Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge — Update #7 & Other Challenges

In the month of August I managed to complete one book for my Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Let’s see what I got to:

#1: A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25


It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

I enjoyed this book, but I think the hype for it over the years is ultimately what killed some of my enjoyment for the overall story. While I am sad about Vizzini’s death and I love the atmosphere of the story, but I did have trouble connecting at times. The humour was great, but then it would kind of awkward. I definitely would still recommend this and I am glad I read it, but I think I still like Julie Halpern’s Get Well Soon better.

This means my total is at 17/24 challenges completed. Slowly but surely I am getting there, and I still have four months to complete the last few challenges I have. I am a bit nervous because I still have two larger and dense books I still need to read, and I hope I can do them without crying.

As always my husband gives me a monthly challenge, which I can say with gusto that I again completed.

1. chicks dig giant robots — Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN vol. 2: Garma by Yoshiyuki Tomino

2. the quest for more money – read a sequel — Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4)
by Seanan McGuire 
3. mandatory canadian content — The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (from Toronto!)
4. recently dead guy book club — It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

5. i don’t know what it’s called but there’s a colour in the title. — Fables, Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham et al.

I really do like how he phrases his challenges. Honest I do.

booktubeathonAt the beginning of the month was the Book-tube-a-Thon, and I always participate in it even if I am not a booktuber (too shy!). I did finish all seven challenges, though I finished The Girl Who Played Go a little after The Book-tube-a-Thon was over, so I am calling it a success. Here is a reminder of the books and what challenges they helped to complete:

1. Read a book with blue on the cover — The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name — Jump (a.k.a Twinmaker) by Sean Williams
3. Read someone else’s favourite book — The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa (which is a book Kiki lent to me that she really loved).
4. Read the last book you acquired — One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
5. Finish a book without letting go of it – From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by JacquelineWoodson
6. Read a book you really want to read —  Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson 
7. Read seven books — Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Favourite book from the read-a-thon easily was Violent Ends, though if I am being honest, I actually adored everything I tackled during the read-a-thon, which generally never ever happens. Looking forward to this read-a-thon next year!


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