Bibliophiles love to talk about books, and what could be better than considering a different book for each day of the month! Here are my personal picks…
Day 1: Favorite Book: The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde’s wit never fails to lift my spirits and sharpen my mind.
Day 2: Least Favorite Book: Moby Dick– Herman Melville needed an honest friend to tell him to get a life…away from whales.
Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud: Hamish MacBeth – M.C. Beaton’s 3rd in the series is a macabre chuckle from beginning to end. One thought to take with you…death by lobster tank.
Day 4: Book that makes you cry: The Lovely Bones – this story was so real it scared me.
Day 5: Book you wish you could live in: Betsy-Tacy Series – These were my dearest friends as a child, and I loved their early 1900’s world.
Day 6: Favorite young adult book: I don’t care what your personal opinion of Mr. Potter is, these book single-handedly got millions of kids reading – and that is something to celebrate.
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite: The Bible – The only book you ever really need – history, life lessons, wisdom, proverbs, and prophecy.
Day 8: Book that scares you: The Handmaid’s Tale – A horrifying possibility
Day 9: Book that makes you sick: Diary of Anne Frank – History I wish wasn’t real.
Day 10: Book that changed your life: The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver‘s incredible novel got inside my core and changed the way I thought about how we are shaped by our pasts.
Day 11: Book from your favorite author: Agatha Christie – anything she wrote is a joy to rediscover
Day 12: Book that is most like your life: The Little House Books – the Midwest was still like this era for decades longer than other places, and we moved around as much as the Ingalls family did.
Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you: Anne of Green Gables – Anne Shirley kept thinking something wonderful was just around the corner, and made the best of the present. If I only had her amazing red hair…
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – I don’t have a character I would marry, but I think I’m already married to this spunky little bird that tries to get away with everything!
Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child: Jerry Goes Riding – I can’t remember if this was a chapter book, but it’s the earliest I can remember reading on my own – I think it was my older siblings’.
Day 16: Longest book you’ve read: Gone With the Wind – may not be the longest I’ve read (remember the hateful Moby Dick?), but I’ve read it enough times to count as the longest.
Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read: Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” – short, sweet, and timeless
Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like: Barbara Cartland’s Romances – I used to devour these as a teenager – my one and only foray into romance books.
Day 19: Book that made you think: The Alvin Maker Series– I wish more people were aware of this brilliant historical sci-fi series! It’s amazing!
Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times: The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to the Lord of the Rings series is probably my most-read book, aside from the trilogy itself.
Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood: Grimm’s Fairy Tales – I can’t remember having an actual picture book as a child, but we had a hardback copy of these stories that weren’t watered down for children, and were gorgeously illustrated. I absorbed the art long before I could read along.
Day 22: Book you plan to read next: Your Erroneous Zones – thanks Leann, you found another book to tell me what’s wrong with myself!
Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished): Les Miserables – I just didn’t feel the need to finish it, once I saw the Broadway production.
Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene: The Time Traveler’s Wife – full of favorite scenes – each chapter was a new surprise
Day 25: Favorite book you read in school: Nancy Drew – I never got tired of these classic mysteries
Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book: If You Want to Write – Brenda Ueland’s book is a never-ending source of inspiration and affirmation.
Day 27: Favorite fiction book: Alias Grace – Haunting, mystifying, and unforgettable
Day 28: Last book you read: American Gods – I loved Neil Gaiman’s writing for TV, so I tried this modern classic. I loved the story, but it’s a bit racy for recommendation.
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading: Crystal Brave – B.K. Bradshaw’s young adult story of an earthquake at the Taum Sauk is a fast-moving read, and the basis for new writing projects for me!
Day 30: Book you want everyone to read, but can’t explain: Ender’s Game – everyone should read this book, but it is impossible to tell people what it is about without giving it all away!
Well, that’s my 30 books in 30 days – what are yours? Leave a comment and link to your own list so we can get more great ideas for books to read!