30 Day Book Challenge – Day 15

Day 15 – The first novel you remember reading 

Well my memory is pretty rubbish, but I remember reading all the Harry Potter books which I literally couldn’t put down! I forced my parents to pre order the books because I was that excited about them and I’d read them within a day or two of getting them. This was partly out of excitement and partly so no one could spoil the endings for me (I just spoilt them for my friends!). I remember the day the Goblet of Fire came out, all I did all day was read. I went to my Grans house and even then I read, just sat curled up in a big chair immersed in Harry’s world. But that’s what reading is about, if you find a book that makes you never want to put it down then you know you’ve got a good book. 

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I like how the books are different from the films, and I tell my friends who have only seen the films that they are missing out on so much more. The films just follow the basic plot of the books whereas the books have so much more in them that you feel part of them. I hate how they completely missed out Peeves and most of the other ghosts in the films and there wasn’t as much of Fred and George as there should have been! (in my opinion) But still I’m a fan of all of it so its all good. And I like how J.K.Rowling has encouraged so many kids to read just through one story about a wizard, that’s pretty awesome. 

Another novel I remember reading, except for some of the classics such as Austen, is… 

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Witch Child – Celia Rees 

First off history like this fascinates me and I enjoy reading about anything to do with the witch trials. This was the exact book for me! It wasn’t too long but the plot was enjoyable and the characters were appealing to its young adult target audience. The story follows Mary who has seen her Grandmother hung for being a witch, she travels to Salem in the New World and has to fit in with Puritan society without making it know she is a witch. Its in a first person diary style format which makes it seem a little more personal as you can feel all of the characters emotions. I enjoyed it and its one of the ones that stands out to me so it must have been good.  

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 13

Day 13 – Your favourite writer 

I dont necessarily have one favourite writer as I like many for different attributes but there is always one who springs to mind when asked it, purely because it was the first book to make me fall in love with fanstasy novels and I always read them when I have time… 

J.R.R Tolkien 

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My parents actually bought me a copy of The Hobbit similar to this when I was younger and I loved it, the drawings accompany the story brilliantly. I’ve obviously also read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and I love them too. 

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 12

Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t any more 

I don’t think there are any books throughout my teen or adult life that I used to love but I remember being obsessed with some when I was younger but not I’ve grown out of them.

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The Goosebumps series – R.L.Stine

My friend reminded me the other day of the Goosebumps series that I think every kid from my generation used to read or were familiar with, I think they also did a television series but I preferred the books. I used to be a massive fan of them and I remember my collection taking up most of my bookshelf. Obviously now theyre not as good but I remember them encouraging a lot of my friends, who hated reading, to pick up a book and become fascinated or obsessed with a series of books. This is similar to what J K Rowling later did to Harry Potter but hers was on a larger scale.Fright Camp has to be one of my favourite stories in the series, it was about a summer camp and a horror director. I also liked his other stories not in the Goosebumps series such as …

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this book was a collection of shorter stories but they were equally, if not more scary than Goosebumps. Overall I think R.L.Stine can be blamed for starting my love of the horror genre from an early age, my mum probably hates him for this! but it encouraged me to read and I loved the books. 

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. 

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.