Reading Challenge 2017!

Reading Challenge 2017I decided to significantly reduce my reading goal this year, mainly due to the fact that I’m expecting a baby at the beginning of June and I don’t yet know how much that will impact how many books I can fit in. I set my goal at 20 books which is about 15-20 books less than a typical year for me.
So far, I’ve made it through 4 books and am on track! I’ve started a few others but haven’t made much traction on a few of them as well.
Common Sense PregnancyCommon Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth for Mother and Baby by Jeanne Faulkner
I found this book at the library and liked that it was about common sense. I actually liked this book so much that I’m planning to buy a copy to keep at home. There are some really good post-birth tips that I’d like to have handy. Great read, true to its name with very practical advice. Learn more!





The Fringe HoursThe Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica Turner
This book has been on my list for a long time. As part of my resolution to spend less time on social media from my phone, I moved all of my social apps to a separate page on my phone and installed my kindle app to my home page. This made it super easy for me to get this read in all those times I would normally mindlessly check facebook. Incidentally, this tactic fell right in line with the themes of the book which is focused on using those underused pockets of time to make time for yourself. I liked this book a lot and am glad I finally got around to it! Learn more!



Carve the MarkCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth is the author of the Divergent series which I loved so I was excited to see that her new series launched with Carve the Mark. This book is more science fiction/fantasy based than the Divergent series and I loved it. The characters are well developed and the universe it’s set in is very engaging. If you’re a fan of young adult sci-fi/fantasy, go pick this up, you won’t regret it. Learn more!





All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (Book Club)
Our first book club read of the year! This was a great pick, we had been doing a lot of historical fiction lately so switching over to a mystery thriller was just what we needed. This book is told in reverse, day-by-day, leading up to a big reveal. Ten years earlier, the main character, Nic, leaves town after one of her closest friends mysteriously disappears. Now, back in town to help clean out her family home so it can be sold now that her father is in a nursing home, another girl goes missing. Each day the reader finds out more about how the two cases may be connected. I will say that I didn’t find the reveal to be that surprising, although some of my other book clubbers were very surprised! I also don’t think I liked the ending much but overall it was a quick and fun read. Learn more!


Goal Standing: 4/24

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!