Monday, January 23, 2017

Reading recap

It's been a week since I last posted, and while I'd like to spend time reading right now, I thought I'd post a quick update.

I've been busy reading for the Winter's Respite Readathon. It's halfway over now. I finished the second half of Hidden Figures, and then went to the movie on Friday night with my entire family. It was wonderful and I'm glad I shared the story with my kids. The book gets into so much more detail (as usual) but is a little slow. It's still highly recommended. But also see the movie!


I'm now about halfway through No Man's Land by Simon Tolkien. That's what I'm looking forward to getting back to tonight!


At some point this week, I'm going to make time to write a review of a book or two, since I haven't posted a review in a while. I think I'm going to try out a new format this year. I'm going to continue to write detailed reviews of books provided to me for review, but some of the other books I read for pleasure may feature shorter reviews so I can keep up with them this year!

What are you reading?

Book links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. It's been a while but I'm finally linking up with Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon 2017


I am joining one of my favorite readathons this week: A Winter's Respite Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. This year, the readathon has been extended to two weeks, which is great!

What I love about this one is that it's very casual. The only rule is that you should read a lot. You don't have to read any specific genre or type of book (although you can't just read a bunch of picture books, I suppose). There's going to be a mid-event check-in and there will be prizes at the end. I'm really looking forward to it. Here's what I plan to read:


I've already read about half of Hidden Figures, so I am going to finish that and then move on to No Man's Land.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Man Called Ove Readalong

I've decided to join a readalong of A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman since I need to read it for my February book club and I had already started it as my first book of the year. The readalong is hosted by Book Bloggers International, which is hosting monthly readalongs this year. This is the first one.

It's not too late to join in. The discussion of the first nine chapters starts on Monday. Here's the schedule for this first readalong:
  • January 9:  chapters 1-9 or pages 1-85
  • January 16:  chapters 10-18 or pages 86-170
  • January 23:  chapters 19-29 or pages 171-257
  • January 30:  chapters 30-end or pages 258-end

Visit the link above to join in the discussion!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Read Harder Challenge


I'm taking the plunge and joining a serious reading challenge this year. It's Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge. I don't usually do these types of challenges, but I'm excited to attempt it this year. There are 24 specific tasks to accomplish, such as Read a Travel Memoir and Read a Classic By an Author of Color. I'm looking forward to discovering new authors and genres this year!

I have a PDF that I downloaded from the challenge site, so I'll be updating that throughout the year. But I also figured I'd set up this post to keep track more publicly.
  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
  21. Read a book published by a micropress.
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.
 Ready to take on this challenge with me?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First book of 2017

Book cover for A Man Called Ove

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions this year is to get back into blogging regularly. Today, I'm starting the year once again with the First Book of the Year challenge hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

My first book for 2017 is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I had it on my wish list and ended up with two copies! One from a Secret Santa book exchange and the other from my neighborhood book club exchange. We will be discussing this book in February so I'm getting a head start on it today.

What's your first book of 2017?