Monday, February 16, 2015

A Reading Challenge Update

(To read my original post about the 2015 reading challenge, click here.)

I know you've all been constantly thinking about and wondering how my 2015 reading challenge is going.  Well, here's an update!

Out of twelve categories, I've read (sound the trumpet!) book.  And I just finished it a few minutes ago.  Fittingly (because today is Presidents' Day), the book was "41: A Portrait of My Father" by George W. Bush.  This book is a biography of George H. W. Bush, and "biography" falls into the reading challenge category of "a book in a genre you don't typically read."

Anyway, I really enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it.  It is an easy read (in a sense that you don't feel like you're wading through deep, presidential history), and I especially liked reading about George H. W. Bush from his son's (loving and respectful) perspective.

In my original reading challenge post I said that I was reading Little Women (still am!), and that it was going to fulfill the "book you've been meaning to read" category.  Well, I'm going to switch things up, and file Little Women under "a book your mom loves."  There are many (an understatement) other books that I've been meaning to read.

Here are some more books I plan to read for the challenge (which may change as the year marches on):

--The Girl on the Train ("a book published this year")
--The Brothers Karamazov ("a book that was originally written in a different language")
--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (either "a book you've been meaning to read" or "a book 'everyone' has read but you")

Melissa recommended Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I've already read and enjoyed because it was such a suspenseful page-turner (I hear The Girl on the Train is similar).  Thanks, Melissa!

What are you reading these days?  I hope you're either staying warm in this frigid weather, or enjoying your 70-degree February days (I say this through gritted teeth, words dripping with jealousy).

Happy Presidents' Day!


laura said...

I recommend The Goldfinch (takes a little bit to get into, but then you won't be able to put it down!) and Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (quick and easy read but hilarious!) Also anything by JoJo Moyes is great (especially Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind) -- she takes history and modern day and mixes them together for some great stories. Keep updating on this challenge so I can get some new book ideas, too!

Chet and Ashley said...

Thanks, Laura! I'd had Where'd You Go, Bernadette on my "to read" list forever, and I finally read it last week -- loved it! I also have a JoJo Moyes book on my list -- I have a feeling I'll be addicted once I start ;-)