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End Of The World Book Challenge May 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Writing & Writers.

This Book Challenge is intended to be a 30 Day Book Challenge . . . taking one prompt a day for an entire month.  

Since the world may end today, I’m going to respond in one fell swoop:

Day 01 – The best book you read last year

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Day 03 – Your favorite series

Nancy Drew Mysteries ~ Carolyn Keene

Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series

The Mystery of the Tolling Bell ~ Carolyn Keene

Day 05 – A book that makes you happy

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 06 – A book that makes you sad

The Holy Bible ~ Old & New Testaments 

Day 07 – Most underrated book

The Better World Handbook

Day 08 – Most overrated book

The Holy Bible ~ Old & New Testaments

Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

 The Last Lecture ~ Randy Pausch

Day 10 – Favorite classic book

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Day 11 – A book you hated

White Oleander ~ Janet Fitch

Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore

The Holy Bible ~ Old & New Testaments

Day 13 – Your favorite writer

It’s a tie!  Charles Dickens and Jane Austen

Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 15 – Favorite male character

Socrates . . .  Way of the Peaceful Warrior ~ Dan Millman

Day 16 – Favorite female character

 Elizabeth . . . Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 17 – Favorite quote from your Favorite book

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ~ Elizabeth Bennet, ch. 31

An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents.  Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”  ~ Mr. Bennet, ch. 20

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”  ~ Mary, ch. 5

 Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

White Oleander ~ Janet Fitch

Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 20 – Favorite romance book

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood

Nancy Drew Mysteries ~ Carolyn Keene

Day 22 – Favorite book you own

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Time Management for Dummies

Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would read

The Better World Handbook

Simplify Your Life ~ Elaine St. James

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Elizabeth . . . Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something

The Better World Handbook

Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending

Professor Dumbledore’s death in Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

Day 28 – Favorite title

Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Day 29 – A book “everyone” hated but you liked

Eat Pray Love ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Day 30 – Your Favorite book of all time

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen

Related posts:   The 30 Day Book Challenge~ Day One (Maggie’s Blog) * Day Two (Maggie’s Blog) * The 30 Day Book Challenge ~ Jennifer Welborn’s Blog * Weekend Theme ~ The End * 100 Books * The Ends of the Earth * The End (View from the Side)


1. eof737 - May 21, 2011

Eh… The world is NOT ending! Weren’t you supposed to write about this over 30 days? 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

I agree that the world is NOT ending.

As for the other . . . the only thing that I feel compelled to do is keep breathing. The rest is subject to my interpretation. 😉

No rules. Just write!

2. Vixter2010 - May 21, 2011

A kindred spirit, I adore Pride and Prejudice, it’s my fave book and I heart Elizabeth!

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Imagine writing a book like Pride and Prejudice at age 21! Wow!

3. Maggie - May 21, 2011

Wow! You really do like Pride and Prejudice!

I still have yet to read it…

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Well, part of the problem is the redundancy of some of the questions. For me, favorite book and favorite classic book are one and the same. Same with favorite romance and character I identify with.

If the challenge had asked my favorite contemporary book, or my favorite fantasy, or my favorite mystery . . . P & P would not have been the answer quite so frequently. But it still would have featured prominently.

I adore P & P because I so admire the character of Elizabeth ~ focused on her rights as a human being at a time when women had “no rights.”

4. Lisa Wields Words - May 21, 2011

So, let me get this straight, you like Jane Austen and Dickens? 😉
I can never do these kinds of things because my “favorites” change depending on the year/month/day. I have things that I go back to often, but sometimes I love them and sometimes I don’. I remember not liking P&P once, and then I reread it again and loved it again.
What are your favorite contemporary books? Favorite fantasy? Favorite mystery?

Enjoy the end of the world! I plan too. 😉

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

I enjoy books that examine contemporary issues and human foibles in a humorous way. For example, The Nanny Diaries ~ painted a clear picture of how skewed our lives have become in terms of priorities.

I don’t enjoy books where the author’s writing is the “draw” and her characters and plot take the backseat. So Janet Fitch and Toni Morrison are off my reading list forever. I don’t enjoy reading through gauze.

I like light-hearted mysteries like “The Number One Ladies Detective Agency” set in Africa.

I don’t enjoy books that are painful to read. I read The Kite Runner, The Lovely Bones, and Slumdog Millionaire but don’t enjoy books like that . . . no matter how well written. Too depressing.

I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction these days.

Lisa Wields Words - May 21, 2011

Our tastes pretty much match. I haven’t read The Nanny Diaries yet. I loved The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. Kite Runner, meh.

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

I’ll have to dig around through my memory banks a bit and figure out some recent books I’ve read that really tripped my trigger.

I have decided “no more sad books” like The Kite Runner. 😦

5. viviankirkfield - May 21, 2011

So much fun to read your list. Nancy Drew was one of my top reads as a young girl. I guess I would say that she was an equally strong female character for her time as Elizabeth Bennet was for hers…you knew the path you were taking, Nancy, even as a child (although you may not have realized it at that time). 🙂
I love resolution of problems and happy endings in the books I read…life has enough sad ones, I don’t have to spend my “free” time surrounding myself with angst and despair.

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Yes! That’s exactly how I feel. If I want to “face the sad realities” of life . . . I can watch the News. When I’m reading for enjoyment, I want to be uplifted, not grow ever more depressed by the pain and inequities in the world.

Nancy Drew and Perry Mason both influenced my decision to become an attorney ~ a decision that improved my life in so many ways, even though I no longer wish to practice.

When I look over my shoulder, I see the path I took and am satisfied that Spirit always knew which way to direct my attention for the lessons that I needed to learn.

Thanks, Vivian!

6. kateshrewsday - May 21, 2011

Phew! Well done!
It’s almost a shame to inform you that it is quarter past eight and the world was meant to end just over an hour ago.
I blame Noah’s timekeeping.

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

To paraphrase:

First they were afraid
They were petrified
Kepting thinking they were going to die
Without a reason why

* * * * *
We will survive!
As long as we know how to love
We will stay alive and thrive
We will survive! 😀

7. Clar http://Clarbojahn.wordpress.com/ - May 21, 2011

I haven’t read many classics. My education as a nurse didn’t call for it and I have long since given up in trying to catch up. The only book by Jane Austen I read was ”Persuasion”.

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Growing up, I was a book worm and read anything I could get my hands on.

My favorites by Jane (in order):

Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park

8. souldipper - May 21, 2011

Happy continuing world, Nancy. You’ll have a chance to read P&P and CC again! 😀

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

Looks like it! But the end of the world claims worked to my advantage. I couldn’t imagine doing 30 posts for this challenge given that so many of my answers are redundant and repetitive. Given the overlap in my answers, it was far, far better for me to do it all at once.

9. Cindy - May 21, 2011

Hello, nice to find you still here 🙂

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

We survived! It’s good to still be alive and kicking! 😉

10. ceceliafutch - May 21, 2011

Ahhh… Charles Dickens! My all time favorite!

nrhatch - May 21, 2011

He’s always a delight to read ~ David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, etc.

11. Rosa - May 22, 2011

Well, I guess I kind of cheated because it’s almost bedtime. So, I know the world didn’t end! (Not that I thought it would!) And I love that all you feel compelled to is breathe and the rest is open to your interpretation!!

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

Thanks, Rosa. We hear lots of “shoulds” in our lives . . . many can be safely ignored. 😉

I refused to seriously consider the possibility of the world ending, but it pays to treat every day as if it MAY be your last. One day it will.

12. earlybird - May 22, 2011

I love Pride and Prejudice (and have read it more times than I have counted and studied it twice) but I have to say (hersay though it might be) that I think Gaskell’s ‘Wives & Daughters’ is serious competition. If you haven’t read it I can recommend it…

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

Thanks, Early Bird. I have not read it and will definitely take a peek.

13. viewfromtheside - May 22, 2011

i confess i have to do things like this in one fell swoop or i forget to do them daily

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

Plus, I’m sure you have too many ideas floating around to want to spend a month on a topic that can be adequately covered in a single post. 😀

14. restingpeace - May 22, 2011

I read Pride and Prejudice recently and fell in love with the two lead characters. For me it’s the dialogue

“I would more easily forgive his vanity had he not wounded mine” that defined Elizabeth’s character. I was skeptic about the plot initially but the characters are without doubt compelling.

I was planning to read another of her works but I just don’t want to ruin the impression Jane Austen has right now in my mind. Which of her works would you suggest??

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

I agree. I love her dialogue . . . especially when the statement is ostensibly a compliment while hiding a deserved criticism in its wake.

My recommendations:

(1) Sense and Sensibility
(2) Emma
(3) Mansfield Park

Since it is the characters and the dialogue that makes Jane’s writing so compelling, I tend to read them slowly rather than racing through them to see what happens next.

15. oldancestor - May 22, 2011

You don’t like the old testament? But it has one of the greatest villains in all of fiction!

Confessions of a grown man: I like Nancy Drew books as well. I read them to my son at bedtime. She’s far more interesting than her counterparts, the Hardy Boys, who usually resort to violence to solve problems. Did you ever notice the Nancy Drew books with the lamest titles are usually the best ones?

nrhatch - May 22, 2011

Not a fan of the OT or the NT. Too many lies and half-truths for what is obviously a fictional account of the universe. 😉

I read the Hardy Boys as well ~ from my brothers’ bookshelves. Nancy Drew is head and shoulders above them in solving mysteries.

LOL! The worst thing about the series is some of the lame titles that Carolyn Keene (or her editors) chose. 😀

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