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21 June 2010 @ 10:19 am
Book Meme Day 09  

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

In short, this book is about a con man. He visits various restaurants and purposely causes himself to choke while eating, which lures good Samaritans into saving him. He then keeps a detailed list of everyone who saved him and sends them letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they send him cards and letters asking him about how he's doing and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills. The other great theme of this book is how he maintains sexual gratification through visiting people at sexual addiction meetings and pretending to be an addict. The humor is just hysterically dark and full of satire. Much like all of Palahniuk's books (for those not familiar, he wrote Fight Club), the book ends with a severe twist which makes one question the author's mind. This book made me go out and purchase Palahniuk's entire library and read the whole thing over the course of a month. As of now, there is only one of his books I would not recommend because it is a VERY difficult read, but the rest are fantastic.

Day 01 - Best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favorite series
Day 04 - Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 10 - Favorite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't anymore
Day 13 - Your favorite writer
Day 14 - Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 - Favorite male character
Day 16 - Favorite female character
Day 17 - Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favorite romance book
Day 21 - Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favorite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 - A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favorite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favorite book of all time
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I'm listening to: KQ Morning Show Podcast
Bre: Royal Ten Terribly Attractive Womanbre2004 on June 21st, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oooh, how intriguing. This definitely sounds interesting.
Lady Mansonladymanson on June 21st, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
First off, I love your icon. You have some of the best icons.

If ever given the chance, don't see the movie first. The movie DESTROYED the book. I was so excited for it and the book was so much better. The humor in it is just great.
Bre: Shaun of the Dead Thanks Babebre2004 on June 21st, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I take pride in my humorous icons that I have come across. lol

And this just validates my belief that movies are never as good as the books. Ever! Rarely does it meet my expectations but never exceeds, IMO. haha
Lady Mansonladymanson on June 21st, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this movie adaption was pretty bad.

You had a Star Wars icon and a Big Lebowski one that I sent to my husband one day just to make him laugh. Those were great!
- Inspiration, Like a Heartbeat, Is But a Whisperbl_graphics on June 22nd, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I had been wondering about this book. I loved 'Fight Clb' so I know I liked the author, but the story seemed iffy. I'll definitely add it to my reading list!!
Lady Mansonladymanson on June 22nd, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
All of his stories seem that way, but they are all as twisted and awesome as Fight Club. The ending in the book of Fight Club is actually different, so I would suggest reading it as well. However, do NOT start reading his books with the book Pygmy. Or Rant. Those two are written in very unique formats, making them incredibly difficult to read. I would also really recommend Invisible Monsters and Lullaby.
- Inspiration, Like a Heartbeat, Is But a Whisperbl_graphics on June 23rd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read the book about a year ago and really liked it. I will definitely have to check out more of his books!
turquoisetumultturquoisetumult on June 22nd, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I read this book a year ago, I think, and I had no memory of any actual plot line until I read your summary. But, yeah, I remember finding it really interesting.
Jennifer: twilight_ashleygreene4jenniferkaos on June 22nd, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
hmmm...that book sounds interesting. I'm gonna have to go out and check it out. :)
Lady Mansonladymanson on June 22nd, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
It's much better than the way I summarized it. The humor in it is so dark, you can't help but just love it.