means, but I felt that my homeschooled self lived vicariously through her first kiss, homework issues and princess troubles. I even loved the movie. In fact, I think my nerdy self really understood Mia’s nerdy self.

Lauren11

 

Thirty Day Book Challenge: Day 15

Day Fifteen: Favorite male character

1109790_1407399642421_471_300Hello, Jamie from Outlander. Though the dude they cast in the Starz version is not how I pictured him in my head while reading the book, he’s still okay.

In the book, he’s mysterious, sexy, smoldering…Scottish. Plus he can wield a sword like nobody’s business. Did I ever think I would have another fictional ginger man crush since Ron Weasley? Nope, but Outlander pleasantly surprised me!

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Oh my, my answer to this is officially changed! I finished Poison Study a couple weeks ago and am totally enthralled with Valek. He’s handsome, and mysterious and totally intriguing. I want to read about him all the time and know what he’s doing and why he is the way he is. It’s kind of nice to have a male character peak my interest so much!

Kiesha