Wow- the month of February is already ending and I am still on the winning track with my book challenge! For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/ 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
In the month of February I have read four books and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 19% of my goal, which is 2 books (4%) ahead of progress. I started off the month a bit slow due to a heavy course load at school, but seemed to catch up as the month went along.
Write Is a Verb: Sit Down. Start Writing. No Excuses. By Bill O’Hanlon-Completed February 12th
As an aspiring writer, I loved the no-nonsense approach that O’Hanlon gave for getting your butt in the chair to do actual writing. He is a mental health professional by trade and doesn’t believe in the more traditional advice touted by so many writing books. To him it is not about routine or writing what you know. It’s about getting to the act of writing in a very raw and uncensored way. O’Hanlon is not a fan of “morning pages” as advocated by the great Julia Cameron, so if you’re looking for artistry and exploration, this book is not for you. O’Hanlon is all about production of work, which is just what I needed!
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss- Completed February 13th
Faking Faith is a Young Adult novel that tells the tale of seventeen-year-old Dylan, who gets wrapped up in popularity and is involved in an unfortunate sexting incident that sends her looking for the extreme opposite in her life. This book is abundant with complex themes on friendship and sexuality and is an excellent story of extremes and lessons learned. Although the ending is a little pat and easy for me, (what parents would just brush off the fact that their child lied to them about going away for two weeks to live with a strange family?) the book is fast-paced and entertaining. I would recommend it to adults young and old the same. Just a note, this is a relatively short book; I read it easily in one day.
What’s Your Number? by Karyn Bosnak- Completed February 24th
What’s Your Number (previously published as 20 Times a Lady) is proof that “Chick Lit” is not dead! Karyn Bosnak, welcome to the world of books written for women that you just cannot put down! I actually missed a stop on public transit reading this book, and cannot tell you enough how entertaining it was. Bosnak even taught me a few new words, including “foxymoron,” a term for a man that is good-looking on the outside, but not so bright otherwise. In this book our heroine Delilah Darling finds love in the most unlikely of places after taking a journey through her muddled past where every stop is wrought with hysterics and drama. This book has been adapted for a film, which I have not yet seen, but I’m looking for show times as we speak! I’m hoping that it can do the book justice!
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella- Completed February 25th
Since I was on a roll with the “Chick Lit,” I decided to pick up a book from my shelf by a favorite author. Sophie Kinsella wrote the Shopaholic series and did not disappoint with this novel. It’s a cute read heavy on all of the major chick-lit components (nice shoes, fancy bags, designer lipsticks, and fancy clothing) with a nice mystery twist. When the main character Lexi wakes up in a hospital in much better shape financially than when she began, the mystery of how she got there unwinds. I enjoyed her journey and unraveling the clues that lead her to her current reality and agree with her pick for love in the end. This book is pretty fluffy and light, but was entertaining as Sophie Kinsella always is. If you’re looking for a quick read filled with fun, this is a good pick.
I worried at first that I wouldn’t have any free time for reading, but I have found that when I put my nose in a book at every spare moment, these little five-minutes-here, ten-minutes-there really add up to pages read. I’m finding myself wasting less time staring off into space and people watching on the light rail and more time losing myself in the worlds of an author’s mind.
I’m in the middle of reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffengger now and will start next month’s update with my review of the novel!
Happy reading to you all!