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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check In #3

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I am not good with challenges. It seems to be in my nature to not do what I am supposed too.

Back in May, I talked a bit about my “reading rebellion” during the last reading challenge. I’m trying to overcome this rebellion with this challenge by just concentrating on the Morris nominations. I’ve finished Love and Other Perishable Items and have started The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

love and other perishable items laura buzo morris sealNormally, I would talk about the books I’ve read, but I’ve only read the one and I’m scheduled to talk about that one on Friday. Talk about weird timing.

I’m choosing to concentrate on the fiction because my teens read more of it than non-fiction. I hope to add in one, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to since I have work reading commitments and reading for another committee. If I can squeeze in a non-fiction title, which one do you recommend? Has anyone finished the reading challenge?

— Faythe Arredondo, currently reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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  1. Jenna Jenna

    I had a bit of reading rebellion this week, too, and spent most of my reading time reading books outside this challenge. I did manage to finish one more book though, bringing my total up to 7/10.

    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 5/5

    Really enjoyed that one, but I’d still have to say Titanic is my favorite so far. Bomb is the only one I have left to read, but I’ve heard great things so we’ll see if it can best Titanic.

    Also, currently halfway through my re-read of Seraphina, which I really enjoyed the first time and am absolutely loving this second time around.

  2. I just finished two of the non-fiction books. I will review them later this week. And now I am off to start book # 3.

    • This week, I only got one challenge book read: Wonder Show. I really loved it! go to my blog here to see a full review, but this was a great book to read. I love reading books that storytelling is a big theme! My rating- 4.5/5 stars. Here’s the link to my blog!

      Currently in the middle of Seraphina (again!) and After the Snow. Still having a hard time with that one! Total finished: 3/10. I expect to finish a couple more this week!

  3. This week I read one book from each category. In the Nonfiction challenge I read Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. That just leave Bomb and I will be finished the Nonfiction challenge. I also read Seraphina this week. I absolutely loved it and will be re-reading it again very soon! I still have three more books for the Morris Challenge. But I’m feeling confident about finishing, so I decided it was time to try to catch up on my “To Be Read” pile. I posted a full progress report on my blog: Challenge Progress: Week 3

  4. I managed to knock out We’ve Got a Job and Titanic this week, leaving me only Bomb and Steve Jobs to finish the nonfiction challenge. I’m really enjoying getting to read stuff that’s a little different than I’d normally pick out.

  5. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    I finished Steve Jobs this week and am 2/3 of the way through We’ve Got a Job. I’ve been enjoying all my reads. I find them challenging because non-fiction to me has always been a bit of a struggle, I never want to whip right through the book. The fact that I was able to recommend the Steve Jobs book to a teen, when she had the adult version on hold and her eyes bugged out of her head when she saw the size — made this whole challenge totally freaking awesome!! I look forward to my last two reads and moving onto the Morris finalists!

  6. Kim Kim

    It was difficult for me to finish After the Snow, but I finally did this week. I lost interest in Willo’s story before page 50. It was a challenge to finish the book. 2/5

    I immediately started Steve Jobs after that slow start and finished the book in just a couple days. What a great book! 5/5 I’ve also started The Miseducation of Cameron Post this week and can’t wait to finish the book. So far so good. :)

  7. I FINALLY finished After the Snow. Which means I’ve only read two books of the ten so far. That book and I had a major battle. I’m about halfway through with Bomb, which I am finding pretty fascinating.

    • Kim Kim

      That’s how I felt after finishing After the Snow. FINALLY! It was so hard to get through. I’m enjoying the reading challenge more now and my progress has been improving!

  8. Shari Shari

    This week I managed to knock off three books for this challenge:

    Nonfiction – We Got a Job

    Morris Award – Love and Other Perishable Items and After the Snow

  9. Adrienne Gillespie Adrienne Gillespie

    I finished Titanic today. I’ve been more of a procrastinator than a rebel. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. I feel as though I have a whole new outlook on the disaster.

    I plan to start moon bird next, but who knows….

  10. Lois Lois

    I read Bomb and Moonbird in the last 10 days. I have been saying that reading nonfiction is a challenge for me, but these books made me rethink that. Both were fascinating and thought provoking. I’m really glad I decided to do this challenge!

  11. Penny Johnson Penny Johnson

    I finished Moonbird yesterday, and I am halfway through Bomb. When I am done with that one (which I hope to do today while my husband and son are absorbed in football games) I will have completed all of the nonfiction titles.

    Now, can I finish the five Morris titles in four weeks? We shall see! I love reading challenges!

  12. I’m on Titanic, but haven’t finished it because I got side tracked with research I i simply had to undertake soon after reading about JP Morgan’s stake in White Star Ocean liners. Very interesting findings!!! I’ll catch up soon enough :)

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