30 Day Book Challenge or The Dog Ate My Book Challenge (17,18,19,20,21,22, & 23)

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What? I've missed days 17-23? No, surely you must be mistaken.

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FINE! I'll quit the "cutesy" devices and get to it.

 

Day 17: Favorite quote from your favorite book

 

“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”

       -- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library) - William Shakespeare 

So, it's not a book exactly, but it's my favorite. My first foray into Shakespeare (which began a minor obsession in which I read every play and sonnet within a few months), the first play I was ever in (I was Moth, the fairy, and I had super sweet wings with twinkle lights) and one of my favorite characters in all of literature.

 

Day 18: A book that disappointed you

 

I'm just going to quote my review here: "Everything about this book I should have been all over. Lord Byron, William Blake, a wealth of Jane Austeny vibes, magic use...but it really didn't work for me. The main character felt half baked and, to me, uninteresting. The whole book just fell flat."

 

Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie

Hmmm, I don't know about this one. I'm going to do an assortment I think. 

                  1995 version 1973 version

 

Day 20: Favorite romance book

Wow. This one has stumped me, completely. I have no idea. I don't read a lot of straight up romance novels anymore. Usually I'll read fillintheblank romance, or books that are classified as a thriller, mystery, history with elements of romance, sometimes very heavy elements of romance, but not just "romance." Would I classify some of those books as romance books, absolutely, but I feel like the spirit of this question is really getting at a more, let's say, traditional romance. Now, I did read Outlander - Diana Gabaldon but I certainly wouldn't call it a favorite. I did just finish a book that I would definitely classify as a romance, and I liked it very much, but I just read it and don't think I would consider it a "favorite" just yet.

 

Ok, here's what I'll do, I'm going to give you 3, just read, recently read and one of my favs from "back in the day" when I did read lots (and lots and lots) of romance novels (I'm having a hard time remembering which was which though, 'cause after so long they all kind of blur together)

  Newest, Oct 2013   Recent, May 2013

Ancient, 1995ish?

 

Day 21: First novel you remember reading

Hmmm, let's go with

  honestly it was a toss up between that and  

 

Day 22: A book that makes you cry

I don't tend to cry much when reading books, but I do remember this one really wrecked me

 

And, drumroll please....

 

Day 23: A book you've wanted to read for a long time, but still haven't

 

Ah, Ulysses - James Joyce  my white whale.