30 Day Book Challenge

Suzanne Lilly, a fellow Young Adult Author, told me about a 30 Day Book Challenge she's doing all during January. In fact, she'll be RIGHT HERE tomorrow to tell us about her choice for day 18 of the challenge!

Today, I'm going to give you MY choices for days 1 - 17. Next Thursday (1/23) I'll share my list for days 19 -24. Then the following Thursday (1/30), I'll give you my choices for days 25 - 31. You can jump in on the conversation by commenting and sharing your choices for any of the days you'd like! It should be FUN!

So... here goes! The January 30 Day Book Challenge!

Day 1 - What was the best book you read in 2013?
HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover (This is a tough one, because I've read so many good books!)

Day 2 - Which book has changed your outlook on something important or meaningful to you?
(She was one of the Charles Manson "girls", convicted along with him for the murder spree in 1969. I read this book in high school, and it totally changed the way I thought about capital punishment. She described the overwhelming emotions she felt in her cell when she heard over the radio that California had repealed the death penalty and she would not be put to death. It was so powerful, and it changed me.)

Day 3 - What book are you reading right now, today?

Day 4 - What's the next book on your TBR list?
RE-DESIGNED by Denise Grover Swank

Day 5 - What book has been on your TBR list for over a year?
TORN by Erica O'Rourke

Day 6 - What is your favorite place to read?
My front porch... when the weather is pleasant

Day 7 - What is the strangest, most unique place you've ever read?
The doctor's office... not the waiting area... the exam room!

Day 8 - What does your dream reading place/library look like?
A deck or patio looking out toward the ocean

Day 9 - What was the first novel you read?
CHRISTY by Catherine Marshall

Day 10 - What book left you with the most unanswered questions?

Day 11 - What book has the most surprising plot twist at the end that you've read?
PAPER TOWNS by John Green

Day 12 - What's your favorite reading media... print or digital?
DIGITAL, because it's super convenient to carry my entire library on my Kindle and iPhone... also, because there's practically no place to shop for books in my hometown.

Day 13 - What book was made into a movie and completely ruined it for you?
PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF... the book, by Rick Riordan was really good... the movie was so different from the book that it was difficult to enjoy it.

Day 14 - What book was made into a movie and you loved it even more than when you read it?
PS, I LOVE YOU by Cecilia Ahern... the book & movie are different in some pretty fundamental ways, but this is one case that I thought that worked. I kind of liked the book. I LOVED the movie.

Day 15 - What is the funniest book that made you laugh out loud?

Day 16 - What is the saddest book that made you weep through your tears?
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green... happy/sad/triumphant/profound all rolled into one

Day 17 - What book have you read more than three times and you wouldn't hesitate to read it again?
JEWELS OF THE SUN by Nora Roberts

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Suzanne Lilly's pick for Day 18... What book do you love to hate?

And don't forget, all this week, each comment enters you in a drawing for a pound of amazing coffee from my local coffee roasters, Harden Coffee!

Happy reading & writing!


  1. Amy, your list gave me a bunch of books to add to my TBR list! One book that everyone raves about is your Day #16, The Fault in Our Stars. But I can't read it, because I'm afraid it will depress me beyond words. I'll jump back to Day #15, The Pregnancy Test, and read that one! I cracked up about Day #7, with you reading in the doctor's exam room. The doctor didn't mind?

    1. Well... I was reading while I waited for the doctor! Once she arrived I put away the Kindle.

      I has the same worry about The Fault in Our Stars. It sat on my Kindle for several weeks. But you know, it's got a lot of happiness, even at the end. There is triumph in the midst of it all. And truly, the way it a played out was a surprise. It wasn't at all what I'd expected.

    2. I do want to read it, but I have to wait until I can face a book that I know will make me cry. I absolutely loved Night by Elie Wiesel, but the pain in that book was overwhelming to me.