Reading Challenge Update #2
Back in December, I issued a reading challenge, you can check it out here, there are only 17 challenges, plus when I did my first update, I added 3 bonus challenges, for a total of 20 challenges. In addition to doing my own challenge, I set a total book number on goodreads, I started the year off with 30 books as my goal, changed it in March to 40 and then again in June to 50. My current total of books read so far in 2017, currently stands at 39. What do you think of reading challenges? Will you be joining in the Stain On The Page challenge? Are you already participating in a reading challenge? Let us know in the comments.
I’m a little late with the 2nd quarter update and you can see the 1st quarter update here. Reading challenge stats for April-June. I managed to read a total of 19 books in 3 months, wow! I only read 8 from January to March, honestly though I almost made that number in July alone so I think my 3rd quarter challenge numbers will beat everything LOL. Making good progress on my number of books for goodreads, and most likely will exceed my number. I haven’t read this many books in so little time, oh probably in the last 7 years or so. The question is, did any of them qualify for my challenge? The answer is yes 6 of the 19 did! Whoo hoo! Go me, usually I start these reading challenges and then lose steam because I am not that interested in the topics picked and most times I’d rather read what I want. That’s why I made my own challenge hahaha. But anyways on to the challenges that I did meet. (PS they are not in order..because where is the fun in that?)
#16 A book about a witch
The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Middle grade fantasy story, with well developed characters and a world full of magic. I thought it could have been a bit shorter, but it’s still worth the read 3/5 stars.
#20 A book that takes place in Paris
The House I loved by Tatiana De Rosnay
A lovely, historical fiction novel, that takes place during the great reconstruction of Paris, by Napoleon III. A woman name Rose, determined to not lose her house, tells the story of her past as well as her current situation through a series of letters to her deceased husband. 3/5 stars.
#1 Reread an old favorite
Ashes in The Wind by Kathleen E. Woodwiss
A young girl forced from her home and branded a spy during the civil war. Staying with family in New Orleans, she is forced to dress as a boy and clean at the Yankee hospital, where she meet Capt Cole Latimer, who ends up marrying her cousin Roberta, only to find out later that “Al” is actually Alaina and maybe he might be in love with her. After much drama, shenanigans, tragedies and the horror of war, they finally can be together. or is it too late for them? 5/5 stars I love this book.
#11 A about an interesting/famous woman
Too Fat, Too Loud, Too Slutty: the Rise and Reign of The Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
see the full review HERE. 3/5 stars.
#7 A story set during wartime
Alex and Eliza: A love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
A young adult, historical fiction tale. The love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. The typical tale boy meets girl, girl doesn’t like boy.. boy persists and wins the hand of the lovely lady. Ahh but this one is told in such a manner that it sucks you in and makes you smile, laugh and cry. All while rooting for Alexander. 4/5 stars.
#8 A book outside your usual genre
Emma in The Night by Wendy Walker
You can read my full review HERE. Thriller’s are not usually my thing. But this one made me want to rethink that. 5/5 stars.
#17 A book recommended by me
not sure that this one is actually going to be a “completed” challenge for me, but I am going to list 2 of my 2017 favorites below.
Daughter Of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 5/5 stars.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus 5/5 stars.
There we have it, 6 more books completed for my challenge. 11 more to go, July-December. Pretty sure I’ll actually finish a reading challenge this year, which considering it’s my own would be a good thing. I thought I might add in another 1 or to challenges, like I did for the first wrap up, but have decided against it. 20 is a good round number.
*Some of these books, were advanced reader copies, sent to me by the publishers. All thoughts, opinions and fangirling are my own.
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