30 Day Book Challenge – Day 10

Day 10 – Favourite Classic Book 

I have so many favourites it is so hard to choose, the classics are always the best, that’s why they’re classics! But I have a few here that I keep re reading and they never get old. 

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Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 

I personally find this story better than any of Austen’s stories, maybe with the exception of Pride and Prejudice, but I still love the love story between Jane and Mr Rochester. Its so sweet, and even after everything they still love each other. I found the BBC adaptation of it so cute too and really well done, I’m yet to see the most recent film but I can imagine I’ll like it just for the story. Sadly I try to read this at least once a year and I also quite enjoyed Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys which is kind of like a prequel to Jane Eyre as it follows Bertha the mad woman in the attic before and as she moves to live with Rochester. 

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

I love this one too. It wasn’t until last year for my course that I read it and I wish I had sooner. I like the whole Gothic idea of putting all the bad things into a painting so he stays young. It’s full of debauchery and its just so against the ideas that are portrayed in the normal Victorian novel. It actually made me go and read more Gothic literature as it is so full of interesting characters and themes. 

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 9

Day 9 – A book you thought you wouldnt like but ended up loving 

Both of George Orwell’s Classics surprised me, I thought they’d be boring but I enjoyed both of them. 

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Animal Farm – George Orwell 

‘ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS’

I was handed this book when I was in high school and told to read it. I remember grumbling about it for a while but as soon as I began reading it I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the fable like aspect to it and how it reflects the Stalin era and critiques communism. I went back the next week to school and borrowed 1984 because I’d enjoyed this so much. 

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Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell 

‘WAR IS PEACE 
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY 
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH’ 

I like how this novel has given us words to add to the English language and has helped create the ideas that ‘big brother is watching you’ which is quite relevant to our modern society. I enjoyed the dystopian feel of the novel and the three totalitarian states that control everything seem quite scary to live in. I love how this novel has created a whole kind of culture as it has been used as the basis for many other things such as Muse’s The Resistance or the idea of Big Brother reality Tv, even games such as Half Life 2 have the theme of the alternate universe similar to ours. 

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 – Most overrated book

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The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

I have to agree with other lists I’ve seen about overrated books, this is the top book on most of them. I find the writing simple, and the plot is far to long that I found myself becoming bored while reading it. I didn’t really understand what was going on in parts and I began to hate the characters, I think this was made even worse by the awful film adaptation. I never understood the hype about it and I feel like I’ve wasted my time reading it. 

And the other obvious overrated book is…..

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The Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer 

I know due to the films they have become a huge sensation, however I just find them now a little overrated. I admit I did read them when I was a teenager and my friends and I loved them, but that was before anyone had really heard of them. I find the hype around the films has caused them to be a little over exaggerated and the twihards just irritate me. Maybe its the following the films has caused that actually annoy me more! And I also think Robert Pattinson was the worst Edward Cullen casting on the planet, he is nothing like you expect from reading the books!!

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 7

Day 7 – Most underrated book 

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Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh 

Firstly how scary is this cover for it!! I find this underrated because it now seems to be overshadowed by the film adaptation of the same name. Although both of them are brilliant, I find the book interesting and it is more a collection of short stories rather than one long novel. The language takes a while to get used to, but I like the contemporary references to music and culture around the time it was written such as Joy Division, David Bowie or Iggy Pop (who is idolised by some of the characters). This may have made the novel endearing to me because they are the kinds of bands I listen to and have been brought up with. 

I find, like Trainspotting, there are a few novels that now seem to have been overshadowed by their film adaptation, for example Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson or Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, both of which are brilliant films however started out as a novel that many people now may ignore or believe that they were written in conjunction with the film. Many of these books seem to have gained a cult following similar to the films, however due to the popularity of the films you would have thought that the books may have been a little more popular.  

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – A book that makes you sad 

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Atonement – Ian McEwan 

This story is so beautiful and heartbreaking. The interesting change at the end by the narrator admitting that the happy ending, between Robbie and Cecelia, was not real and was changed to make it seem not so awful leaves you a little down after all that you have been through and the way they are describe to have died is awful as neither of them got to see each other again. The film adaptation, I found, was similar to the the novel and the story was played out just as heartbreaking. Although, unlike other novels, I didn’t cry at the end I did find myself a little down after finishing it. 

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One Day – David Nicholls 

Another book that has had a film adaptation, although I haven’t seen the film, I loved the book. like Atonement it has a heartbreaking ending as the two main characters Dexter and Emma, who you have been rooting for to get together the whole way through, end up apart forever due to Emma’s untimely death. It leaves you a little down as a reader as you have been waiting for the relationship to blossom from more than a friendship to a romance, and when they finally make it happen it is short lived. I enjoyed the book and the characters are endearing despite their flaws, especially when concerning Dexter. Overall, like other novels that have made me sad I enjoyed it but just didn’t like the final outcome for the characters you grow to like as you read it.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 5

Day 5 – A book that makes you happy 

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The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S.Lewis 

I know its not one book, but I couldn’t choose one out of the series that was my favorite. I loved all of the books and they leave you with a happy feeling when you’ve finished them. I like that they transport you to a magical world, Narnia, but I found I was involved with the plot and easily able to conjure up the images Lewis was trying to portray. 

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Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

I know I keep putting more than one book on each but all these books apply to the challenge. Like Narnia, I like the world that’s created and the characters you encounter in Alice in Wonderland. 

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The Complete Winnie the Pooh – A.A.Milne

There is something so sweet and innocent about these stories and I find them so charming to read. I have a habit of going back and reading just one or two of them when I have nothing else to do. You can see why these characters have become so popular within our culture and have lasted years. My mother read them to me when I was younger as the book was a first birthday present and I can see myself reading them to my children when I am older. On another note the illustrations in the book I had also encouraged me to learn to draw and helped to spark my fascination in character drawing like this. 

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 4

Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series

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Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman

Like i said in my previous post, Noughts and Crosses is one of my favourite series and the first book it my favorite. My copy of it now is so battered after re reading it so many times.  

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