November 10, 2012

30 Day Book Challenge/Blogger Buddy/Book Riot 50

Happy Saturday people! It's a thundery, cold, rainy day here in Wisconsin. I hope you're having better weather. Ah well, at least it isn't snow! That will be here soon enough.

I'm going to skip a few days of the 30 Day Book Challenge. The questions aren't answerable for me!

Day #17- Book turned movie and completely desecrated
Day #18- A Book You can’t find on shelves anymore that you love
Day #19- A Book that changed your mind about a particular subject 

If you have answers to any of those questions I'd love to hear them! I'll be back on Monday with day #20.

I'm taking part in the Book Blogger Buddy System. My buddy is Suey from It's All About Books. If you aren't a fan of her blog already you should check it out! I'm so happy to be paired up with Suey, I plan on using her experience to my full advantage! Prepare for brain picking you lucky girl you! 

Book Riot recently posted the results of their reader poll of favorite novels. I've read a lot of these, which makes me a proud reader! 

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  15. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  16. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  17. The Stand by Stephen King
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  21. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  22. The PIcture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  23. The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  24. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  25. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  27. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  28. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  29. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  30. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  31. 1984 by George Orwell
  32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  33. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  34. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  35. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  36. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
  38. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  40. Ulysses by James Joyce
  41. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  42. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  43. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  44. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  45. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  46. Dune by Frank Herbert
  47. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  48. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 

I'm pretty sure that I've read The Secret History and Owen Meany as well but since I can't remember definitely reading them I didn't cross them off of the list. The books that I haven't read? I feel all the shame! I'll get to most of these. Sooner or later.

How many of the Book Riot 50 have you read? 


  1. A book I loved and can't find anymore is GESTURES by H.Bhabra. It's like THE GOOD SOLDIER crossed with OLD FILTH. So good.

    1. I haven't heard of that one Marie. I bet you could find it on Ebay! Maybe? Hopefully!

  2. 22... but I won't be adding Frank Herbert's 'Dune' to the list..ex husband's favourite..long story..can't even go there... (just joking but not my thing...!)

    1. Ha ha, I totally get where you're coming from June! ;)

  3. I only hit about 15. Maybe when my toddler gets older I'll be reading some of the more traditional girl's stuff with her.

    1. There are a ton of books on that list that will be great to share with your kidlet at some point :)

    2. Went back and read my comment - I'll be sharing a lot of other types of stuff with her too, it's just that my own background growing up tended more along cliche or stereotypical lines.

    3. I figured that was what you meant Neal ;) Our kids are lucky aren't they? Readers beget readers!

  4. I was so upset with the film version of My Sister's Keeper. I had to wonder if anyone in it had even READ the book! Hated it.

    1. Ugh, isn't that the worst?! A lot of times I stay away from movie versions of books that I love. (Unless someone tells me that it was faithful to the book) I'm excited but nervous about some of the upcoming films coming out. Life of Pi, Gatsby, etc.

    2. So my husband and I split up to watch movies: he saw Tranformers, I saw My Sister's Keeper. I HATED the movie. HATED! In the theater, the minute the movie ended, I was so disappointed and called both my mom and my sister (who have read the book) to urge them to NOT see the horrific Hollywood transformation of such an amazing book.

    3. I think I'm very glad to stay away from most movies made from books. Ugh :(

  5. #17 - book turned movie (or in this case - TV series) that was completely desecrated - The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind - turned into The Legend of the Seeker - a tv series that was just BAD, while the books - all of them - were fantastic!

    1. Blargh, so disappointing when they do that! Why???

  6. I love these lists! I think that have finished 17 on this one!

  7. Wow, I can't really answer them either, they're harder than they first looked. I think I'd have to go with The Babysitters Club for the question on shelves. They may be children's books so I wouldn't find them on friends shelves, or my own for that matter, but I don't think they're in bookshops so much either. Hope the weather gets better there!

    1. Some of the questions are just too stinking hard, lol. So I'm a big quitter! ;)

  8. 16 books. As for ones I can't find anymore - too many to count and it sends me into panic mode. If I have a little money at the time, I will search high and low for a used copy. My bookshelves in my living room are full of books that I couldn't find any more and it has turned into a shrine more than an actively read bookshelf.

    1. A shrine, lol, love that. It's good that you have them and that they are safe and sound!

  9. Only 13. But there is plenty on this list that doesn't interest me at all, so I figure I should spend my time reading stuff I want to read.

    For the 30-day book challenge, I want to do it in December and have been looking around online for other versions. I agree with you that there are a few just kind of ridiculous/too-hard questions on this one. I like this one the best from what I've found: Who knows, I may make substitute a few of my own questions when I come across ones I can't answer!

  10. Ah man, that's a much better 30 Day Challenge! Maybe I'll do that one next year, lol

  11. I have read quite a few of these, patting myself on the back here. Lol. But there were still quite a few I haven't read either, I will have to get to it. :) I will post mine tomorrow, I love this!

    Owen Meany is one of my favorite books ever. :)

    1. There are some on the list that I do want to read, but there are some that I'm not interested Moby Dick. I have zero interest in that. I don't know why.

  12. I'm excited for the brain picking! (It SOUNDS painful, but my guess is, it will actually be fun!)

    And I've read 36 books from that list! Not bad, eh? And there's a bunch more I'd really like to read soon. It's an awesome list.

    1. 36 is awesome! I really do need to gather a list of questions and start pestering you ;)