Laughter and books make life a little easier

Books, books, books, books.

Yes, we are starting this new series right now!




So, what does this book challenge consist of? Here are the list of posts:

The 30 Day Book Challenge

Day 01 – Best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favourite series
Day 04 – Favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favourite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favourite writer
Day 14 – Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 – Favourite male character
Day 16 – Favourite female character
Day 17 – Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favourite romance book
Day 21 – Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favourite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character whom you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favourite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favourite book of all time

Doesn’t it look exciting? Open-mouthed smile


You can expect the first post tomorrow. I know I said last week that I will stagger the posts a little further apart until I actually leave, but now I’ve noticed that I’ve so many posts that I can let them post every day, even now when I am not gone yet. Yes, I’ve written way too much for some of them. For some of them, I was not sure what on earth I should write. But it was great fun (I’ve been working on this for months).


Anyway, what can you expect from me in this challenge? Well, maybe the easiest thing would be to tell you the kind of things that I read. Then you can decide for yourself whether you would be interested in following along with me in this challenge.

These days the largest part of my reading consists of everything that I have to read for class. I am not too happy about this. I am not crazy about many of the books that I have read or still have to read, but so far I have been lucky. There were very few books that I hated and couldn’t get through. I have read colonial and postcolonial, modernism, classics, renaissance and am now facing a term of the Romantics. I’m not looking forward to many of the books staring at me from my university shelf right now. One of them is Wuthering Heights. I tried to read it once and I was nearly bored to death. Another one is A Portrait of a Lady. I watched the movie once and Nicole Kidman annoyed me so much I nearly threw a cushion at the screen. I can only hope the novel is better. But I haven’t got much hope. Winking smile

I’m digressing again! What I meant to say was that while I usually spend my time on these genres listed, what I prefer to read is fantasy. I’m hesitant to call myself a fantasy buff (because I haven’t read many of the titles that are considered the staples of fantasy reading these days), but it is still my favourite genre. I also love historical fiction (but not the romantic kind), I like science fiction and I read the occasional classics. I can’t stand romances and I’m none too fond of fluffy reads. People always tell you to switch off your mind whilst reading. If I have to do that to like a book, I’d rather not read it.

So, I like fantasy. But which fantasy? Lord of the Rings! I also love Harry Potter, though I haven’t read it in years – it is true that it does always stay with you. And then a series that you will meet far too often in this challenge… the Discworld-series by Terry Pratchett. It’s just so much fun: I love all of it!


Don’t worry, these are not the only books that I can talk about and will be writing about! I read wider than that!


The other thing is… about comments whilst I am gone. Of course comments are always welcome, but I will not be taking comment moderation off. This means that if you have commented two or three times here before, your comments will still be approved automatically. However, if you have not commented before, or if you are suddenly using a different account to comment, your comments will go into the moderation queue. All of them will be saved, they will simply not show up on the posts until I get back to approve them. (I might pop by when I am supposed to be on holiday, if the world starts to annoy me too much and do a little comment moderation. But don’t count on it. Smile with tongue out) I could have taken this moderation off, but this blog receives too much spam and I don’t want to chance it. I just wanted you to be aware of this.


Lastly, I thought all of you interested parties might be interested in a peek at the books that I will be taking away with me. All of them are books that I have not read before. Half of them are from second-hand bookstores.

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Oh, the choices about which ones to take and which ones to leave! The English title of that Dutch book is They Came to Baghdad, in case anyone was wondering. Yes, I have read the English one. Winking smile The two at the bottom are part of my reading list for next semester. I should probably get started on them, before I get as pressurised as I was this semester again! Also, my father is probably going to complain about the amount of books that I want to drag along. He always complains. And then he finds space for them anyway. Look:


Like most rulers, that ruler is 30cm (a.k.a. 1 foot) long. Yep, that’s how high my stack of books are! Rolling on the floor laughing


And that’s it! I suppose this is goodbye for now! I’ll be back in a month or so. Except, you know, if I’m in an accident. Or my laptop gets stolen. Or I die. Or someone else dies… Except for all those “excepts”, I’ll be back. And I probably shouldn’t joke about death. Also, I promise faithfully to get my bum into gear again and to return with cartoons to place this blog back on its original path.


If anyone misses me (hah!) come visit me on my Tumblr. The queue is well-stocked with Discworld stuff! And the other places you can find me is, as always, listed in the sidebar.




PS. I actually don’t wear glasses, but I wanted to do one of those stereotypical “reader” images for my header, so I played about with an old pair of my mother’s glasses. I was struggling to see the camera! Winking smile

14 responses

  1. I would never be able to complete that 30-day list. it’s hard for me to make decisions like overrated, underrated, favorite and all that!

    June 21, 2012 at 03:01

    • Which is exactly the reason why I have more than 30 posts. I could not write just one for some of the topics!

      June 30, 2012 at 23:06

      • 🙂

        July 1, 2012 at 17:50

  2. Ooh, that looks like an amazing selection of books! Plenty of reading material there. Enjoy ‘Emma’; it’s one of my personal favorites. And yay for the Hunger Games too! 😀

    June 21, 2012 at 14:02

    • Well, I’ll certainly try Emma with that in mind! 😉
      I’ve now finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Oh, too many feelings to process!

      June 30, 2012 at 23:08

      • Was that the first time you’d read them? I have mixed feelings about Mockingjay….look forward to hearing yours!

        July 1, 2012 at 12:15

      • Yes, it was. I had very mixed feelings about Mockingjay as well, but eventually decided that I did like it. I’m considering writing up some small reviews sometime. 🙂

        July 20, 2012 at 00:28

      • Great! 🙂 Yeah, it took me a while to like Mockingjay but it did leave me with a few tears pricking at the back of my eyes. Very emotional finale!

        August 1, 2012 at 23:48

  3. I am super duper, off-the-charts (like Anakin’s midichlorion count) excited about this challenge! I have to finish my current writer’s challenge, but this I am SO doing right after!!

    I watched A Portrait of a Lady and I ranted and threw pillows the whole time. Ugh. Everyone was so…. ugh. I usually love romantic dramas, but that was…. awful. And I hate Wuthering Heights for the same reason. Everyone’s a jerk. 😛

    You have good taste in books, and even if our tastes didn’t match up entirely, I’d totally follow this. I love reading about people reading books. Can’t get much nerdier than that. 😛 Eeep! Okay, I know I’m awfully behind on blog posts, but I’m going to go read all your book challenge posts to date and comment, comment, comment!!! Again, I’m super excited!!! 😀 😀 😀

    June 27, 2012 at 06:54

    • YAY! Then I can come and comment on everything! 😀
      I’ve never had a thing for Nicole Kidman and when everything her annoying character did annoyed me… argh! If that book wasn’t prescribed I’d’ve switched off the TV. The only redeeming factor for me was that Viggo Mortensen was there and playing a nice guy. Because… you know, he’s eye candy and especially because seeing him always reminds me of Lord of the Rings and that makes me happy. 😉 *sigh* I don’t have very high hopes of Wuthering Heights either. I tried to read it in high school and got bored and annoyed after a few pages. 😛
      Except for romance and happy endings, I’d say our tastes match quite a lot! And I also love reading about people who read! 😆

      June 30, 2012 at 23:40

      • Precisely! 😀
        I like her in a few things, but I do remember hating that movie with every fibre of my being. The only reason I finished it was because I have this awful need to finish most things I start when it comes to movies and tv series and books. I don’t think I was aware of Viggo Mortensen’s significance at the time (I was a young and foolish girl-child!) and that almost makes me want to watch it again… but I don’t hate myself enough. 😛
        Eugh. It’s the book I hate the most but keep reading. There are other books I’m smart enough to stay away from, having learned my lesson… not that. It haunts me. Somehow, I let it, which is worse. >.<
        Huzzah!! And again, I must repeat, I'm so excited for this challenge! 😀 😀 😀

        July 3, 2012 at 02:21

      • Ha, even if we had to watch it for class, I wouldn’t! I hate it that much! 😛
        Don’t worry, I have books like that as well. Something about them just seems very attractive…

        July 20, 2012 at 01:07

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