Update: 2015 Reading Challenge

I’ve seen a lot of book bloggers giving updates on their 2015 Reading Challenges. A lot of people used the one provided by PopSugar. I had it all written out for the first few months of the year…then I had to keep rearranging the titles to maximize the challenge…then I just gave up. So I recently sat down again and categorized all the books I’ve read this year. I’ve got a few left over, so let me know if you see where I could fit them in!

I have 14 challenges left to complete! As you can see, nonfiction isn’t my favorite genre. Ha!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (movie coming soon!)
  4. A book published this year: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  5. A book with a number in the title: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  6. A book written by someone under 30: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  7. A book with nonhuman characters: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  8. A funny book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrew
  9. A book by a female author: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  10. A mystery or thriller: Jackaby by William Ritter
  11. A book with a one-word title: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  12. A book of short stories: Four by Veronica Roth
  13. A book set in a different country: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author’s first book: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult
  17. A book a friend recommended: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: The Heir by Kiera Cass
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund 
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Bridge to Haven  by Francine Rivers (Hollywood)
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews: Monster by Walter Dean Myers (this one has the worst reviews of all the books I read…although it doesn’t necessarily have bad reviews)
  32. A trilogy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  33. A book from your childhood: Sea of Monsters graphic novel by Rick Riordan (the original book came out in 2004…and calling that my childhood is a stretch, but I’m going with it)
  34. A book with a love triangle
  35. A book set in the future: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  36. A book set in high school: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  37. A book with a color in the title: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  38. A book that made you cry: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  39. A book with magic: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  40. A graphic novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  42. A book you own but have never read: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (a bit of a stretch…but part of it DOES happen at Christmas time!)
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials (CR)
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  50. A book you started but never finished: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Extras that didn’t fit into the challenge:

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Dearest by Alethea Kontis

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

Do you have any recommendations?

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


A Little Something Different

That sounds like some clever attempt to draw you into this first blog post, but in all honesty…it’s the title of the last book I read.

Every once in a while you come across a story that makes you laugh and smile constantly. I’ve read a lot of dystopian and fantasy books lately, so I needed…well…a little something different. This book was light and entertaining – everything I wanted it to be. Reading this book felt like watching my favorite romantic comedy.


Synopsis: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is a clever and frankly different type of read. This is a story about Lea and Gabe who are destined to be together. The twist is that we don’t see their unfolding love story from their points of view – we get it through the eyes of 14 others who are watching it all play out. Their friendly neighborhood Starbucks barista, bus driver, friends, family, creative writing professor and yes, even a local bench. Yes…a bench. But wait, also – a squirrel. Like an actual squirrel.

Feelings: I wasn’t sure how I would like reading multiple POVs. Sometimes I don’t even like when there are only 2 that the story bounces back and forth between. In those instances, I tend to favor one and skim while the other character is bearing their soul to me. What Hall does in this book, however, is make each character likable (except for that pesky Victor) and interesting to spend time with. Each separate voice was just that – unique. I applaud Hall for taking on multiple personalities in one novel. I think she did it brilliantly and in a well balanced way.

Issues: The reason I gave this book a 4.5 instead of a full on 5 is that I did feel like something was missing. Plot development was there. I really connected to the main characters, even thought I didn’t get their inner thoughts and feelings. The dialogue made me laugh out loud multiple times. This book was easily one of my favorites that I’ve read this year so far, but something was lacking…something made me dock it .5 stars. It could be that the bench and squirrel perspectives made me groan a little and didn’t really add to the story, in my opinion.

Part of me wishes that we’d gotten some main character POV right at the end, but I think it’s bold of the author to stick to her guns and be consistent. Hall did a great job of getting that character development and growth without us ever even getting into their heads. Honestly, it didn’t need their points of view.

Final thoughts: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I’d recommend it to young adults.

Pick this up if you liked:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (same sense of humor and laundry list of pop culture references)

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (starkly different tone, but similar heartwarming writing style)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (also has you rooting for love like it’s going out of style)

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Amazon.com rating: 4/5

My rating: 4.5/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn