Sunday, 15 May 2011 / 1 Comment

30 Day Book Challenge - Days 1 to 3

Blogger has been down for a couple of days, so I couldn't start this when I wanted to, so I'm going to do the first 3 days all together.

If you want to do your own list, there's a facebook page with the rules, or you could check out #30daybookchallenge on twitter.

Day 1 - Your favourite book.

This is really hard as I love so many books, but there's one that always comes to mind when I'm asked that question and that's To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

I'd have thought everyone has read this book but my husband hasn't, so there must be others out there who haven't either.

I won't do a summary because I've been watching Eurovision and am a bit tipsy, and you can find one on Wikipedia if you don't know the story.

What I love about this book is how although we're seeing through the innocent eyes of Scout, we are able to see the true nature of the situations in the book. The scene outside the jail when Atticus is facing down the lynch mob is full of menace, but Scout is unaware of this and shames the men into leaving.

The whole thing is beautifully written and there are some really moving scenes. Jem having to sit with the neighbour who is weaning herself of morphine is one example.

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew."
- Atticus Finch

The book is full of amazing quotes. If you haven't read it, please do.

Day 2 - Least favourite book

This one isn't as hard. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Bloody awful book. So depressing. An old man goes fishing and then dies. I spent 12 weeks of my life studying that book, I'll never get them back.

Day 3 - Book that makes you laugh out loud

This one is really hard, I can't think of many books that have me laughing out loud, certainly not novels. There are a lot that raise a smile, and maybe a titter, but actual laughing, not so much. So, I'm going for The Complete Monty Python: All The Words. I've always liked Monty Python, and this has the scripts for sketches like Blackmail, which still makes me howl with laughter.
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1 comment:

  1. Loved this post. 30 day book challenge. What a great idea. I'm looking forward to te rest. I haven't read to kill a mocking bird either but you've inspired me to track down a copy!


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