Reading Challenges

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

One of the challenges I do every year, Around the Year in 52 books, ATY; has already put out their list for next year. One of the prompts is A book related to a codeword from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. Someone else had an idea to do a side challenge doing the whole NATO alphabet instead of just one. It was fun making interpretations to fit.

Alpha Life on the Leash> dogs are alpha
Bravo The Lonely Hearts Hotel> “troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York”
Charlie Eighth Grave After Dark> main character is Charley
Delta This Tender Land> “on the banks of Minnesota’s Gilead River”
Echo An Echo in the Bone
Foxtrot
Golf Act Like It by Lucy Parker> Lucy is a golf term
Hotel All the Ways We Said Goodbye> at The Ritz Hotel
India The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters> the sisters travel to India
Juliet The Lost Letter> tragedy and love
Kilo Blood & Honey> long book> over 500 pages
Lima Simmer Down> about food> like Lima bean
Mike Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder> hopefully the character Mike is also in this one
November Get a Life, Chloe Brown> published in November
Oscar The Last Letter from Your Lover> made into a movie> movies win Oscars
Papa A Game of Thrones> familial ties with characters
Quebec A Trick of the Light> takes place in Quebec
Romeo The Tourist Attraction> romance
Sierra The Giver of Stars> mountains on cover> Sierra Nevada=mountains
Tango You Had Me at Hola> Latin American
Uniform Ask Again, Yes> about police officers
Victor Shipped> the winner, “victor” gets the raise
Whisky A Breath of Snow and Ashes> Scottish Jamie makes whiskey
X-ray The Pull of the Stars> nurse and a pandemic and babies born
Yankee Olive Kitteridge> takes place in Maine> New England
Zulu My Sister, the Serial Killer> in Nigeria> Zulu people are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa

The Great American Read

To Kill a Mockingbird cover Outlander (Series) cover Harry Potter (Series) coverPride and Prejudice cover

I am interested in doing a comparison of the Great American Read list and the 100 books to read in a lifetime list (of which I have less than half left). The Great American Read has series in the list, so it actually has more than 100 books. Here is the list in the order they were voted:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon
    1. Outlander √
    2. Dragonfly in Amber √
    3. Voyager √
    4. Drums of Autumn √
    5. The Fiery Cross √
    6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
    7. An Echo in Bone
    8. Written in my Own Heart’s Blood
    9. Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone
  3. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling √
    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone √
    2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets √
    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban √
    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire √
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix √
    6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince √
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows √
    8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two √
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen √
  5. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. The Fellowship of the Ring
    2. The Two Towers
    3. The Return of the King
  6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White √
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott √
  9. The Chronicle’s of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis
    1. The Magician’s Nephew
    2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe √
    3. The Horse and His Boy
    4. Prince Caspian
    5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    6. The Silver Chair
    7. The Last Battle
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte √
  11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery √
  12. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck √
  13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak √
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  √
  16. The Help by Katherine Stockett
  17. The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  18. 1984 by George Orwell
  19. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  20. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  22. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  23. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  24. The Stand by Stephen King
  25. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier √
  26. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
  27. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  28. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  29. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens √
  30. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger √
  31. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls √
  32. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  33. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  34. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood √
  35. Dune by Frank Herbert
  36. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  37. The Call of the Wild by Jack London √
  38. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  40. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
    1. The Hunger Games √
    2. Catching Fire √
    3. Mockingjay √
  41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas √
  42. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  43. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  44. The Giver by Lois Lowry √
  45. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden √
  46. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  47. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  48. Game of Thrones (series) by George R.R. Martin
    1. A Game of Thrones
    2. A Clash of Kings
    3. A Storm of Swords
    4. A Feast for Crows
    5. A Dance with Dragons
    6. The Winds of Winter
    7. A Dream of Spring
  49. Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov
    1. Foundation
    2. Foundation and Empire
    3. Second Foundation
    4. Foundation’s Edge
    5. Foundation and Earth
    6. Prelude to Foundation
    7. Forward the Foundation
  50. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  51. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  52. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  53. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  54. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriela Garcia Marquez
  55. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  56. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks √
  57. The Shack by William P. Young
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  59. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  60. Beloved by Toni Morison
  61. The Martian by Andy Weir
  62. The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
    1. The Eye of the World
    2. The Great Hunt
    3. The Dragon Reborn
    4. The Shadow Rising
    5. The Fires of Heaven
    6. Lord of Chaos
    7. A Crown of Swords
    8. The Path of Daggers
    9. Winter’s Heart
    10. Crossroads of Twilight
    11. Knife of Dreams
    12. The Gathering Storm
    13. Towers of Midnight
    14. A Memory of Light
  63. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse √
  64. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  65. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  66. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon √
  67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  68. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  69. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold √
  70. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  71. Hatchet (series) by Gary Paulsen
    1. Hatchet
    2. The River
    3. Brian’s Winter
    4. Brian’s Return
    5. Brian’s Hunt
  72. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  73. The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephanie Meyer
    1. Twilight
    2. New Moon
    3. Eclipse
    4. Breaking Dawn
    5. Midnight Sun
  74. Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin
    1. Tales of the City
    2. More Tales of the City
    3. Further Tales of the City
    4. Babycakes
    5. Significant Others
    6. Sure of You
    7. Michael Tolliver Lives
    8. Mary Ann in Autumn
    9. The Days of Anna Madrigal
  75. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
  76. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline √
  77. Left Behind (series) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
    1. Left Behind
    2. Tribulation Force
    3. Nicolae
    4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides
    5. Apollyon
    6. Assassins
    7. The Indwelling
    8. The Mark
    9. Desecration
    10. The Remnant
    11. Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages
    12. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
    13. Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
  78. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn √
  79. Watchers by Dean Koontz
  80. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  81. Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by John Patterson
    1. Along Came a Spider
    2. Kiss the Girls
    3. Jack & Jill
    4. Cat and Mouse
    5. Pop Goes the Weasel
    6. Roses are Red
    7. Violets Are Blue
    8. Four Blind Mice
    9. The Big Bad Wolf
    10. London Bridges
    11. Mary, Mary
    12. Cross
    13. Double Cross
    14. Cross Country
    15. Alex Cross’s Trial
    16. I, Alex Cross
    17. Cross Fire
    18. Kill Alex Cross
    19. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
    20. Alex Cross, Run
    21. Cross My Heart
    22. Hope to Die
    23. Cross Justice
    24. Cross the Line
    25. The People vs. Alex Cross
    26. Target: Alex Cross
    27. Criss Cross
    28. Deadly Cross
  82. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  83. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  84. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  85. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  86. Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E.L. James √
    1. Fifty Shades of Grey √
    2. Fifty Shades Darker √
    3. Fifty Shades Freed √
  87. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  88. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
  89. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie √
  90. Another Country by James Baldwin
  91. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya √
  92. Looking for Alaska by John Green √
  93. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  94. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
  95. Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
  96. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  97. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  98. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  99. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  100. Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos

So many of these I have never heard of. So many I would have had higher on the list. Some I will probably never attempt to read. Maybe one year, instead of following the Popsugar and Around the Year reading challenges, I will try this out.

What I Read in 2019

I love how Goodreads breaks down your reading year.

My year in books

2019
This is my journey in books for 2019!

TOTALS

I read 37,737 pages across 102 booksImg bookstack 360


The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
SHORTEST BOOK
72 pages
The Lorax

by Dr. Seuss


Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
LONGEST BOOK
870 pages
Voyagerby Diana Gabaldon


AVERAGE LENGTH
369 page

MOST POPULAR
7,231,710 people also read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s …
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
4.66 average

In 2019, I read several retellings.

I read a few series.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.    A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.    A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

I loved this series so much, I can’t wait for the next book, hopefully out in 2020.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han     P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han     Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Even though this was another YA series, I really enjoyed Lara Jean.

I found a few favorite new authors that I want to read all their work,

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos     The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos     Always by Sarah Jio     Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

I had a few surprising great reads:

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim     The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon     Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras    A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

My absolute favorites of 2019 were:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens     The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

    Rules of Civility by Amor Towles     The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini    

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

I had a few dislikes but only 1 DNF (My Dear Hamilton).  Let’s see what 2020 brings me in the way of great entertainment.

My Favorite Banana Bread

In honor of Banana Bread Day, I thought I would re-share my favorite banana bread (or muffin).

Biscoff Cookie Butter!

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Pecans!

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Thank you Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod for this great recipe. I, of course, added nuts though.

Biscoff Banana Nut Muffins

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup Biscoff Spread
1/4 cup oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar

For the Biscoff Cookie Streusel:

1/2 cup chopped Biscoff cookies
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line muffin pans and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, set aside.

3. In a stand mixer, mash bananas. Add the Biscoff Spread, oil, egg, vanilla, and sugars.

4. Add the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy, don’t over mix.

5. Scoop batter into prepared pans.

Make streussel:

1. In a small bowl, melt butter. Combine chopped Biscoff cookies, chopped pecans, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the melted butter. Stir until combined. Add a spoonful of the streusel to the top of the batter in each muffin cup.

2. Bake muffins for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Enjoy warm or straight of the tupperware.banana bread

Can also be made in a bread loaf pan.banana bread loaf2

Renovating 407: The Master Bath

The 70s were a good decade. I mean my parents were married. I was born. My brother was born. But that decade is long gone and needed to be long gone out of my house too.

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This bathroom is on the smaller side, it’s not an en suite type of bathroom. It works for me though. So originally, it had this fabric backed wallpaper, a plastic vanity (but with real marble counter/sink), the mirror with the medicine cabinet and original (heavy) doors on the shower. There were handicap handles all over the room as well and that slightly Gothic looking light.

 

 

 

 

I removed the wallpaper and any handle anywhere. Fixed and patched and painted. Replaced the light, mirror, vanity and toilet. I also decided to take down the heavy doors on the shower and only use a shower curtain, but some tiles were loose and I ended up finding termite damage. About a year or so later, I finally got around to removing all the tile, which ended up pulling the backerboard down with it. Eventually, I removed all the tile and cement from the pan. All of this mess was covered by a shower curtain for almost 2 years.

My original plumber didn’t want to do the work. Couldn’t get the next one to show up for the estimate. The one that finally came and ran the new plumbing, wouldn’t show back up to finish the work or send his tile guy. This summer, I finally found a tile guy that would do the work. So after the plumber had come and ran a new line, and fixed the old line, I cut the ceiling open over the shower and we put up the new backboard (after replacing rotted and damaged wood). Because the ceiling was going to be 2 different textures, I decided to cover the whole thing with beadboard.

(That’s my wonderful brother.) I also added a chair rail for the towel hooks and painted the bathroom again. I love my bathroom now.

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The tile guy even did a backsplash on the sinks for me.

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Here is a before and after.

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I also finally got a barn door made and hung up from the bedroom to the bathroom.Photo Nov 22, 10 52 27 AM

What I Read in 2018

This year I really did cut back on TV and read more. I followed the Popsugar Reading Challenge and the Around the Year in 52 books. I am happy to say, other than the book I am currently reading, I have finished both challenges. I have read 81 books this year. Some I loved, some I hated, some I didn’t see how they fit the challenge prompt, and some were still good enough to recommend.

10964 I drug my feet in wanting to read a book I have been watching, and loving, on TV. I don’t usually like a book I have already watched or vice versa (other than Hunger Games). But I picked up this book for ‘time travel’ and it became one of my favorite books of all time. I have the next two on the list for my challenge next year.

36373417 I picked up this book for a ‘book with a map’. It was on the new book shelf at the library. And it was amazing. It is a book that I would like to see turned into a movie.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen These were also high on my most loved books this year. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson My favorite series this year. I have decided I will not read the ones that are being written by another author. It’s already sad enough that Stieg’s estranged father and brother are making all the money off of the 1st three and nothing is going to his life partner since they were never married.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence  Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani After reading Annie’s book, I added many more books to my TBR. But read Big Stone Gap almost right away. Went ahead and read Big Cherry Holler for the heck of it and added the 3rd one to my challenge for next year.

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa SeeHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie These taught me some multicultural lessons. 

Renovating Update

Finally getting somewhere.

Still too many started projects that I am too exhausted to finish.

Need new windows, stucco updated and a new furnace. (Must win lottery or have them donated.) Single mom seeking benefactor. Haha.

Can finally shower in the master bathroom. And finally have a door on the bathroom.IMG_2583

My mom is getting all new cabinets so we are going to replace mine with her old ones (going to be much better).08 27 15_2086

Need like 4 tons of gravel to finish off front and back yards. Add to above list for benefactor.

I had a tree fall down in a wind storm and it messed up some of the fence. The neighbors are fiercely private and I think I am going to have to jump the fence to fix it. (They have a huge fence around their back porch so they never go into the rest of their backyard.)Photo Aug 13, 6 23 47 PM

I have decided I do not like the paint color in this house. (I loved it in my other house but it got more natural light and didn’t seem so dark.) I am fine with it in the den, just not the other rooms. img_1408

 

 

Easy Dollar Tree Easter Door Decor

When it comes to making my own holiday decorations, I usually am so late in doing it, they don’t get much time spent on display. Until next year that is. I see things I want to make all the time and don’t get around to it until really late. I used to be better. Unless I am making it for someone else. Haha.

This year, thanks to Dollar Tree, I am several steps ahead for Easter. Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I remembered seeing before where someone had used the pizza pans to make a snowman “wreath”. So I headed to a Dollar Tree I don’t usually go to and picked up my supplies.

supplies needed

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I started by taking the pizza pan outside and spraying it with a white primer. This covered well enough that I just did 2 coats of this. (If I did it again, I would have sprayed a coat of clear sealant over the white to make sure it couldn’t get nicked up.)

While the paint was drying, I then needed to make some ears. I started out by taking the packing apart on these other items I picked up.

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The packaging was the perfect shape, just needed to be smaller. I cut the packing down to the size I wanted. Then I grabbed a piece of white card stock and cut around the cardboard to make pieces that matched the cardboard. I glued those pieces together and then very, very carefully glued the pink mesh around in the middle of the white ears. I started by gluing an oval around the inside of the ear and then adding glue I wound the mesh around the inside. You have to carefully push it down to stick to the glue while you are wounding it into the oval. Once finished, I set these aside and got to work on the face of the bunny.

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I cut apart the floral bundles and set those aside (I didn’t need the bunches to be tall). I attempted to make blush circles for “cheeks” with the mesh tubing but as I kept burning myself, I gave up and just made a nose out of the tubing. I then glued this down with stems from the floral bundles as whiskers.

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For now I think it looks better without eyes, but if I come across something in my stash that will make big enough eyes, I will try it out.

I then glued down some of the floral bundles and a carrot to make it more wreath like.

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Reading Historical Fiction

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It’s interesting. I choose books to fulfill a category in the challenges I am following. I don’t choose them because they are about World War II. But I have ended up reading several of those. They have also taught me a lot about the war that they don’t teach you in school and even though I know they are historical fiction, I can feel their pain in every one of them.

My favorite book last year, The Nightingale, was centered around Germany occupied France and two sisters that had different experiences with the war.

The Book Thief takes place in Germany and what it was like to harbor a Jew and live under different conditions than normal. Even though it was their war, Germans were still greatly affected.

I also read Letter from Skye, At the Water’s Edge, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Code Name Verity. I started to read The Zookeepers Wife but it got moved to the back of the pile for this year’s prompts. I also had The Women in the Castle on last year’s list, but never could find the book.

For this years prompts, again not choosing them because of WWII, I have Lilac Girls, All the Light we Cannot See and The Alice Network, and just found some others I might have to add to my To Read list for later.

30267929I did just finish reading We Were the Lucky Ones. And WOW. My favorite book this year so far (I’ve read 12). It is about a family of Jews in Poland. That survive. There are 5 siblings in the family and the book is written by the granddaughter of one of the siblings, in the view point of the family members themselves. I just can’t even fathom what the world did to the Jewish people during (and after) WWII.

Why I Read

A cheaper form of entertainment.

Sure. If you are getting the books for free.

I have to keep reminding myself to go to the library.

I have always loved to read. I read Forever by Judy Blume when I was either in junior high or early high school. I picked it up because it was Judy Blume. Come on, we all loved Superfudge. I remember thinking it was a good thing my mom didn’t know what the book was about. But I couldn’t stop reading it.

I once bought this book at duty free in the Shannon Airport in Ireland because I had already read the one book I had taken. This book was full of mystery, sex, maybe vampires, a count, a castle. It was weird and not what I usually read. Definitely not chic lit. But it was a great book. Probably the first book by a non American author I had ever picked up that wasn’t on a reading list in college. I loaned it to someone and never got it back. I can’t remember what it was called.

I was sent to Japan via San Fransisco from Chicago. I only took with me Where the Heart Is to read on this entire trip. I thought I wouldn’t need anything else. I could not fall asleep in that cramped space. I watched all 4 movies and read the entire book before ever landing in Japan. I never made that mistake again.

For the longest time, Nicholas Sparks was my favorite author. I read all of his books as soon as they came out. And did not watch the movies. I haven’t read the last few. They kind of all have the same theme. Which was all right for awhile.

I am a huge fan of chic lit. Mary Kay Andrews was a favorite. I can always read those beach read kind of books.

I didn’t read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe until college. I also tried to read the entire collection years later, but did not like the first book at all. The movies are great.

Some of my favorite books have been the Harry Potter series. But never thought I would have liked fantasy books. I have never watched the movies. I also think she could have left out The Cursed Child. It wasn’t the best. She also continues her knack to entertain as Robert Galbraith with the Cormoran Strike series starting with The Cuckoo’s Calling. What happened to Lethal White last year? And now it doesn’t even show that it is scheduled for this year at all.

I also highly enjoyed the Hunger Games series and loved the movies too. Again, I never thought I would like that dystopian future category but also liked the Divergent series.

But what I have learned by following along with the Popsugar reading challenge, is that I read books now all over different genres. And have read some really great books I might never have heard of otherwise (as I keep saying). At first I did not like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But then I couldn’t stop reading and had it read within 2 days. I loved that he painted the picture so well, I couldn’t imagine being there even though I have never seen pictures of Sweden at all.

I now have this dream of having my own used bookstore. Anyone want to be a silent partner or come run that with me? I don’t think that books will ever truly be dead. I still prefer them over the tablet and just use that when I can get a good deal on a book.

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