What I'm Reading

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I must say, I'm doing pretty good this year with my reading. I'm actually ahead on my Goodreads Challenge and I'm usually waaaaaaaaay behind! Here's what's up in the book department and a new book challenge I just found out about :)

What I Just Read
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate I will admit that I totally bought this book due to the super cute cover. I don't usually read age levels below YA, but who can resist baby animals? I know I can’t! When I read the synopsis on the back of the book I thought it would be a really cute story. After all, it had received rave reviews from other readers.  In the end, I was not as big of a fan. There was a lot of death in this book. Death due to the mistreatment of animals. There were some really sad moments in the book. So sad! I finished it though and it does have a happy ending.

What I'm Currently Reading
Zoo by James Patterson I started this book just last week. I picked it up from the library on Monday (6/15). When I found out about the television ‘event series’ based on the book I had to get it! I’m a sucker for books turned into TV shows and movies. The book is really good with lots of action. I have just under 100 pages left, so I’ll definitely be ready when the show premiers on June 30th.  

My Reading Challenge Updates
Total Books this month: 1 (I’m on my second right now)
Total Books read this year: 11/20

I recently found out about a book challenge that the Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts. It’s really cool, so I want see if I can do it with the year already half over. Let’s see where I stand ~ 

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o   a book you’ve been meaning to read: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton
o   a book published this year: Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling (Sept 29, 2015)
o   a book in a genre you don’t typically read: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (children’s books…ages 8-12)
o   a book from your childhood: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
o   a book your mom loves: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
o   a book that was originally written in a different language:  Andersen's Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen (originally published in Danish)
o   a book “everyone” has read but you: Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
o   a book you chose because of the cover: Cinder, by Melissa Meyer
o   a book by a favorite author: Cat and Jemima J, by Jane Green
o   a book recommended by someone with great taste: Zoo, by James Patterson (my dad has great taste in books…not always the same taste, but he’s usually right on)
o   a book you should have read in high school: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
o   a book that’s currently on the best seller list: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

This is actually perfect, because once I finish Zoo I’ll still need to read 8 books for the Goodreads challenge. Now I have them all figured out thanks to the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge!

What have you read lately? Also if we aren't already, be my friend on Goodreads!

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