30 days of books, starting now

From Viva Love! via Lily of the Valley comes a book meme that initially scared me off with some difficult-to-pick-just-one-book questions, but I’ve decided to give a go. All the questions/prompts are below the cut, in case you’re interested (and if you do it yourself, let me know, so I can be nosey and find more books to add to my infinite to-read list).

Today’s prompt is: A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

This was the first prompt that gave me pause, and I couldn’t think of anything to say – and then today the obvious answer floated into my head. I REALLY wish Sayers had written more Lord Peter Wimsey (& Harriet Vane – love her!) books and that Allingham had written more Campion books – actually, I kind of love the Campion stories even more than the Wimsey/Vane stories.

A book series that I wish would just freaking end already? Easy, as long as it doesn’t have to be a series I’ve actually read myself: those damn Twilight books. Can they fall into the Well of Lost Plots already? Jesus christ. My main gripe is that the primary relationship is SO DYSFUNCTIONAL and stalker-y, and yet teenagers/young adults/tweens reading these books – and even some adults I know – think this is the most romantic thing ever. Nope, sorry, it’s fucked up, is what it is. If someone stole into my room to watch me sleep without my knowledge nor my permission, that someone would get their balls cut off, by moi. Not fucking cool. And the whole “you’re my one true love, but we can’t ever touch” – fucking lame and just really sad. It makes me really sad that anyone would ever find that a model of a good relationship, and perhaps use it to set standards for their own relationships. And that’s to say nothing of the whole “you’re my one true love, but we can’t ever touch BECAUSE I WOULD KILL YOU” thing.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?


4 thoughts on “30 days of books, starting now

  1. Ooh fun!

    This makes me think of this young adult book series I absolutely ADORED when I was maybe… 11-12? It was about these two girls who run away from their evil stepmom and help find all these missing people.

    I just googled it… it has the very creative name of the Missing Persons series. There were only 4 books and it looks like no new ones ever came out. I adored that series. I love remembering the books I read when I was younger.

    I also used to love Meg Cabot books around that same age. She had the Mediator series and the 1-800-Where-R-U series, which I loved. I also liked Princess Diaries but then she kept pumping them out and I was like JUST STOP IT ALREADY LADY.

    I can’t think of a single adult series I’ve ever read.

    • Ooooh, I love YA stuff (and kids’ books) so I will have to check out the Missing Persons series, and the Meg Cabot books. About two years ago, I went through a “re-reading the Babysitters Club books” phase, but it wore off after a while. (There are SO many of them!) I keep meaning to re-read Nancy Drew, though, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  2. I am rereading all my mom’s super old Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books 😀 Nancy Drew cracks me up, the detectives are all like “great work, 18 year old girl! What would we do without you!” and how the foreign guy in the one I’m on has a weird accent and a pet monkey… too funny.

    • I don’t think I’d read any of the Trixie Belden ones – I might have to check them out.

      Yes! I haven’t read the ND books in ages, but I’ve watched some of the black and white Nancy Drew movies, and it’s still just as implausible that she’d solve crimes but the real detectives couldn’t? I like it anyway, though. I’m pretty good at suspension of disbelief, at least in the moment I’m watching something.

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