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.
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
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???
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.
I LOVED IT!!
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?