WWRead-a-Thon Challenge: Zombie Apocalypse

WWRead-a-Thon Challenge: Zombie Apocalypse

Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse Challenge for the participants of the Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon!

This is the scenario you must consider:

In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse you are forced to take shelter with family and/or friends for a period of no less than 5 years. You have time to pack some supplies and some extra things to keep yourself entertained. However, since there will be many people sharing the same space, space will be limited and you are told you are only allowed to bring up to 5 books.

What books would you pack to sustain you? If you want to go a step further you can give a reason why you would choose the books you chose.

Please answer the challenge in the comments – even if you answer them on your blog too, please leave the 5 books you would choose in the comment section and feel free to ALSO link your blog post.

I’m sure you’re all curious as to what prizes we have for this challenge:

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  1. Okay this is a hard one… 5 books I would chose and why…

    1. The Host~ Because its a book I could read over and over and never stop reading it and loving it.

    2. The Lord of the Rings ~ b/c my book has all of them in it lol and that take a while to read.

    3. The Chronicles of Narnia ~ again b/c my copy has all of the books in it and again its a long read and since I’m going to be in there for a while I need some long books lol.

    4. The Complete novels of Jane Austen ~ Same reason as above plus I love her stories sweep me into another time and place and if I’m stuck in a place with family I will need that lol. (especially for that long)

    5. Mocked by Faith ~ because its a book about overcoming things in life that are hard and you have no control over and I think that would be a perfect book to read over and over again if I needed to be reminded that.

    Alright there is my 5 books lol! That was hard!

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  2. Just five books??? Okay:

    1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – because it’s massive and I’ll be stuck there for five years
    2. The Complete Jane Austen – because no one said bind-ups don’t count πŸ™‚
    3. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – because it’s been a favourite since I was a kid and I’d miss it
    4. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore – because my Mum has read aloud every Christmas for my whole life and no way will zombies break a 25 year streak.
    5. How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith – because it’s full of handy hints and tips
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  3. Oh man, only 5 book to last for years. Hopefully other bring some so we can swap. Mine would be..

    1. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

    Why? Isn’t it obvious?

    2. The Time Traveler’s Wife

    It’s my #1 favorite book

    3. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    Because at a time like that, I think we would need to be reminded to love each other even in the worst of times

    4. The Night Circus

    I want to be able to escape to something wonderful and beautiful.

    5. Beauty Queens

    Have to be able to laugh. And if THEY can survive, then I’ll have hope

    There it is πŸ™‚
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  4. A Frankenstein Spray? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I love these prizes!

    Okay, let’s see.
    1. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie: Well, you already know how obsessed I am with AC, so that’s a good enough explanation LOL. I’ve read this book 3 times before but I could read it a hundred times, I still wouldn’t get bored of it. And it would entertain me while I’m forced to live with my family haha!

    2. Bridget Jones’ Diary 1 – One of my all time favourites. I’d take it in case I need something to cheer me up.

    3. The Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes: At least one MK book is essential. I love this woman to bit and I couldn’t spend all this time without one of her books – and this one has been my favourite so far.

    4. The Secret Garden: I read this story about a year ago and it’s so sweet!

    5. Wuthering Heights: I find this story fascinating for some reason.
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    • And Then There Were None is definitely a good AC book! Although after having read so many at one time, I can’t even pick them out from one another now after all this tie LOL Bridget jones’s Diary was SO funny that’s a great pick! I’m going to have to check out The BRightest Star in the Sky, don’t think I’ve heard of it before!

      I read the Secret Garden many many years ago, I was surprised how much I liked it considering I don’t usually get into classics! It is a really sweet story!

  5. Hmmm…5 books…

    1. Breaking Dawn…it’s my favorite out of the 4 Twilight books and I’d have to at least have one of them.

    2. If I Die…I’m reading it right now for the readathon, and it’s become my favorite in the Soul Screamers series. Team Tod!

    3. City of Glass…how can anyone not pick a Mortal Instruments book?

    4. A Christmas Carol…if it’s for five years, I have to have my favorite Christmas story.

    5. Bible…it’s obvious.

    There you go!
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    • I haven’t read The Soul Screamers series but I’m going to try to start it as soon as I can, I’ve heard so many good things about it – same with The Mortal Instruments – which I actually HAVE a set of 3 here waiting for when I have time! So good to see those made your list since they are ones I want to read soon! I liked Breaking Dawn too, I liked all the Twilight books πŸ˜€ It’s interesting you’re the second person to mention A Christmas Carol, seems like it’s a tradition for many people, so cool! πŸ˜€

  6. Just because I know absolutely nothing about zombies, doesn’t mean I won’t have to face a zombie apocalypse. It just means I’ll have I pick the right books to survive!

    1. World War Z – An Oral History of The Zombie War (by Max Brooks) : Sure, books don’t always get the facts right, but I’d like to know what I can about zombies. Other than the fact that they’re out there trying to kill me.

    2. Diary of a Young Girl (by Anne Frank) – Reading about someone else holed up in a little house, with a war raging outside, might help me cope up; don’t you think?

    3. IT (by Stephen King) – So I can thank my luck it’s only a zombie attack. Fighting zombies can’t be scarier than being chased by Pennywise the clown…

    4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban (by J. K. Rowling) – To tell me that I’ll always have my friends/family, no matter what. And it’d be another way to motivate me – because if someone could survive Azkaban without turning crazy, well…!

    5. The Reaper Man – Discworld Series (by Terry Pratchett) – To remind me, that if ever I were to meet Death, he’s actually a pretty pleasant guy. To reassure me that even the worst of things can be funny!
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    • ANne Frank’s Diary is definitely inspirational, that would give me hope for almost any situation! Love that you chose that! Your #3 cracked me up, I haven’t read IT but I’ve heard it’s one of King’s scariest novels hahahah and I agree on your #4 nothing seems scarier than Azkaban prison so being surrounded by family would feel like a real blessing!

      I haven’t read The Reaper Man but I love your reason for choosing it too! Awesome list, all of these are so great!

  7. I always hate this kind of questions, because I can’t choose! Well, for Frankensteinspray I will give it a try

    1. Holes by Louis Sachar – I read this book just a few days ago, and I LOVED it. I would love to reread it

    2. It by Stephen King – Well when I can only pick five, I will take a long one with me!

    3. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund – Killer unicorns <3 I can't do without them

    4. The Lord of The Rings by Tolkien – I've never been able to finish it… So when I've got 5 years, maybe I finally will!

    5. Can I bring my Kindle? Please? No? Aww.. Then I'll go for my Oxford volume of Shakespeare plays. So when the zombie apocalypse is over, I might even come out of my cave smarter

  8. Well, since I don’t really plan to sit around during a zombie apocalypse, I’ll need to be light weight. I’ll stop at a Barnes & Noble, and grab a nook, and fill it with:

    The necessary free classics. There’s a reason they’re classics, after all, and I know I haven’t read all of them.

    The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. I loved that book, and took it for what it is, but it could honestly come in handy some day.

    The Hunger Games trilogy, because they’re my favorite series ever, besides Harry Potter, but JK won’t make them ebooks. I’ll need something that will take me far away from my reality.

    Some random children’s books because I’m sure that my group will have some kids. There’s no reason to deprive them of the joy of reading.

    That’s all. Quite a collection, now that I’ve reread my comment, lol.


  9. A very fun challenge idea! – Here are my 5 books I would take with me (in no certain order).

    1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (one of my fave books this year)
    2. NightShade by Andrea Cremer (love love love this book)
    3. Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris (um this is obvious?! Zombies? Hello! XD)
    4. The Bible – ( Yeah, this is obvious too!)
    5. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa ( my fave one!) YUMMY Ash and Puck! Can’t leave home with them.

    – Beckie
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  10. Only 5 books?! I might as well let the zombies get me lol.

    1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – if I can’t bring my whole set, this one is my favorite.

    2. The Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy by Nora Roberts – the three-in-one set, does that count? These are among my favorite books.

    3. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – because the minute I was finished reading it, I wanted to start reading it again, which hasn’t happened to me in a very long time.

    4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen – because when I read it for the first time at 16, I was convinced Sarah had written it just for me.

    5. Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry – because I wrote it myself and I’ve already read it a million times, why not a million more? lol

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  11. ooh fun! ok what books would I take?

    1. Ella Enchanted- I just love this one from my childhood
    2. Sookie Stackhouse #4- where Eric loses his memory! Its my favorite
    3. Mediator Series bind up (either 1&2 or 5&6)
    4. The Hunger Games
    5. If by this time they would ave an omnibus of the Harry Potter books out that would be great- then I would take that

    and Alternate would be a collection of Oscar Wilde’s works.
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  12. 1. War & Peace (That should take me a while!)
    2. To Kill a Mocking Bird (I can’t die without reading this one!)
    3. The Lord of The Rings Box set!
    4. HP & the Deathly Hallows (so many memories)
    5. The Bible What better time to actually read it)

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  13. Love this challenge! πŸ˜€

    My 5 books:
    1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: my absolute favorite book in the world. I could just take 5 copies of it with me and I would be the most happy person around.
    2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: why? Answer: Mr Darcy.
    3. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith: love, love, love this book. It’s my favorite of the year so far. The heroine cracks me up in pretty much every scene.
    4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: Jane and Mr Rochester are so funny together, I would need their bickering/flirting to get me through the zombie apocalypse in good mental health.
    5. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas: Aaah…this book. *blushes*

    That’s it! πŸ˜‰
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  14. Wow, it’s so cool to know that the Hunger Games changed the way you choose books! I haven’t read it yet, I have the trilogy waiting for me on my nook, but you can’t get a better recommendation than that! I hope I feel the same way about it. I love it when books change how we think and feel forever!

    I haven’t read Outlander yet, I have that waiting for me too, but I agree with you I’d want some good LOOONG books to tide me over!

    I like Christophere Moore, I have A Dirty Job on audiobook but haven’t been able to get into it, I’m not good with audio lol If you love that book though (or Christopher Moore) you need to read The Infernals by John Connolly seriously you will laugh your butt off, I just read it recently and am SOO in love now <33

    Oooh I'm glad I picked a good book that people are interested in winning!! Good luck πŸ˜€

  15. Jennifer Mathis says:

    1) Acheron cause Its long and I could read it over and over again
    2) demon from the dark cause its one of my favs
    3) ellora’s cavemen legendary tails 2-3-4 cause its a bunch of story stories about hot guys and then I will never be alone πŸ˜‰

    course it would be more convient if i could just a kindle and a geneator . When are the zombies coming cause I can plan ahead lol

  16. 1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (I know,I know)
    5. One of the Stephen King short story collections
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    • I cant wait to dig into Cassandra Clare’s series, I’ve been drooling over it forever! So many picked something by Stephen King, so interesting! πŸ˜€

  17. 1. My Bible
    2. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by
    Max Brooks
    3. Ann Karenia – Tolstoy – Always wanted to read it and with 5 years I should get through the almost 900 pages.

    4. Est of Eden- Steinbeck – I love to reread this one every once in awhile.

    5.The Murderous Urges Of Ordinary Women [Paperback]
    Lois Meltzer The Book Club From Hell – Seems appropriate for the trip.
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  18. Hmmm….

    1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
    2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
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  19. Oh this is a tough question! Just 5?! Ok…

    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    I would want to be able to relive the magic of the beginning and the bittersweetness of the end of this series.
    3. Anne of Green Gables…I just love that Anne girl and I would need a kindred spirit to keep me company during the apocalypse for sure.
    4. The Complete Works of Shakespeare…what can I say? I love me some classic villains.
    5. The Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda…every word, every sentence is so full of emotion, I could find a poem for every occasion.

    πŸ™‚ Aeicha
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    • That’s a great idea to have the beginning and ending of the series! Very cool! I love when characters from books become friends, and in tough times, good friends are good to have! πŸ™‚

  20. 1. Divergent By Veronica Roth
    2. Outlander by Diana Galabdon
    3. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I have a copy of all 3 in 1 book
    4. The Chronicles of Narnia
    5. hmmm something funny Beauty Queens I guess

    • Beauty Queens made it on another list too as a funny one! Outlander too, that would be good since it’s a long one (haven’t read it yet) πŸ˜€

  21. i also would want my e-reader if that was allowed! πŸ˜‰
    and sharing would be great thing to do, make our own library.
    my choices:
    1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    2. Dawn Rochelle, Four Novels: Six Months to Live/ I Want to Live/ So Much to Live For/ No Time to Cry by Lurlene McDaniel
    3. The Angels Trilogy: Angels Watching Over Me / Lifted Up By Angels / Until Angels Close My Eyes
    4. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Askaban by J.K. Rowling (I believe she will be releasing ebook versions through a store on Pottermore, at least this is what I’ve heard)
    5. Support Your Local Wizard (So You Want to Be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, High Wizardry) by Diane Duane

    These are all favorite books of mine that I can read over and over. Thank you for sponsoring this mini challenge

  22. LOL LOve your last one haha that’s great! Zombie Loves songs rock! And yes, I too am a huge fan of Where the Wild Things Are! And love that you’d take a book of spells- could def come in handy! πŸ˜€

  23. Have loved reading the responses! This is an easy one for me!

    1. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice–my all time favorite book. I have read it four times so reading it over and over would never be an isssue.
    2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott–a favorite since I was a girl. Have read it countless times!
    3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens–I’m a Christmas fanatic so I must have my favorite Christmas classic with me.
    4. Lord of the Rings by Tolkien–my omnibus edition has all three books so this is a no brainer. Also, a favorite!
    5. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett–my favorite historical novel…a must-have for my ZA book stash!

    Thanks for the fun, April!
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  24. 1. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
    2. Ella Enchanted
    3. When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
    4. Tourist Trap by Emma Harrison
    5. Razzle by Ellen Wittlinger

    I don’t really know why I chose those 5, I love them for different reasons.

  25. Oh, boy! Only FIVE books? Well, here is my list: 1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – probably my favorite book ever
    2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. Tolkien – it’s “Lord of the Rings” – can be enjoyed by both young and old
    3. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King – a huge set of short stories – classic King – creepy, eerie, and fun to read
    4. The Kate Morton Collection – The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden – it’s Kate Morton – her books pull me in to the atmosphere
    5. Charles Dickens: Five Novels Complete and Unabridged: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations – it’s Charles Dickens – no explanation necessary

    I realize that I may have “cheated” a bit by putting omnibuses in my choice of books, but there was no express rule against it!

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  26. This one is difficult!

    1. Pride and Prejudice: Because I love Mr. Darcy.
    2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Because it’s my favorite from the series.
    3. The Chronicles of Narnia. The all in one edition: Because it’s magical.
    4. The Little Prince: Because I like to re read them all the time.
    5. Jane Eyre: Because I love Jane.


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  27. Danielle (@chaosandcoffee) says:

    Five Books? Ok, let’s see.

    1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I’ve been hoping to re-read it. Sounds like I’d have plenty of time πŸ™‚

    2. Face the Fire by Nora Roberts. Purely for entertainment. I love the trilogy. This was the last book.

    3. My Bible of course πŸ™‚

    4. I’d want something by Jodi Picoult, maybe Salem Falls.

    5. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes.

    I figure it’s best to have characters I can make friends with right?!

    Thanks for hosting!
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  28. blackwolf says:

    only five?… it’s really hard to choose..

    – Interview with the vampire (because it was my first book of vampires :p and love Louis)
    – Magic Bites (Love Curran :p)
    – Poison Study (Love Valek)
    – Magic Study(Love Valek)
    – On the Edge (Love Declan)

    why this books?.. because they’re my favorites.

  29. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey
    Dark Lover by J R Ward
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

    Thanks for the challenge!

  30. Five huh?
    (For future reference they need to make a bind up of the vampire academy series so i can use that and not just one book)
    1. Nevermore-It’s just an interesting read, and somewhat longer than what I normally read.
    2. Divergent- Just because I love it and I could read about tris and four over and over again.
    3.Last Sacrifice- It’s the biggest of the books, and it has pretty much all my fave characters.
    4.The Day before- I’m not sure why
    5. If I stay
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  31. 1)M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman. ~ It’s a book of short stories, so it would be like several books in one.

    2)War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ~ A TV show I once watched, Stargate Atlantis, had a character that took this book with him to another galaxy because it is so long. It’s an in-joke that he’s been on the same page for years. I wouldn’t be able to resist the irony of taking it with me.

    3)The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks. ~ Because fuck you and shut up.

    4)The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien ~ I happen to have the trilogy smashed into one book, so it counts as one.

    5)I’d probably end up taking another book by Neil Gaiman. Stardust, Neverwhere, or The Graveyard Book. I’d want to bring something by Terry Pratchett but I love the Discworld series too much to have to choose just one book.

    How many people can I push in the way of zombies so I can take more books? Seriously, I’d probably just take my Kindle. There are over 50 books in there. I’d be set.

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  32. Hey April, I know you saw my challenge complete alot earlier and commented on my blog. I sent a link here via my phone so not sure it went through because I don’t see it.

    I’m going to put the link here, just for prosperity sake and anyone who didn’t see it. It is a list of 5 for each of us in the family. πŸ™‚

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  33. Believe it or not, I’ve actually thought about this before. I would take:

    1. Anne of Green Gables because nothing is more distracting than Anne in a bad situation.
    2. Pride and Prejudice because before I die I want to read it one more time.
    3. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward because you need a romance novel in your “I’m gonna die” list.
    4. Little Women because it was my first book and it should be one of my last.
    5. It by Stephen King because the only thing worse than zombies is clowns

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  34. I’m so pooped all the weekendreading was a bit much for me. Was fun though!
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  35. I’m so glad you mention Let the Right One In (or as my version was Let Me In) I LOVED that book too and others who read it didn’t see it the same way.. I thought it was touching, yes there were creepy elements but down at it’s core it was about love and how bonds can be forged, I loved the ending! Thanks for joining us! πŸ˜€


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