June 21, 2015

Literary Ladies Book Club Challenge

I swear, I don't do book clubs and/or book challenges online because they just seem like a lot of work.

However, when I read this introductory post by Kristen at See You in a Porridge earlier this month, I thought it was interesting enough.  Then I was like, "No, you don't do this stuff, Kristin."

And then I kept scrolling and reading and I saw that she gave ME a shout-out as someone who would be competent of recommending a book if you're not sure what to read.


Now I have to do the challenge.

Notice I wrote in pencil because I've begun quite a few books lately that have been too dull for me to finish, so I don't want to punish myself.  It's summer vacation after all.  

The hardest one for me was #9 Book About Summer.  I just took one of Kristen's suggestions because I did some googling and found nothing interesting.  

The asterisks mean I would prefer to get those books in audio form.  I listened to an excerpt of Rob Lowe's memoir last year and loved it and have been meaning to read the rest ever since.  Also, any audiobook by Liane Moriarity, I'm sure, trumps the paper form.  #1 and #5 are books that I can never find at the library, so they've been on my list forever.  I've been trying to read #4 since 2011-ish and I'm hoping to find it on audiobook too.

Note: I've already changed some of this.  Here is the updated list.  I didn't feel like taking another picture.
YA book: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Non-US Author: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarity OR One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (depending on which one I can get my hands on first...likely I'll read both this summer)

Book Recommended by a Blogger: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (I can't find this anywhere...might have to buy it via Kindle)

Book on TBR list for a year: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (has been in my nightstand for 2 years...so has Dead Ever After) I'll likely read The Graveyard Book too, if I can find it.

Book with a kick-ass female character: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (YA book, can't find it anywhere...)

Book to movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Memoir: Stories I Tell Only My Friends by Rob Lowe

Book with One-Word Title: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book about Summer: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Suspenseful Book: My Friend the Enemy by Dan Smith

I'll be including these reviews in my monthly book round-ups and adding in others too.

Time to go to the library.

What do you think?  Are you willing to join in?


  1. I really need to step up my reading game, I am slacking big time!

  2. Thanks for joining the challenge!! You have a great list. I want to read the sea of tranquility so badly! And any Liane Moriarty is great for the non US author category :)

  3. Wonder was really good! I have Sea of Tranquility checked out of the library so I will be reading that soon too!

  4. I totally forgot about it but am going to fill out the google form in lieu of doing a post.

  5. Interesting picks. Why do you feel the audios of Liane Moriarty's books will be better?

  6. This might be fun to do some time! My to-read list is so long right now, though, it would drive me a little crazy to deviate from it!

  7. I'm sorta a book challenge junkie. I have SO many books that I want to read, so it helps me focus on what to read next. Although I still bounce around and read what I want, so I don't feel restricted to only the challenge. Good luck!

  8. So glad you're joining us! Also really loving all the YA love I'm seeing all over this list :) The Graveyard Book and well any Neil Gaiman book for that matter has been on my TBR list forever. I haven't read any of his books but some of my fav quotes are his so I need to get my hands on his novels! And I've fangirled over Perks so many times so I'm super glad to see that book make an appearance.
    Also, I've seen that book by Gabrielle Zevin on Book Outlet quite a few times and at a super cheap price too!

  9. I really like that you posted a handwritten list in addition to your typed list. It just feels more personal somehow.

    Everything I Never Told You and The Sea of Tranquility are both on my "To Read" list (even though neither of them made it to my list for this challenge). I hope you enjoy them!

  10. ahhhh so many good books on your list! so glad you are joining us and of course i shared you as someone to get recommendations from, i love your recommendations! ps, your handwriting is so fabulous. my messy handwriting and i are jealous.

  11. I love your list! The only one I have read so far is Perks. It was really really good. I loved it so much as a teenager. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  12. I pinned your list so I could refer back, ha! I so need books.

  13. I've read many of these! Listened to Rob Lowe's as an audiobook and it was great - highly recommend. Everything I Never Told You was also an audiobook for me (my first!) and I really liked it whereas many friends have hated it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was MY book in high school. I just felt like it got me, in the weirdest way. I read it many times but haven't picked it up since college in fear that my adult self won't love it as much. I really hope it's good at any age, though!


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