POPSUGAR’s 2016 Reading Challenge

Last year I participated in POPSUGAR’s reading challenge and I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. This year, I’m going to try to stick to my challenge better and actually read ALL of the books. Here’s my list of books and you can click here to see POPSUGAR’s article about the challenge and get your own print out checklist.

Note: Some books I can’t put in yet because they’re contingent on things that haven’t happened yet so I’ll fill those in later.

  1. A book based on a fairy tale: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  2. A National Book Award winner: Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. A YA bestseller: Prodigy by Marie Lu
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  5. A book set in your home state: Mister O by Lauren Blakely
  6. A book translated to English: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  7. A romance set in the future: The Crown by Kiera Cass
  8. A book set in Europe: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. A book that’s under 150 pages: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  10. A New York Times bestseller: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth-Grahame-Smith
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met: _______________________
  13. A self-improvement book: Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady by Steve Harvey
  14. A book you can finish in a day: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  15. A book written by a celebrity: Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
  16. A political memoir: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you: Emma by Jane Austen
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  19. A book from Oprah’s book club: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  20. A science-fiction novel: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  21. A book recommended by a family member: Black Wall Street by Hannibal B. Johnson
  22. A graphic novel: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
  23. A book that is published in 2016: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
  25. A book that takes place during Summer: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  26. A book and it’s prequel: Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  27. A murder mystery: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  28. A book written by a comedian: Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
  29. A dystopian novel: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  30. A book with a blue cover: Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
  31. A book of poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore: ______________________
  33. A classic from the 20th century: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  34. A book from the library: Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
  35. An autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  36. A book about a road trip: How To Be Bad by Lauren Myracle
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  38. A satirical book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
  39. A book that takes place on an island: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Also, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy the day!

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Book Review: Angelfall

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*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

How I’ve neglected to discover this trilogy until now is besides me. This is the first book that has genuinely made me grateful I decided to do the POPSUGAR challenge. I’m hooked and can’t wait to read the next two books.

The novel follows Penryn, a girl who’s had to be strong for her family, which includes her schizophrenic mom and handicapped younger sister, Paige. Feeling like the protector of her strong family, Penryn is devastated when Paige is taken by the enemy angels and is willing to do anything to get her back. That includes making a deal with the devil angel, Raffe, who lost his wings in a battle with the same angel that took Penryn’s little sister.

Teaming up with the understanding that they’re on opposing sides, the two head off to find the Aerie, the angels home on Earth. Along the way they run into Penryn’s mom, a human gang, a human resistance group, creatures neither Penryn or Raffe have ever seen before, and of course, angels. Making friends and enemies the pair begin to realize there may be more in common between humans and angels than they thought.

However, Raffe knows the risks of an angel getting too comfortable with a human and wouldn’t dare let anything beyond a mutually beneficial partnership happen between himself and Penryn. Meanwhile, there’s a battle for power amongst the angels and secret dealings amongst them. While the humans struggle to recover in this post apocalyptic world the angels have their own issues.

Romance, drama, comedic relief, and more violence than I was expecting, this book was fantastic. Obviously, there’s a great similarity between this novel and The Hunger Games (teenage girl taking care of her mother and sister is not a new plot device). However, Susan Ee does an amazing job of creating a new dystopian world. She plays on this idea of what would the rapture really look like. We’re given warring angels who aren’t even particularly sure why they’re attacking the Earth and some who aren’t even sure God exists.

It’s a twist on an idea anyone that’s walked around New York City has heard from someone screaming on a street corner: “The End Is Near!” Ee gives us beautiful angels that are creatures of destruction and blurs the lines between who we believe are the good guys and the bad. Honestly, it made me want to reread the Bible and see if I could glean any knowledge about what the angels could be doing on Earth and if Ee is really drawing from the Bible or if it’s all fiction. Yeah, it’s that good.

Definitely a book you should pick up if you haven’t already. I listened to the audiobook for this one and it was fantastic, however, it doesn’t necessarily add anything to the story that you wouldn’t get from just reading the novel. Either way you read it, just make sure you do.

Favorite Line:

“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

Stars: 5 out of 5. I loved it!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Honestly, I wish I had this on my Kindle instead of just on Audible. I might buy it. For reals.

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