What I Read… vol. 3

This was a good month for reading. (Finally! ) I finished up The Lunar Chronicles, I checked a few books off Erin’s Challenge, and I started into Meyer’s newest novel, Heartless. Today I’m linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

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As you know, here’s the rating system…

Book Rating

and I include a brief summary, why I picked up the book, and what I thought. Then I give my oh-so-valuable opinion on whether or not you should read it and why. Images link to their GoodReads page (let’s be friends!).

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Winter by Marissa Meyer | ★★★★★/5 winter
Summary: The fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles… It’s now or never as Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, and Iko bring the battle to evil Queen Levana’s doorstep. Add a crazy lunar princess (Winter) and a stubborn but loyal royal guard (Jacin). What will it cost for goodness and kindness to overcome manipulation and power? | Why I Read It: Because I’m obsessed with this series. Duh. | What I Thought: My heart has shattered into a million pieces. Not because this story was sad, but because upon closing the back cover I immediately missed my friends. Originally I thought +800 pages sounded intimidating. When I got to page 300 I wondered how there was more to the story. Around page 600 things were getting cray. At 823 I found myself wishing for a thousand more pages and a million more words to keep the adventure going. Yes, my friends, this series is that wonderful. It’s fantasy and YA and the retelling of several fairy tales. If ANY of those things appeal to you, go start on this series. Adventure, romance, strong women and men, good verses evil, self-discovery, fantastic world development – this series has it all. I am devastated it’s over. (If you don’t believe me go look at Goodreads– all the books rate above 4 stars.)
You Should Read It Because… you enjoy a good futuristic/fantasy story. Actually, I never read futuristic stories and I loved this series. It was similar to HP in terms of friendship and growth and overcoming evil. If you love a good series, go read these right now.

(Other LC reviews: Cinder | Scarlet | Cress )

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | ★★★★/5 stars-above
This book was a collection of 9 short stories surrounding the four main books of The Lunar Chronicles. It’s easiest to sum them up individually…
The Keeper: A short backstory about Scarlet’s grand-mère and the role she played in raising and encouraging a Lunar revolution.
Glitches [reviewed here]
The Queen’s Army [reviewed here] *
Carswell’s Guide to Being Luck [reviewed here] *
After Sunshine Passes By: When we meet Cress she’s locked in a satellite, monitoring (read: spying) on Earth. But how did she get there…?
The Princess & The Guard*: Winter is such a complicated character- her childhood in the palace and her relation with Jacin is revealed and explained in this tale.
The Little Android [reviewed here]
The Mechanic: In Cinder we learned how she and Kai met… but only from her point of view. This short story follows Kai’s experience in the busy marketplace that day.
Something Old, Something New *: Time has passed and the Rampion crew is back together on Earth. This reads like an extended epilogue.
What I Thought: I love these back stories on all the characters. Some are a little long and some seem slightly unnecessary (since the books cover so much), but I can’t get enough of this series (obviously ), so it’s ok. My favorite ones are asterisk-ed.
You Should Read It Because… You’re reading/have read the four main books. Marissa Meyer recommends reading the books/stories in this order.

Ok. I’m done talking about The Lunar Chronicles. For a minute.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle | ★★★/5 a-wrinkle-in-time
(Listened to on Audible; Narrated by Hope Davis)
Summary: After their father’s suspicious disappearance, 12-year-old Meg Murray and her youngest brother Charles Wallace come across the path of three odd women: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Witch. Together with their friend Calvin, the three children are whisked away and sent on a journey to find Mr. Murray. | Why I Read It: I had the book as a kid, but I never read it. I picked it up this time to fulfill a category in Erin’s reading challenge. | What I Thought: I had no idea this was considered a “children’s classic” and I didn’t realize that L’Engle was a Christian writer. Neither of those things matter in the grand scheme of this review, though. I listened to this book all in one shot while driving from Fairfax, VA to my town in Ohio. It was entertaining and it kept my interest the entire drive, but it didn’t blow my mind or change my life. I really liked Charles Wallace and I thought the overall message of the story was sweet and simple, but there were things that seemed too convenient and moments that dragged on just a bit. It’s targeted at kids and it’s considered a classic, so reviewing it is kind of tough.
You Should Read It Because… you enjoy children’s literature or Christian-based (fantasy) story-telling. Meg was a flawed but strong female protagonist which is rare for a religious sci-fi novel from 1962. Also, if you’re a strict book-before-movie person you might want to check this out. They’re currently filming this with Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, & Oprah Winfrey.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, Illustrated by Douglas Holgate | ★★★★★/5
Summary: With tension between Luna and Earth still high, the once-servant-turned-hero android Iko volunteers to take on the rogue hybrid-wolf packs plaguing Earth. | Why I Read It: This is Meyer’s first graphic novel and takes place after Winter. | What I Thought: Aces and stars, I love this series. I loved reading this in Iko’s voice. I loved getting a follow-up with each character and getting to see Holgate’s/Meyer’s illustrations. (I was nervous they wouldn’t match my mental image, but they did for the most part.) I loved how light this story felt, but at the same time I experienced fear and anger and joy for the characters. The only thing I hated is how long I have to wait for volume 2… *sigh*
You Should Read It Because… you read all the other books in The Lunar Chronicles and you loved them. I recommend reading the series before cracking open this graphic novel.

So…. here’s the update with Erin’s Challenge:

| 5 points | Freebie: Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
| 10 points | Starts with the letter “W”: Winter by Marissa Meyer
| 10 points | Six words in the title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
| 15 points | Has a (mostly) green cover: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points | A homonym in the title: The One by Kiera Cass
| 20 points | By your favorite author: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
| 25 points | Set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
| 30 points | A “Rory Gilmore” book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
| 30 points | From a genre that you’ve never read/rarely read (*thriller*): The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
| 35 points | With time travel: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I’m at 85 out of 200 points. I won’t be attempting the bonus round this time, fyi 😉 I’ve got a month and a half left to finish!

What’d you read this month?

Life According to Steph

What I Read… vol. 2

Happy Valentine’s Day ❤︎ What better way to celebrate than loving on the books in my life?

Last time I mentioned that I’d be linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books this year and, therefore, labeling these posts a little differently than 2016’s monthly round-up.

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The way I rate the books and how I summarize them is still the same.

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Below I’ll include a brief summary, why I picked up the book, and what I thought. Then I give my oh-so-valuable opinion on whether or not you should read it and why. Images link to their GoodReads page (let’s be friends!). Let’s begin.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis || ★★★★/5 the-magicians-nephew
Summary: The first book in The Chronicles of Narnia, this classic follows Digory and Polly as they discover new and old worlds, as well as the creatures that live there. | Why I Read It: I read this story a long time ago, but I’m working my way through TCofN and this book is the first. Plus it met a requirement for Erin’s Challenge. | What I Thought: I read another book in this series last year and found this one to be equally enjoyable. I love that this book is the “Genesis” of Narnia. I know not everyone likes it or cares about it, but I enjoy the religious undertones in these books. These books are short and full of storytelling, and I’ll be tackling the remaining five in the series, even though I know I’ve read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe before. It’s a smart, entertaining set of books to revisit.
You Should Read It Because… you enjoy children’s lit. or you’re a fan of C.S. Lewis or you’re in need of a quick yet meaningful fantasy series.

But Polly added, “But we are not quite as bad as that world, are we, Aslan?”
“Not yet, Daughter of Eve,” he said. “not yet. But you are growing more like it. It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the Deplorable Word and use it to destroy all living things. And soon, very soon, before you are an old man and an old woman, great nations in your world will be ruled by tyrants which care no more for joy and justice and mercy than the Empress Jadis. Let your world beware. That is the warning…” -The Magician’s Nephew

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber || ★★/5 dashing-through-the-snow
Summary: After missing their opportunity to fly to Seattle for the holidays, strangers Ashley and Dash end up sharing a rental car and making the trek north from San Francisco just before Christmas. Things prove to be a little difficult when the unlikely duo face a non-negotiable deadline, a surprise furry companion, and a mix-up with the law. | Why I Read It: I wanted a fun, festive read to kick off Erin’s Challenge. (below) | What I Thought: Holy cheeseball, Batman. This book annoyed me. Ashley annoyed me. Dash annoyed me. The law enforcement annoyed me. BLEH. I felt like the flirty conversation wasn’t realistic. I didn’t like the cat and mouse crap with the law. I just wanted there to be some action and it fell flat. *shrug*
You Should Read It Because… you’re in the mood for holiday fluff. Or you like this author? I don’t know. I won’t be picking this one up again. I don’t think this is my genre…

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin || ★★★★/5 the-westing-game
Summary: 16 “heirs and heiresses” are brought together to solve the mystery that is Sam Westing. The players include a bookie, a birdwatcher, and a bomber… but could one be a murderer, too?? | Why I Read It: I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time. I popped into the bookstore before our trip to San Antonio (as I always do before a trip ) and saw it on sale… so I bought it and tossed it in my carry-on. | What I Thought: Whew… I’m glad I tackled this book in a single day because there were SO many characters. I’ve tried to start this book a few times in my youth and I always ended up putting it down and forgetting about it. Not this time! I started figuring out the clues and mystery around page 100, but there were still enough twists to keep me entertained. I loved how the stories weaved together and the friendships developed. To be honest, there were 4 or 5 holes or unanswered questions. I wanted connects to happen where there weren’t any. I gave it four stars because of that untapped potential.
You Should Read It Because… you like the movie Clue. This is a good book for Nancy-Drew-loving pre-teens and teens (and adults)!

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An update on Erin’s 6.0 Challenge:

| 5 points | Freebie: Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
| 10 points | Starts with the letter “W”: Winter by Marissa Meyer
| 10 points | Six words in the title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
| 15 points | Has a (mostly) green cover: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points | A homonym in the title: The One by Kiera Cass
| 20 points | By your favorite author: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
| 25 points | Set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
| 30 points | A “Rory Gilmore” book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
| 30 points | From a genre that you’ve never read/rarely read (*thriller*): The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
| 35 points | With time travel: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Ending this post at a total of 40 points out of 200. I have about 250 pages left of Winter. I thought I’d have it done by now, but I needed a break so I picked up The Westing Game. Oh well. It’ll be done by the next one of these 😉

What did you read last month? Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia?

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End of the Year (Book) Review

Whoopsies- so much for M W F this week… I had yesterday off (hopefully you did, too!) so I’m a day late with this post!

I’m combining everything bookish today… Linking up with Steph and Jana but also using this survey format from Jamie and stealing the graph idea from Emma.

So hold on to your hats, folks…

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Number Of Books You Read: 25
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

*Last year I read one book. I set a lofty goal for 2016 and didn’t meet it, but I’m very glad to have read 25 books.

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Cress [Marissa Meyer] & Orphan Train [Christina Baker Kline]

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Harry Potter & the Curse Child [John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, JK Rowling]

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Secret Daughter [Shilpi Somaya Gowda] – I didn’t think I’d like this book or connect with it, but it was really enjoyable and it has stuck with me.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read?

Probably The Lunar Chronicles. Sorry guys, haha.

 5. Best series you started/sequel/series ender of 2016?

You can probably guess…

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Probably Marissa Meyer. I’m excited to start Winter and then get her new book, Heartless!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Royal We [Heather Cock & Jessica Morgan] – I hardly ever read romance or books set in our decade.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/un-put-down-able book of the year?

Orphan Train – Not necessary an action book, but I couldn’t put it down.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

None… Very rarely do I re-read books. Just the HP series & Alice in Wonderland.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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The art wraps all the way around the cover.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Tina Fey in Bossypants. Is it cheating to use a real person? Whatever; I love her.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Peter Pan [J.M. Barrie] – I liked his occasional disregard for the 4th wall.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

None of them really. Wench [Dolen Perkins Valdez] was the toughest/one that stuck with me most.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

Bossypants. I’m ashamed that I still haven’t read the handful of comedian autobiographies that are on my TBR list.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

I should keep a book journal where I jot this stuff down… but I don’t.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

The Queen’s Army at 18 pages & Cress with 560 pages.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I’d say Orphan Train was the one that kept surprising me and taking me down paths I didn’t expect.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Amory and Milo (Death Wear a Mask/Murder at the Brightwell [Ashley Weaver] )

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Carswell & Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Witches [Roald Dahl].

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Many of my picks come from other blogger recommendations. If y’all hadn’t suggested The Royal We I’d have never read it! (Thanks, guys!)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Carswell. Or Wolf. Ha. (The Lunar Chronicles)

Reviews of my favorite books ( Cress and Orphan Train ) can be found here and here.

And here’s a list of all the books I read in 2016 with links to their reviews.

Let’s end with some graphs:

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I think I was generous. In hindsight there was at least one book that deserved 1 star.

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So there ya have it. Next year I think I’d like to tackle 40 books. That roughly 3 and one third books per month- seems manageable.

What are your reading goals for next year? What was your favorite book of 2016?

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Life According to Steph

Book Challenge by Erin 6.0

On December 1st Erin released the categories for her Book Challenge 6.0!

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Chances are you know how this works… If not, Erin has the rules and details over on her page. The challenge goes from January 1st to April 30th, 2017. (Whoa… “2017”… That’s weird to type…)
Here are my picks:

| 5 points | Freebie: Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
| 10 points | Starts with the letter “W”: Winter by Marissa Meyer *
| 10 points | Six words in the title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
| 15 points | Has a (mostly) green cover: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points | A homonym in the title: The One by Kiera Cass *
| 20 points | By your favorite author: Heartless by Marissa Meyer *
| 25 points | Set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
| 30 points | A “Rory Gilmore” book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
| 30 points | From a genre that you’ve never read/rarely read (*thriller*): The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
| 35 points | With time travel: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (or Outlander if I get adventurous)

* Right now I’m participating in the Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge but that ends January 31st. Three of my books for Erin’s challenge repeat from that list but Winter is 800+ pages so I doubt I’ll read much more than that in January.

I really am so grateful that Erin hosts this challenge. She’s the most gracious host and doesn’t pressure anyone to finish or even join. She’s encouraging and attentive, and she interacts with you the entire time! Her challenges always have fun categories and they remind me to switch off the TV and read. If you’re looking for a fun way to ease (back) into reading then I recommend this challenge. You can change your book choices, too, so you’re not forced to read something you end up hating!

She posts her lists to her blog, but you can also play along on Facebook and GoodReads!

Please join us!

*Off topic: The word “homonym” reminds me of Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U because I swear she says “Because a homonym my name.” Hahahahaha! (It’s actually “Leave behind my name and age?” but I had to look that up and I’m still not a believer.)

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What I Read… September & October 2016

I decided to combine September & October books so this post was actually worth your time. I feel like I’ve been super lazy this week post-wise with a shameless plug on Monday and a new book challenge on Wednesday… I’ll try to be a little more meaty next week. Ha.

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September was rough. I didn’t read very much because I just wasn’t home much. Plus, with yoga at 5:30am M, W, F I was going to bed early and trying to squeeze other things into my evenings. October was a little better. We had a trip planned so I got some reading done while on vacation!

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So today you’re in for 5 book reviews. Lucky dog. Pictures linked to the GoodReads page!
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The Elite by Kiera Cass || ★★★/5 the elite
Summary: This is the second book in the Selection series. (I recapped the first one here.) America is now one of six girls competing for Maxon’s heart & the crown. Of course things aren’t easy when you mix in rebel attacks, frosty in-laws, and former lovers. | Why I Read It: I enjoyed the first book in the series. | What I Thought: The love triangle was less obnoxious in this one, but America’s personality became a little wishy-washy; she relied on others to give her confidence (i.e. Maonx, her dad, Aspen). That irked me. I enjoyed some of the twists and revelations in this book- the rebel attacks and formerly undisclosed history of the country surprised me a few times. I liked it enough that I’m moving on to book 3.
You Should Read It Because…  you enjoyed The Selection and you want to see how America survives as an elite contender.

Cress by Marissa Meyer || ★★★★★/5 cress
Summary: This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. (Cinder and Scarlet are the first two.) This book introduces Cress- a Lunar shell who’s good at hacking and hellbent on helping Cinder & friends take down Queen Levana. | Why I Read It: I’m making my way through the Lunar Chronicles. | What I Thought: Well… I mentioned this book a lot on the blog while I was reading it (and it was 550 pages so it took a while). So far each Lunar book has been better than the one before it- I loved Cress. I loved the friendships and the romances and the adventure. It moved at the right pace and had action mixed with strategy. It was perfect.
You Should Read It Because… you enjoyed Cinder & Scarlet. Honestly, this series reminds me of HP a bit because the friendship and good vs. evil elements are so strong. Strong characters question themselves and the lines are sometimes blurred. I really like this series.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer || ★★★★/5
Summary: A short story about thirteen-year-old (Captain) Carswell Thorne. | Why I Read It: According to this site it was next in The Lunar Chronicles. | What I Thought: It was the right story about Carwell’s past to share with readers because we got to see what kind of family he came from, how he behaved in his formative years, and who he is when no one’s looking. It was entertaining to see a very small part from Cress elaborated upon.
You Should Read It Because,,, you’re making your way through The Lunar Chronicles and this sheds a little light on Carswell.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie | ★★★/5 peter-pan
Summary: Do you really need a summary of Peter Pan…? Three children are whisked away from their beds by the forever-child, Peter Pan. This is the story of their adventures in Neverland. | Why I Read It: I own the book but I’ve never read it. Banned Books week gave me the push I needed. Plus, I love comparing the book version of stories to their movie counterparts or spin-offs. | What I Thought: I think all classics should be taken with a grain of salt, ha. If you’ve seen the Disney movie and Hook then you’ve essentially got the gist of Peter Pan. It’s a little darker than Disney (per usual) and it tends to have little regard for the fourth wall occasionally. There’s a very big focus on “mothers” and a very… dated perspective on women. But, again, it was written in 1904 sooo……
You Should Read It Because… you enjoy classic literature and you want to get lost in a child’s fantasy novel.

The Witches by Roald Dahl | ★★★★/5 the-witches
Summary: While on vacation a young boy & his grandmother stumble upon England’s most feared, devilish, grotesque predators: Witches! | Why I Read It: I try to read one spooky/Halloween-ish book every October. Plus, I’m a fan of Dahl and his storytelling. | What I Thought: Once again, I struggle with “reviewing” classics (and I consider Dahl to be a classic author). This is a kids book, so the writing is fairly basic. That said, Dahl is an amazing storyteller and I was intrigued the entire time. I loved the little sketches throughout the pages, and the description of the witches and their menacing beahvior was so silly and fun- definitely spooky for a little kid. I bought the book because A) I found it for $2.50 at my local bookstore and B) I want this on my shelves for when we have kids and they have the same creepy interest in Halloween/fantasy that I do.
You Should Read It Because: You enjoy children’s lit. and you’ve got a few hours to spend on a creative, masterful 200 page novel.

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And thus ends Erin’s Reading Challenge for me!

| 5 points | Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages: Cress by Marissa Meyer
| 10 points | Read a book that starts with the letter “R”: The Royal We by Heather Cocks
| 10 points | Read a book with five words in the title: The Lady of The River by Philippa Gregory
| 15 points | Read a book that has a (mostly) blue cover: The Selection by Kiera Cass
| 20 points | Read a book with twins as characters: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
| 20 points | Read a book from this list of books made into movies: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
| 25 points | Read a book set in a country you have always wanted to visit: Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver (England)
| 30 points | Read a historical fiction book: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
| 30 points | Read a music related book: Wicked by Gregory Maguire
| 35 points | Read a book originally published over 100 years ago: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

So I ended at 125 out of 200 points. I’ll take it. (I promise I’ll complete this challenge one of these days, Erin!)

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Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge

Next week Erin’s Book Challenge will end and Megan’s Semi-Charmed Winter 2016 Book Challenge will start. (And in January Erin’s next challenge starts, I believe!!) Though I’ve yet to complete one, these challenges keep me motivated and engaged with my reading.

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Since Megan’s challenge starts next Tuesday I wanted to share pick out my books here! Check out her page for all the details & rules. (Essentially books w/ more than 150 pages, no repeats per category, & reading must occur between 11/1/16 and 1/31/17.)

|5 points| Freebie! Read any book that is at least 150 pages long: The One by Kiera Cass
|10 points| Read a 2016 finalist for one of the following literary prizes: National Book Award, Man Booker or Man Booker International: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
|10 points| Read a brand-new release: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
|15 points| Read a book by an author of a different race or religion than you: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
|15 points| Read a book featuring a main character who is of a different race or religion than you: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
|20 points| Read a modern retelling of a classic: Winter by Marissa Meyer
|25 points| Read a book with an alcoholic beverage: The Whiskey Affair by Raymond Armstrong
|30 points| Read a book with a character that shares your first or last name: Tender Grace by Jackina Stark (*last name- HAHAHA; yeah right)
|30 points| Read two books: a nonfiction book and a fiction book with which it connects: Etta Place by Gail Drago & Etta by Gerald Kolpan
|40 points| Read two books: one by an author whose first name is the same as the last name of the author of the other book: After Alice by Gregory Maguire & The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.

I did surprisingly well during Erin’s challenge. I believe that I’m getting back into the swing of things as far as recreational reading goes (though I’m still only reading two or three per month). These past few months I’ve been reading some books that aren’t on my challenge lists, which is a step in the right direction  🙂

Some of these are already in my possession or sitting on my nightstand so I’m all set for November 1st! Have you read any of these books? What’d you think of them?

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Currently…

Let’s start off with some random thoughts, then we’ll move on to the typical “currently” one-liners.

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I think in the real winner in Monday night’s debate was Snap Chat. All hail the face swap filter:

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I saw this making its rounds on Facebook. I mean, it’s kind of a way to humble-brag about yourself in a humorous way, but I’m not above that 🙂

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Pam Beesly from THE OFFICE | Louise Belcher from BOB’S BURGERS | Ainsley Hayes from THE WEST WING

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For the last week I’ve been going on about how a Jumanji remake would be terrifying and awesome. I just discovered that Hollywood might actually be working it? I’m going to need royalties for my idea, guys…

On to the one-liners…

Reading… Cress (Marissa Meyer). But I plan to finish it up this weekend. Also, Peter Pan and The One.

Listening to… random chill playlists on Spotify. I downloaded the music player at work & it automatically pops up when I turn on my machine each morning. Usually I just click a random playlist and let it go all morning as background noise.

Watching… new Fall TV shows like This Is Us & Bull. I also watched the first episode of The Good Place and I plan to keep with that, too. And The Mindy Project starts again next week!

Playing… Toy Blast. It’s an app for iPhone that’s similar to Candy Crush. My 9 year old cousin got me hooked.

Working on… all our landscaping! I finally take that chore off my seasonal to-do list and K suddenly gets the energy to work on it. THANK YOU to my parents for helping us Sunday & Tuesday night!

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*the mailbox post needs to be painted & the box replaced, plus river rock will be added to the flower beds! and a new porch light someday…

Looking forward to… our October Myrtle Beach get-away.

Feeling… like poop. UGH. On Tuesday night my sinuses revolted. On Wednesday I napped through my lunch hour & then went straight to bed after work. Thankfully it’s starting to clear up.

Missing… broccoli cheese soup from McDonald’s. Random, but the sick heart wants what it wants…

Dreading… finding health insurance 😦 My job doesn’t offer it and I lose my mom’s when I turn 26 next month. K has private ins. but his provider is leaving Ohio at the end of the year so we both need to hunt for new insurance. BLEH.

Praying about… the poor pitbulls and dogs that look like pitbulls because Montreal made a ridiculous, murderous, prejudice new law that sentences these dogs to death. Send me all the pitties- I’ll find them homes. Fear-mongering governments are on my last nerve. Please sign this petition requesting the ban be reversed. You can also register to foster or adopt a dog from the shelter!

Hey, the front door is finally painted!

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*we still need to switch out the deadbolt for brushed nickel & I want to paint the window trim white!

That about sums it up. Tomorrow is OCTOBER & my heart is singing with joy! What’s new with you?

*Totally did this a week early, but I plan to link-up with Kristen & Gretch next Thursday 🙂

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