Update #2: 2015 Reading Challenge

The year is more than half over, so I thought I’d share an update on how I’m doing with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge. When I shared my first update on May 5th, I’d only read three books, so I was slightly behind. Unfortunately, I am still a little bit behind.

Here’s my first update on this challenge.

April: A book from your childhood…
I selected Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I read the book in mid-May, but I never wrote a review. Here are a few rambling thoughts. It was a simple story with a brave heroine. I gave it only 3 stars, but I think I would have enjoyed it more as a child. I thought it was a good book to introduce kids to WWII. As an adult reading this, I was interested in the history of Denmark during the war. Is there an adult historical fiction book on this subject? If so, I’d like to read it. 3 stars

May: A book your mother loved…
I picked Orphan Train because my mother immediately suggested it when I asked. I didn’t love it – 3 stars unfortunately – here’s my review. When I talked to my mother after finishing the book, she admitted that she didn’t love it either. She suggested it because it was one of the only books she’d finished recently, which she said was saying a lot. She DNFs quite often I guess. Oh well. She has given great recommendations in the past, so I won’t hold it against her. 3 stars

June: A book that was originally written in another language…
I have selected Inkheart. I started the hardcover book over the 4th of July weekend, but the print was really small, and I was having a hard time getting into it, so I decided to switch to the audiobook. Because The Boys in the Boat was so long, I just finally started Inkheart again this week. I am only on disk 2, but I am enjoying all the bookish characters so far. This book will likely take me a couple of weeks to get through, but I am hopeful that I’ll want to read the sequels. 2 stars

July: A book “everyone” has read but you…
I had some difficulty with this one because I forgot to reserve a book from the library in advice. Duh! If everyone is reading the book, there will be a long wait. My top three picks were:
1) Girl on a Train – I was 573 on the list when I reserved this one. I am now number 382.
2) All the Light We Cannot See – I was number 75, and I am now number 56.
3) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – I was number 75. Now I am number 19.

I’ll get to these books eventually, but because I had to pick a book for July, I settled on Emmy and Oliver because all of the bloggers I read were reading it. Finally, a book I loved!
5 stars

Read my review.

August: A book you chose because of the cover…
I read a review of The Book of Broken Hearts in early July, and I knew this would be my pick. Isn’t this cover adorable?!

So that’s it so far! I’m only behind by one book, which isn’t too bad I guess. I haven’t given much thought to the next few books, but I am definitely enjoying this challenge. I’ll post another update at the end up the year.

What challenges are you doing this year? How are they going?

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