Monday, June 20, 2011

The Favorite Book Challenge Blogfest

I scheduled this blogfest before I realized today would by my first day back from the conference. That means you have to wait until tommorrow to hear about it. Sorry to keep you in suspense.

The challenge for this blogfest was to pick your top five favorite books and write one line of what each book is about and one line about why you liked it. This will keep going on for the next couple of days, so there's still plenty of time to join!

You have to sign up on the linky thing below, or no one will know how to visit your site.
My favorites:
The Phantom of the Opera: Christine, a gifted opera singer, believes she is being coached by a mysterious angel of music, until she discovers he is a deformed mad-man who’s irrevocably in love with her. This beauty-and-the-beast type novel delves into the psychology of overcoming cruelty, using genius that no one wants, and of loving the ugly.
Mama Day: Miranda, an African-American medical woman, helps her niece through a curse that could end her life and undo her relationship with her husband. This novel is a worthwhile literary challenge that sweeps you away into a world of magic where love lasts through eternity.
Beloved: Sethe murders her baby daughter to free her from slavery; decades later, the ghost of her child returns to punish her. Everything Toni Morrison writes is simultaneously beautiful and haunting, and this novel is perhaps her most intense.
Fahrenheit 451: When the government takes away the freedom to read books, they simplify people’s lives to the point of meaninglessness until most people can’t even recognize their misery. What’s terrifying about this book is even though Bradbury wrote it 50 years ago, all his prediction are coming true and all his advice is relevant to our lives.
White Oleander: After Astrid’s mother is convicted of murder, she struggles to find her own identity while bouncing from one dysfunctional foster home to another. There’s something magical about this book, and its lyrical quality was so superb, it helped me with my own writing.


If you've read any of these books, or if you have questions about them, please leave a comment! Then hop over to other people's blogs and see what books they enjoy.>

24 comments:

  1. Wow. I've only read two of the books on your list. I can tell right now that I'll be visiting goodreads to add to my TBR pile today :D

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  2. I didn't realize Phantom of the Opera was originally a book. The only one I've read is the Fahrenheit 451.
    I enjoyed thinking up five favorites and have mine posted.
    Thanks for hosting.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Thanks for hosting!

    I love Fahrenheit 451, and I agree that anything Toni Morrison writes is amazing.

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  4. I haven't read any of these. I love the music to Phantom of the Opera but I hadn't realised that it was a book. I loved the challenge of selecting 5 books, ask me next week and I'll pick a dfifferent five.

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  5. I just remembered that the blogfest was today! -headdesk- My entry is going to be a little late because I'm out of town and have limited computer time. It is a work in progress though.

    Beloved sounds the most interesting out of those five in my opinion. I enjoy those books that make you think and put real physocological strain on the characters.

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  6. Brooke, I think you would really like Mama day.

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  7. thanks for hosting this!! I have read only one on that list Fahrenheit 451. Although Mama Day looks very interesting to me I might have to add it to my must read list.

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  8. Well, since you specially recommended it, I'll have to mentally bookmark it for the next trip to the library/bookstore.

    Thanks for friending me on GoodReads btw.

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  9. I haven't read ANY of these! Wow! gotta add 'em to my list :)

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  10. Hi and thanks again for hosting this blog fest. I haven't read any of the books you suggest and the way you describe them they all intrigue me! I've put up my post, but not sure where to find the code so all the links appear on my post too, though you might not have wanted that? Will visit as many as I can. Cheers

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  11. Cheryl, that's a great idea! I think this is the code: script src="http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=89916" type="text/javascript">

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  12. Oh, and I'd love it if any of you wanted to friend me on Goodreads.

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  13. Bummer! I couldn't check all the other entries 'cause the linky expired :( Any way to get it back??

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  14. Fahrenheit 451 sounds incredible! I've read a few on your list and enjoy your descriptions, especially for Beloved.

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  15. Thanks hosting the Blogfest. I enjoyed reading about the books other people love. I'm wondering the same thing as Trisha. Any way to get the link back for the other participants?

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  16. Oh my gosh, the link did expire! I'm fuming angry. I went ahead and bought a subscription, so hopefully it'll get posted again very soon. I'll let you all know when it comes back. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  17. I loved Phantom of the Opera. I read it right after I saw the musical. Thanks for hosting this great blogfest. I didn't find you in time to be on the list but I wrote about my faves today anyway!

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  18. I've only read one book on your list (Phantom of the Opera) but a few of the rest have long been on my TBR list.

    Posting my own list today!

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  19. Wasn't Phantom of the Opera amazing? As much as I loved the music in the musical, the book was so much better. Christine was strong and intelligent instead of ditzy and horney, and the Phantom actually had a personality.

    I'm so glad to meet someone else who's read it!

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  20. I have now posted my entry. :) I was so close to being too late, but I am glad I'm able to participate!!!

    And thank you for the birthday comments! I'm so glad I get to celebrate with this lovely blogfest!

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  21. This has been a great experience -- and i now have a list of books to keep me going for a long time, including some of yours. Thanks for hosting this. :)

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  22. I can't believe this was so successful! Thank you everyone for participating. This was fun!

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  23. Thanks for hosting this blogfest. I enjoyed putting something together for this one. Yeah, I know I really pushed the envelope with such lengthy sentences, employing not only semicolons but parentheses too. But heck... pushing the envelope, testing the boundaries (breaking the rules with a look of "who me?" innocence) ...that's just what I do.

    Thanks again - it was fun. Can you believe it?... I haven't read any of the books on YOUR list. But then I'm more of a nonfiction than fiction reader.

    I sure hope the Linky List thang will stay up for a few days because it will undoubtedly take me that long to visit many of the other participants.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  24. I have Phantom of the Opera but I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet! Arghh, I'm going to have to rummage through my library at home and start. :)

    I've always wanted to read Fahrenheit 451! I've heard a lot about it.

    Thanks for hosting such a great blogfest! I really enjoyed participating and reading everybody's entries.

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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