I feel pretty successful overall! I tried out some challenges and also had some more personal goals. I surpassed my Goodreads challenge of 70 books by reading 95! That's 25,906 pages! Now I know to shoot for even higher next year. I started with Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, and I surpassed my own expectations, … Continue reading My Year in Review, Challenges and more!
Date Completed:3/6/16 Rating:8/10 This is a story not only about baseball, but about Puerto Rico's absorption into the US and impact that had on Clemente and his friends and family. The graphic novel format lends itself to the many dimensional concept of life, and allows the reader to experience news papers, TV, letters, declarations, and … Continue reading “21” The Story of Roberto Clemente ~ Wilfred Santiago
Date Completed: 3/1/16 Rating 10/10 I typically hate poetry. This book/compilation of free form poetry was amazing. Memoir style, Woodson's story speaks to the struggles, promises, and pitfalls of growing up as a black girl in the South and in the North, and how those experiences differ. Although this book is marketed as a middle … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming ~ Jacqueline Woodson
So here's the scoop: Breathless, a book recommended by a family member (a.k.a. my mom) was one of the first books I read this month. I got really excited about parts of this book, but I didn't really understand why each of the stories was spliced together so much - that felt a little awkward. … Continue reading February Wrap Up
Date Completed: 2/13/2016 Rating: 8/10 This book was beyond emotionally complicated for me. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I'm not sure if it lived up to my expectations around it. I loved the sweet romances, I enjoyed every character, although it seemed a little heavy on the Nina-Matthias drama. As … Continue reading Six of Crows ~ Leigh Bardugo
Date Completed: 1/31/2016 Rating: 7.5/10 This is the sweet, innocent story of murder. This thriller is probably intended to leave you Breathless, and there's a lot going on. Koontz follows the separate trajectories of five main characters. Typically when authors have separate points of view for their characters, they intend for them to match up … Continue reading Breathless ~ Dean Koontz
Date Completed: 1/31/16 Rating: 6/10 The premise for this novel was exceptional. Brooks wrote a zombie fiction as a history, and I think it's a remarkably unique style in an era of zombie novels. I listened to the audiobook as part of a challenge, and I loved the casting. There were so many voices and I … Continue reading World War Z ~ Max Brooks