Today I say au revoir to France as I head across the border to Spain.* Continue reading
Welcome to Week 2 of the #BackpackEurope reading challenge.
I’m starting week 2 in France. Bonjour!
Last week, as you know, I flew into Heathrow and started my journey in England with Wuthering Heights. Although not a book I ended up liking, I can at least now say I’ve read it. (And bonus, I can mark it off my #GARbingo board.)
On Monday, I started the Backpack Across Europe Summer 2018 Reading Challenge. This reading challenge, hosted by the awesome folks over at The Reader’s Room, is all about exploring Europe via literature.
The challenge has rules, special events, and travel obstacles making it like a virtual board game with reading. As you know, I opted to “fly”* into Heathrow on Monday and my literary journey started with English author Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights. Continue reading
If you caught my last post, then you read about the 5 reading challenges I’m currently doing (or will be doing).
Today starts the Science Fiction/Fantasy To Be Read Reading Challenge. It runs from today, July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Twelve months to complete this 50-book challenge.
I have a starting TBR of 50 books—and that’s just the ones I currently own. (I know, I know!) As I went through the synopses, (yep, that’s correct. That’s the plural of synopsis. I checked.) I believe I’m missing a few categories. So I may be asking for recommendations in some of the categories.
And if you’re so inclined & want to play along, then here are the categories (or here’s the handy-dandy SFFTBR Reading Challenge PDF version):
|1||Longest Book on your TBR|
|2||Shortest Book on your TBR|
|3||Written by Person of Color|
|4||Written by straight, white male author (look close & critically on diversity)|
|5||Strong female lead & passes Bechdel test|
|6||Set in the future|
|7||Set in the past|
|8||Horror (or close equivalent)|
|11||includes African mythology|
|12||includes Norse mythology|
|13||includes Asian mythology|
|14||includes LGBTQ+ relationship|
|15||YA novel not suited for (younger) teens|
|17||Compared to the “Hunger Games”|
|18||Compared to “Game of Thrones”|
|19||includes a prophecy|
|20||Saving the world from evil|
|21||“…” of “…” Title|
|22||A book that was gifted to you|
|24||lowest rated on GR|
|25||can’t remember how much time has passed since you bought the book|
|27||POV character dies or family member died|
|28||encountering an alien species|
|30||shows the worst of humanity|
|31||war or soldier story|
|34||recommended by a litten|
|38||New York Times Bestseller|
|39||here be dragons|
|40||includes a map|
|42||last in a series|
|44||one of Unbound World’s Top 100 Fantasy novels that you never heard about|
Tell me in the comments below if you plan on playing along. And share your recommendations for any of the categories too!
Somehow, someway, I have committed myself to 5 different reading challenges. That’s right. Five.
I blame Litsy (mostly).
I also blame Litsy for my exponentially growing TBR, so much so, that I put myself on a book buying ban earlier this month.
(Of course, I may have already broken that ban when I received an email today from Subterranean Press about a special edition of Kevin Hearne’s Hexed, book 2 of the Iron Druid Chronicles. I had already pre-ordered Hounded, Book 1, so I *had* to pre-order Hexed. Right?) Continue reading
Wow, can you believe we’re almost 1/2 through 2018?! This year is flying by and so are the books. This has been a bit of a crazy month for me, hence the lack of posting. But thing should be settling down in the next week, so hopefully, I’ll post more. But for now, let’s do a book check-in.
My May Stats:
- 9 books (34 for the year)
- 1 ebook
- 1 audiobook
- 3 + 1 GARbingo books (one wasn’t on my bingo board but is on the GAR List of 100) for a total of 5 + 1 GARbingo books
- 1 five-star read
And here are the books (in the order that I finished them):
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Along Came A Spider by James Patterson
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)
- Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
- Magic Hunter by C.N. Crawford (ebook)
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Memory Zero by Keri Arthur
- Generation 18 by Keri Arthur
I managed to finish my first audiobook. Taking some advice from my fellow Littens, I listened to a non-fiction work, Yes Please by Amy Poehler and read by Amy Poehler. While I’m still not crazy about audiobooks (and I still get twitchy about counting an audiobook as “read”), I did finish it. I have mixed opinions about the book itself (see my review on Goodreads).
I read a total of 4 GAR books: The Sun Also Rises, Along Came A Spider, The Joy Luck Club, and The Color Purple. While the Joy Luck Club is on the GAR List of 100, I don’t have it on my #GARbingo board. That’s why I’m counting it as 3 + 1. This brings my #GARbingo board total to 5 +1.
My only 5-star read of the month was The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Somehow I made it this far in life never having read it. The Color Purple was (sadly) never assigned in any of my English or literature classes. But thanks to the GAR, it was on my #GARbingo TBR. Plus, I’m trying to get through some of the thinner GAR books before tackling the chunksters like Pillars of the Earth and Atlas Shrugged.
Although there were challenging parts to read (domestic violence, rape), the story of Celie was fascinating and powerful. I highly recommend anyone read The Color Purple. It sheds some light on an often confusing and sometimes dark period in our history. It is beautifully written and just incredible.
Overall a solid month of reading despite the fact that there were about 10-12 days where I didn’t have the time or was too exhausted to read at all. But I’m still right on track for my Goodreads 2018 challenge.
To see my reviews of these 9 books or any of the other books I’ve read, find me on Goodreads.
What books did you read in May? Any favorites? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.
Can you believe it’s May already? Since we’re already one-third done with the year, I thought I’d do a reading check-in.
My book run-down by month: Continue reading
If you follow me on Litsy, then you’ve probably seen my #QuotsyApril18 posts. I’ve had a blast finding quotes and designing images to meet each day’s prompt. So much so, I decided to do a recap. Continue reading
PBS is launching the Great American Read, an 8-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading. The GAR, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. Continue reading