Dec 1, 2015

Book Challenge Month 1 Update! #SCWBC15

Time for the 1 month check in!  I actually thought I wouldn't have any books to talk about but then Thanksgiving happened and I read up a storm.  So, here's what I've read so far.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - ♥♥♥♥♥

This definitely made it onto my Game-changers shelf!  Such an important, important message.  And it's not just for women who want to work.  Sandberg points out that a huge part of attaining equality is being able to choose freely and staying home with kids is equally valid and important work to remaining in the work force.  Some of the points that hit me the strongest were about our subconscious prejudices and I'm determined to discover and overcome my own.  I wrote more about the book here on my other blog, but you should probably just read it.  Or listen to it!  I quite liked it as an audiobook.

Inkheart - ♥♥♥♥

I don't have super strong feelings about this one.  I enjoyed it and I think the writing is really good.  The story didn't captivate me the way my favorite books do, but there was nothing wrong with it.  I read Inkheart with my own eyeballs, but just started listening to the sequel, Inkspell, and it's read by Brendan Fraser, who, it turns out, is an amazing reader!  This is the first audiobook I've listened to where someone does voices and it's overall delightful.  Maybe I can get into fantasy audiobooks after all.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - ♥♥♥♥

Very interesting story!  I bought this because I was intrigued by the combination authorship of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and the story was just as unique and wacky and I could have expected.  A fun, lighthearted read and I really enjoyed reading each of the author's notes regarding the other.  You got a little glimpse into their friendship and it was, frankly, adorable.

Winter - ♥♥♥♥♥

SOOOO GOOD!  I had high expectations and Marissa Meyer did not disappoint.  I already gushed on Goodreads, but I'm still blown away that her last book was so long and she didn't split it up into 2 books or charge more for it.  I was quite pleased, because in some of the others, the end came much too soon and this was perfect.  Satisfying story, satisfying amount of time to be in the story.

TOTAL POINTS: 50 (out of 200)

I swapped some stuff around because my reading got sidetracked, but here's what I'm planning on reading for the rest of the categories.

5 points: A book between 100-200 pages
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (118 pages) (I was going to do this for "debut book" but it was too short.)

10 points: A debut book by any author
— Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (218 pages)

10 points: A book that does not take place in your current country of residence
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (352 pages) (England/Europe)

10 points: A book that someone else has already used for the challenge
— The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (325 pages)

15 points: A book published under a pseudonym
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens (240 pages)

15 points: A book with “boy,” “girl,” “man,” “woman,” or their plurals in the title
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (217 pages - ♥♥♥♥♥)

15 points: A book with a one-word title
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (548 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

20 points: A book with a person's first and last name in the title
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (430 pages - ♥♥♥♥)

20 points: A food-themed book
Chocolat by Joanne Harris (306 pages)

20 points: A book with a verb in the title
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff (401 pages)

30 points: Two books with the same title by different authors
Winter by Marissa Meyer (832 pages - ♥♥♥♥♥) and Winter by Sarah Remy (301 pages)

30 points: A nonfiction book and a fiction book about the same subject
— Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku (329 pages) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (216 pages)

What are you planning on reading for the challenge?  What book challenges are your favorites?

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  1. I LOVE Good Omens. He has written a few books following the witches and I am crazy about them all.

  2. One of my friends sent me the Lunar Chronicle books to read and I can't wait to get started. Everyone has been gushing over Winter lately :) The Good Omens sounds interesting. Is it a series?

  3. I thought about getting into the whole Cinder series thing but saw how long they are and backed away. I'm a 300 page max kind of reader.

  4. <3 <3 <3 You already know how I feel about Winter. I definitely want to read Lean sounds captivating!!

  5. I LOVE Good Omens! So funny.

    I've had Inkheart sitting on my bookcase for literally yeeeears! I'm intimated by it because my copy is the original (in German) and it's so long. I keep hearing it's good though.

    1. My first thought was that the English version didn't seem that long, but I guess there were parts that dragged a bit. Honestly, I had no idea it was written in another language! I'm intrigued, because in several places the language is very pretty, but would that be the work of the original author, or the translator?

  6. Winter is on my list for this challenge too, just a different category, and I can't wait to read it! And based on your review, I'm fully expecting it to be amazing! I can't wait to read it!

  7. I'll be interested to see what you think about Girl on the Train.

    I didn't like Inkheart so much, I thought it could have been much shorter and told the same story.

  8. Really glad to see your thoughts on Lean In. I've been hesitant because I thought it would be all about how modern women have to want to run companies and such (which I don't, and I don't believe that thinking is a good brand of "feminism"), which is also why I didn't read GIRLBOSS when everyone was raving about it. But I do think Sandberg is a very intelligent and savvy woman and now I'm intrigued to read her words. Thanks for reviewing!

  9. what?! i didn't know the sequel was read by brendan fraser, i totally want to check it out now! i felt the same way about inkheart as you did, but you have totally intrigued me with brendan fraser.
    WINTER!!! <3


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