2015 Reading Challenge.

I found this challenge on Pinterest and decided that I wanted to give it a try.  It’s originally from PopSugar and I’m sure if you Google it, you’ll find it right away.  I did.  This isn’t the same one that I have printed out for my own use.  Or, well, it’s the same challenge but printed in a different format. 

I have the sneaking suspicion that this one is going to be too small for anyone to actually read off my site.  And I apologize for that.  I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to add a photo of it or not.  Still trying to figure this whole blogging thing out so you’ll have to bear with me.

So, why am I sharing this?  One of the things I wanted to talk about on my blog was books.  I love to read.  I spend a lot of time at bookstores — so much, I should probably just get paid to be there but I always thought getting a job at one would make me hate them and that would make me cry!  It’s a passion I definitely gathered from my Mom.  Who I took to one of my favorite bookstores today because I knew she’d absolutely LOVE it.  And she did!

2nd & Charles is a used book store we have here in Harrisburg.  From what I gather, there aren’t very many of them around but there definitely should be.  I really wish there was one down by my Mom since that’s where I’ll be moving and I’ll miss the place like nobody’s business.

It isn’t your normal used book store.  They also sell used movies, music, video games, comic books, etc.  They sell board games, both new and used.  They take trade ins for cash or credit.  And they are entirely green!  Which means no plastic bags are used to carry your purchases — you can buy a cloth bag from there or bring your own!

My Mom found an entire stack of mystery novels that she’s trying to figure out how to get back home now.  Worst case scenario, I ship it to Florida for her later on.  That way she doesn’t have to try to get it all in her carry on.  We went in for one book, and both came out with a few!

Now, as for the reading challenge.  I’ve already crossed a few off (though not as many as I’d like to have crossed off by now — got a new phone that I’ve been playing around with non-stop for the last few weeks).

  1. A book with non-human characters : “What the Dickens!” by Gregory Maguire.
  2. A funny book : “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster.
  3. A book from an author I love but haven’t read yet : “Christopher’s Diary; Secrets of Foxworth” by V.C. Andrews.
  4. A memoir : “We Thought You’d Be Prettier” by Laurie Notaro
  5. A trilogy : based off its original printing, “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  6. A book you can finish in one day : “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse” by Alida Nugent.
  7. A book published this year : “Christopher’s Diary; Echoes of Dollanganger” by V.C. Andrews.
  8. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t : “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.

I’m currently reading “26a” by Diana Evans (A book set in a different country).  And I have a few others selected to follow.  They include “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker (A book that came out the year you were born),  “666 Park Avenue” by Gabriella Pierce (A book based entirely on its cover), “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski (A book you started but never finished), and “Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James (A book that became a movie) for starters.

While I’m reading these and discussing the books I’m finishing as I’m finishing them (which may or may not happen all the time), I’d love to know what everybody else is reading.  I’d love to get suggestions on different books that I could read for this challenge.  I’m having a hard time finding an author with my initials — KJC or KJE (maiden).  So if anybody knows one that fits that bill, please let me know!

I’m sorry for the crappy entry, cause this seems crappy now that I’m at the end of it.   But I’ll post it anyway.  I’ve decided that’s just how my blog is going to be.  There won’t be ‘drafts’ or pre-scheduled posts.  Just me writing whatever I want and clicking the publish button.  Sometimes the posts may be worth reading more than other times — but that will have to do!

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