30 Day Challenge – Days 1 & 2

Have you seen this yet? Lost in Books seems to be the blogger who started this fun challenge, and I’m beginning to see it popping up around the blog-o-sphere. Not that I need another challenge…but this one looks like a fun way to talk about books.

Day 1 – Best Book You Read Last Year

The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly won the 2007 Orange Prize for New Writers for The Lizard Cage – and it is evident why she won this prize. This is an amazing piece of literary fiction (read my review). Set in Burma, this is a book that still haunts me.

Have you read this book? Have you read anything by Karen Connelly? Have you read any good books set in Burma?

Day 2 – A Book that You’ve Read More Than 3 Times

The Stand, by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors – I love how he has a firm grasp of place, and his character development is awesome. But, even more importantly, he is the consummate story teller. I read The Stand the first time when it was initially released in hardcover. I picked it up again several years later and and was not disappointed. The last time I read this book was about 10 years ago – I read the full, uncut version and again loved it. Don’t be surprised it this one comes up on my reading list once again!

Have you read The Stand? Have you read any other books by Stephen King? What makes you pick up a book for a re-read?


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    • Kay on May 4, 2011 at 10:03

    I have read The Stand at least two times. Not sure if I’ve read it three times. I remember the first time I read it. I was just astounded. I was in college and was supposed to be reading other things, but I could not put it down. Perhaps I should try it again and see if I have a different perspective in my 50’s than in my 20’s? LOL

    • Jan McAfee on May 4, 2011 at 13:05

    So funny – I would pick those exact same books!

    • Trish on May 23, 2011 at 11:47

    Now wishing my copy of The Stand wasn’t to gigantic. Read it 3 times, huh? I really really want to read it (not sure why–totally not something I’d typically pick up), but I think I’ll need to wait for better timing.

    • Wendy on May 30, 2011 at 07:50

    Kay: The Stand is one of those classic books, I think … I appreciate it every time I pick it up!

    Jan: LOL!

    Trish: It is a FAST read, even though it is so huge!

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