Thirty Day Book Challenge

It’s going around and even though I at first considered it a little silly, I now see that several people have given this challenge a lot of thought and provided some very interesting and in-depth responses. I hesitate to do what others are doing but I decided it was a good exercise for me, independent of whether anyone else ever read my responses.

Here is the list for the challenge:

Day 1: Favorite book
Day 2: Least favorite book
Day 3: Book that makes 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
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite
Day 8: Book that scares you
Day 9: Book that makes 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
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
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 expect some of these considerations will illicit a one-word answer at best (I’ll try to keep it clean) so I probably will not stick to the one-a-day formula and just wing it.

One problem I see immediately is the use of the word “book” in all the entries. Since I originally concentrated in studying poetry and switched to Restoration drama, the concept of a book is just too broad to consider. Therefore, for most entries I will assume that what is being requested is the title of a novel (or at least a long epic poem). As a teaser, my favorite book and my least favorite book are on this list:

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Ulysses
  • Bleak House
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Tristram Shandy
  • The Fairie Queene

Of course, since I regularly publish my list of recommendations and preferences, it might not be a secret.

One thought on “Thirty Day Book Challenge

  1. I’m glad to see you’re doing this—you were one of the people I really hoped would take the challenge. Looking forward to seeing your responses. (And I really hope “Ulysses” is on the favourite list)!

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