Reading Challenge: 2016 Final Standing

The last two months of my 2016 reading challenge left me with 8 more books to read, and I almost made it! I finished with 34 out of 36 books. Not too bad, but still sad that I didn’t quite eek out the last two.

The Orphan TrainOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (Book Club)
This is the story follows two storylines, one of a young Irish Immigrant who loses her family and is forced into foster care in the 1920’s and takes the Orphan Train from New York to Minnesota to be selected by foster parents; the other, set in present time about a girl who is about to age out of the welfare system who helps an elderly woman clean out her home as community service to stay out of juvie. We read this for book club, it was a very interesting story and I’m a sucker for those split timeline books. Definitely, recommend for those interested in historical fiction.  Learn more!
The TrespasserThe Trespasser by Tana French
I’m a big fan of Tana French and have read most of these Dublin Murder Squad books, this is the latest in the series and was not my favorite. It was a little slow for me and honestly, I just really didn’t like the main character. I thought she was whiney and it got old. It won’t deter me from reading upcoming Dublin Murder Squad books, I was just a little disappointed with this one. Learn more!
Full BellyFull Belly: Good Eats for a Healthy Pregnancy by Tara Mataraza Desmond
This book was recommended by a friend, it has lots of healthy recipes that would be great to eat during pregnancy. However, most of these recipes require a lot of ingredients that most people don’t stock, you’d really only have to go up and stock up on these things but these recipes take some planning. The other problem is that they are relatively involved. I was so exhausted during this time in my pregnancy, there was no way I was going to make time for this. I think it just depends on how you’re feeling and how much effort you want to put into good meals. I love cooking and making meal plans but it wasn’t something I had energy for at the start of my pregnancy. Good news is, these recipes are just as delicious and healthy when you’re not pregnant so it’s a good resource for the future. Learn more!
Belly LaughsBelly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy
I actually read this book a while back and thought it was hilarious, so I figured reading it as a pregnant person would be more relevant and a good laugh. I actually found it kind of annoying. Nothing that crazy really happened, most of the things Jenny wrote about were pretty typical pregnancy issues, albeit she describes them in much funnier ways than most people can relay. I found myself annoyed by her constant whining. Learn more!




Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
This illustrated edition came out in the fall and I always save them to read at Christmas time. As you know, I’m a Harry Potter nerd and I love the illustrated edition even more than the original books!  Learn more!





Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult
In this story, a black nurse, Ruth, is asked not to treat the baby of white supremacist parents, when things take a tragic turn Ruth finds herself in the midst of an ugly legal battle. Picoult addresses both the overt and subtleties of racism through the voice of three characters, Ruth, Tuck (the father of the baby), and Kennedy (Ruth’s public defender). I really enjoyed this book and it definitely makes you think about the small ways that racism seems into our lives. The only thing that I didn’t really like was that Ruth was written in a way that made me think she was much older than she was. She’s only in her 40s in the book but she comes across twenty years older, that might have been the audio book voice actress, though. Learn more!

And that’s a wrap on 2016!

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