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?