My first update of my challenge! Let's see how I am doing....
2016 Reading Challenge
1. A book published this year
2. A book you should have read in school, but didn't
3. A book you have been meaning to read
5. A book you own but haven't read
6. A book that received bad reviews
7. A book with water on the cover
8. A book in a genre you have never read
9. A favorite book from your childhood
10. A book by an author you have never read before
12. A book "everyone" has read but you
13. A book about the decade you were born in
14. A book based on a true story
15. A book set in the summer
16. A book set in a country you wish to visit
17. A Young Adult best seller
18. A book that's longer than 500 pages
19. A book that makes you smarter
21. A NY Times best seller
22. A book about a culture with which you are unfamiliar
23. A book with an apocalyptic theme
24. A book set during Christmas time
25. A funny book
26. A book with a one word title
27. A popular author's first book
28. A cookbook
29. A book by someone with the same first name as you
30. A book of your choosing
#4. A book with an interesting cover...
I am not sure you can get more "interesting" than the maniacal raccoon on the front of "Furiously Happy"! Even though I read it before I started this challenge, I am counting it since it was read at the beginning of 2016! And since I have already reviewed it in a separate post, I'm not going to re-review it. =)
#11. A book that deals with an issue close to your heart...
I finished an amazing book called The Fifth Floor by Julie Oleszek. It is the story about Anna, the ninth child out of ten. Anna is admitted to "the fifth floor" of a hospital after not eating for twenty two days straight. Anna's story of why she stopped eating and all that happens while in the hospital is such a page turner that I finished this book in about two days.
When I opened this book up, on my Kindle, all I remembered was that I got it for "free". I had no idea what the story ultimately was about. This book fits #11's criteria because Guppy 1 dealt with anorexia and depression from 7th through the first part of 9th grade. We were almost at the point of admitting her to the hospital so, needless to say, this book shook me up a little. Though fiction, it is such an accurate depiction of what CAN happen. I highly recommend this book!!!
#20. A book you can finish in a day...
This "book" was on my Kindle as well. (While I do love actually turning pages, I have accumulated a gazillion books on my Kindle and need to start reading some of them! LOL) "The Glass Case" by Kristin Hannah is a very short story about a young mother contemplating her life/situation after a potential tragedy occurs. While I adored "Firefly Lane" by her - seriously go RUN and get that book if you enjoy a good cry!!!, I was left underwhelmed by The Glass Case. Maybe it was too short? Too cliché? I definitely cannot recommend this one.
Three down and twenty seven more to go! =)