2017 Reading Challenge…I failed…

November of 2016 when I joined the Book of the Month Club I decided that I was going to set a goal for myself for 2017.

Goodreads has a “Reading Challenge” that you can set every year. For 2017 I decided that I was going to try to read 15 books. Well…I can say that I didn’t make it. I fell about 4 books short of my goal, but that’s okay!! So I thought that I would share a list of the books that I read this year with all of you and what I plan to make my goal for 2018! (Each one is linked to a book review, click on the title to read it!)

1. The Trespasser by Tana French

trespasser

 

2. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Sun is also a star

3. Lucky You by Erika Carter 

lucky you

4. The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn 

grown up

 

5. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

behind her eyes

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

everything

7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

exit west

 

8. Start Up by Doree Shafrir 

startup

 

9. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls 

glass castle

 

10. I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones
(this I don’t have a review on yet…coming soon!!)

i am that girl

 

11. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

love interest book

 

 

I have done a review on each of these books (with the exception of one….I Am That Girl), because I want that review to be well written and sometimes it takes time to get things the way that we want them to be! I of course would highly recommend all of the above books to anyone who hasn’t read them! Now since I didn’t quite meet my goal for this year I would at least like to leave my goal at 15 books for 2018, BUT I feel like I can do better! So I think that I am going to make my goal for this year to read 20 books! That’s totally doable! Who knows maybe I’ll end up reading more!!

First on my list is Wonder ! I am already a few chapters in and am so excited!!

Do you have a reading challenge for 2018?? What is it? Leave it in the comments below! I would love to know!

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Finding love in a troublesome time

Have you ever been reading a book and just not been able to connect to any of the characters or even been able to really follow the story line?? That’s how I felt when I started reading Exit West, maybe it was because I picked it up at a busy time in my life and I could only read the first chapter at first and then when I did pick it up again I finally had more time to dive into it. But this book took me until chapter 3 or 4 to really understand what was happening. But I’m the type of person that once I start a book I have to finish it.

Before I go into my thoughts on the book let me give you a little bit of background about the book.

Exit West is a story based in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. During this crazy and terrifying time you wouldn’t think that people would have time to even think about love. But two you people meet; Nadia the sensual and fiercely independent woman that she is and Saeed who is more gentle and restrained. As the story unfolds their love affair begins to blossom even more, but as the chaos in their city begins to erupt it makes it more and more difficult for them to see each other.

The chaos explodes their once familiar streets are turned into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts. They begin to hear whispers of doors that will whisk you away to a safer place. At first Nadia and Saeed cannot even fathom leaving their country, and their families. But as the violence in their country begins to escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that it would be in their best interest to leave.

We get to follow these characters as they emerge into an uncertain future. They struggle to hold on to each other, their past and who they are.  There are ups and downs throughout the whole book. Will Saeed and Nadia succeed in holding on to who they are and this amazing relationship that they have built or will their relationship fall apart the same way that their country did? Continue reading “Finding love in a troublesome time”