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Reading Challenge: May Update

May Book Challenge ListAs I continued to make a dent into my reading challenge(s) during the month of April, I found myself expanding my interest into some popular true crime cases that have occurred over the past few years. The first being the Cleveland Abductions, because these young women were rescued during my first year in Ohio and of course, due to the Lifetime movie that premiered that month. After reading that, I began to grow curious about another case that had peaked my attention a few years ago: the Amanda Knox trial. Much like the Cleveland Abduction, Amanda Knox’s story was also turned into a made for TV movie by Lifetime.

As random as it may seem to get so into these kinds of stories, I think it’s nice to put aside the fiction for a bit. After all, some of the best mysteries are based in reality, not fantasy. And for Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, reading about how much they endured and how they are working towards a new future, is inspiring.

For the month of April, I read the following books:

Kristy's Big DayKristy’s Big Day by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood

Review: For me, Kristy’s Big Idea probably serves as the first example that the girls in these books are actually capable of being responsible baby sitters. Considering the title of the series, I know that seems like a duh statement, but up until this point they really fail to impress. … Read More

Otherworld NightsOtherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book of short stories, a book with magic

Review: In comparison to “Men of the Otherworld”, this book has really failed to come close to the same standard of short stories. Add to that Kelley Armstrong’s inability to provide a clear ending to several of the stories and this anthology of short stories really fails. … Read More

Finding MeFinding Me: A Decade in Darkness, A Life Reclaimed; A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight

Challenge: A book made into a movie, a book by a female author, a memoir, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: As with many others who have read and reviewed this book, I am not giving this book a five star rating based on the quality of the book or even out of pity for this woman who suffered so much. I give it five stars because at the core of this book, … Read More

CallousCallous by T.K. Kenyon

Challenge: A book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book with a one-word title, a book with bad reviews, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a book written by an author with the same initials

Review: I’m not entirely sure I can adequately explain exactly how crappy this book is. In fact, words fail me in this moment because I feel as if the author’s stupidity has … Read More

0-545-16093-6The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book from an author you love but haven’t read yet, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood

Review: I really wanted to love this book. Despite the fact it was written over a decade after I put down my final Baby-sitters Club book, I had high hopes that this might be a great way to have a new BSC experience. … Read More

Day 21Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Challenge: A book with a number in the title, a book by a female author, a trilogy, a book set in the future

Review: I actually finished this book several days ago and though it was a fairly quick read, I found myself unmotivated to do a review. I don’t typically have this problem. Usually no matter how good or bad a book may be, I can … Read More

Day ShiftDay Shift by Charlaine Harris

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a mystery or thriller, a book with magic

Review: I have to admit, I’m disappointed in the direction Charlaine Harris has taken with her writing. And though I shouldn’t be surprised, I really was surprised to see her continue to have continuity errors. Heck, even  … Read More

Claudia and Mean JanineClaudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book you can finish in a day, a book from your childhood

Review: The title of this book is more than a little ironic. Despite how much I enjoyed the series as a child, I can’t bring myself to side with these girls when they act like spoiled brats. For one, Janine never actually does or says … Read More

A Death in ItalyA Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Trial by John Follain

Challenge: A book set in a different country, a nonfiction book, a book based on a true story, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, a book with bad reviews, a book by an author you’ve never read before

Review: I knew a bit about the murder of Meredith Kercher and even some about Amanda Knox before reading this book. But I was always curious to see if the media buzz blew things out of proportion in regards to Knox’s bizarre behavior afterwards. After all, I remember … Read More

Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Challenge: A book that became a movie, a book with a number in the title, a book by a female author, a popular author’s first book, a book a friend recommended, a book at the bottom of your to-read list, a book with bad reviews, a trilogy, a book with a color in the title, a book by an author you’ve never read before, a banned book

Review: I have a habit of refusing to read a book just because it’s popular. For this book in particular, I found myself determined to never read it. In fact, my opinion of the series has come from what I know about the book through other people’s points of view. So in order to give … Read More

14th Deadly Sin14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson

Challenge: A book published this year, a book with a number in the title, a mystery or thriller, a book from an author you love but haven’t read yet

Review: As anyone who has read my previous reviews about James Patterson can tell you, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the fact he is allowing co-authors and ghost writers to run havoc with some of his most popular series. At least in the case of Alex Cross, … Read More

Books read to date (New): 35 of 75

Books read to date (Total): 54 of 75

Challenges completed: 37 of 50

Goosebumps Reread (Total): 2

Fear Street Reread (Total): 3

House of Night Reread (Total): 6

The Baby-sitters Club Reread (Total): 8

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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