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How is everyone doing with the challenge? I have to say, I’ve let myself slip a bit with some easy reading distractions (*hangs head in shame*). I finally had a chance to listen to the audio book for The Diviners. I feel like I’m in the minority when I say that I have not (personally) enjoyed any of Libba Bray’s previous books. (I tried, honestly I tried…) I had high hopes for The Diviners because so many people have raved — even people who report to not being huge fans of her other books, just like me. And I have to say, there was definitely a lot about this book I enjoyed. Sadly, our heroine Evie was not among them. And there’s always something about the way Bray tells a story that loses me — I find myself connecting to the story in fits and starts, but never being thoroughly engaged throughout. But I loved a lot of the support characters she created (Theta and Henry high among them). And the audio book was performed exceptionally well by January LaVoy, who created an immense number of entirely unique characters and moods through her voice. I really felt transported back to the 1920’s. So even if you’re not a fan of Bray’s works (like me), the audio book experience (thanks to January LaVoy) was a real treat.
What kinds of books (paper or audio) are you loving … or not loving so much?
— Nicole Dolat, currently listening to Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (finally!)
If you’ve completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form (which actually works now!) below. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.
If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!
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