So…romance is not really my thing. Well, ok, it is in that I enjoy books with a romantic subplot, etc. But not in the “heaving bosoms, throbbing member” sort of way. So I’m defining romance as “chick lit,” which means my favorite romance book is “Big Boned,” the final Heather Wells book by Meg Cabot. Love. Mystery, romance, hilarity, all by one of my favorite authors.
Real women have curves, and not. They are tall, and not. They are brown-skinned, and olive-skinned, and not. They have small breasts, and big ones, and no breasts whatsoever.
Real women start their lives as baby girls. And as baby boys. And as babies of indeterminate biological sex whose bodies terrify their doctors and families into making all kinds of very sudden decisions.
Real women have big hands and small hands and long elegant fingers and short stubby fingers and manicures and broken nails with dirt under them.
Real women have armpit hair and leg hair and pubic hair and facial hair and chest hair and sexy moustaches and full, luxuriant beards. Real women have none of these things, spontaneously or as the result of intentional change. Real women are bald as eggs, by chance and by choice and by chemo. Real women have hair so long they can sit on it. Real women wear wigs and weaves and extensions and kufi and do-rags and hairnets and hijab and headscarves and hats and yarmulkes and textured rubber swim caps with the plastic flowers on the sides.
Real women wear high heels and skirts. Or not.
Real women are feminine and smell good and they are masculine and smell good and they are androgynous and smell good, except when they don’t smell so good, but that can be changed if desired because real women change stuff when they want to.
Real women have ovaries. Unless they don’t, and sometimes they don’t because they were born that way and sometimes they don’t because they had to have their ovaries removed. Real women have uteruses, unless they don’t, see above. Real women have vaginas and clitorises and XX sex chromosomes and high estrogen levels, they ovulate and menstruate and can get pregnant and have babies. Except sometimes not, for a rather spectacular array of reasons both spontaneous and induced.
Real women are fat. And thin. And both, and neither, and otherwise. Doesn’t make them any less real.
I wish I had an answer for this one. Usually when I’m bored or disappointed in a book, I return it to the library or give it away and totally forget about it. I tend to read pretty much everything, and it’s rare for me to be completely disappointed in a book. Maybe I’m just better at picking books that I like now, but I used to be disappointed in or put down a lot more books when I was a kid than I do now.
I used to collect quotes a lot more than I do now. And, unfortunately, all of those notebooks where those quotes are written down are at home in Denver. Sad day. But it’s ok, cause I can Google. I kind of just put in “book quotes” and copied over what I liked…
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. -Maya Angelou
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. -Oscar Wilde
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.—Oscar Wilde
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.—Groucho Marx
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.—Toni Morrison
Oh god, another impossible one. I love Lizzie Bennett, Mia Thermopolis, Hermione Granger, Beka Cooper, Aly from the Trickster books, Professor McGonagall….the list goes on and on. I hate picking favorites.
I’m going to go with NOT a Harry Potter answer, and tell you all that it’s actually a tie between the 2 leads in Nick Hornby’s “About a Boy,” Will and Marcus. I first “met” them in the movie adaptation, and they are just as awesome in the book. They are both really complex characters, and they compliment each other so well.
Day 14: Your favorite book by your favorite writer
Size 12 is Not Fat. Funny, mysterious, romantic, engaging characters (which Meg Cabot has in abundance), and just all around awesome. I think I first read this book on the last leg of my People to People trip in 06, so it’s a little sentimental too.
I know I mentioned this in my last answer, but: Twilight. I liked them when they were first starting to get known. I read through all of them incredibly quickly. I even made the mistake of paying actual money for them. And then I reread the first book after about a year of college. And my critical thinking and writerly skills popped in and were like “oh hai, this series sucks. How did this even get published?” So now I have 4 awful books taking up way too much space on my bookshelf at home because I won’t give them to anyone (I don’t want to expose anyone else to that) and I haven’t gotten around to using them for kindling because we don’t have a fireplace. Also, they’re books and you’re not supposed to burn those.
But if an incident like “The Day After Tomorrow” happened and I happened to be at home, they would be the first to go.
I very rarely hate books. There are books that I’ve disliked, but usually I can still learn something from them. I can’t even say “Twilight” for this one, because when I first read it, I quite enjoyed it (because I was 16). I only really started to dislike it when I had raced through the 4 novels and realized that I had spent more time going “WTF seriously?” than actually enjoying the book. It’s like a train wreck.
I could probably give you a long list of books that I disliked; I’ll just have to look back at some reading lists from high school. But since I don’t have those anymore, I’ll just throw out that I’ve never been a big fan of Mark Twain. We read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Puddin’head Wilson” in 10th grade, and maybe it was kind of the same situation as with “Pride and Prejudice”, but I did not completely understand or like the books at all. Twain has some really good quotes, and was a very interesting person biography-wise, but I could not get into his work at all, ever. Someday I’ll have to try again, I’m sure, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have the same opinion.
Pride and Prejudice! Really, I love Jane Austen in general, but Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. Surprisingly, the first time I read it, I hated it. Because I was 13 and reading for school and everything went way over my head. When I decided to revisit it my senior year of high school, it was like it was an entirely different book. I then proceeded to read just about every novel Jane Austen ever wrote. Cause she’s awesome.
Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Harry Potter. Yeah, I know, you’re a little shocked, but I was ten and it was about a boy. And everyone knows boys have cooties. If you know anything about me, you know that I did end up picking up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and absolutely fell in love.
I…don’t know what to say for tonight. I guess I don’t read many books that people think are, you know…meh. I read either really popular stuff or the stuff people have heard of but haven’t read…or something like that. I’m kinda tipsy so bear with me. I’m sitting here staring at my bookcase looking for answers, and they’re not coming. I wish I had ALL of my books here. Then I could make a better decision instead of saying “OH this book is great but no one reads it!”
I guess I’ll go with Crown Duel/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. You probably haven’t heard of it *hipster*
But seriously, I picked it up at the library when I was like 12 and have probably read it 5 or 6 times since there. It’s a great fantasy duet, and, like most fantasy, it has everything: action, adventure, political intrigue, romance, everything. I love it.
I had my first YA fiction class today. It’s just making me want to revisit everything that I have ever read, including these books. FML (in the best way possible)
books in general make me happy. but one that i read when i need/want to be happier is “Movies in 15 Minutes” by Cleolinda Jones. So much hilarity. i kind of hate that it’s only available in the UK, but you can access others online, so that’s cool.
Day 4: Your favorite book of your favorite series.
I’ma go with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I know a lot of people think that one’s really lame and romantic comedy like, but I enjoy it because I like the interpersonal relationships and learning about Voldemort’s past. Also, Harry and Ginny finally hook up and I love it.
Harry Potter. I don’t really have much else to say on the subject.
I actually feel like I read a lot of series. I’m currently working on A Song of Ice and Fire (AKA Game of Thrones), and I love all of the series that I’ve read of Tamora Pierce’s. I also love the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. When I was a kid/younger teen, I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events as well.
Um…I have a lot of these. I am kind of a serial re-reader. I’ve read the entire Harry Potter series more than 3 times. Also, Pride and Prejudice, the Trickster Duet by Tamora Pierce, About a Boy, Everything is Illuminated, The Diary of Anne Frank. I’m sure if I had access to my library history when I was a kid you would see quite a few re-reads on there. It’s just a thing I do. If I like something, I will read it again.
So I’m watching the History Channel series about the American Revolution, and it took me back to when I was 6 and the Ken Burns one was on PBS. Dad and I watched it almost every week, laying on his and mom’s waterbed; on the nights it wasn’t on and dad was home, he read “The Hobbit” to me.
Day 01 – The best book you read last year Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times Day 03 – Your favorite series Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite 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 – Favorite classic book Day 11 – A book you hated Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore Day 13 – Your favorite writer Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer Day 15 – Favorite male character Day 16 – Favorite female character Day 17 – Favorite quote(s) from your favorite book(s) Day 18 – A book that disappointed you Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie Day 20 – Favorite romance book Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood Day 22 – Favorite 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 who 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 – Favorite title(s) Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time
Day 1: The best book you read last year:
I did a lot of re-reading and a lot of reading for school last year. a lot of times, I do way more reading than I could ever remember. It doesn’t help that I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast most days, let alone what I read last year. I do know that I re-read The Handmaid’s Tale last year and loved it (again). Oh, I also really enjoyed Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad although now that I think of it, I read that this year. I need to start keeping track of the books that I’ve read this year. I also need to work on reading more outside school. I can tell you the best/most interesting book I was assigned last year: Dictionary of the Kahzars by Milorand Pavic. It’s super awesome, check it out. Anyway, that is me telling you “I don’t know” I guess. Shitty, I know. I’m staring at my bookshelf and I honest to god can’t remember what books I’ve read recently. It doesn’t help that I only have like half my books here with me AND I did get quite a few from the library.
EDIT: OMG I just remembered one that was WONDERFUL. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. I read it last February, in about 24 hours. It just drew me in and kept hold, I loved it.