What I Read…

Hello all you cool cats. Happy Book Day! Linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books but also sharing my choices for Erin’s 14.0 Book Challenge (starting Jan. 1, 2021).

Mmk. Let’s get to the ONE (short) story I finished this month. Woof.

Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | ★★★★★/5 | Fiction; Short Story
Man… I love Adichie’s writing style. It sucks you in, it’s easy to comprehend, and she’s an incredible storyteller. I need to read some of her longer books. This one is 35 pages and it’s such a raw, true account of becoming a (single) mother. Plus the element of a fragile mother-daughter relationship. I read this at the perfect time- right before M turned one. It brought back all those emotions from the first few weeks.


If you’ve been around, you know. Or as the cool kids say, IYKYK. (The cool kids say that, right?)

Anyway, here are my picks for Erin’s Book Challenge. (Rules can be found here!)

| 5 p | Freebie: The Unhoneymooners (Christina Lauren)
| 10 p | You’ve been meaning to re-read: HP & the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
| 10 p | The first book of a series you’ve never read: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Maas)
| 15 p | Mostly green and/or pink cover art: The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals (Mahnke)
| 20 p | A male relationship word in the title: The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers (Mullen)
| 20 p | Set in a place on your bucket list: Bringing Down the Duke (Dunmore)
| 25 p | Reminds you of 2020: A Vow So Bold & Deadly (Kemmerer) – dark, I know.
| 30 p | Written by an LGBTQIA+ author: Red, White & Royal Blue (McQuiston)
| 30 p | The name of a bird in the title: The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)
| 35 p | Protagonist has a questionable profession: The Great Train Robbery (Crichton)


And there you have it. Likely another challenge I will attempt & fail, but that’s all part of the fun.

Have you read any of these? Did I list any favorites?
(I can’t believe I haven’t read ACOTAR yet. Fail on my part.)

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Why am I singing “Cool for Cats” in my head now? 😂

    The categories came out? I missed it. This is what the get for not being in the Facebook group 🙁

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    1. Audrey says:

      Hahaha- I don’t know if I’m familiar with that song.
      Yep! They came out on the first. Did you find them? I can send them to you if you need them!

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      1. They’re on Goodreads now thanks 🙂

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  2. Nadine says:

    I just grabbed Zikora from Amazon after reading Jana’s post. Cant wait to read it! I loved Unhoneymooners, hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Audrey says:

      It’s a quick one- you’ll polish it off in a half hour.
      I’ve heard really good things about Unhoneymooners!

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  3. Zikora sounds so interesting! I really enjoyed the Unhoneymooners. My favorite of their books so far!

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    1. Audrey says:

      That seems to be the consensus! Yay!
      Zikora was a quick read and so worth it.

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  4. Rebecca Jo says:

    Hey, you’ve been doing holidays & celebrating the first birthday of your baby… I’m impressed you got one in at all 🙂

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    1. Audrey says:

      Ha, me too. I’m glad it was short!

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  5. Kasey Decker says:

    I’m almost done with a Court of Thorns & Roses and I’m hooked, already borrowed the second book in the series! That book challenge sounds interesting, I’ll be looking into the rules of that next!

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    1. Audrey says:

      I’ve had the book for years and just haven’t gotten to it. The challenge starts in Jan. so feel free to jump in now if you’d like!

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  6. I am a HUGE fan of Thomas Mullen but the Firefly Brothers wasn’t my favorite of his. I hope you do like it, though (read his Darktown series. I know you don’t like violence in books but it’s excellent).

    Zikora was excellent.

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    1. Audrey says:

      Violence in books doesn’t bother me like it does on screen. Except in cases of rape- I don’t love that in anything. Ha.
      Zikora really was fantastic!

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  7. Kay R.D. says:

    I havent chosen my books for BCBE 14 yet. Hopefully this week!

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    1. Audrey says:

      Plenty of time 🙂 I LOVE picking books for the categories!!

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  8. SMD says:

    I downloaded Zikora yesterday, hope to sneak that in real quick today or tomorrow!

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    1. Audrey says:

      It’s quick. I’m sure you’ve already checked it off 🙂

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  9. Lauren Becker says:

    I really loved Red, White, and Royal Blue. And I’m PRETTY sure I read The Maltese Falcon in college. I know I’ve read something by the author.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Audrey says:

      I’ve seen such high reviews of Red, White, and Royal Blue! I’m excited to pick it up!

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  10. Becki says:

    Second mention I’ve seen of Zikora – sounds good! Resisting clicking through for another book challenge. I think I signed up for a bunch at the beginning of 2020…and promptly forgot 😉 LOL Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Audrey says:

      For sure check out Zikora! It’s a great, quick read!
      Oh man… I very rarely ever complete the challenges. But it’s fun to try!

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  11. Sounds like I need to read Zikora. Plus it being short means I might actually read it and it might help kickstart my reading mojo too. And oh, I forgot about A Vow so Dark and Deadly. Dark, yes, but very 2020 appropriate. 🙂 And don’t feel bad about reading one book last month since I read none. You’ve definitely got me beat!

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    1. Audrey says:

      For sure. You will fly through it.
      I’m starting to re-learn how to relax with a toddler around so maybe I’ll get a few more books read in 2021!

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