On the 50 book challenge I'm at...a woeful 10. And that's with my RITA reading. At this point, I'll barely hit 40 unless I pick up the pace a bit so...that's my goal for April ~ June - to pick up the reading pace.
I'm doing a little better on the read/watch challenge - and by 'better' I totally just mean I have my head at the water line. I've made it through all three monthly challenges (bingeing on The West Wing has been a highlight of my year so far!). Oh, and Megan Crane has a fun time-travel called I Love the 80s -- y'all should check it out. Such a fun read!
The challenge theme for April is time, so I'm thinking about some time-travel reading --- anyone have suggestions? And I'm going to watch some "Once Upon A Time", because they've all time-shifted out of fairytale land, right? It fits!
Here are a few highlights from both challenges:
I've rediscovered my love of the memoir. I finished Hadley Freeman's "Life Moves Pretty Fast", a memoir about all those great 80s movies we all love. I'd never considered "Dirty Dancing" a movie with a feminist bent but...it is. Freeman's essays on Baby & Johnny, on the angst of "Sixteen Candles", and how we all wanted to be Molly...gah, the whole book took me back. Whether you're a memoir lover or not, check out the book, it's really good.
Another highlight: reading The Chronicles of Narnia as an adult. bebe has gotten interested in the books, and she's capable of reading them on her own, but we've been reading them together, and I'm loving it. I'd forgotten how immersing The Magician's Nephew was. How, even though I love the other books in the series, that one was always my favorite.
Visiting the library. One of the things I wanted to get away from with both of these reading challenges was screen time. I like the feel of a book in my hands (although I'll never get rid of my Kindle), so scrounging the stacks at our local library for a new book has been so much fun.
Favorite reads (so far): Jules Bennett's Wrapped in You, Nora Roberts' Island of Glass, Hadley Freeman's Life Moves Pretty Fast, Inglath Cooper's Jane Austen Girl, and Jane Austen Rules by Sinead Murphy.
I mentioned I was looking for time-travels above, if you have a suggestion, leave them in the comments. Here are a few more books on my TBR: Elin Hilderbrand's 'Winter' Trilogy, a couple of craft books (one called Writer Off Leash), and some Robyn Carr.
Have you read any great books so far this year? ~Kristina