2016 Reading Challenge {Week One & Two}

Welcome to my 2016 Reading Challenge weekly check in. I’m hoping to do a better job updating this time, since I totally fell off the check in wagon last year. First, you can check out how I did on my 2015 Reading Challenge here. As you can see, I did not read a book in every category, but I did manage to read 55 books last year, which beat my goal of 50!  

My goal is to once again read 50 books in 365 days and will continue with the 2016 Popsugar Challenge. {You can tack my progress here.) I already have an idea of how I plan to fill several of the categories… a few others… no idea. {I’ve never read a political memoir before.}

My first book of 2016 was actually started December 30, 2015, but finished January 1, 2016. I am counting it as a book I read this current year, but I did not use it to fill any of the reading categories for the challenge. This book is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
12393774_1677143725895266_1350613207_nKetterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I first talked about Six of Crows back in April after a conference where I heard the book mentioned in a Book Buzz presentation. IT LIVED UP TO ALL THE HYPE! For reals. Six of Crows is like Ocean’s Eleven meets a group of teenage convicts living in an alternate Europe that has magic. The story was quick paced, but informative. I loved seeing how the characters grew and enjoyed their backstories. The only issue is that it ended on a cliffhanger and now have to wait for the sequel. Seriously though! Read this book!

1922228_988312574572750_556481571_nThe Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler is my first official read of 2016 and fulfilled my “A book with a protagonist who has your occupation” category. {Simon is a librarian!}

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.

One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.

The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

This book description does not do the book justice. There are librarians, mermaids, traveling carnivals, magic, and the tarot. There were also ugly tears shed by yours truly. The Book of Speculation is not my typical read, but it was a beautiful book and I’m so glad I picked it up. 

I made the mistake of starting my next two books at once. {How does that even happen?} Next week we will be talking about Joe Schreiber’s Perry’s Killer Playlist and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander{Why have I just started reading this for the first time now?!} Until then, thanks for stopping by…

~Christen

2 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge {Week One & Two}

  1. You know you fuel all of my obsessions (running, reading) HA! As you know, I’m in for the challenge this year too–Six of Crows will be my next book (after I finish my work book club book)–it looks like its right up my alley. I am almost done with Cinder and I can’t believe how much I like it!! I can’t wait to see what great books we read this year!

    • Cinder ended up surprising me so much with its awesomeness. I’m telling you, wait til you meet Thorne in Scarlett! <3 <3 <3

      I started Outlander a few days ago. Oh my gosh! It's so great, but it is a time commitment. Ha!

      I can't wait to hear what you think about Six of Crows.

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