2017 Reading Challenge…Complete!

Last January, I started a reading challenge on Goodreads to fulfill #100 on my 101 in 1001 list. I can officially say that I have completed it and then some!  My goal was to read 40 books this year and I have already read 50 with three months to go! It has been a while since I have posted my latest reads but there have been some good ones!

Some of these were extremely heavy books. Evicted by Matthew Desmond, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner all non-fiction books that tackled the tough topics of race and poverty.  All three are important books.

Obviously, it being summer I added a bunch of “summer reads” from some of my favorite authors that were just quick, fun reads.  I can almost always count on Lisa Scottline and John Grisham to give me exactly what I am looking for.  Another really great read that I devoured this past weekend was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.  I will be looking for more books by her, for sure.

My other two favorites from this collection were Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I have read a lot of WWII historical fiction and just when I think I can’t read anything new about the Holocaust, I am surprised. Lilac Girls did just that.  And Brown Girl Dreaming; an incredible memoir written in poetry. I loved Jacqueline Woodson before and I love her even more after reading this book.

I expect my reading to slow down at this point, but I have a few books on my to-read stack that I plan on getting to before the year is done!




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