Category Archives: Challenges

Michelle FINISHES the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge (UPDATE)
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Since I was off to a roaring start on my reading goals for 2015, (three and a half days in, three and a half books read) I added this Popsugar Reading Challenge to help me branch out some. If I … Continue reading

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Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
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This reads a little like Lost mixed with Castaway mixed with Days of our Lives. Lillian and her mother-in-law, Margaret, win an all-expenses-paid vacation to Fiji courtesy of a yogurt brand. While on the promotional trip, the two women, the pilot, a flight … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Brown Girl Dreaming has been winning all sorts of awards (Newbery and National Book Award). It depicts a young black family’s moves from Ohio to South Carolina to New York City amid segregation and racial violence. Woodson also tells the story of … Continue reading

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The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
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I read this for my challenge book with non-human characters. This is the story of babies left with a childless old healer woman on a mountaintop. The woman’s name is Verity, and as one might expect, she can tell no lies. One … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack
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I read this as my “based on a TV show” book for the challenge. I’d read several other Doctor Who novelizations and they’ve been pretty good. This one doesn’t disappoint if you accept it for what it is: a light … Continue reading

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
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Oh, I liked this one so much better than Dark Places!!! I hate when I have to do a bad review 😉   A not-super-good reporter at a fourth-rate paper in Chicago is sent back to her tiny hometown to … Continue reading

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Well, this is not what I was expecting. It was a whole bunch of Martha’s Vineyard “I’m fancy” with more than a little bit of King Lear who-is-the-favorite-daughter and the Kennedys all-American family thrown in. So Cadence Sinclair Eastman is 15 and and … Continue reading

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
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By turns ghastly and intriguing, this nonfiction piece looks at what happens to our bodies after we die, particularly for cadavers willed to science. The realities are somewhat unsettling, but Roach treats the subject with a light, irreverent tone that … Continue reading

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
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This is a fairly typical YA book about rumors and reputations and bullies. It’s got quite a few slut-shaming incidents and scenes depicting how boys get away with sleeping around but girls never can. It’s not groundbreaking or anything, but it was … Continue reading

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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I had heard this book is awesome. It also came up on potential booklists for teenagers, so I felt like I should check it out before recommending it to students. And, overall, it sounds like it probably is awesome…dog tells the … Continue reading

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