Summer 2015 Book Challenge: July Update

15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title – Dying Light by Stuart MacBride (Book 2) (528 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars)
I struggled with this category for some reason. You wouldn’t think it would be all that difficult given the popularity of those two words in literary titles, but I had problems finding a book I could “settle into.” Luckily, I came across this series and have really enjoyed the first two books. You know it’s enthralling when you’re sitting in the Phoenix sunshine but feel like you’re in the Aberdeen rain! These are crime novels and, I thought, very well done. It wasn’t always super obvious from the get go “whodunit” and there are several story lines to keep you entertained (or confused, as the case may be). Definitely worth checking out!

20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state, or country in the title – Looking for Alaska by John Green (221 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars)
It’s strange to think that only 50 years or so ago, this book could’ve easily wound up on a banned books list (of course I guess you could say that about a lot of YA fiction these days…). The overall feel of the book was a little Catcher in the Rye-esque, which was definitely not a bad thing. The only thing that knocked a star off was that the book read a lot like all of the other John Green books. I suppose there’s comfort in knowing what to expect from an author, but I was hoping for a bit more.

20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover – The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery (272 pages, paperback edition, 5 stars)
Oh this book…totally stole my heart. (smile) It’s definitely one of those books where I have no hesitation in recommending it to friends. It’s a heartwarming story about a pig and all those lessons we can learn from those animals we’re lucky enough to reside with. (smile) I could say so much more but really I can sum it up in a few words – read it!

30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title Finding Fraser by KC Dyer (382 pages, paperback edition, 3.5 stars)
If you’ve read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, then chances are you’ve probably had a daydream very similar to this story plot. I’m certainly guilty anyway…(bashful smile) I thought this was a really cute book but, honestly, it seemed purposefully ditzy and unnecessarily stereotypical in a lot of ways. Perhaps not up to par with the writing of the original series, but so much better than a lot of “fan fiction” fiction these days!

Month 1: 55 points
Month 2:
60 points
Month 3: 85 points
TOTAL: 200 points

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

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