Monday, February 15, 2016
2016 Reading Challenge: Week Seven
I finished up the week #31: A YA fiction book - The Iron Thorn. I liked this one a lot more than I expected to based on the first 4 or so chapters. It kind of came into its own as the author gathered steam. It has a strong female heroine in it, and I really enjoy anything with elves in it, so there was that too. A bit of steampunk, a bit of mystery in the mists, and some great supporting characters. I will likely read the others in this trilogy when I need some escapism fiction. A fun, quick read.
This week I also read week #46, a crime story, with the novel The Cutting Season. This is a murder mystery set on a Louisiana plantation in current day, but there is also a historical murder mystery underlying the contemporary one. This was... okay. I wished there were a little bit more going on with the historical murder mystery portion of it. There were a few loose ends that the author just kind of dropped and tidied up quickly at the end that I wished had been given a little more time, but it was an entertaining read - something that would be great to take on the plane or at the beach; enjoyable.
I'm deciding on books today to take with me for my road trip to California - I'll not have a reading challenge post next Monday as I'll be starting the drive home, but I'll catch up for weeks 8 and 9 on the 29th, when I'm back.
The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't
2. A book set in a different continent
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
6. The highest rated on your TBR
7. A book about books
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence - DONE
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
12. A childhood classic
13. Reader’s Choice: Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell - DONE.
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) What She Left - T.R. Richmond - DONE.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
17. A book with a beautiful cover
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
19. A non-fiction book
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series
23. The next book in a series you are reading
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
26. A book everyone is talking about
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - DONE.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. DONE.
32. A historical fiction book
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness
35. An award winning book
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
38. A book about an anti hero: Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace - DONE.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
46. A crime story: The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - DONE.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English: Tove Jansson's The Summer Book - DONE.
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016
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