Hello all! Another month, another reading challenge!
This month’s challenge brings with it a bit of nostalgia:
A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t.
My challenge book this month will be Lord of the Flies by William Golding. When I was in high school this book was on the assigned reading list but I never read it because I didn’t go to public school. I was homeschooled and my mom didn’t have the slightest clue what books were required for high schoolers at the time. She ended up getting a bunch of books from our neighbor who had just graduated high school and had me read those. I’ve always been curious about Lord of the Flies so now I’m going to tackle it.
My classic read for the month is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. They talk about this book on the show Friends and I’m hoping to love it as much as Joey and Rachel.
My sequel book of the month is Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. This book series is kind of a prequel/companion series to her duo Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. The characters in this story are different but it’s the same universe. I enjoyed the duo and the first book in this series so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well.
My for fun read is The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Originally published in 1989, and made into a movie in 1993, this book is about four mothers and their daughters who come together to talk about the things they encountered in their lives and how it connects them all. I’m excited to give this one a go.
Well there you have it! What will your challenge book be?
The Witches of New York By Amy McKay
I wanted to love this book, I really did. But it just wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. It’s full of all kinds of nice, witchy aesthetics but it wasn’t enough to save the story. The story was so basic, it’s definitely been done before, by many. I love witches, so I’ve read many stories about them. This one just doesn’t stand out. The first half of the book is so all over the place with so many different characters that I was so confused. It was just too overly complicated, especially when the ending was just not exciting. I give it 4/5 only for the aesthetic.
Paradise Lost by John Milton
I gave up after the first few pages. It was beautifully written but I just didn’t want to push my brain to see the hidden meanings and what not. I’ve been in a funk the past few days and I just want a book that will distract and not make me fall asleep. I think in the future I’m just going to avoid these kinds of classics, and avoid setting myself up for failure.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Wow-ee! This was such a great sequel! It expanded on the story beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story follows Celaena Sardothien who is the king of Adarlan’s assassin. It’s political, it’s intriguing, it’s romantic, it’s bloody. Best of all it left me wanting to read what happens next. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. 5/5!
The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo
I don’t know why this book got such great reviews on Goodreads because I gotta say, it’s not great. First of all, the author used way too many words. She had the main character over explain everything. I almost felt I was taking a class on wilderness and wildlife. It didn’t feel like I was being told a story. The parts where she actually was telling a snippet of story were good but then she would lose it and my interest. I wasn’t expecting the killer to be who it was but it was just like, “this is who did it” after pages and pages of nothing important. The execution could have been a lot better. I give it 2/5.
Wedding day. 6/15/2013
Today is our six year anniversary. It does and it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. It does because we have children. It doesn’t because I’m just really happy with him.
Let me just tell y’all. I was in a really unhappy relationship when I met Marc. I had never been with someone that I felt fit me, I hadn’t enjoyed an intimate relationship like I should have. When Marc and I got together he showed me a love that was so strong I finally knew how it felt to be afraid of losing someone. I was pretty obsessed with him, and still am. Now it’s more of a comfortable obsession, meaning I know he’s not going anywhere so I don’t have to worry about losing him. Now I get to just worry about loving the hell out of him, getting every second I can get with him that life will allow.
I love that my babies came from this man. I think that goes without saying but I wanted to say it anyway. He gave me the sweetest boys, and he is a really great dad.
I mean just look at how he looks at our baby!
He’s my best friend. I love spending all my time with him. I love his sense of humor, he always makes me laugh. We can just be at ease with each other and we are the happiest when we’re at home just hanging out.
The past six years have been so good with him in my life. I look forward to all the years ahead of us because I know we’ll be going through them together. Happy anniversary, baby.
Can you believe we’re already at the halfway mark for the year?! I feel like this year is just flying by and I am pretty grateful for that. I mean time flies when you’re having fun, right?
This month’s challenge is:
A book set somewhere you want to visit.
The book I chose for this month’s challenge is Witches of New York by Ami McKay. I think it’s pretty obvious where I want to visit. One day I will go to New York. One day. But until then I have to be happy with reading books set there and watching Friends. This will be the second book by McKay that’ll have read. The first was The Virgin Cure. I really enjoyed it so I’m thinking I’ll enjoy this one too.
My sequel book is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. The first one was just interesting enough to get me to want to read the next one. I don’t know if it’ll keep me interested but we will find out.
My classic book of the month is Paradise Lost by John Milton. A series that I love called The Mortal Instruments references this book all the time. At least the characters do and so I need to read this one to know what they’re talking about. I love when authors pay homage to other authors or artists by mentioning their work. I feel like it’s the ultimate compliment.
My for fun read of the month is The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo. It’s a murder mystery set in a harsh winter wooded area. So basically it’s two of my favorite things together in one book. I can’t wait. It’s also the first in a series so if I love it I get to keep going!
Well those are the books I will be reading this month. What will your challenge book be?
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
I really loved this book. I feel like it’s one that everyone should read. I don’t have to tell those of you who have read it that it is a classic. There is so much about this book that is still true today. We as humans don’t seem to learn from our mistakes, sadly. We don’t seem to notice how our actions affect other people. We don’t take the time to understand what another person has to deal with. We just take the way a person looks and judge them accordingly. It’s one of the reasons there is so much meanness in the world. One of the best quotes is “Being alive begin to seem like a awful strain” and I can relate to that. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t. All I can say is, if you haven’t read it you should. 5/5
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
This was a pretty entertaining story. I thought it was nice to have a female bounty hunter who was learning as she went but why did she have to be so predictable? It’s about an out of work lingerie saleswoman who needs a job really bad or she’ll be out on the streets. She takes a job from her cousin, who’s a bail bondsman, as a bounty hunter for criminals who skip out on their court hearings. Her first target? A guy she has quite a history with, if you know what I mean. It was a fun read none the less. It’s the first book in a series but I most likely won’t continue it. I give it 4/5
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
So I didn’t love this one. I know a lot of people do and I know it’s a classic but I wasn’t blown away. It was okay. I give it 3/5
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
It took me a few chapters in to get into this one. That’s how the first one was for me too. But once I got into it, it took off. I really enjoyed this series. It’s weird to call it a series because there are only two books in it but that’s what it is! I really felt like it reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones, the books not the show. Just with all the different places and peoples and the power struggles. The idea for this story is more original than most I’ve read lately so I definitely recommend it. I give it 4/5
So I’m cheating a little bit. I actually did this last month but I figured since I did a few new things last month it would be okay to talk about one of them this month.
This month’s new thing is: I went to my first drag show!
I went to a bar here in Oklahoma City called The Boom. I went to their Sunday Gospel Brunch with my friend Christian and it was an absolute blast. I loved it.
I had the breakfast burger. It had bacon and cheese with a fried egg. It came with au gratin hashbrowns. The food was phenomenal.
Christian had the french toast plate with bacon and eggs. We were so hungry by the time we got our food we ate it so fast.
The show was great. It was hilarious. My cheeks hurt so much from laughing. We had such a great time. I even got teepeed.
The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and the show was the best. I give a huge thumbs up for my first drag show experience. I will definitely be going again.
May is always a good month. The weather is warmer, Mother’s Day is in May and school lets out for the summer. I do believe a lot of people appreciate May. I especially appreciate the books this month. I have been ready these books for quite some time.
The challenge for this month is easy:
A book with a color in the title.
My challenge book is: The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
I mean, I had to pick this book. I have never read it or seen the movie and I heard it’s a classic so here I am. I can’t wait to get started.
My sequel book of the month is: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The first one was really good. I would say it was a cross between Game of Thrones and The Mortal Instruments series. It left on a really big cliff hanger so it’ll be nice to finish the duo.
My classic pick of the month is: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I just found out what this book was about last year. I had never known what the premise was until my friend Reagan told me. It sounds right up my alley.
And last, but not least, my for fun read is: One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. I was told this was a funny book, also recommended to me by Reagan. I don’t read many comedies so I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve also noticed I’ve been reading a lot of Reagan recommendations lately.
There ya go! What is your challenge books for this month?