13 October 2010

The Book Book Challenge

One of The Mom's Book Books
This one has so many potential
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Pick a book that in some way is a "Book Book" and share, share, share. (We thought about giving some examples but we want you readers to go wild and think of ways to take The Book Book Challenge anywhere you want to take it.) This Challenge is brought to you by The Mom, The Big and The Little Sisters!

And if you have pictures of the "Book Book", send to us info@booksforwallsproject.org and we'll post them. Join in the conversation: click on comments, scroll down, --even if you don't comment--"subscribe by email" and you will receive an email whenever a reader posts!

Please use the following format for your comment:
Title of Book, Author, and your thoughts on why it is a Book Book.


  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    While, yes, BOOK is in the title, but I chose to include The Book Thief because of a wonderful sub plot --Max a Jew is hiding in the basement and he is writing a novel and not just on regular paper. Max has painted over pages ripped from Mein Kampf and once dried, writes his own story. The image is lovely, isn't it?

    My second is Great Books by David Denby

    This books sits on our shelves because it was one of Norman G. McKendrick, S.J.'s and now it is ours. Do you have books on your shelves that were passed onto you once a precious person passed away? This book transports me to when Norman was alive and we talked on the phone, rarely about books, always about life.

    Denby (when he is ten years older than me) goes back to college to take 2 courses in "Western classics." He originally took the classes in 1961. I just love the idea of going back to school and appreciating the classes I took... back then. Including the classes I took from Norman, especially if he were the teacher --I have to admit that I cry as I write this, oh, how I would appreciate those classes. I aced his classes because I adored him, but my young self didn't appreciate them for what they really were... precious time with a person I would only have for a short time.

    I pick up "Great Books" when I miss Norman and want to go back to school to study with him. He wrote his name in the book and sometimes I just pick it up to read what he wrote --his name-- and imaging that he touched the book, and wow, does that feel good.

  2. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Hi it's me The Little Sister! Mom is going to type the rest...

    The Magic Tree House Series
    by Mary Pope Osborne

    It's a Book Book because they go into the magic tree house and they read a book and then they sort of go into that book. Then they get something from the book and then they bring it back and they usually get attacked or have an adventure. They go into a different book in each book.

  3. Strega Nona's Magic Lessons
    story and pictures by Tomie de Paola

    It is a Book Book because there is book full of magical spells that are usually for Strega's --but Big Anthony really wanted to learn magic so he steals the book and tries to use the magic to make an old pot new --but Strega Nona tricks him into thinking he did something terrible!!

  4. The GOOD Book! The Bible! 72 books in all, 27 in the New Testament, 45 in the old. From the Song of Songs, a book of poetry so tender it would make the Brownings blush to the intrigue and danger of the Exodus to the heart-opening Gospel books, this is a BOOK book with something for everyone, regardless of "belief". Heroes, villains, fools and sages . . . all here for the discovering, the retelling.

  5. Anonymous9:23 PM

    The BOOK Book challenge...Huh. To me, it's an opportunity for a really great BOOK - a classic that many people read and most accept - to shed light on a like-minded but perceived "lesser" book. Or a book that is great, but most people won't read. Riffing on John Daniels' choice (my Poppy, the big and little sister's Bopa), BOOK = the Bible, it's "might not read it" brother is Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor. I read this book and all of John and Kathy Daniels' life lessons ran through me. I love the BOOK book challenge.

  6. The Dad9:39 PM

    The Island of Lost Maps
    A True Story of Cartographic Crime
    By Miles Harvey

    The account is of the theft of maps. From long ago, when people thought the world was flat, up to the present day where people steel maps from the pages of old books. A great story about how somethings never change, some peoples greed for money and fame.

  7. The Book of Joby.
    A couple of years ago my eldest daughter sent me this first novel by Mark J. Ferrari, thinking I would like it. she was right and after I finished reading its 638 pages (Please don't let that discourage you!), I started passing it around. Unanimous approbation!

    Excerpt from the blurb on the back cover:
    " An epic fantasy complete in one volume.

    Lucifer and God have entered, yet again, into a wager they've made before, but this time the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine-year-old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times, like a knight of the Round Table. Instead he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend. ..."

    And now I'm going to read it again to get my fiction fix!

  8. do we have to choose just one? right now, i finished one of the books in the temeraire series (the latest). it is incredible - alternate history, very clever people (and dragons), a re-envisioned napoleonic wars, travel, philosophy, and more.

    but i might choose another one, next month. hmm..

    by stephen hawking and lucy hawking

    When George's pig breaks into the run down house next door he meet's his new neighbors Eric the scientist, his daughter Annie, and their super-computer Cosmos who shows George the key to the universe!

    This is a Book Book because George reads a book in the book!

  10. The Librarian10:30 PM

    Love it!

    I love a challenge that bends your mind. Good job project managers.

    So at first, I interpreted this in a very literal way: the book that encompasses all books/knowledge. But that’s the charm in life; you can be an expert in one thing and a complete idiot in all the rest. As books are written by us, books are victim to this also. I’ve read some great, specialized books, including Rocket Men (Craig Nelson) about all the details a citizen would be capable of knowing about the Apollo space program.

    But there’s the more “awe of the book” aspect of the challenge as well. For this, I would choose People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks). Talk about a book that has a rich life of its own.

  11. This also fits under "what are you reading right now?" category. I've set aside The Book of Joby - having already read it once - and started in on The Book of Bebb, a collection of 4 novels by Frederich Buechner, lent to me by a friend. I know and love Buechner only through his non-fiction, so this will be an interesting new experience. So far, hmmmmm.

  12. I can't believe I left out "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende from my list! That is the ultimate young bibliophile's book about a book!

  13. My Top 9 Books about Books

    “Book Lust” series by Nancy Pearl

    “Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits” by Jack Murnighan

    "How to Read Literature Like a Professor/How to Read Novels Like a Professor" by Thomas C. Foster

    "The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classic Guide to World Literature, Revised and Expanded" by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major

    "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel" by Jane Smiley

    "On Writing" by Stephen King

    “Bird By Bird” by Anne Lammott

    “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks

    “Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know” by Paul Gravett

  14. Dawn in TC3:20 PM

    on the light and fluffy end of the book book....anything by jasper fforde...tuesday next and her book character journeys are a reminder of how alive so many different books are for many of us!

  15. Dawn in TC3:22 PM

    ok oops...can't back up and delete. must edit before hitting enter...let's try thursday next :)! (Can I blame that on the humidity?)

  16. Mister Pip is about a island culture influenced by a book, great quote at the end.
    The thirteenth tale, about a writer and the mysterious thirteenth tale great twists!