2015 Reading Challenge {Week Thirteen} AND a March Chocolate Winner

Welcome to the weekly reading challenge check in. I feel like I have made up the last few weeks of slow reading in these past six days.  After the longness of I Am Pilgrim, it’s awesome to be flying through some super fun books again!  I currently have about 15 library books checked out on my library card, so I walked over to my pile and decided to read the next book on top of the pile: Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love10325753_10104967455765709_6843432001832589283_nI had never heard of Colleen Hoover until I created my 2015 Fiction March Madness bracket for my library. I went through all of the books before I put them in the bracket and knew immediately that I had to read this author.  {She had two books in my bracket.}  I flew through Ugly Love in two days because I couldn’t put it down.  I loved Miles and really wanted him to find his happy.  Also, I liked that I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen.  Way to keep me on the edge of my seat, Ms. Hoover.

After Ugly Love came Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstor.  11038257_10104971626437649_2917766414512110722_nCan you see the excitement on my face?  Ha!  Horrorstor is another book that I hadn’t heard of until I created the Fiction March Madness bracket. I saw the cover and had an “OHMIGAWD!!!” moment.  My inlaws {and now me} are OBSESSED with IKEA.  Like crazy freaky obsessed.  My mother in law hoards the yearly catalogs.  My husband and I go for Date Night.  Our ENTIRE condo is IKEA.  Like, all of it.  I live in an IKEA showroom.  Needless to say, everything about this book rocked my world.  If you like a good haunted house story with a big chain store feel, you have to check out this book.  I wish there could be a sequel because I want MORE!

I started a third book this week, too.  {See!  I was busy.} 11020480_10104982662032229_9008108265799911145_nI’ve been weeding {removing the no longer popular and/or icky books} from my Young Adult collection the last several weeks.  When I weed I pick up each book in my collection, open it up to make sure it’s still intact, and scan the barcode to make sure it’s still going out.  After picking up and skimming Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like I knew it had to come home with me.  It’s a seriously adorable, light, happy read.  It’s just what I needed after Horrorstor.  Of course, I have NO idea where I’m going to put it in my 50 books list, but it was worth it.

My IKEA book club met two Sundays ago at Denny’s.  It was lovely. 10985889_10104943859572669_9033460879809890379_nI can’t believe I waited 33 years to be in a real book club.  It’s seriously my favorite Sunday of the month now.  This last meeting we discussed the following books:

  • All the Bright Places {**** there will be a movie ****}
  • Black Holes and Other Dark Places
  • Killer Instinct in comparison with I Am Not A Serial Killer {IANASK is amazing.  Slut shaming in KI}
  • Homeless Bird
  • Books written as poetry:
    • Crank
    • The Realm of Possibility
    • What My Mother Doesn’t Know
  • David Levithan is awesome
  • Dark Song by Gail Giles
  • Red Fox by Karina Halle
  • Kiss of Deception {I need to read ASAP!}
  • The Mara Dyer series
  • Age of X series by Richelle Mead
  • We Were Liars
  • Teach Me
  • Texts from Jane Eyre
  • The Girl on the Train
  • An article about 10 YA books being made into movies
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns {One of my favorite trilogies}
  • Dead of Winter {Alexis, READ THIS BOOK!!}
  • Richelle Mead’s Ruby Circle {What will I do now that Bloodlines is over?!}
  • Mortal Instruments- Rumors about a tv show since the movie flopped
  • Starcrossed

Ummmmm… we also discussed starting a podcast!  WHAT?!???  Hahahaha!

Lastly, before we go, congratulations to March’s Free Chocolate winner: Sara B!  YAYAYAYAY!
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2 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenge {Week Thirteen} AND a March Chocolate Winner

  1. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorites! This is What Happy Looks Like is in my TBR it looks really good –
    And I would love to find a real in person book club near me – How did you find yours? the library?

    • I will be reading more Colleen Hoover! She was great.

      I started the book club with two coworkers. They’re both like 10 years younger than me, but we read a lot of the same stuff. The one woman is actually getting her MFA in writing right now. She’s going to write YA books. I’m so excited for her!

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