2017 Reading Challenge: 7 down, 23 to go

Ummmm yikes?! It’s been almost two months since I’ve last posted. 2017 Caroline has been one busy little bee. So it should be no surprise that my February and March were not great reading months. I read more books in January than I did in February and March combined #oops. But here goes with my 5th, 6th, and 7th books of 2017!

5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

6. Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam

7. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick


Dark Matter. So this was a suggestion on the Sorta Awesome Podcast, more specifically Episode 81 about the best books of 2016. Laura Tremaine and Jessica Turner of The Mom Creative discussed the best releases and reads of last year. I had heard about this novel before this podcast came out, but this is what got me to add it to my holds list at the library. It is a science fiction page-turner (oxymoron?). You meet main character Jason and follow him as his life is stolen, then pieces back together. I don’t even know how else to explain the plot. Read the summary on Amazon, and then honestly just start reading. There is some science-y jargon, so if you don’t care for that, it may not be the book for you. Still worth a try!

Rich And Pretty. This novel was a Kindle daily deal, so I scooped it up. I assume I first heard about it on the What Should I Read Next? podcast, because Anne Bogel = life. I don’t usually lean towards this kind of book (novel, character-driven, no huge obvious plot twists via the synopsis), so I’m not sure exactly what got my to buy it. It was definitely good, although I found myself kind of dragging my feet at the end to hurry up and finish it. It’s a good girlfriend/soul sister beach read.

Scrappy Little Nobody. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! When I placed the hold at the library, I was 37th on the waiting list to get this book. Patient is not usually a word that anyone would use to describe me; however, I was like Job waiting to get my hands of this book. SO worth the wait. Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite people, not necessarily because I love her movies. She’s just kind of awesome. I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t seen either Pitch Perfect movie until two weekends ago… but the first one was fantastic! I can see why it has such a cult following. This is a quick read, it’s hilarious, and worth your time.

Currently Reading: A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold. Sue is the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, Dylan Klebold. This memoir is some serious stuff. Sue put into words what it was like being Dylan’s mother and trying to piece together the incomprehensible. This American tragedy, for some reason, truly interests me. The book Columbine by Dave Cullen is a top 3 favorite book for me (everyone should read it, just like Flyboys and Flags Of Our Fathers), so I was interested in learning about this from a different perspective. I’m only on page ~30, but hopefully it’s a great read.

On deck: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. I read two whole novels in February and March, and now I’ve filled my quota! I am partial to non-fiction, if you couldn’t tell.

I’m 7/30 done with my 2017 reading challenge! That’s 23%. Goodreads tells me that I’m on track! 

What did you read in the first quarter of 2017? Tell me all about it in the comments! Happy reading.

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