2017 Reading Challenge: 11 down, 19 to go

April and May were also whirlwinds! I managed to read four books. Here they are!

8. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

9. Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

10. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

11. Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han


A Mother’s Reckoning. Whew. So this book was intense. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I am not a mother, so I cannot begin to fathom her pain. But I can *imagine* that it’s very deep. I don’t know if this book is for everyone. It did delve into mental health issues and awareness, which I thought was very interesting. It doesn’t seem appropriate to say that I “liked” this book, but I would recommend it.

Never Split The Difference. This was recommended by Megan on episode 82 of the podcast “Sorta Awesome.” It was a non-fiction book written by a former FBI hostage negotiator. May sound like a weird topic, not something super riveting. And I’m not negotiating any hostage situations any time soon. But it was interesting to learn how to negotiate anything, from your next raise to lowering your apartment rent. It was a quick read, fun to read something a bit different.

The Zookeeper’s Wife. Saw this paperback at Costco and had to scoop it up. I wanted to see the movie in theaters back in March, but alas I did not make it. I do really enjoy WWII books, so I was excited to give this one a try. It was the true story of the Polish (Christian) couple who owned the Warsaw zoo when Germany invaded Poland. They successfully hid and saved over 300 Jews during World War II. While the story was fantastic, the writing was hard to digest at times. I don’t need a page and a half’s worth of a description about the leopards housed at the zoo. I would still recommend it though; I learned a lot about the Polish resistance and even more about how horrible the Nazis were.

Always And Forever, Lara Jean. Ahhhh. So this is my guilty pleasure young adult love story pick. It’s the third and final installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. The author wasn’t going to write a third book, but I think her fans caused such an uproar about not knowing how Lara Jean finished high school that she acquiesced. I wasn’t one of the vocal fans, I swear, but I sure was glad when I saw the third book was coming out! If you’re in the mood for an easy young adult non-dystopian trilogy, this one’s for you. #sorrynotsorry

Three non-fiction and one fiction to round out the first five months of 2017. I’m at 11 books read; Goodreads tells me that I’m one book behind.

That won’t last long though, because I’m almost done with my 12th book!

I started a subscription with Book Of The Month Club last month, and I was able to add on Paula Hawkins’ latest thriller Into The Water to my order for only $9.99! She is of The Girl On The Train fame, so I had a hunch that I would enjoy her latest book. I was right; I started this book last Wednesday and have about one fourth to go.

If you want to try out Book Of The Month Club, click here to try it for three months for only $14.99 per month. You are able to choose from five brand new releases that align with your reading tastes. You can also skip a month at any time, and it’s always free shipping. I just picked my book for my second month. I will do a BOTM recap once I read my other two selections!

What have you been reading lately?

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