2016 Book Challenge Update

I’m happy with my progress so far, in January I read (or listened to) eight books. You’ll notice that these are not actual book reviews, only comments on my feelings about the book. 🙂


I have really enjoyed the Royal Spyness series until this one. It was very slow going, and for the first time ever I turned up the speed on an audio book. I had given up on it ages ago, but decided I’d see if I could finish it. From now on I’m sticking hard and fast to the 50 page rule – if I don’t like it at page 50 I’m done.







I adored Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies and The Last Anniversary did not disappoint. I love Moriarty’s writing style. She paints a beautiful, complex picture without being overly wordy. This is a rich and compelling story. I highly recommend it.







I love YA novels. I’m mentally stuck at about age 15 so they’re perfect. 🙂 The first in this series, Deep Fried and Pickled, was adventurous, funny, and very entertaining. Summer Flambé continued in that vein and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the character development satisfying, and the story line kept me turning pages.







Book three of the series slowed down a bit, and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. The plot was just not that interesting. I was disappointed, and am not in a rush to get the next one, although you’ve noticed I did read the whole book. I am a little curious, so perhaps when I get through my giant mountain of TBRs I’ll give book 4 a go.







Mystery and Art in one book? I love it! This is a great book. I fell in love with the characters right away, their little quirks are entertaining. I found the story compelling and hard to put down. Loved it.








More YA. 🙂  I really enjoyed these two books. I’m not all that into the fantasy genre, but these were recommended by Amy over at Bookzilla.

Check out her review:        http://www.amypeveto.com/2014/08/21/the-castle-behind-thorns

I’m so glad I read these – wonderful!











I’ve had this book for ages and ages, and finally decided to pick it up. I have mixed feelings about it. I like the main character – I’ve seen many of the TV episodes on PBS – but I found the book to be too wordy for my taste. James does paint an elaborate picture, I felt like I was there. But it was slow reading for me. If I were a faster reader I would have enjoyed it more. It is a good story though, and worth reading.





Have a great week!


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