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. 😀