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If today’s featured photo looks familiar, it’s because I used it a few months ago for my reading challenge post. I’ve decided to share an update on my progress, as there are only about two-and-a-half months left to complete the challenge. While I have updated the original post with the books I’ve read since I began, in this post, I’ll provide my star ratings of each book along with a one line review. If you need another book for your TBR list, perhaps this list will inspire you. I’ve listed the books in order of how many stars I gave each book. The last two books are still in progress, which is why I’ve put them at the end with no star ratings (yet). I’ll update this post as I continue reading more books.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A must read.
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
My only adult book on this list. I love her world building, so if you like politics in your paranormal romances, this series might be for you.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
An absolutely fantastic book about the science of habits, but written in an easy to understand style.
Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Michelle Abate and Gwen Tarbox
I’ll definitely use chapters from this book in future teaching and research situations.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignitor
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
It’s not 5 stars because teaching it and reading so much fanfic has made me too aware of some plot holes.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing the movie adaptation.
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
A very intense read, and I loved the multiple POVs and overall narrative structure.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
So many interesting elements in this book, though I wish it didn’t end on such a major cliffhanger.
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The narrative structure of this book creates a confusing reading experience, but I’m still glad I checked it out.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
And I Darken by Kiersten White
A good read for anyone interested in historical fiction that includes multiple POVs and expansive settings.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Teaching this book to undergrads was surprisingly productive.
Shatter Warrior by Sharon Shinn
A good read, as it’s definitely a graphic novel with a lot of societal implications.
Eight Winter Nights by Laura Krauss Melmed
Learn the basics about Hanukkah in this lovely picture book.
There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
Like the other books by Willems, an enjoyable read at any age.
The Great Good Summer by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The television adaptation is so different, though really, I prefer the fanfiction over both the book series and the show.
The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
“Shouldn’t You Be in School?”: All the Wrong Questions 3 by Lemony Snicket
I liked the meta aspect, but I was a bit too annoyed by the adult characters to really enjoy this book.
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
A short read about teamwork that taught me more about lowriders than I anticipated.
Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa
Another manga I tried this year, this story is engaging enough for me to want to read the next issue.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Fast Track by Julie Garwood
While the dynamics between the ensemble of characters was well-written, I found the male protagonist too controlling.
Cooking Solo: The Joy of Cooking for Yourself by Klancy Miller
Some great recipes for someone who lives alone, but many of these recipes require way too many ingredients that would prevent me from wanting to attempt these meals.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Slow read and most of the tips are really obvious.
Fairy Tail, vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima
This story really didn’t grab my attention or inspire me to read the next volume, even though it ended on a semi-cliffhanger.
The Awakening by L.J. Smith
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson by Barry Denenberg
In the form of a published diary, my issue with this book isn’t the writing style, but the fact that I couldn’t really sympathize with Emma, as she is part of a confederate slave-owning family.
Final Book Read:
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
While I didn’t LOVE it, as a Harry Potter fan who enjoys critically engaging with the series and reading tons of its fanfiction, this book is a must read.
I’m books away from completing the challenge, so I’ll definitely be picking up the pace a bit. If you have any suggestions for the prompts I’m missing, let me know in the comments below.