30 Day Book Challenge – Day 1

I decided that I’m going to do the 30 Day Book Challenge, so here’s the topic for Day 1:

The Best Book You Read Last Year

Well, let’s see… I have to go digging through my LibraryThing…

It was a pretty hard decision, but I chose I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates.

I would consider it the best book I had read in 2010 mainly because I was able to identify so much with the main character, who went by “Anellia.” Joyce Carol Oates has the ability to take her readers right inside a character’s head and fool them into believing that the character actually exists and is living somewhere in real life.

The book is essentially a coming-of-age story; Anellia is a poor, Jewish college student living in a sorority house with girls she has nothing in common with. She’s extremely intelligent, but also shy and socially awkward. She meets up with Vernor, an older philosophy student, and they end up in a relationship that is devoid of true affection. The book takes place in the early 1960s and Anellia’s lover is black, but he tries to keep himself out of the civil rights movement as much as possible. Anellia and Vernor break up, and eventually Anellia has to go back home to take care of some family problems. It is then that the novel comes together and Anellia starts to grow up and come out of her shell.

If you’re into introspective literary novels, I’d recommend it.

13 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 1

  1. Sounds like a compelling read, Maggie.

    Does the 30 day book challenge have a different prompt every day? That’ll be cool.

    I have a tough time picking favorite books. I should keep a list of good ones.


    • These are the prompts:

      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 from your Favorite book
      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
      Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
      Day 30 – Your Favorite book of all time


        • It’s like a meme that gets passed on from blog to blog. I found it at jenniferwelbornwrites.com


      • Wow! Fun series. You know me, I’m a total book hoar.

        I love this question. Best book I read all year – not sure. I read a lot.

        That’s a tough one. Okay, the best book I’ve read this year is a two way tie between Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Chekov’s Short Stories.

        The best book I read last year was hands down Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

        What a fun exercise! I can’t wait for this series!


    • I’ll see what it’s about. Thank you for the link.

      I’m pretty much always online because of my job, so that’s why I respond so fast. 😛


    • OK, so I read that story by Palahniuk and found it… odd, to say the least. Quite elegantly written for such a crude story.


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