Well, I’ve got one of these up sooner than expected! Though I’m not 100% sure this counts. (Book Riot hasn’t posted its list of suggestions for this challenge yet, but the people in the Goodreads group seemed to think this type of book was okay.)
Fern & The Moon Rabbit is a book I backed on Kickstarter. (Which is where this image came from; click on it to go to the campaign page.) It’s a series of images drawn by the author during “Inktober,” which seems to be a lot like NaNoWriMo, except that it’s drawings and in October. These stories cohered into the story of Fern, a cute and strong little troll, on her quest to restore the moon rabbit to its proper place, facing off against a slew of dangers in the process.
Each picture is matched with four lines of verse, in the form of two rhymed couplets, to tell the story of Fern’s journey. It’s half art book, and half children’s picture book, and all very imaginative. This is the kind of thing I’d have liked to do with my fairy tale-like stories “A Tale o’ Seven Suns” and “The Story of the Many Moons,” only unlike my stories, this is actually really good.
Tragically, I don’t see anything on the Kickstarter page indicating that the book is available for sale anywhere; it looks like they only printed up enough copies to match the number ordered by the backers. Which is a real shame, because this is a beautiful little book, with a heroine who could easily endear herself to the whole world if given the chance.
Anyway, this is my pick for Challenge #15, “A one-sitting book.” Because “one-sitting” is very vague, and I don’t seem to read as much in a sitting as I used to, but this is super-short, and I literally read it all in a single bath. (Yeah, I read in the bath. So what of it?)
Looking at this year’s list, btw, I feel like maybe it’s a bit lighter weight than last year’s: there are three challenges that specifically require a comic book, and one that specifically requires a children’s book. Which isn’t to say that comics and kids’ books can’t be heavy-duty (or really long), but…I dunno.
Oh, looking at the comments on the Goodreads thread about the final challenge, “An assigned book you hated (or never finished,” I found myself being reminded of a number of so-called classic works of literature that I had to read and hated and have zero desire to re-read…but I also noted some people talking about how they thought books they had only been assigned to read selections of might count as books that they had never finished. So that opens up a lot of possibilities. Though most of them are really long and unwieldy…but maybe Gulliver’s Travels would be a good choice. At the time I enjoyed the 3/4 of it we were assigned to read. (They had us skip Laputa for whatever reason. Possibly because my high school did teach Spanish.)