Book Reviews & Discussions

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge


I have been so lost in reading, my time spent here has been minimal…blame my competitiveness – not with anyone else, just myself. The first year I did the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I rashly set myself up to read 50 books. I failed. Even as an avid reader, meeting that goal was difficult – especially given the length of some of the books I conspire to finish. In 2015, I didn’t meet the goal either – I finished 19 of the 35 I had challenged myself to read.

But this is the year!

Currently, I’m two books ahead of schedule. With a (still respectable I think) goal of 25 books, I thought it was worth a post. Some were chosen from favorite authors, others from my project of reading my way through the Pulitzer Prize fiction winners. A few, and admittedly the most disappointing were moments of wanting to read what everyone else was (i.e. The Girls).

I found B.A. Shapiro, author of The Muralist and The Art Forger. I finished my coffee table book, Fragments (an amazing journey of Marilyn Monroe’s own scribbles and thoughts). There were down sides though – a Pulitzer Prize winner I couldn’t fathom, a classic how to approach writing book by a legend that didn’t impress.

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson   Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan  The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  The Amateur Marriage by Anne TylerFragments by Marilyn Monroe  The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Hitler's Furies by Wendy Lower The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Someone by Alice McDermott The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay

 Two more to go…and then I get to start all over!
Remember, “Reading gives you someplace to go when you have to stay where you are.” (Mason Cooley)


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