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I always have the best of intentions with challenges like this. I mean, I read all the time, so this should be a breeze, right? And sure, I’m doing plenty of reading … but I am very easily distracted by books that cross my path. Thus, I recently found myself finally diving into the classic manga series InuYasha (not, of course, on our list of approved challenge books). I couldn’t resist the middle grade book The One and Only Ivan. And I felt compelled to listen to the audio book for Carter Finally Gets It before listening to Carter’s Big Break (2012 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks).
All that being said, I have made some challenge progress. Like Joel, I couldn’t resist re-reading A Monster Calls. I’ve found that people either love it or hate it … and I loved it. I am not ashamed to say I got quite emotional in the end (both times I’ve read it). And for those who claim that it was far surpassed by The Fault in Our Stars, I say that they are both amazing books. And while they may share a similar theme, they are entirely different reading experiences and stand on their own unique merits. I was BLOWN AWAY with the audio book for Okay for Now–so much so that I have purchased it and added it to my home library so I can listen again and again at my leisure. I didn’t love reading the book Chime, but I’m actually looking forward to the audio book experience since I’ve heard so many people rave about it. The Scorpio Races is also high on my “must read and listen to” list due to all of the terrific feedback I’ve heard from others (and the fact that I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series).
It should also be no surprise to any of you that have seen some of my previous posts that I eagerly read and/or re-read some manga as part of this challenge. Anya’s Ghost (a new read for me) was terrific; I really enjoyed both the story and the art. And I’ve already posted previously about how much I love both A Bride’s Story and Wandering Son … both of which I recently re-read for the challenge (both are also in my home library for happy re-reading at any time).
My personal goal is really to dive into some of the non-fiction titles. I often overlook non-fiction, but then love the non-fiction books that I stumble into. In fact, as soon as I finish this post I’m going to borrow a copy of The Notorious Benedict Arnold (or it least put in a hold request at my library).
What other books have been blowing you away? What would you recommend I absolutely read?
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— Nicole Dolat, currently reading InuYasha volumes 4 and 5