Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Challenges/Clubs

I'm glutton for punishment.. can we just start with that?  I am.  Reading punishment, which I guess there could be worse kinds of punishment.

Because it's summer all these reading challenges/clubs are popping up and I'm like how can I do ALL THE THINGS?  Seriously, I made it kinda like couponing.  Cross categories on some books to meet both challenges at the same time!  I don't see that as breaking rule, but I'm a rebel.  #dontcare

Here are the challenges/clubs I want to participate in/read books for:
Book Challenge by Erin (categories in THIS COLOR)
Page Turners
Literary Ladies Book Club (categories in THIS COLOR)

I was also reading with the Cyber Book Club, but that has mostly been unsuccessful (in terms of the actual meeting part, the reading part is easy) so I'm giving it up unless the next book is one that can meet the criteria of the current challenges.

My book list:

I wrote that shit out like a boss.

Young Adult/Challenge list/Page Turners (for July):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Non-US Author/3 word title:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Recommended by a blogger/any book:
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

TBR list for >1 year/book w/ girl/boy/woman/man in the title:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Kickass female character:
My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by Lisa Scottoline

Book to be ruined (probably) by Hollywood:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Written by celeb/comedian:
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

One-word title:
Wonder by RJ Palacio

Suspenseful book:
You by Carolina Kepnes

Summer book w/ summer in the title:**
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
**I'm subbing the book of the month in this category because I'm generally disappointed by "summer" books.  It's allowed per the rules.

Newberry Award/Honor:
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Book of short stories:
New Stories from the South 2001 by various (Shannon Ravenel)

Female author from Time article:
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

Latin America setting:
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Book title starts w/ same letter as my last name (R):
Redeployment by Phil Klay

# in the title:
100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Anyone have any warning/praises for any of these books?  Most of them I've gotten from the Show Us Your Books linkup and I tried to pull as many as I could off my TBR list as possible (killing as many birds with as few stones as possible). 

I've found almost all my books for my challenge, but I was wondering if anyone had kindle versions of Still Alice by Lisa Genova or You by Caroline Kepnes that they could lend?  I'm trying to save dollas where I can (cause moving ain't cheap).  I'd be happy to lend out books that I have available.

What are you reading?


  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower & The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo get thumbs up from me. I would have appreciated Perks more if I'd read while actually in high school, but I still love it. And the movie isn't terrible.

    Girl is good, sometimes the writing felt a little off and if I remember the story correctly it's long and there are lots of pieces...but I enjoyed it & finished the series because I just had to know.

  2. I have read so many of these and several of the ones I haven't are on my list. You made some GREAT choices. The 100 Year Old Man took me a while to get through. YOU is one of my favorite books of the year. AJ Fikry, Wonder, Still Alice, Dragon Tattoo (also very slow in the beginning. Swedish authors need to get their shit together although Steig Laarson is dead so maybe not good advice for him), What Alice Forgot...all good books. Hope you enjoy them!


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