Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 Day Book Challenge! Catching Up...

Well, this didn't quite shape up correctly toward the end, did it? I began so that my 30th day would be the last day of July...and by Jove I'll finish tomorrow. Meaning, of course, that I'm about to answer four of my daily questions right now, and an identical number tomorrow. Nothing like making deadlines by the skin of your teeth!

Day 23: What is a book you once hated, but now love? Why?
I have no answer for this question, and I blame it entirely upon the fact that I am terribly stubborn. I do not think I have ever, ever given a second chance to a book I disliked. There are a few that come to mind that I think I may like a bit better if they were given a another read-through...well, there is one, at least. But with so many good books in the world, I have never had the time to have my mind changed on the "bad" ones. Boring answer, I'm afraid.

Day 24: What is your favorite series?
As any self-respecting Lewis fan would answer: Narnia! Not only for the great imagination of the stories, or the heart-resonating analogies, or the way Lewis has of describing the indescribable, but also for the memories of all the years dad read the series to us - over and over until the paperbacks fell to pieces - at the dinner table, screeching for Lasaraleene's lines or pausing to allow us to contemplate a truth.

Day 25: What is the nerdiest book you've ever read?
I don't read science fiction (besides, of course, C.S.Lewis' space trilogy - but that was still not really in the "nerd" category), I've never read a "how-to" book, and even nerdy subjects in my sphere (analyzing chord progressions, music theory, etc) have always been learned verbally or kinesthetically, not by reading. 

Given these considerations, I would say, simply, that I've never read a nerdy book. 

...and then, I think about all the times I begin to describe almost any book I'm reading (barring fictional books) to someone who unsuspectingly asks, "What book is that?" Almost without fail (I can count the exceptions on one hand), the eyes glaze over, an impatient wiggle of hand or foot commences, and as my voice slowly fades away with their attention, they inform me, "that's a bit too deep for me," or "I can't really focus in books like that," or "I just read fiction."

Given these considerations, I would say, simply, that all I read is nerdy books.

Day 26: What is your favorite kind of nonfiction book?
Ahhh, what a fitting follow-up question. I love books that make you think...that analyze and identify ideologies, philosophies, and mentalities - where people stand, and how they arrived at their conclusions. Would you call that Christian philosophy? But I don't think it could be limited to just one genre like that...

Would love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions! :)


Havilah Martinez said...

My comment is... you do such a great job at challenging and I love that. I have gotten a few books that you suggested about characters and why you liked them... Freckles and Old Fashioned Girl (which I am going to let young girls borrow). I am enjoying them immensely. Thank you for doing the "challenge".. it was and will be challenging when re-read for ideas and ways to challenge yourself. We are reading a book just now called "The Living Word" by Gustaf Wingren that is very encouraging and gets so many underlines that my husband said I should "get my own book". That says something! Thank you again.. MamaJo

SarahJayne said...

Thanks for the comment, MamaJo! I'm so glad you're reading Freckles and An Old Fashioned Girl ~ those two have a special place in my heart. :)

I will have to look up The Living Word ~ it's title alone sounds very good!

Four for France said...

Book I once hated but now love? I'll say Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Plcae. When I was little Nazi books gave me nasty nightmares, so I hated them.

Series? I love Jan Karon's Mitford series and I also like Alexander McCall's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.

I think I read a lot of missionary nerd books. Perhaps the nerdiest was The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents that Will Propel the Future Church, Fritz Kling. Which, by the way, I didn't really like.

My favorite kind of non-fiction book is a memoir. The best one I've read recently is Carolyn Weber's Surprised by Oxford.