30 Day Book Challenge: Week 1

Day 1: Favorite book: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Goodreads Summary: Four strangers, who moments before were convinced that they were alone and going to end it all that way, share out the pizza and begin to talk … Only to find that they have even less in common than first suspected.” Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down is a novel that asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a group of losers, and pizza, can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.” 

My Favourite book was actually a really difficult thing to share. There is obviously more than one so I didn’t know which one to choose! I finally settled on this one though because the majority of my favourites are series’ and this one is a stand alone book. A Long Way Down makes you look at suicide in a completely different way, and as always Nick Hornby makes you laugh along the way.

Day 2: Least favourite book:  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Goodreads Summary: “‘Wuthering Heights’, Emily Bronte’s only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th-century English literature. It’s the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.” 

I’m pretty certain that this book is one of those where you either love it or you hate it. I have been forced to read it twice now for university and I hated it more the second time. And let me tell you, having to do an essay on a book you cant stand is SO not good! 

Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Goodreads Summary: “In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!””

This book was like, amazingly perfect and the funniest book I had ever come across when I was 13! I loved every page and my life seemed so boring in comparison to Georgia’s! Although I haven’t read it for years I think I laughed so hard I cried throughout most of Louise Rennison’s books that I did read so it has to be on the list! 

Day 4: Book that makes you cry: The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
Goodreads Summary: The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters–Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbour who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.
What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you?

I LOVED The Story Sisters. It was absolutely fantastic and I cried like a baby through most of it. I even had to stop myself reading it because I knew I was about to cry whilst reading it at work on my lunch break! I would seriously recommend this book. It is fantastic!

Day 5: Book you wish you could live in: Any Harry Potter Book, but for now I’ll go with The Half Blood Prince
Goodreads Summary: The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Hermione scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet,looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet… 
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. 
So it’s the home front that takes centre stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability”

The Half Blood Prince is the last book before, well you know what, and that’s why I chose it. I love the world of Harry Potter, I never fail to become transfixed by it. I would love to walk the streets of Diagon Alley and get lost in the corridors of Hogwarts, but then, who wouldnt?! 

Day 6: Favorite young adult book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Goodreads summary: “Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.”

Noughts and Crosses was quite possibly the longest book I’d ever read when I read it, it was one of the books that made me fall in love with reading (along with the Harry Potters and the Georgia Nicolsons!) And it will stay with me for a lifetime. 

Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Goodreads summary:Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.”

This is another book which I was urged to read during college and I’m so glad I did! The narration is just wow! in this book. The strangeness of the narrator and his oddities really bring this book to life and you really end up loving Christopher. The reason I can quote from this book is because I have written about it in like two or three essays over my years of education and I will always love it 


  • Vicky

    Hey miss, It’s Vicky 🙂

    Loving some of your choices!! Not so much the Wuthering Heights one haha I’ve chosen to use it as one of my dissertation texts! But like you said, you either love it or hate it I think!

    I love this blog by the way, if I had time I’d so do this, it’s a great idea!


  • Raimy-rawr

    @Vicky; Thank you for the blog compliment! You should do one! I didnt start til I finished uni though so I dont blame you for not having the time! I wouldnt have had it last year either!

    @FunnyShoes: Awww I didnt know you were on blogger, I’ll have to have a nosey around your blog later! Hope your ok and college is going well! 😀

    @bookspersonally: You really should read a Long Way Down, its my fave Nick Hornby, and as he’s my fave author thats saying a lot! 😀

  • Clover

    Oh! I love your answers for the first week. I’m a big fan of Nick Hornby and Alice Hoffman, but I’ve yet to read those two. Georgia is the absolute funniest, HP! And Noughts and Crosses and Curious Incident! What great books 🙂

  • Raimy-rawr

    OMG Michele, you HAVE to read The Story Sisters. I cannot praise this book enough! In fact I can send you it if you want?
    Its beautiful and its inspired a tattoo that I want in the future (maybe the one after my next) it touched me that much! xx

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