30 Day Book Challenge: Day 22

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 22: Favorite Villain From a Book

I want you all to know that there was no hesitation when I decided who to write about for today’s challenge. This villain was creepy, scary and intriguing. He is Count Olaf from the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

From the filthy suits, to the lack of socks and to the ankle eye tattoo that followed the Baudelaire children everywhere they went, Lemony Snicket created a superb villain. He built this persona that is not only creepy but down right scary.

Count Olaf can be violent but I found that I was more scared of him when he was calm. He was extremely clever and very manipulative so the reader knew to worry when Olaf was quiet because it meant he was formulating a plan. It was frightening how he always seem to find the Baudelaire children, no matter where they went he was a step ahead. I think the scariest part of Olaf was his charm. He was always able to talk himself out of every situation and nothing is more frightening to me than someone who is after you and not one soul believes you. I can’t imagine being completely alone with that horror and I’m glad that the Baudelaire children at least have each other.

Then there’s the intrigue. Count Olaf is surrounded by mystery so much so that your curiosity outweighs your terror. You can’t help but want to investigate this villain even if it means getting closer to him and possibly your death. How is he able to stay one step ahead of the children? To what extent is he involved the children’s parents death? And for goodness sakes, what is with all the eyes? I’d be willing to risk it all to get that last question answered as that ankle eye tattoo has haunted many childhood dreams.

Count Olaf will remain as my favorite fictional villain as he kept me terrified and wanting more at the same time.

Who was your favorite villain from a book? Share it below and happy reading!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14

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 14: Your Favorite Author(s) From Your Childhood

There’s absolutely no way I could choose just one, so my top three favorite are:

  • Lemony Snicket– Author of The Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Carolyn Keene– Author of the Nancy Drew Series
  • R.L. Stine– Author of the Goosebumps Series

Shall I explain why? (No? Too bad.)

Lemony Snicket— What I love about him is that he really understands what children want. They want fun and whimsical. They want something outrageous and funny. They want something they can count on again and again. The Series of Unfortunate Events does just that; his writing style captures the child’s attention with his mystery and alluding, we are constantly asking ourselves what happened to Beatrix? How does Lemony know so much about the children? Then of course you can always count on your favorite protagonists Violet, Klaus and Sunny to save the day from whatever concoction Olaf will cook up. It’s a matter of whether Violet will invent something, Klaus will remember something he read, Sunny will bite something or a combination of all three. As children you need that regularity and Snicket knows how to combine that with a whimsical element that makes for an excellent read.

Carolyn Keene— This woman created one of the best role models for girls of all time– Nancy Drew. Again, we see another master of knowing what the child wants, there are elements in Nancy Drew books, that we as readers can always rely on; Nancy Drew is going to get curious and there’s a big chance she’s going to get knocked out. Carolyn Keene writes her characters brilliantly especially our heroine, I mean who didn’t want to be Nancy Drew when they were younger? Whenever I was scared I would try to channel my inner Nancy Drew, knowing that she would be too curious and brave to face whatever danger lay before me. I love the series and I can’t help but admire the author that wrote it. Well done, Keene! (P.S.– Does anyone else play the computer games by Herinteractive? They are awesome and I can’t wait for the latest one, The Silent Spy, to come out)!

R.L. Stine— I was the biggest scardy cat when I was younger (okay I still am) so I don’t know what compelled me to pick up the first Goosebumps book, but once I did I was hooked. They were so fun and eerie at the same time. Once again, we could always count on an element in these books. Children were going to get themselves in a mess with a supernatural item and (maybe) get themselves out of it. What was great about R.L. Stine’s series was that he provided a wide variety within his Goosebumps series ranging from just plain silly to down right scary. I remember the scariest one I read about was a puppet that came alive. Just thinking about it scares me. He also made some of them interactive, you could make choices for the characters and depending on your choices determined the outcomes. What child could resist that? R.L. Stine will always be a happy memory of my childhood.

Who was your favorite childhood author? Did you have more than one? Share it below and happy reading!