Book Reviews by Steph

Live, Laugh, Love, Read

Hello all! I know I know, where in the world have I been, again?! Well if it’s not one thing it’s another then throw family and holidays in and you get hectic and way too busy to read so yeah, does that explain enough?

Anyway I’m back and hopefully I can keep up this blog much better in the coming year starting with a 2018 Reading Challenge!!!! I found this challenge through a google search but I’ll link to the page it’s on so you all can go print it for yourselves if you find it interesting enough. 2018 Reading Challenge 52 Books in 52 Weeks!

How I’ve decided best to conquer my challenge is to not go in order of what it is on the list but instead by how many pages are in the book. I know this may seem a little odd or unorthodox but I think it will help me achieve my best reading potential.

Now here’s my list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks in order of page count, I’ll give the name of the book (in some cases short story), author, and what category it’s for.

1. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson (Read a short story)

2.Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell (A book you can read in a day)

3.Before He Covets (Mackenzie White Mysteries #3) – Blake Pierce (Read an e-book)

4.A Study In Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle (A Mystery Novel)

5.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling (A Book that has been made into a movie)

6. Quidditch Through the Ages – J.K. Rowling (A Book with a green spine)

7.Jame’s and the Giant Peach – Ronald Dahl (A book with food on the cover)

8.Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass (A biography)

9.Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lidgren (A foreign book translated into English)

10.Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White (A book with non-human characters)

11.The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (A book you read in school)

12.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (A science fiction novel)

13.Blood on Snow – Jo NesbØ (A book by a Scandinavian Author)

14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (A book that inspires you)

15.Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll (A book that was once banned)

16.From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming (An adventure/espionage novel)

17.And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (A book by Agatha Christie)

18. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Felicia Day (A celebrity memoir)

19. Satanic Bible – Anton Szandor LaVey (A book that challenges your view-point)

20.Confessions of a Paris Party Girl – Vicki Lesage (A book set in a country you want to visit)

21.The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (A historical non-fiction book)

22. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – Nicholas D. Kristof (A book about current world issue(s))

23.The Case for Faith – Lee Strobel (A book on theology)

24.Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon (A book that makes you cry)

25.The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena (A book that’s been on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 10 weeks)

26.One For the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) – Janet Evanovich (A book with a character that shares your name)

27.To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (A book with bad reviews)

28.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (A book written by an author under 30)

29.Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalco (A book already in your bookshelf)

30. 1984 – George Orwell (A political book (fiction or non-fiction))

31.The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (A book by a Canadian author)

32.The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett (A book written before 1920)

33.I Hate Everyone but You – Gabby Dun, Allison Raskin (A book that makes you laugh out loud)

34. Before We were Yours – Lisa Wingate (Any book from the 2017 Good Reads Choice Awards)

35.Given to the Sea – Mindy McGinnis (A book chosen solely by its cover)

36.The Untamed Bride – Stephanie Laurens (A book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got to)

37. Say You’re One of Them – Uwem Akpan (A book set in Africa)

38. Just One Day – Gayle Forman (A book about travel)

39. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (A book set in the Middle East)

40.A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley (A book that has won a Pulitzer Prize – Any year)

41.Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (A young adult best seller)

42. The Word Exchange – Alena Graedon (A book about a topic you’re passionate about)

43. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne (A novel considered a “classic”)

44. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (A book recommended by a friend)

45.The Sea of Shadows – Kelley Armstrong (The first book in a trilogy)

46.Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg (A book originally published in the year you were born)

47. Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely, Forward by James Patterson (A book published in 2018)

48.You Had Me at Hello – Mhairi McFarlane (A book with the Letter “Y” somewhere in the title)

49.The Girl in the Steel Corset – Kady Cross (A book with a six word title)

50. The Legend of Drizzt Omnibus II 25th Anniversary Edition – R.A. Salvatore (A book over 600 pages)

51.Winnie the Pooh Treasury – A.A. Milne (A childhood favorite)

As for my 52nd book (A book recommend by a librarian) I don’t have one yet. I’m going to try to conquer all the books on my list and when I no longer have books to read I’ll go ask my local librarian what the recommend. If You’re wondering why Winnie the Pooh is all the way at the bottom when it’s probably a short read, it’s because it’s a collection and I’m probably going to dived the separate books up in-between other reads.

This list should hopefully give me plenty to review in the coming year! So look for more activity and more opinions on what you should and shouldn’t read. I’ll also be throwing my manga somewhere in-between with little reviews.

I hope you all have enjoyed this list and have found a few to add to yours! Let’s have fun in the comments below and tell me: what are your reading goals/challenges this year? What hurdles do you need to over come to achieve them?

Happy Thursday you all and Happy early New Year!







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