2015 Reading Challenge

Without really meaning to, I am doing Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge.

January: A book you’ve been meaning to read…

I went to my Goodreads list and chose the oldest book on the To Read list. It was Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. I love Young Adult fiction.  It’s my favorite genre. The books are usually short (~300 pages), there are big feelings (I’m bad with feelings in real life), and the plots are so different from my everyday life (I sometimes find it hard to read stories that could actually happen to me). Anyway, this was a sweet book. I enjoyed the alternating voices of Juli and Bryce. It was definitely a young YA novel – almost middle school, but it was a cute love story. 4 Stars

February: A book published this year…

I read Fairest by Marissa Meyer, the newest in her Lunar Chronicles series. It was a little disappointing because instead of book 4 being released, she released this back story on Queen Levana – the evil queen/step mother from Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella all rolled into one. I love fairy tale re-tellings. I’ll blog about that soon. I enjoyed the additional depth given to this character, but it was no where near as great as the other books in the series. I recommend starting with “Cinder” and reading through all 5 books once “Winter” comes out this fall. 4 Stars

March: A book from a genre you typically don’t read…

I read A LOT and a pretty good variety. I actually Googled book genres trying to find one I don’t read. The only one I could come up with was horror, but I’m kind of a wimp. I don’t like scary movies. I still can’t think too long about Candy Man, a movie a was forced to watch at a sleep over in 1994. I am able to watch semi-horror movies like Scream and The Ring, so when I heard about The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, which is based on the same Japanese myth as “The Ring”, I thought I might be able to handle that book.  I convinced my YA book club (more to come on that) to read it with me. They both found it disappointing because they actually like scary stuff. I loved it! It was more of an adventure story than anything else. I enjoyed the characters, and I liked the twist to make one of the evil spirits a kind of good guy. 4 Stars

April: A book from your childhood…

Anne (Modern Mrs. Darcy) says this book can be one you loved from childhood or one you knew about but never read. I picked Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I love Lowry’s The Giver, but I never read this book. I think it was assigned to a different reading level when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I remember my best friend, Brooke, reading it. I’m not sure why I never read it for fun. And…confession…I got it from the library about a month ago, but I haven’t read it yet. In my defense, I had a pile of books all come in to the library at once and some of them were non-renewable (one was even a 7 day book). I will read it, and I will do it before I read my May selection.

May: A book your mother loves…

I emailed my mother explaining the challenge, and she immediately emailed and texted back that I need to read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein. Since this book was on my Goodreads list, I reserved it from the library right away.  I picked it up yesterday, and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

Are you doing a reading challenge this year?  What is it?

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