2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

I challenged myself to read 200 books last year, and I read, at this current date, 242. I challenge myself to read 300 books in 2015, so I will pick the level of I’m on Fire![ read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)]

I will also be posting this on my GR  and BL

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I want Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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I really want to get my hands on this.

I’m excited to read her non-fantasy and non-YA work, because why should a writer limit themselves?

She started writing Harry Potter in the early to mid-nineties and well into the 2000s, which is a long time to dedicate to one story and one genre. She still is heavily evolved in the fandom/pottermore, so I am thankful for that. I can’t blame her for wanting to expand and try something new, how else do we grow. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, just for reference. The Harry Potter series was a huge part of my childhood and even into my adulthood.

From some reviews, it looks like my kind of book.

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl

Rating: ★★★★

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This book was really good.

This book gave me lots of feels, and made me think of things that I haven’t thought in a long time.

I am going to be speaking about religion/spirituality and my own thoughts on it. Feel free to not read it, because I know that can be upsetting/triggering to people.

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The River is Dark

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Some minor spoilers in this review.

Rating: ★★★½

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This was a quick read, once I really started to read it. I finished it within two hours, so if you have an afternoon to read (think rainy or snowy, with hot beverage of choice) this would be perfect.

There was a love story, but it was mostly insta-love, though they apparently knew each other before in backstory. I didn’t really get a feel for their romance, and it felt forced, but I didn’t really focus on it. I was more focused on the murder mystery. There is enough action to focus on, instead of the forced pairing.

I didn’t mind the main character, he was flawed, but not completely to the point of unlikeable.

The actual storyline verged on unrealistic, but I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading.

I actually felt bad for Peter. I mean, it’s not his fault what his parents did to him, and how he was raised afterwards. I can picture a life where he had proper medical care and actually raised properly I think he would have been okay. To not get into a nature vs nurture debate, I think both nature and nurture influence a person (to simplify it).

There wasn’t much substance or depth to this novel, but it didn’t need it, and it was just a fun read, and nothing too serious. At least for me.


Top Ten Tuesday

top ten books on rabbit’s winter tbr

1. The Witch of Cologne

I read this in high school, and I wonder if it’s as good as I remember.

2. Daybreak: Meditations For Women Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

This might help me on my journey of healing from trauma.

3. Bipolar Disorder: Treatment And Management

This might help me manage my bipolar.

4. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

I have seen the author’s quotes everywhere, and this should be an interesting, hopefully, enlightening read.

5. Strange Angels

I LOVED the author’s novel Skin, so I am trying one of her other novels.

6. Bloodroot

A good friend with great tastes recced me this, and I had to get my hands on it.

7. New City

One of my fave book bloggers (ShadysideSnark) published her own novel. So, I plan on reading the ebook, when I’m finished one of the ebooks I am reading.

8. Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

I have a growing interest in Yoga.

9. Mossflower (Redwall, #2)

This book just looks waaay too cute.

10. On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind

This book will go hand in hand with the Yoga book. 😀


I support Ferguson

Justice for ALL. Not just for white people!

What happened today was a TRAVESTY of justice. So upset by this decision.

If you don’t support Ferguson, please unfollow me. Thanks. You are part of the problem.


Mailbox Monday

I’m blogging some of Monday early.

I love paperbackswap!

1. The Witch of Cologne

2. Strange Angels

3. Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel

4. Daybreak : Meditations For Women Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

5. Bipolar Disorder: The Latest Assessment And Treatment Strategies

6. Bloodroot