2015 Reading Challenge {Week Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One, and Twenty-Two}

I am such a slacker! Oh my gosh! My only excuse to not checking in is that life has been crazy, I’m running constantly, and I have a lot of balls up in the air {in a good way} in my personal life.  Ahhhhhh! So, yeah. Let me catch you up on what I’ve been reading for the last four weeks.

11018028_10105112142207919_3960038543114193805_nThe first book I finished during this four week period was Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. {#37. A book with a color in the title.} Red Queen was one of the most anticipated YA books of 2015, and honestly, I don’t think it disappointed. 

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Red Queen had a lot of popular YA tropes. There was the love triangle {… ummm… love square?}, it was dystopian, there’s a teenage girl that is going to save the world, and I’m even willing to bet it will be a trilogy. Some reviewers are saying it is a mish mash of all the popular dystopian books out right now, but even so, I loved it! I really liked Mare. I thought she was tough and resourceful, but smart enough to realize that she’s still just a kid fighting in the big leagues. Also, I felt like there was a lot of room for the characters to grow and get better. I can’t wait til book two in 2016. {Also! Spoiler alert: This is going to be the first book we review in my upcoming YA at Heart podcast.}

11218999_10105155590991209_1812535940474027183_nSpeaking of anticipated books, who else is excited about Julie Murphy’s Dumplin‘? I just heard about Dumplin’ at the NJLA conference in April and knew from the brief description that I was going to love it. Well, lo and behold, I got my hands on an ARC. {Librarian perk!} Dumplin’ ends up being my #27. A book you can finish in a day. Technically, I read it in a little under 26 hours, but if I was childless and jobless, I would have been done that first night.

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Dumplin’ was a great read! It was fast, fun, and I wish there was another book {or another twenty chapters} because I want to know even more about Willowdean’s life. John Green and Rainbow Rowell fans are going to love this book, and I can’t wait to discuss it with EVERYONE!

11329863_10105184460371739_1223567161865144989_nLastly, I’m currently reading Anna Todd’s After. {#6. A book written by someone under 30.}

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessashould hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

So. This is apparently One Direction fan fiction. I’m not sure there’s too much more to say. I do love that the author started on Wattpad and became so big that she scored a book deal. It’s a fun read, but a little angsty.  Add to that that I am exercising again during my lunch break at work {this was the time I used to read} so it’s not moving as fast as I thought it would. Hopefully I’ll be done by next week and tell you how I really feel. 🙂

Okay! Thank you for catching up with me as I catch up with you. What have you been reading? Are you doing the fifty book challenge? How are you moving along with it?

2 thoughts on “2015 Reading Challenge {Week Nineteen, Twenty, Twenty-One, and Twenty-Two}

  1. I will be reading all of these!!! Well listening to Red Queen when its available from the library – I think I’m #6. I am super excited for this one. YAY for Dumplin. And I just got After as well (totally didn’t know it could be used for my under 30 so SCORE!) I am reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me and it’s cute but moving slower than I would like. I’m also listening to Night Circus (book with magic).

    • I heard Night Circus is awesome, but never got around to it. One of these days. I can’t wait to hear what you think about After. The author is 25. I find her so fascinating. She started writing while her military husband was overseas. Now she has this crazy writing contract and is bringing home the money! Go her.

Leave a Reply