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2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge May Update

So it has been quite a while since I originally posted the reading challenge that I am aiming to complete this year, and while I would like to overwhelm you with the number of books that I have finished off of the list, that is simply not the case. With that being said, I have some very lofty summer reading goals, as this semester of college is almost over and I will soon have three months to devote to reading. So I have planned out a lot of the books that I will be using to fulfill many of the categories on the reading challenge, without using a single book to count for multiple categories. So here’s where I am so far:

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

What I’ve finished:

  • A YA bestseller: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  • A romance set in the future: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • A book that is published in 2016: The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
  • A dystopian novel: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

So out of the 40 categories on the list, I have completed 5, or 12.5% of the list. Not so great, but I’m hopeful that I will come much closer to finishing the list over the summer, as I have planned to read many books. Here are the categories that I hope to tackle during June, July, and August:

  • A book based on a fairy tale: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • A book you haven’t read since high school: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • A book set in Europe: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • A New York Times bestseller: Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • A science-fiction novel: Legend by Marie Lu
  • A book recommended by a family member: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  • A book about a road trip: Paper Towns by John Green
  • A book that takes place on an island: The End by Lemony Snicket
  • A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Harry Potter (I haven’t decided which one yet!) by J.K. Rowling

If I am able to complete all of these over the summer, which I have no doubt I will, that will bring my total up to 16/40, or 40% of the way through the list. I hope to get to more than just this, but this will be my starting point as I still have other books that I would like to read over the summer, like the entire A Series of Unfortunate Events series.

I will post updates at the end of each month (May, June, July) as to what I have accomplished and if I have found any more books to complete other categories. If you have any recommendations of books that I should read, please let me know in the comments!

The Truth – Book Review

The Truth - Book Review

Plot:

When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he’s trapped-and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris’s home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to to protect his family. And eight nights ago a thirteen-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.

Now Derek wants the truth about what really happened that night. He wants proof that his little brother didn’t deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous…

Review:

The truth will set you free. For the Chris, that couldn’t be more true. Chris is faced with telling the truth about what happened the night that he faced an intruder in his house, or he and the ones he loves will suffer the consequences of his lies.

This book was a very quick read for me, which was appreciated, but I think it hurt the pacing of the book. Chris is supposed to be trapped, with no way to tell how much time has passed since he was taken hostage. However, because the book read so fast for me, the amount of time that seemed to have passed in the story didn’t seem very long at all.

This book has a great idea, and it was fairly well executed. It has a few hiccups (like the pacing) but other than that, I really enjoyed it. It goes to show that keeping secrets and lying is definitely not the best option.

The Truth came out this week. You can purchase it by clicking on the book’s cover image above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.