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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 30 — Your favorite quotes from books and/or about books

Last post of the 30 Day Book Challenge! I have had so much fun doing this—it made me think a lot about everything I’ve read, good and bad, and brought up some really great memories. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about/from books:

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
—Charlaine Harris

“So many books, so little time.”
—Frank Zappa

“The world was hers for the reading.”
—Betty Smith, from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
—Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
—Dr. Seuss, from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries,
hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody
doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
—Stephen King*

* Damn right, Stephen King! I always carry a book around with me—always. Even if I don’t think I’ll have any time for reading. I’m never alone or bored if I have a book to read!

My shelves

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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 29 — The environment in which you most enjoy reading

My favorite environment for reading is comfortable, homey, cozy, quiet. In the colder months you can find me reading curled up on the couch under a comforter with a hot drink and in the warmer months I’ll be out back on the deck with my feet up. Ah, the life! This has been my view most of the last week:

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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 28 — A book that reminds you of home

I have two books for my two “homes”…

Uprising by John Nichols reminds me of my birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin. Even though I couldn’t be there for the political protests at the Capitol in 2011, Nichols’s history and viewpoints were informative and captured the spirit of the movement and people (read my review here). My second and current home is Kansas City, Missouri, and a book that reminds me of KC is The Mafia and the Machine by Frank R. Hayde. This book chronicles the fascinating history and connections of organized crime and organized politics in Kansas City.

What book reminds you of home?

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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 27 — A book you regret not having read sooner

I feel a sense of slightly embarrassed regret every time I read a book off my TBR shelf that has been sitting there YEARS and I end up loving it, and the most recent example is…

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (read my review here). I bought this at a used bookstore in Seattle last time I was there visiting family in 2008. Sat sat sat sat on my shelves, moved twice with me across town into new homes, and finally this past summer (four years later) I read it. And of course I could hardly put it down—I ended up reading it all in one weekend (really fast, for me). So I’m kind of embarrassed that I had this thing in my possession for years—this thing I was destined to love—but didn’t indulge in it for so long. Of course, how was I to know how much I’d love it? But on the other hand, I did buy it and just let it sit—and the longer books sit, the harder it is to pick them back up. My bad. Such is the blight of a bibliophile.

Which book(s) do you regret not having read sooner?

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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 26 — A guilty pleasure book

“A guilty pleasure book” was actually originally day 22, but I switched it up because for one thing I couldn’t think of any guilty pleasure book in the technical sense (something generally panned that I loved), but the one book that falls into “guilty” and “pleasure” categories for me recently involved Christmas…

The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn. This was a Christmas gift to my husband from my brother, but since we didn’t go up to Wisconsin for Christmas this year I have been in possession of this book for a few weeks, hiding it in my office at work. Before Nick opened it up yesterday morning, I have been sneaking reading it during lunch at work. So while this isn’t a technical “guilty pleasure” book, I have been (semi-)guiltily taking pleasure in reading someone else’s Christmas gift before they had the chance, mwauahah!

What is one of your guilty pleasure books?

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30 Day Book Challenge | Day 25 — A book you haven’t read yet but has been on your TBR list for a while

There are so many books I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet—on my physical shelves I have nearly 50 (borrowed from Mom, purchased, gifts) and then another maybe 150 on my Goodreads digital TBR list. The one book I’m choosing for this answer, though…

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. One time years ago I was admiring my grandmother’s bookshelves and she saw me looking at this one (pictured is the edition I have). She said it was her favorite book of all time and that I could borrow it… well… (my) grammas are just awesome, selfless people and she hasn’t ever asked for it back. Guess it’s mine now! So I feel super guilty about not reading it yet, especially after Gramma basically gave it to me. But very grateful for her generosity and that I have a little something from my grandparents’ house after she moved to an apartment a couple years ago after Grampa died.

Here’s the thing about classics and me—I believe that the stories are great, but I just have trouble making myself sit down and read them. Other things draw my attention away. Maybe I’m wary of slow pacing? Antiquated language? Not entirely sure. I would like to get to this one in 2013 though. It’s well past time.

What’s been on your TBR for a while?