2015 Reading Challenge {Week Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Eight, and Twenty-Nine}

Dude. Summer Reading at a public library is no joke. My days are busy and crazy, and by the time I get home I just want to pass out so I can wake up and do it all again. I’m starting to do a better job of making time for my family, but a lot of my hobbies and interests {read: blogging} have been put aside until things calm down. I do have a few moments of quiet though and I thought I should probably get around to updating everyone on my 2015 50 Book Challenge. The last time I checked in {six weeks ago- whoops!}, I had just finished Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Wrong Side of Right and was getting ready to start  “a book at the bottom of your to-read list”. Let’s play catch up, shall we?

I have been promising myself that I would read Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception since last year. Everything I heard about it was stellar, but I just wasn’t really ready to pick it up. Spoiler alert: It was amazing!

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

So good! So so sooooo good! And the best part about waiting a year to read it? I just picked up the second book in the series {The Heart of Betrayal} earlier this week. Boom! Just a couple of quick reasons why you should read this book: 1. Lia is awesome. She is strong and likable and you truly want the best for her. 2. The love triangle isn’t annoying.  Like, at all. Thank you. I can’t wait to start reading the second book.

The next book I read was my Thriller selection, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. The only reason The Girl with All the Gifts came onto  my radar was because I found it on Goodreads for my Adult March Madness program. It’s no secret that I read YA and romance. Very rarely do I pick up a thriller, or, I might even argue, a book in the horror genre, but this was good.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. 

I seriously had no idea what the book would be about, and I don’t want to spoil it, but I should warn you, I had nightmares. Read at your own risk, people! 🙂

I went from a crazy scary book to Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick was my “a book that takes place in high school”. Ehhhh.  The main character is in high school… and he goes to Prom for like 15 seconds, so that counts, right?

Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel.

It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much-anticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag.

Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

This was a quick fun read, and if it was ever made a movie, I would totes go see it. Oh! And I just found out that there is a sequel. Who knew? I now have that waiting TBR now, too.

I spent some time thinking about which book I wanted to read for my “a book with nonhuman characters” pick, and finally decided to NOT read Animal Farm or Watership Down, and instead, read Sandy Hall’s A Little Something DifferentFirst of all, I know this author! She’s a New Jersey librarian and won a contest to get her book published. The selling point for me was that this book had 14 different narrators, including a squirrel and a bench {both non human- Score!}.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

Okay. I didn’t love this book, but I liked it. It was a very interesting concept, and I enjoyed all of the different viewpoints. Unfortunately, Lea and Gabe have like zero chemistry. I’m not sure if it’s because you never get their points of view, but I never saw what 14 other viewpoints were seeing. That being said, it was a quick read, and very different from what you normally see in YA books.

So where am I with my reading now? I’ve hit the struggle because I have several books that I really want to read, but don’t fit in any of my categories that I have left. I told myself I would read the bottom three books of this pile:

and once I’m done with them, I can read a couple of other books for fun. I started Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on Tuesday and I’m hoping to be done with it and ready to talk about it next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend everyone. Happy reading!

One thought on “2015 Reading Challenge {Week Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Eight, and Twenty-Nine}

  1. A Little Something Different is one I really want to read. I just finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and I wish I loved it more! I have some books lined up for the challenge but I think I am going to focus September on getting through a bunch!

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