Summer 2015 Book Challenge: May Update

5 points: Freebie – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (215 pages, edition, 4 stars)
I’ve been on this kick lately about actually reading all of the (in)famous books I’ve somehow missed in my life. This one comes right after last month’s The Catcher in the Rye. Don’t ask me how I’ve managed to avoid them for so long, although honestly, the name of this one has always put me off a bit. Curiosity (and a binge of looking at literary tattoos) finally had me checking this one out of the library. It’s definitely a different portrayal of WWII and PTSD than I’m accustomed to, but I thought it was very well done (different is rarely bad, after all). So it goes.

10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before – 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult (455 pages, paperback edition, 3 stars)
A co-worker actually dropped this book on my desk one day. A story about a school shooting, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the description. I think it presents an interesting perspective and is well-written for the most part. Unfortunately, it really starts to drag about 3/4 of the way through. I was a bit disappointed with the last 1/4 of the book, but again, it was different.

15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before – The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (476 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars)
I’ve come to find that Kearsley is always a safe bet for a good read. She writes historical fiction with a hint of time travel, but in a lighter manner than some other authors. It’s often a good love story without being too descript as well as a fairly accurate history lesson all in one. Pretty hard to beat. (smile) I will say that I do need a break in between books though, as otherwise they can get a bit repetitive.

25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books – Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk (355 pages, paperback edition, 3.5 stars)
Always on the lookout for an easy-to-read magical story, I was happy to come across this series on my Goodreads recommended list. There are 9 books so far in the series, which allows me plenty of time to catch-up before I have to wait between books (it seems I’m stuck waiting for book #8 on like 4 other series – curious). This one is the sci-fi/fantasy version of a Harlequin romance novel – easy to read, amusing, and not too strenuous to absorb. Perfect light reading if you’re interested in the genre.

Month 1: 55 points
TOTAL: 55 points

The Summer 2015 Book Challenge is sponsored/moderated by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life and runs through the end of August. Plenty of time left to join the fun!

Coming up in June

  • Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years – Affinity by Sarah Waters
  • Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014 – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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2 thoughts on “Summer 2015 Book Challenge: May Update

  1. Oh another reading challenge! I do love a good reading challenge but seeing as how I failed at the last one so miserably I should probably not even consider this one. That said I won’t join and then I’ll read like crazy this summer, just watch and see. 🙂 Actually I am loading up my Kindle for my trip overseas. Lots of planes and trains so I might get some reading in.
    Like you the name “Slaughterhouse-Five” just doesn’t inspire me to read it but if it is about WWII I might have to give it a go. Once I’ve gotten through all those books on my Kindle of course. 😉


  2. I love coming upon book recommendations from readers who appear to have literary appetites so closely aligned with my own, And although I’m always terribly behind in my lists of ‘must reads,’ I never hesitate to pile on a few more. If only time would allow for the vast hunger for great words.
    Many thanks for a few new nods toward some interesting reads.
    And congratulations on getting so much done in such a short amount of time. I truly envy your speed!


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