Category: Challenges

Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. There are three months left in the year, and I took September off from reading challenges.  Here are ten books to read if I want to beat some of my challenges: For my TBR… Continue Reading “Ten Books On My Fall TBR List”

Review: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

I absolutely loved this children’s book about a girl from a Cuban-Jewish family living in New York who is seriously injured in a car accident and ends up in a full body cast.  It’s a perfect book for children in about 3rd-4th grade who… Continue Reading “Review: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar”

My 20 Books of Summer: A Reading Recap

I really like the 20 Books of Summer challenge, hosted by 746 Books, because it keeps me focused on a specific list of books rather than reading whatever comes my way.  This summer, I wanted to read more books I owned.  I always feel… Continue Reading “My 20 Books of Summer: A Reading Recap”

Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

July was a pretty heavy reading month, but this book was pure fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.  Moreno-Garcia’s novel is set in 1920’s Mexico, where Casiopea, a young woman in Yucatan, is struggling in her oppressive grandfather’s home.  It begins as… Continue Reading “Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

For those interested in reading memoirs about events in other countries, I recommend this book by a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Sandra is from a Congolese tribe called the Banyamulenge that has been a frequent target of ethnic violence.  In… Continue Reading “Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana”

2019 Challenges: the Halfway Mark

We’re halfway into the year, so it’s time for a quarterly report-out on challenges.  You can see current progress on all my challenges here. For the TBR Pile Challenge, I’ve read 5 of 12, which isn’t terrible halfway into the year, but isn’t great… Continue Reading “2019 Challenges: the Halfway Mark”

Review: Dopesick by Beth Macy

This was one of those books that’s a tough read, but an important subject we should know more about. And Macy does a nice job of balancing medical, business, and legal information with personal stories. Dopesick is about OxyContin and the way it was… Continue Reading “Review: Dopesick by Beth Macy”

Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

I really appreciated this memoir by Nicole Chung about her adoption and the search for her birth family. It was particularly interesting to read about her personal struggles as a child being of Korean descent in a white family and a mostly white town.… Continue Reading “Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung”

My 20 Books of Summer

Twenty Books of Summer is back!  It will run from June 3 through August, and basically the challenge is to make a list of 20 books and read those books over the next three months. This year I decided at least 10 of the books… Continue Reading “My 20 Books of Summer”

Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

It’s hard to say this book was fun, since it involved more violently ill characters than any other book I can think of… but it’s a page turner and yes, a lot of fun too.   Time travel, the Middle Ages, plague, and Christmas –… Continue Reading “Review: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis”

Re-Reading Childhood Favorites: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

You might not expect Heidi to be one of my childhood favorites, but it is.  I tended to love books that were grittier and darker.  I preferred flawed or “prickly” characters (think Mary Poppins, Ramona, and Harriet the Spy) and I loved stories that… Continue Reading “Re-Reading Childhood Favorites: Heidi by Johanna Spyri”

Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

I can’t say this is a perfect book, but it’s one of my favorites of the year, and it’s a book I’ll recommend to a lot of people.  After all, it’s a book devoted to one of my favorite places: the public library.  It’s… Continue Reading “Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean”

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