Thursday, 2 June 2011

Day 4 of the 30 day Challenge

Welcome to Thursday!  Another sunny day here in Ottawa, though it's windy and cool. Cool in the spring is about 15C. It means I'm wearing pants instead of capris. Booo!  I hope my garden can handle the cooler temperature at night!

So another day of my fascinating challenge. So far, I haven't had a hard time with this challenge and that makes me happy. Getting down further, I suspect it will get more complicated and take more writing. But I can do this!!

Day 01 — A recent picture and 15 facts about you

Day 02 — Favourite movies
Day 03 — Favourite TV shows
Day 04 — Favourite books

Today's challenge is my favourite books. My all-time fav is definitely Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.  Although Kurt Vonnegut is known for writing many novels, short stories and plays, this is the only novel of his that I have read. But I friggin' loved it. It was hilarious!!  I have never seen the movie adapted from this book. I have heard it wasn't that good. Since I liked the book so much, I didn't want to ruin it by seeing a movie I might not like.  Kurt Vonnegut has a way of writing that catches your attention right away. This book was that much more hilarious by the fact that it included hand drawn pictures inside to go along with the story. Check this out.

HILARIOUS!!  I couldn't put the book down and have now read it twice!

I'm a big Non Fiction Reader. I love to read books about celebrities and their lives, such as Russell Brand, Steven Tyler, even Latoya Jackson.  Recently I read the book called They Call Me Killer by Brian Kilrea.  You probably don't know this about me, but I am a HUGE hockey fan and have been since moving to Ottawa. Brian Kilrea was the coach for the Ottawa 67's and has been associated with the Ontario Hockey League for over 35 years. He's the winningest coach of all time in the OHL. I had to read the book as I was a huge fan of the 67's for years.  The book contained lots of awesome anecdotes about hockey players, including my favourite OHL player of all time, Lance Galbraith.  My copy of They Call Me Killer is autographed by Killer himself and I think that just rocks.  I got to meet him once at a 67's game, after he had retired from coaching.  When you meet Killer he's more like this.

The next hockey book I'm going to read is The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkeys by James Duthie.

I love crazy hockey anecdotes about silly things hockey players do. Don't ask me to explain it, it's just the way I am! I'm a hockey groupie!  I've spent years following local hockey, stalking hockey players around the city. Although I've grown out of this a little bit, I still love reading about it!

When it comes to biographies, I'll read just about anyones.  I plan to read Betty White's book next! I just love her in everything she's done and I think she'll be hilarious in her book.

I read Fiction as well, don't get me wrong. When Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring came out in theatres, I HAD to read the books so that I could make sure Legolas didn't die!  Whew!! Didn't want to watch all the movies if the cutie patootie dies in the end! So I read the books.  I also read all the Harry Potter books as soon as the movies started coming out because I wanted to know who wins between Harry and Voldemort.

I'd rather read all the books and know how it ends, then watch all the movies. I love to watch a movie after I've read the book, though it can sometimes make me mad. I hate it when they change things from the book, especially when the book is sooooo good.  I usually read the book first before watching the movie.  There has been one major exception to this rule: the Twilight Series.

I saw Twilight before I read the book. I liked the movie so I thought I would read the book. And I read the four books together inside two weeks, they were so good!!!

 I now, of course, have seen all the movies and just love all of them! I don't care what anyway says, I think they're just awesome. Yes, I get that they were written for teenage girls, but I think that's why I love them so much. And I can't wait to see the last movie, as you can probably tell by the counter on my blog.  Each movie I've seen the midnight showing and the last will be no exception.

The last book I want to mention is by Dan Brown. I LOVE Dan Brown. I find his books fast paced and very interesting. My favourite is definitely Angels and Demons.  It was one of those books where you didn't expect the ending and you were kept on the edge of your seat while reading. I can remember rocking Isaac in my arms when he was an infant with Angels and Demons in the other hand so I could finish it. I was obsessed!!!

Well, there you have it. A short list of some of my favourite books. I could go on and on forever with this subject. Books are my passion.  Here's and interesting side not:  Breakfast of Champions is the only book I read cover to cover for a class.  Most books I was asked to read in school I only read what I thought were the important parts. But I liked BoC so much, I read the whole thing. And yes, I am and English University major! LOL.

Take care and we'll see you tomorrow!!!

Day 05 — Favourite quotes
Day 06 — Favourite songs
Day 07 — The meaning behind your blog name
Day 08 — Cravings
Day 09 — Pet peeves
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — Nicknames you have and why
Day 12 — Something you bought recently
Day 13 — Something you want to buy
Day 14 — Things you love
Day 15 — Your celebrity crush
Day 16 — A favourite food
Day 17 — A photo of your family
Day 18 — What you like best about each member of your family
Day 19 — A fun memory
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — Your fears
Day 22 — Your current relationship
Day 23 — A letter to your parents
Day 24 — About your childhood
Day 25 — A favourite photo
Day 26 — Who do you admire and inspire
Day 27 — What’s in your bag?
Day 28 — A place you love
Day 29 — A person you love
Day 30 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the future

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