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I have to say, I’m loving this challenge. Each year, I vow that I will read as many of the award winners and top picks that I can get my hands on … and then I get dragged into endless other directions as the lure of this or that book tempts me away from my goal. But with this challenge, I’m making some happy progress on the YALSA lists (even with my expected non-goal reading distractions :) ).
As of update #7, my total had grown to 14 titles. I’m still a little worried about at least hitting 25 titles by June 30th, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. As of this update, I’ve completed #15-18:
- young fredle – Cynthia Voigt (audio). SO charming. I really loved it, from start to finish.
- My Boyfriend is a Monster, vol. 1 – Evonne Tsung/Janina Gorrissen (graphic). What can I say? The start of a really sweet high school romance … interrupted by hords of zombies. Needless to say, I enjoyed it :)
- Zahra’s Paradise – Amir & Khalil (graphic). A challenging read. I wanted to like this more than I actually did. I loved being exposed to fairly recent events in Iran, but I had trouble connecting with, or immersing myself in the culture described — I felt too far beyond my own sphere and there weren’t enough footnotes to help me with the language (endnotes never really serve the same purpose for me). I will say this: the list of victims names at the end of the book is CHILLING…
- Geektastic – various (short story collection). I’m a geek through-and-through, so this book felt like coming home :)
I’ve also started in on the audio book for Rotters, which is VERY DEPRESSING, but still captivating, so I’m going to hang in there to the bitter end with Joey (whatever comes our way)…
What have all of you been liking/not liking?
–Nicole, currently listening to Rotters and reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone
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