30 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 5

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 5: A Book That Makes You Happy

There are many books that make me happy, that’s why I’m a bookworm! 🙂 However there is a certain book that always makes me smile with the memory that it brings. This book was read when I was in my fantasy haze and made me long for the ability to read myself into books. You may be able to guess now.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

I haven’t read this novel in a while, but am planning to reread it soon to discover if it lives up to the standard that I hold it. It was the first time that I envied a protagonist, in this Meggie and her ability to read herself into novels at the price of something from the book coming into the real world.

Some might say it seems like any other typical fantasy novel so why is this one so special? The reason it makes me happy is not so much the novel itself but the memory of reading it for the first time. Let’s hop in my oh so handy-dandy time machine so we can look back at the memory.

It was sixth grade. I was blonde then, and also awkward. (Okay, I’m still kind of awkward now). I was sitting next to a boy who had this magical looking book in his desk. I had never gotten a close look at it, but I knew that something about it appealed to me. I planned many desperate attempts to sneak the book out of the boy’s desk when one day he caught me looking and simply offered to let me read it. That day I learned that I over think many things, but I’m digressing, on to the memory.

With the book actually in my hands I was almost scared to open it, fearing that the magic I felt would disappear with the turn of the cover but I knew I had to read it. I had to devour it. This was not a book that could simply be read a little each night before bed. No, I needed a couple of solid days of JUST READING. The book demanded it.

There was a problem with this demand as it was a Tuesday, and being in sixth grade I was required to go to school (by law). Well that simply wouldn’t do, I thought. It wouldn’t do at all.

Wednesday morning I wake up earlier than usual and rush to the bathroom. I wait until I hear my mom go to the kitchen and then come out looking horrible. Squinting, moaning, and limping basically imagining a zombie with super bad sun glare.

“What’s wrong?” my mom said.

I said the one thing that I could get by on without any proof. “I have a HUGE headache. It’s just pounding and it kept me up last night.”

“Maybe you should just stay home.” Could it be that easy?

“Okay. I am really tired. Can I have some headache medicine?”

“Sure.” It could!

Three hours later I was in my bed, sunlight streaming in through my window and Inkheart in my hands. I read the whole thing in two glorious days.

Looking back at this now, I realize that my mom knew the whole time why I wanted to stay home. And she understood.

I don’t think that it’s the sneakiness that makes me happy, it’s the fact that Inkheart was the first book in which I spent all day reading. It was literally just a day spent in my cupcake pajamas, under the covers with a book in hand. It’s a happy memory and if someone ever mentions Inkheart I can’t help but smile.

What book makes you happy? Share it below and happy reading!

 

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

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So while on pinterest (when I should have been reading) I came across this really awesome link, 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. When I clicked on it, (I, being conceited) I figured that I would recognize all the names on the list; but I am ashamed to say that I have only read a fraction. Now of course there are a couple of names on the list that have been on my get-to-eventually list for a while but there were books I’ve never heard of: Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis and The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds being included in that list.

The books I have read on this list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Six! Six out of 100 books, I mean thats-thats- I don’t know what percent (I’m a reader not a mathematician) but I know its low! Now I can vouch for all six I have read, not only were they excellent reads but they also displayed a great amount of girl power.

I do have a few additions:

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke- This follows the point of view of Meggie, a 12-year-old girl who has inherited her father’s gift, the things she reads aloud become real. Sure Meggie is a little troublesome but she is clever and brave enough to go against a real story book villain. Meggie definitely earned her spot on the list.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling- Yes, we follow the point of Harry Potter who is not of the female gender but that does not mean that there is no girl power demonstrations throughout this novel. Ginny, Hermione and Professor McGonagall are all excellent examples of turning the conventional role of females upside down. Most of all is Lilly Potter, Harry’s mother. I think the reader forgets that the reason Harry can defeat Voldemort is because she sacrificed herself for him, with Lily there would have been no Harry Potter. (In more ways than one 🙂 )
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– I was very surprised not to find this one on the list as Lisbeth Salander is basically the poster child of a feminist.

So after discovering that there are many books I still have yet to read, I decided to formally accept challenges. I will be adding challenges to the menu above and along with all the other books I have decided to review I will also be doing any and all challenges I find. 40 books that you won’t be able to put down will be added to the challenges category as well as this one.

If you have any challenges you can recommend please throw them my way. Also if you have any books you would add to this list or any you would take off comment below, let your voice be heard!

In the meantime check out some of these great reviews!