2016 Reading Challenge

Last year (sounds so weird to say that) I participated in the 52 week reading challenge and I finished!! You can see what I read here. While I was really good about updating my blog, I wasn't so great about updating my Goodreads list. I vow to be better with that this year. 

So now.....Welcome to the 2016 challenge!


The main goal is for everyone to read books that they might not otherwise choose, thus expanding beyond their comfort zone. This year there is also a wild card category, because everyone reads books that just don't fit one of the categories - and those should count too! And audio books TOTALLY COUNT!!

Read a book from each of the 43 categories, plus 9 "wild cards" for a total of 52 books.


The Categories

Read a book that takes place on each continent, or is written by an author from that continent (fiction or non-fiction)

1. North America COMPLETED Still Life With Crows

2. South America
3. Africa
4. Antarctica COMPLETED Ice Limit
5. Europe Completed The Book of Life
6. Asia
7. Australia TB COMPLETED Truly Madly Guilty
8. A banned or challenged book
9. An award winning book (Pulitzer, Hugo, Man Booker, etc.) COMPLETED Grammy Award Winner A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
10. Memoir/Autobiography/Biography
11. A dead author's last book
12. A book with LGBT matter or character(s) COMPLETED A Little Life
13. A book your favorite author loves
14. A retold fairytale COMPLETED The Royal We
15. A Young Adult book COMPLETED Blood Red Road
16. A history book (fiction or non-fiction)Salt to the Sea
17. A book where you have seen the movie, but not read the book
18. A book from the NYT Bestseller list COMPLETED Pretty Girls
19. A book with the point of view of an immigrant
20. A controversial book 
21. The first book you see when you walk into a library or bookstore COMPLETED As Night Falls
22. A classic
23. A debut novel COMPLETED. A Discovery of Witches
24. Published this year (2016) COMPLETED Beyond the Ice Limit
25. Based entirely on the cover COMPLETED The Royal We
26. Own but never read
27. A book by an author you never read before COMPLETED. Into the Wilderness
28. A book recommended to you by a friendly librarian COMPLETED. The Paper Magician
29. A book by a Nobel Prize winner COMPLETED A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
30. Mythology (not just Greek) COMPLETED American Gods
31. A book written by someone born the same year as you COMPLETEDhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
32. Dystopia COMPLETED. The Girl with All the Gifts
33. Reread of a favorite book 
34. A book about books COMPLETED The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
35. Book published the year you graduated high school
36. A book a child/teen/someone younger than you loves COMPLETED Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes My daughter Haley LOVES this book!
37. A book about/set by the sea COMPLETED Wreckage
38. A book with two authors COMPLETED Crimson Shore
39. Author from your own state, province, or country COMPLETED Out of the Easy I was born in Detroit, and so was Ruta. 
40. A book about a trip (road, cruise, around the world)
41. A book with the name of a person in the title COMPLETED Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
42. Science Fiction COMPLETED Shadow of Night
43. Fantasy COMPLETED https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
44. Wild card COMPLTED. The Glass Magician
45. Wild card COMPLETED. The Master Magician
46. Wild card COMPLETED Bird Box
47. Wild card COMPLETED The Cabinet of Curiosities
48. Wild card COMPLETED The Last Anniversary
49. Wild card COMPLETED The Widow
50. Wild card COMPLETED Where They Found Her
51. Wild card COMPLETED The Luck Uglies
52. Wild card 

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What I'm Reading

This week I started and finished Those Girls by Chevy Stevens.

Holy smokes, what an intense read.

3 sisters, very close in age (15, 16, 17) are not living a great life with their father who is an abusive drunk. One night they take matters into their own hands, and then end up running away. They wind up in a small town, with their truck broken down, no money, no food, and it's not looking good for them. They find work as ranch hands, and a few days later their life gets turned completely turned upside down. They already had a rough life, but holy smokes do things ever take a bad turn for them. I found myself saying more than once "oh my god those poor girls."

I read this book pretty quickly and have now started on a fascinating book!

Troublemaker by Leah Rimini. 

Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida I am familiar with Scientology and its famed HQ in Clearwater. But wow...the story that Leah paints about her formative years with Scientology and the Sea Organization (Sea Org) is really quite disturbing. I'm about half way through the book now. Leah has just started working in Hollywood and is conflicted between what goes on her daily work/professional life and what happens when she goes to the Scientology center. It's really an interesting story, and one that I highly recommend.


What are you reading???

What I'm Reading

This week I finished Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. I had been waiting for it for quite some time, so I was quite happy when it was finally my turn!!

I honestly can't remember how this book came on my radar. I probably read a review in a literary journal and thought it looked promising.


Heidi Wood is a happily married woman, wife to Chris, mom to Zoe. She teaches English at a non-profit, and is described by her husband as a charitable woman, she takes in stray cats, and recycles everything.

During her commute one cold Chicago spring morning she notices a young woman with an infant. She observes them over a period of a few days before she finally has the courage to speak to the girl and invites her and her baby to a restaurant. One thing leads to another and the girl, Willow, and the baby, Ruby join Heidi at her Lincoln Park condo. Her husband and daughter are not happy by this event.

And from here we learn more about Heidi and Willow. What brought Willow and Ruby to Chicago? Why are they homeless?

Honestly there were quite a few twists in this story that I did not see coming. And more than once I gasped out loud and said "oh poor baby" and I wasn't only speaking about Ruby.

This was a great book, and I am now next in line to read The Good Girl also by Mary Kubica, so I should have that book in the next few weeks.

In the meantime I just started The Lying Game by Sara Shepard.

I'm only 3 chapters in but I'm a intrigued. I'm not sure if I'll finish it or move on to something else, but for now it will do.

Have you read anything by Mary Kubica or Sara Shepard?