Book Challenge By Erin 6.0

This is my third time finishing Erin's Book Challenge! It such a fun way to get some of those older books off my to-read list and talk books (via Facebook) with other readers. If you aren't already joining in, consider it this summer!

Here are the categories and what I chose to read for each one, along with a short review.

Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven Quick, easy YA story that annoyed me in some parts, but had great characters, great writing, and great messages. I had never heard of prosopagnosia before! ★★★

Read a book that starts with the letter W
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner I listened to this audiobook and really liked the alternating POV/narration. I got through it so quickly because I had to know what was going to happen next. I loved the characters and how their story unfolded. I just wish there was more at the end. ★★★★

Read a book with six words in the title
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper I didn't like this as much as other Tropper books I've read. I didn't care much for any of the characters. I loved the dialogue and the ending though. I found out it will be made into a movie, so maybe it'll translate better for me that way? ★★

Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt Everyone I know who has read this book absolutely loves it. I liked it, but don't think I connected to it the way they all did. I loved Toby and Finn and the story of their relationship, but I didn't really like the rest of the family, including June. It was just an all-around strange book for me. ★★★

Read a book with a homonym in the title (sun)
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon This book is adorable and even though it's a little cheesy and unrealistic, it made me happy. I've always loved books and movies that take place in one day. I love Natasha and Daniel and their complex lives and the quick glimpses into the lives of side characters. The writing is just so good! Plus, it's super relevant. ★★★★

Read a book by your favorite author
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs I love Burroughs and everything he writes. This was the last book of his I had to read and it's another great set of autobiographical essays, which are always mixture of humor and pain. Some stories weren't as great as others, but it was a solid read. ★★★★

Read a book set where you live (Seattle)
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, so I was excited to read this, even though it's a totally different kind of story. It was interesting enough, but there were too many things going on (mystery, coming-of-age, environmentalism, ghosts, family scandal), which made the book feel kind of choppy to me. ★★★

Read a book Rory Gilmore read
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Blah. Each story is fascinating, but I don't know that switching back and forth was the best way to tell them. And then there was so much extra random information and LOTS of foreshadowing, I kept losing interest. I just wasn't a fan of the writing. ★★

Read a book from a genre that you rarely read (self-help)
Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight I wasn't expecting this book to have much substance, but it does! I also thought it would be making fun of Marie Kondo's book, but it doesn't. It expands on her idea of getting rid of things that don't bring you joy, by limiting where and who you spend your time and money on, all without being a jerk about it. Don't read it if you can't get past the f word. It's on each page at least ten times. I'll have more on this in a later post. ★★★★

Read a book with time travel
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Hmmm... I'm not into sci-fi at all, so maybe I just didn't "get" it. It was very strange, I wasn't sure what was true and what wasn’t (though, that's probably the point), and I didn't think it was all that funny. I hope to never read "so it goes" again. ★★

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Jana @ Jana Says said...

I skipped over all the historical parts of Devil in the White City and read only the murdery ones.

I have many thoughts on many of the other ones but I'm glad you enjoyed The Life Changing Magic. Her second book, which I reviewed this month, is equally helpful and enjoyable.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh bummer, i just started tell the wolves i'm home. lol.
the sun is also a star is on my list.
i am intrigued by the not giving a f*ck book, though i don't know if have issues doing things i don't want to do, you know? but i do have issues about caring what people think, so maybe i should.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

Michael went to Seattle U and Erik Larson spoke at his graduation and I liked the description of that book, but now I don't know if I want to read it. Ha. I want to read both of Nicola Yoon's books! I've never read anything by Augusten Burroughs but I want to.

Brittany Pines said...

Congrats on finishing! I liked Knight's book, and I want to read her new one.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I like the title of Holding Up the Universe.

Loved Tell the Wolves I'm Home.

The Siberian American said...

Have you read Everything, Everything? I liked it better than The Sun Is Also a Star.

lil desiqua said...

I love alternating POVs and yet I've been sitting on my copy of Who Do You Love... guess I better move it up on my list! I've been really curoius about The Life Changing Magic. I didn't read the Marie Kondo one, but this one sounds right up my alley. And I haven't read anything by Tropper... do you have a suggestion on where to start given that you didn't love this one?

Tanya said...

The Devil in the White City was incredibly well-researched but I didn't realize it was non-fiction when I chose it and I'm not a big fan of non-fiction (I read for Erin's 5.0 Challenge). The serial killer parts I enjoyed and he is referenced in so many movies and TV shows. The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck is on my TBR. And I like that cursing isn't one of the things she's giving up. :D

Alison @ Puppies and Pretties said...

I've had Devil in the White City on my list forever, but reviews like yours make me keep pushing it down. I probably would like it, but I don't know, I also don't want to be disappointed.

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

Thanks for giving the challenge a shout out...and for being a kick-ass participant!

Misty said...

I read a ton in January and then stopped. I have so many books downloaded. I need to get back to it.

Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

You read some books with gorgeous covers this month!! I have a few of these on my list.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really need to read something by Nicola Yoon. Glad you liked her latest! I LOVE Augusten Burroughs. I saw him speak once and it was great. I still need to read this one though.

Karen Peterson said...

One of these days, I WILL complete one of these challenges. You read some great books!