Part One of 2018 Challenge Choices

Part One of 2018 Challenge Choices

I’ve been looking through my shelves and library catalog, making preliminary lists of books for the 2018 Reading Challenge Below are my current choices for the first 6 categories. The Big Bad (a book that is over 700 pages)  The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss  The 2nd book in the trilogy.  I’ll be reading this after my re-read of the Name in the Wind.  The Wise Man’s Fear is normally categorized as Fantasy or Epic Fantasy.  Still wondering when the…

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Best of 2017: Books that I’m still thinking about

Best of 2017: Books that I’m still thinking about

Here are 5 books that I read this year that I’m still thinking about.  They had some difficult subject matter and themes but were still worthwhile reads.   The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore This book takes on the topic of modern segregation.  How it is often swept under the rug, and how it continues to the define the city of Chicago.  It combines both facts and figures as Moore weaves her experience…

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Oak & Mistletoe: Advanced Reader Review

Oak & Mistletoe: Advanced Reader Review

I got something exciting in the mail yesterday.  It was a advanced reader copy of  the book Oak and Mistletoe by  J.Z.N. McCauley.   I won this in a Goodreads giveaway contest. It’s a new adult/young adult romance set in Ireland, involving druids and magic. The byline on the back:  A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance. The premise of the book is interesting. The prologue opens with twin sisters and an older brother taking a trip to Ireland…

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Memorable Memoirs: – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

Memorable Memoirs: – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

In my quest to pick the suggestion for the memoir category for the 2018 reading challenge I wanted to pick memoirs that are approachable for someone who doesn’t usually read memoirs. I decided to focus on ones that were written by women and beyond the story of their life offered some nugget of wisdom.   Here is the little list I made to tick off to give you my favorite recently read memoirs. Conversational tone Witty/Smart/Funny Shows struggle to success or with…

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Wrapping up Reading: End of Year Reading Goals and Tidbits

Wrapping up Reading: End of Year Reading Goals and Tidbits

Not much time left to meet those reading goals of 2017.  My to-read goal was set at 40 this year & I exceeded my goal and I have read 115 books. Gold stars for me! Below are some free-floating bookish thoughts.  I’m also working on my best of list for 2017 and my reading wish list for 2018.  Before the end of the year I’m going to try and read a few more books. The majority of my reads this…

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The Martian – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

The Martian – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

The Martian by Andy Wier is a book that would fit into the following categories for the 2018 reading challenge, Noteworthy and Acclaimed, It’s All About the Destination, Pay it Forward, and lastly, it’s a little bit of stretch but – Hidden in Plain Sight (because he wrote the book as serial format on his website) My husband read this book, my interest was piqued so I read this book, then I sent this book to my mom.  This is a…

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Still Life – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

Still Life – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

Still Life by Louise Penny is a cozy mystery taking place in Three Pines,  a small village in Quebec, Canada.  It would be a great pick for the Sleuthing, First Things First, Noteworthy and Acclaimed as well as It’s all about the Destination categories in the 2018 reading challenge.   Nothing ever goes wrong in Three Pines.  Until,  the body of a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods.   The community works together to find out…

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Jólabókaflóð!

Jólabókaflóð!

Can you believe it? We are 9 days away from Jólabókaflóð! What is that? It is the amazing tradition they have in Iceland where you give your loved one books, they get you books, and you spend Christmas Eve reading together. Like many things it has a double meaning, It’s also a season – the season of newly published books, a fancy catalog gets distributed to Icelanders so they can select books to buy for loved ones. Traditionally in Iceland…

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My Life as a White Trash Zombie – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

My Life as a White Trash Zombie – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

My Life as a White Trash Zombie   by Diana Rowland is an urban fantasy novel about, you guessed it Zombies.   This is the first in the series and would fit into the First things First category for the 2018 reading challenge.   It would also work as the Sleuthing category as the plot unfolds as a mystery. This book takes a somewhat typical origin story that unfold within the first 15-20 pages, “I’m not sure what happened but brains sound good right…

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The Woman in Cabin 10 – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

The Woman in Cabin 10 – 2018 Reading Challenge Suggestion

The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware is a mystery, who-done-it, thriller that would be perfect for the Sleuthing category for the 2018 reading challenge.     The middle was a little slow but after the midpoint it was a race to the end with some unexpected twists. What is it about?  This book is about a travel journalist, Lo Blacklock  who never really gets the prime destinations for work assignments.  In twist of fate she gets the opportunity to…

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