Reading Challenge Check Up

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Last month was much more fruitful than the previous.

I read Love Warrior
Many loved it, many hated it.  The one star reviewers – often commented on the author’s cushy lifestyle which many of us do not have. Thus her life is not true but unrealistic and impossible to relate to.  A great deal of her life, I do not and have never had, but  her dealing with things that most women have dealt with – especially if you grew up in this country was enough for me to say – ok I know where you are coming from. I have no right to tell you that because you have not lived my life you are not a warrior. That is an issue.  When you star denying someone’s experience because you haven’t had the same experience…that is a problem.
I don’t know, I did not read this as part of Oprah’s book club. It was the recommended reading for a class about what we learn through the stories of our lives. I’m not sure if that allowed me to see it in a different light.

I read Queen Sugar
And quickly realized, many people were reviewing the television series and not the actual book. Although the series is based on some of the characters and situations in the book – the series is not…the book. And honestly (the series seems {to me}, to be better than the book!!) It doesn’t happen often…but it happens.

I read Everything We keep
Took me a moment to get into, but once it picked up – it picked up and kept on running. The final revelation was an…Are you serious? moment, but I didn’t feel hoodwinked. The epilogue was fantastic.

Three no. ladies detective agency books, a new one comes out in a few days, and even though I’m pretty sure AMS doesn’t write them anymore, I’m curious to know what the characters will be up to.

I’m glad I fared a bit differently this time.

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Challenge Check In

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So last month I attempted to tackle the book that intimidates me.  I had not planned on it being Eleanor and Park, but a $1.99 sale changed that. This book came out in 2013 and I avoided reading it because I was concerned about the feelings that would come about. What actually happened was a surprise.  Thoughts from my writing journal.

e&pThis week I read Eleanor & Park and I knew I would be affected by it, but I did not expect the way in which I was affected.  It kinda came out out of left field. Eleanor’s relationship with her family is what threw me.  I’ve been dealing with those dredged up memories and feelings for the week.  I just was not expecting my strongest feelings to be about her family life – NOT her and Park, I thought I would have been bummed out that I never had a Park when I was in high school…but nope – those feelings didn’t come.  Did I forget that I’m grown up now?  In high school I would not have been able to appreciate such a relationship. I understood why it became so popular though.  It’s a sweet story of two misfits who didn’t quite fit in anywhere else- finding each other and finally fitting in.  Like puzzle pieces.

 

I also read a book that fulfilled – I book I owned but hadn’t read before and a book that was finished in a day – Maleficent

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Reading Rainbow Rowell again did inspire me to once again pick up Fangirl, which I liked the first time I read it and fulfilled the 12th book of the challenge. I liked it the second time I read it too!
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I’ve been listening to a book for 2 days now.  I don’t care for either of the protagonists.  I don’t care for either of the stories really, and yet, I seem to think it would be a failure to give up on it, so I won’t (and I didn’t).

One protagonist has been married for almost 20 years, to a very boring, very stable and very kind man…who could blame her for having an affair with an exciting, dangerous Mr. right now?

The other protagonist tricked her husband into marriage…

The author seems to have forgotten that this story is as old as time – it’s in the Bible.

The story lies in these two people meeting each other and wholly influencing each others lives, some good, some not so good.

Maybe the way I am accepting this story is directly associated with where I am in life right now.  I did learn that no matter what we think of each other- we pretty much boil down to the same things.  It’s what you do with those things that will determine who you become.  It is what you do to nurture or neglect that shapes your things.

How happy would I be with a boring, stable and kind husband? 🙂

I have one more book to read to finish this list.

The book that intimidates me.

I guess I’ll take my time.