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Reading Challenge: April Update

April Book Challenge ListApril was a good month of reading for me. Though I am continuing to reread some books from my childhood, I’ve made it a point to keep reading new books so that I can keep pushing forward toward my goal of 75 new books this year. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Especially when I have access to old favorites that can easily be devoured in two short hours. Nevertheless, my goal remains and hopefully I can balance the rereads with new books in order to meet it.

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

FrostbittenFrostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a one-word title, a book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, a book with magic

Review: Let’s just be honest. The Women of the Otherworld series has a stand alone female and that’s Elena Michaels. This is a surprising fact, seeing as I have read many multi-supernatural fandoms and have never … Read More

The Truth About StaceyThe Truth About Stacey 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: As a fan of The Baby-sitters Club, I always found myself more interested in the books that focused on Stacey McGill. I know that may sound odd to someone who’s never read the series, but those who have, they can relate. Though they may not all have found her to be their … Read More

Christopher's Diary - Secrets of FoxworthChristopher’s Diary Secrets of Foxworth by V.C. Andrews

Challenge: A trilogy, a book set in high school

Review: In the year since I originally read the V.C. Andrews Dollanganger series, I have wondered why I wasted so much time on such a twisted and yet, poorly written series. With the exception of Garden of Shadows, the series highlights the spoiled and hateful Cathy Dollanganger and her pursuit … Read More

Mirror MirrorMirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Challenge: A book set in a different country, a book at the bottom of your to-read list, a book with bad reviews, a book with a love triangle, a book with magic, a book you own but have never read

Review: I have read bits and pieces of Gregory Maguire’s books over the years, including the first few chapters of Mirror Mirror. For one reason or another, I have never … Read More

Mary Anne Saves the DayMary Anne Saves the 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: I forgot how easy it was to sit down with a Baby-sitters Club book and just finish it in one sitting. This is probably one of the reasons I loved the series as a little girl. The other reason lay with the girls themselves. Despite how much or how little I liked each character, they all … Read More

Christopher's Diary - Echoes of DollangangerChristopher’s Diary Echoes of Dollanganger by V.C. Andrews

Challenge: A trilogy, a book set in high school

Review: So continues the saga of Kristin Masterwood’s pursuit to over analyze every entry in Christopher Dollanganger’s diary. But in this edition, we have a new player joining in: her boyfriend, Kane Hill. Perhaps all of this sounds a bit harsh, but trust me, I am just getting started. … Read More

TemptedHouse of Night: Tempted by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Challenge: A book written by someone under 30, a book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with a one-word title, a book set in high school, a book with magic

Review: One mustn’t underestimate a series’ ability to delve into the senseless and idiotic minds of teenagers. As with the last few books in the House of Night series, Tempted is full of mind numbing moments of teenage stupidity. … Read More

Rebel BelleRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Challenge: A book by a female author, a book a friend recommended, a book with a love triangle, a book set in high school, a book with magic, a book from an author you’ve never read

Review: After having it recommended to me, I decided to go ahead and give Rebel Belle a try and I’m happy to say I didn’t actually mind the book. Now I know that sounds … Read More

Dawn and the Impossible ThreeDawn and the Impossible Three 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: You know what I’ve realized I love the most about The Baby-sitters Club? It’s the fact you can curl up with a book and read it in an hour and a half. These past few weeks, when I’ve come across a book I’ve struggled to get through for whatever reason (work, working out, family life, … Read More

Stay Out of the BasementGoosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine

Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters, a book from your childhood

Review: It’s hard to properly judge a Goosebumps book. After all, even as a child, while I found the stories entertaining, I never found any of them to be scary. Stay Out of the Basement is definitely one of the books I probably only read once and as my son and I reread it, I could … Read More

NYPD Red 3NYPD Red 3 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, a book with a love triangle, a book with a color in the title

Review: So continues the adventures of Zach Jordan and his ex-lover and partner, Kylie MacDonald. As both of them struggle through relationship issues with their significant others, they are also trying to come to terms with an odd case that is unfolding before them … Read More

Waking the WitchWaking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

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

Review: I went into this book with a sense of dread. Not because I particularly dislike the character, Savannah Levine, but because I knew the final three books would be based primarily on her and not my favorite character of the series, Elena Michaels. … Read More

Spell BoundSpell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

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

Review: For someone who is supposed to play a significant role in preventing the end of the world as she knows it, Savannah Levine is not exactly the character from this series that I would choose to be the “savior.” Then … Read More

ThirteenThirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Challenge: A book with a number in the title, A book with nonhuman characters, a book by a female author, a book with magic

Review: I found myself somewhat intrigued by the story line that began to unfold in the last two books. However, I hate to admit that Kelley Armstrong failed at providing a strong final book for the series. … Read More

Books read to date: 26 of 75

Challenges completed: 28 of 50

Goosebumps Reread (Total): 2

Fear Street Reread (Total): 3

House of Night Reread (Total): 6

The Baby-sitters Club Reread (Total): 5

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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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