Here’s the next installation of the 30 Day Book Challenge for Days 8-14!
As someone who is currently away from her home and living in an apartment for a while, I have to say that this is soooooo much tougher when I can’t look at all of the books on my bookshelf!!!
Day 8: An unpopular book you believe should be a best seller – When I was younger, I read Mandy by Julie Andrews (you know, Mary Poppins!) and I thought this was the best book ever. It was probably the first novel I reread. Mandy is an orphan who finds an abandoned cottage which she makes her own. Not that it was unpopular, but I guess I just expected it to be loved by everyone, not unheard of by most everyone!
Day 9: A book you’ve read more than once – I have read a few books more than once, but it’s not something I do often, although since I have started my book blog, I have been doing it more recently! I have read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale twice, almost all of the Harry Potter series twice, and recently (like I finished yesterday and still need to post the review later this week) reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Day 10: The first novel you remember reading – It has to be the Babysitters Little Sister Series with Karen by Ann M. Martin or the Goosebumps Series by R. L. Stine. I guess I enjoyed the series books when I was a kid!
Day 11: The book that made you fall in love with reading – I can’t answer this. . . I have never NOT been in love with reading! But a book I had my parents read me so many times that I memorized it and probably still know most of the words is This is the Bear.
Day 12: A book so emotionally draining you couldn’t complete it or had to set aside for a bit – I don’t find tough books emotionally draining where I have to put them down. I love that a book can evoke such an emotion from me. I think that an emotionally draining book that I have read would be My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Such an amazing book, but such an awful translation into the movie.
Day 13: Nonfiction book that you enjoyed – Ok, a nonfiction book that I’m OBSESSED with is Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars. This book was written conversationally with such fun, unique facts about space travel. For instance, did you know that one of the most famous comments about how beautiful Earth is from space is probably actually an astronaut commenting on released urine that is sparkling in the atmosphere?
Day 14: Book that should be on high school/college required reading list – What a good question! Tough one, too. I consulted with my mom, and we agreed on One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. One Thousand White Women is a fictional book with a potential for great historical discussions. The Native Americans (heathens according to the white people) are given one thousand white wives in order to “tame” them. However, the white wives are the outcasts of white society, not the most civilized women!
With this novel, it would be easy to discuss Native American policies with the U.S. back then, race relations, and tolerance and acceptance of differences.
What about you? I’d love to hear some of your answers!
Thanks for reading,
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