Literary Ladies Reading Challenge Update

Hello from Thailand! While we are kicking off our two and a half week vacation I wanted to leave you with a little something to read while we are away (I am just nice like that). I have some posts already scheduled for our time away and hopefully the internet cooperates and you get to read them! Who knows maybe I will grow a wild hair and post a short recap of our travels thus far? You never know what could happen!

Anyways, enough silliness- today I am talking books.

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I signed up for the Literary Ladies Summer (even though it is not summer in my part of the world) Reading Challenge back in June. I love a good challenge and I love to read so it was a win-win.

So far I am not doing so hot. With only one month left to go I am at the halfway point. I am hoping all of the flying and beaching we are doing on this trip will help me knock out a few more books.

This is what I have read thus far, with my opinions underneath…

1. A suspenseful book – The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

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I picked this book because I heard it compared to The Girl on the Train (which was great) but this was not nearly as suspenseful, in fact it was hardly suspenseful at all and I found all of the characters pretty unlikable. I was not a big fan. I just looked and I gave it 3 stars on GoodReads which was pretty nice of me.

2. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I wanted to love it because I love Amy Poehler and there were parts that I really did love but others not so much. I really enjoyed the more autobiographical parts about her rise to fame and her days doing stand up in Chicago with Tina Fey. But then other times I felt like she dragged on with random self help topics and skipped around quite a bit. I gave it three stars. I feel like I could have given 75% of the book 4 or 5 stars but that 25% I just found really hard to get through. If you don’t believe me, here’s a picture Travis took of me literally falling asleep reading it.

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3. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) – Paper Towns by John Green

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This was pretty much what I expected from the author of The Fault in our Stars. A well-written, coming of age, young adult novel. I found it very easy to read and finished it fairly quickly. I gave it 4 stars.

4. A book that was recommended by a blogger – Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

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I wish I remembered what blogger I heard about this book from (if it’s you tell me!) because I LOVED this book! Like want to talk to everyone about it type of loved it. It goes back and forth between modern times and the story of a forbidden interracial romance in Kentucky in the 1930’s. Hands down this was my favorite book I have read this year. I gave it 5 stars.

5. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

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I switched this one from my prelimilary list after it became available off the library wait list sooner than expected. I had really high hopes for this book but I was left more annoyed than anything. First of all, it’s really freaking long. Like almost 800 pages. It should be maybe four separate books instead of one. The first third kept me really engaged and I couldn’t read enough but then it became less and less interesting. By the last couple hundred pages I was ready for it to be over. I was literally exhausted from reading the book. That being said, it won a Pulitzer Prize so what do I know. I gave it 3 stars.

Here’s what I am working on now… 

Non US Author – The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes (currently reading)

A book with a one word title.- Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist (currently reading)

A book about Summer, with Summer in the title- Summerland by Erin Hildebrand

A book with a kickass female character -The Diviners by Margaret Laurence

A YA book – The Book Thief

So in conclusion, you should read Calling Me Home.

19 thoughts on “Literary Ladies Reading Challenge Update

  1. I really really really really REALLY hope you like the book thief because it is one of my favourite books OFALLTIME.
    i haven’t read the goldfinch. there are so many mixed reviews and 800 pages is a lot to commit to haha so i keep putting it off.
    are we friends on goodreads? 🙂
    after that review, i am obviously adding calling me home to my list!

  2. Yes please was good but I agree. I did love it but I totally understand your comments. I need to read the Goldfinch even with the mixed commentary Ive seen … but because of the mixed commentary I keep pushing it down the list haha

    Thanks for linking up 😀

  3. Oooh calling me home sounds good! I think I have decided that celebrity written “funny” autobiographies my not be my genre.. but we’ll see. Paper towns is on hold from the library but I am 6th in line for it. I may not get it in time for the challenge. Only 5 left doesn’t seem too bad. Have fun in Thailand!! I read a ton in July because I went to Alaska for work – LOOONG flights, and then Florida for family stuff… so more flights. Though I am enjoying August it’s been a calm month for me! I think I can finish my last 4. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  4. I giggled at the picture of you sleeping while reading 🙂 I can be found in that position sometimes too. I’ve had a couple of people lately read the Goldfinch and weren’t thrilled with it. I’m on the fence whether I’m going to tackle it or not.

  5. We just listened to the audio book of Paper Towns (on Audible for free thanks to the gazillion podcasts that Audible currently advertises with!) and we both loved it at first but then it kind of dragged on… And I found Margo to be insufferable. I’m sorry to hear Amy Poehler’s book isn’t great. How annoying.

  6. The Goldfinch was a let down for me too. I kept hearing great things about it online but, like you said, it was waaaay to long. Eventually I was just skimming through the pages, not even really reading it because I had already lost interest and just wanted to finish it already.

  7. The sheer size of Goldfinch has made me reluctant to pick it up. It’s a monster!

    And I loves Yes Please, but I really think that was due to “reading” the audiobook version. Because I totally understand what you mean about the jumping around bit. It works much better listening to it, in my opinion!

    Good luck finishing!

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