Spill It Sunday: Books.

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So I’m a bit of a self-professed book nerd. When I first learned how to read I instantly deemed it my favourite activity. All throughout elementary school where we’d be given a collection of books (10-12) and told to read 3 of them over the course of a few months, I would read them all. I had built-in shelves in my childhood bedroom that covered most of one wall, and at least half of that was books. I was reading Stephen King and other ‘adult’ books by 10-12. When I had to write a book report in grade 11, I chose “A Clockwork Orange” just because I wanted the challenge of actually learning and comprehending the language used in that book.

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So when this week’s Spill It Sunday (thanks for hosting Arman!) had books for the theme, I knew it required its own post. I could seriously yammer on about books all day, but I’ll try not to take up too much of your time Wink

Spill it Sunday

1. Favourite novel of all time?

So, I’ve been thinking about this all week, and I still don’t think I have an answer. I have books that I absolutely adore but have only read once or twice (Room by Emma Donoghue), but then I have ones that I read time and time again, but still probably wouldn’t consider my absolute favourite (Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King). I feel like I should choose some sort of great classic that I loved (Wuthering Heights) or a book that got my through a difficult time in my life (Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer) or a childhood favourite (The Cuckoo Clock of Doom by R.L. Stein) but none of those quite feel like the right answer. So basically…Arman, I refuse to answer this question.

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2. Favourite genre:

So while I do love reading memoirs (particularly if they’re funny – basically anything that Chelsea Handler has written) my favourite would have to be horror/fantasy. I pretty much grew up on Goosebumps books, and I’ve read a ton of Stephen King and Anne Rice in my time. 

3. Favourite childhood novel:

Basically, I read a TON of series as a kid. Goosebumps, Fear Street, The Baby-Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Animorphs, Sweet Valley Jr. High…probably anything from one of those. The ones that stand out to me: Goosebump’s The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (the first Goosebumps I ever read!) Nancy Drew’s The Hidden Staircase, and California Girls! (A Baby-Sitters Club Super Special. P.S. did anyone else secretly wish they could be Claudia? Basically, eat candy all day and be a natural fashionista?)

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4. Favourite Series?

Well, I just listed off all my childhood series, so there’s a bunch for you there. But these days? If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know the answer to this one, considering that it inspired my Halloween costume this last year:

Game of Thrones Game of Thrones! I was Daenerys and Atticus was my dragon Wink I have a minor (read: major) obsession with both the books and the TV show.

5. Which book would you hope future generations will continue to see as a classic?

See above. Can it be made mandatory in schools to read the series?

6. Worst novel to be written?

I am super determined to read every book I start, so even if I don’t like it I power through. One that I’ve never managed to finished though? Little Women.

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Does it make me a terrible person that I really just do not like this book at all? I get about halfway through…and give up. Pretty sure that’s happened about 3 times now? I don’t think I can consider it the worst novel ever written (considering that it’s on pretty much every literary top 100 books list out there) but I just can’t get into it.

And of course, the weekly selfie:

Selfie Oh, just ignore the pug…he thinks he’s a demon sometimes.

Have a good one!

<— Would you be able to pick a favourite book?

<— What’s your favourite genre?

<— If you could be a character from a book, which one would you choose and why?

<— What’s a book that you started and couldn’t finish?

43 Comments

  1. Okay serious question. Game of Thrones TV show or Game of Thrones novel first? I have had terrible luck with reading first then being disappointed by a show/movie!

    And babysitters club? Although I didn’t read it, I got some…amazing synopsis from my sister. amazingly crap.

    If I could be a character from a book? Chuck bass from gossip girl. :p Although I haven’t read the actual books.
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    • I watched the TV show (first season) before I read the book, and then read the books before watching the 2nd and 3rd, and honestly, either way I think you’d be good. I was never disappointed by either books or the show! And I think you could be Chuck

  2. I read Little Women for school last summer and I found it to be such a bore too. It was just so hard to get through, nothing seemed to happen, but I had to get it done!
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  3. yep, I am such a sucker for horror/fantasy too. lately I have been digging though romantic with a twist of heart break / obstacles in the way. I know so unlike me but they have been sucking me in

  4. Couldn’t agree more about that quote about picking a favourite book — impossible. There are just way too many books that I love and reread on a regular basis, and life wouldn’t be complete without each of them.

    I had a serious obsession with Goosebumps when I was a little kid. I’m pretty sure I had all the books, and I think my collection is still hiding in my parents’ basement to this day. Good times. As for a book I couldn’t finish? Robinson Crusoe. I had to read it for an English class in uni and it was the only book I couldn’t get through… Holy.wow.
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    • I wish I still had my Goosebumps books…have you re-read any of them since you were a kid? And I read Robinson Crusoe…but apparently it didn’t stick with me much because I couldn’t tell you anything about it now :-S

  5. I read the same series as a kid. I still have all of my BSC books!

  6. Ahhhh babysitters club was the best! I also read a figure skating series, I forget what it was called. Now I kind of want to go back and read them all again even though I’m sure I would look at them very differently. I haven’t had time to pick up a book in weeks. I really need to set so,e time aside to do that.
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  7. I wanted to be Stacy, she seemed so cool!
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  8. Ahhhhhh I totally forgot about this week’s spill it. Shoot. I gotta get on that because I love books and am a total book nerd. My favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. I read it in HS and was hooked. One of my other favorites is the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. So funny and light and wonderful.
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    • Confessions of a Shopaholic is such a great series! And I think that out of all the mandatory books I had to read in high school, The Great Gatsby was my fav. What did you think of the movie? Eric and I both liked the book, but I loved the movie and he hated it, lol.

  9. I have to say Atticus makes for a helleva cute demon at that!
    Oh you are totally right… as a book-lover I would never be able to choose one. Or ten for that matter.
    I think my favorite genre would be thriller.. but not the heavy kind. Or really I’m not sure because I tend to enjoy most books that I end up reading. I love the “Fearless” series (I think I’d like to be Gina!) and “The Silver Brumby”. Ooh Great Expectations is a good ‘un too.
    For some reason, I couldn’t complete the final installment of Swallowcliffe Hall. I adored the first 2, but the last one just wasn’t that appealing to me.
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  10. Justin just finished reading the Game of Throne books and we’re currently watching the series (he bought it on DVD). We’ve seen season 1 and 2 and are watching season 3. In fact, we watching episode 9 of season 3 last night. All I’ll say about that one is OMG…I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! And Daenerys is one of my favorite characters! I kind of want to be her!
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    • hahaha I know the episode! Yup, I think it’s safe to say that that one caught a loooot of people off guard! (I certainly wouldn’t have expected it if i didn’t read the books!)

  11. Loved reading all these book themed posts I was a huge fan of babysitters litter sister when I was younger and read some of those animorph stories too! I could never pick a favorite book and even favorite genre is hard. I love fantasy, memoir, historical fiction, chick lit, history, and many others besides. Basically, I love books and nothing makes me happier than curling up with one
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  12. Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters club!!! So we do have things in common besides fitness and food
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  13. I actually really liked Little Women!!! haha…of course, I think seeing the movie first helped! Have you seen the movie?
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  14. Memoirs- have you read Bossy Pants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
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  15. Book worms unite I absolutely love books and I have since I was 3
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  16. Aww you should give Little Women another shot! I read it in 4th grade and adored it. One book I started and didn’t finish was Book of Negroes. I just wasn’t in the mood when I started it… I want to give it another shot though!

    Definitely don’t think I could pick a favourite book or genre… my tastes are too varied! The Perks of Being a Wallflower was always my favourite in high school though. I must have read it like 10 times!
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    • I haven’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I watched the movie a few months ago and loved it! I’ll have to add the book to my must-read list.

  17. I was Daenerys for Halloween two years ago! You look much better. I have really dark hair so I wore a blonde wig and I looked ridiculous.

    I used to love Sweet Valley Jr. High, and Fear Street, but more recently, I have deemed Catcher in the Rye my “fav” if I had to pick. Usually though, memoirs are my go-to genre.
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  18. A fellow book nerd! My love of books is essentially how I (at the very last possible second) chose my major in college (English).

    Although choosing a favorite is impossible, I recently read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and absolutely adored it. My boyfriend’s mom got it for me for Christmas and while I was a little intimidated by its length, I devoured it.

    Also, Babysitter’s Club 4ever. Stacey and Dawn were my favorites.
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  19. Rob just told me the other day that he’s never read a Goosebumps book! Say what?! I loved them and the Babysitters Club. I used to read the Babysitters Club books under my desk during school, I was that addicted haha.

    I was a massive book nerd too but uni kind of killed it for me. I had to read two novels a week, plus all my textbooks. I brought it on myself by doing a double major, but still….. I had to take about six months off reading when I finished my degree as I couldn’t stomach the idea of reading another thing!
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    • Haha I think that’s why I avoided English in university – I didn’t want it to ruin my love of books! And WHAT?! That’s crazy that Rob’s never read one! He should probably get on that now…

  20. I used to be glued to the Goosebumps series. Such an interesting read for me. I read every single book.
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  21. I KNEW I would love reading your answers on this post! I’m still a little mad at myself for missing the link up this week, but I think I’m going to merge it with next week’s topic because now that I’m sitting pretty in my born-again bookworm status, I just can’t NOT do this one! I’m kinda with you on the favorite book thing…I have a lot that stand out to me. I usually say Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers because it was one of the first “big” books that I got totally sucked in to…I read all 400 and something pages in like three days! That’s insane for me! But then again, there’s the IE book that basically changed my life and my childhood just wouldn’t be what it was without the American Girl series, Fear Street, anything by Beverly Cleary and The Babysitters Club Little Sister series (did you ever read that one?). Well hell, if I say much more, you’re not gonna have anything to read in MY post! Haha! Yup, total book nerd over here too…I could go for days! Oh and I think I should tell you that part of me wants to pick up a copy of Little Women just to see if I can take on the challenge!

    • haha I totally did read the Little Sister ones! Not quite as good as the original ones though…although my biggest question was how the hell Ann M. Martin put out so many damn books? And if you try Little Women, who knows, maybe you’ll like it better than I did! :-p

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