Confession time: I couldn’t decide what to post today. Ideas percolated in my crazy brain but none appealed to me at this moment. I felt a little lazy and not in the mood or even capable of writing something grand in scope. My post needed to be positive because I also felt grumpy (think January 20) and nothing cheers me up more than books. But I already showed you my books from December, then I remembered Erin’s 6.0 Reading Challenge started this month. Post dilemma solved! Yay for books! Yay for Erin for hosting!
10 Books. 4 Months. Easy Peasy
Hehehe. That’s what I thought my first time participating, as I finished my 10th book on the last day of the challenge. I’m the least cocky person, except when it comes to books, then I’m all “I got this.” (that phrase always makes me think of SOA).
Last time I certainly picked books I wanted to read but a bit randomly. This time I decided to be more strategic and thoughtful about my choices, which means I’m also much more excited to dive into my books. Sometimes, because I am weird, when I “have” to read a book, I no longer want to read it — sort of like Mary Poppins or Nanny MchPhee. When you got them, you don’t want them. But when you can’t have them, you’re begging for them to return or the person ahead of you in the hold queue to read faster.
My Book List
I’m excited by every book here and hopefully I won’t need to beg Erin to let me switch a book. I’m joking; she’s exceptionally accomodating when you need to make a change. Last time, we had to read a classic and I kept falling asleep while reading Ivanhoe. I don’t know if I made it past page 20. 😀 Without further ado … my reading list:
- 5 pts: A book that is at least 200 pages: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. It’s 500 pages so I’m an over-achiever. 😀
- 10 pts: A book that starts with “W”: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- 10 pts: A book with six words in the title: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. It meets the 6-word requirement and is on my TBR, but I just can’t remember why! I assume (hope) it’s a thriller.
- 15 pts: A book that has a (mostly) green cover: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Read E&P for my first challenge and counting on Rowell to do me right again.
- 20 pts: A book with a homonym in the title: Salt to Sea (sea=see) by Ruth Sepetys. I must confess that I kept repeating “I don’t get it” with this particular category. In my defense I had just woke-up and had no coffee in my system. It took some (sum) time, but I (eye) finally got it.
- 20 pts: A book by your favorite author: Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb. I have read all 43 books in the In Death series and love them. Some day I will stay in the Eve/Roarke suite at Inn BoonsBoro, which Nora Roberts owns. It also has an Elizabeth/Mr. Darcy suite and Wesley/Buttercup suite too. 😀
- 25 pts: a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live: The Mothers: A Novel by Britt Bennett (Southern California)
- 30 pts: A “Rory Gilmore” book: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I never watched Gilmore Girls. Please don’t hurt me.
- 30 pts: A book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.): Troublemaker by Leah Remini (memoir) I heard this is great on audio, which makes sense but … I don’t like audio books. I feel stupid sitting around listening to a book (don’t have a commute) and wind-up being the dork who stands her in kitchen holding a broom for 2 hours while she listens to a book. Am I the only one who does this?
- 35 pts: A book with time travel: Lightning by Dean Koontz
A Diverse Selection
Looking over my selections, it pleases me to see lots of different genres represented and many books from my TBR with a few exceptions. The books I am most excited to read are: The Mothers, Echoes in Death and Salt to Sea. I read Kate Morton and Liane Moriarty for the first time in my November experiment and enjoyed them enough to continue reading their books. Okay, Moriarty didn’t exactly wow me but What Alice Forgot is more my kind of book. I think. I hope. Err .. maybe?
I don’t plan on writing individual reviews of the books here, but I will include them in my monthly book review posts, where I will ramble or rant like normal.
Time to Get My Read On
The library notified me last night that The Mothers is on the hold shelf for me, so YAY!! I know what I’ll be reading this weekend. It seems like appropriate reading for MLK weekend.
Thanks again to Erin for hosting the challenge. She keeps it fun and low-pressure as she wrangles a motley crew of book lovers. 😀
Have you read any books from list? If so, what are your thoughts on them?
kathy @ more coffee, less talky says
salt to sea– LOVED IT!
right now i’m reading the red rising series and OMFG if you haven’t read it, GET ON IT NOW! it’s that good!
I’ve heard great things about Salt to Sea! Can’t wait to read it. Oh yeah, I’ve read Red Rising. It was my favorite YA series in 2016. Is is soooo good and I”m glad you’re enjoying it too!
Rebecca Jo says
That comic is so me. I have been so excited to buy a book but still put off reading it because I dont want it over.
I gotta get to Fangirl – speaking of my last sentence. I’ve bought it over a year ago & never got around to it.
I’m the same way, even with a stand-alone book that I’ve been dying to read. I want to dive in but I don’t want it to end! I really enjoyed E&P so I’m hoping Fangirl is just as good.
Love Erin’s challenge 🙂
That comic applies to my life right now with Winter (the last Lunar Chronicle book). I’ve started it, but I don’t feel like rushing through it, so I’m reading two other books right now so I don’t rush this one. I’m not read for it to be over 🙂
I think I successfully pulled all my choices from my TBR list. That feels SO good!!
LOL! I get it. I get so excited to read a conclusion to a favorite series but the thought of it being over, just breaks my heart too. I really loved Winter and hope you’re enjoying it too! It does feel good to pick books from my TBR and get some crossed off my always growing list.
Jana @ Jana Says says
So many good books!
I loved The Mothers! I enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife but OMG, did I have trouble keeping track of the time.
I just got my mitts on The Mothers and am hoping to read it tomorrow. I’m reading two books with time travel for the series and can be really hard to keep track of the time periods and “rules”. I should probably make sure I don’t read them back-to-back because it will confuse me. 😀
I think I may be the only person that I know that didn’t thoroughly enjoy (or whole-heartedly love) The Time Traveler’s Wife. But, I’m a self-confessed weirdo too. I like your mix of genres. I always seem to do that as well. It helps me keep going because if I’m just not feeling like reading something to heavy, I usually have a lighter book to pick up. But, who am I kidding? I like dark & heavy books.
Thanks for the cheerleading of the challenge!
I’m a weirdo too so who knows how I’ll feel. I never saw the movie but remember thinking it looked okay. I wouldn’t want to read exclusively one genre. It would get boring and I tend to favor darker reads (as do you) and can only read so many in a row. Thanks again for hosting the challenge!
The Secret Keeper is so good! 🙂 And that cartoon is sooooo true, lol!!!!! #bookwormproblems
I added it to my TBR based off of your review. I’m sure I’ll love it too. And yes to #bookwormproblems!
I’ve only read Fangirl from your list, but I really did love it, so I hope you do too! My sister owns Salt to the Sea and it’s one that I hope to read really soon. It sounds fantastic, and I really do like WWII era historical fiction. I hear good things about The Mothers too, so I hope you enjoy it. The author is coming near me soon so I might have to get it then and have it signed.
I hope you love all your books!
I’ve heard great things about Fangirl so I’m excited to read it. Salt to Sea gets lots of praise – I don’t think I’ve even seen a negative review for it. The Mothers also gets rave reviews and it would be cool to have book signed by the author.
I enjoyed Fangirl but not as much as RR’s other books. However, Fangirl’s companion novel Carry On was everything I never knew I wanted in a book and I loved it. I love Liane Moriarty but I don’t think her books are earth shattering. They’re great for airplanes and beaches.
I didn’t realize Carry On was a companion to Fangirl. Fangirl is only the second book of Rowell’s that I’ve read. I wasn’t overly impressed with my first Moriarty book but I think this is more aligned with my tastes … hopefully. And I agree – my first Moriary book was very much a beach/airplane and I expected something more.