May 15, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge: Update

I'm competitive (unless I know I can't win), it's annoying and I can't seem to stop. I race cars that don't know they're being raced, I beat Dave at stuff we're not even competing over at home (like cleaning bathrooms faster than he does), and so it's no surprise that I've already finished three books off my summer reading challenge list from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life blog.

Instead of waiting till the end of the challenge to do all the book reviews, which I probably won't remember by then anyway, I'm going to do them as I go.

1. No Man's Land, Cory Toth

As my freebie book I was pretty excited for it as the description sounded intriguing and mysterious. However, the book was lackluster, poorly written, and I was very disappointed. Honestly, I would have stopped reading this book if it hadn't been for the challenge.

2. The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty

This book was pretty good. I was intrigued throughout about what the husband' secret was, how all these different lives were going to intertwine, and what would happen in the end. I wasn't disappointed and if I book gets you to say "oh shit!" aloud at home while reading it, I think it's a good one.

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling

As someone that wasn't particularly keen on Mindy's character Kelly in The Office, but someone who loves her show the Mindy Project I wasn't sure how this book was going to go. But let me tell you that she is hilarious. I found myself giggling and laughing out loud (for real lol'ing) while reading her book. A fellow blogger just recently read her book as well and said that after reading it you'd want to  be Mindy's best friend. So true. I think we would be awesome and get a good natural ab workout from all the laughing we'd do.

The Challenge:
5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born.
10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn't finish the first time around.
10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore.
15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times' Best Sellers List when you begin reading it.
15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir.
30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles.


  1. You are off to a good start! I definitely think I'm going to read the Husband's Secret for my book another blogger has read! I saw someone else just do a review of it as well and I'm more intrigued by it than I originally was. I'm number 18 on the waiting list at the library, so hopefully before the summer ends I'll be able to read it :)

    I should not even admit this, but I never realized Mindy was even in the Office! I guess you can tell I never got that into the show! haha, but I've heard such good things about the Mindy Project, that her book sounds good as well!

  2. Ahh I've been wanting to read The Husband's Secret!


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