Wednesday, June 1, 2016

12 in 12 Book Challenge - Year 2!

It's finally June, so naturally this is when I provide and update (all call to arms!) for my second annual #12in12bookchallenge. For those of you who don't know, I am a terrible reader and a wonderful TV addict, so I'm trying to curb one addiction with a more healthy activity. I loved finishing the first year, so I'm back again in the middle of the second.

The premise is this: You can read any book, any genre, any length. Want to go big? Pick up some classics. Feel like starting small? Try some young adult novels (The Hunger Games was the closest I got to binge reading. I could NOT put them down!). You can make a list for the year, take it month by month, or make a list and change it as you want, which is primarily what I have been doing.

Audiobooks DO count (because kids are crazy busy and chores have to get done at some point), but children's books do NOT count. Cookbooks probably shouldn't count either. You get it. You can read books you have already read, but part of the reasoning behind the challenge is to stretch yourself, so new-to-you books are preferred.

This is my 2016 book list (thus far):

January - Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (audiobook) - We listened to this one on our way back from an Ohio trip and it was perfect for being in the car with 2 little kids. You can't go wrong with a Catholic family man comedian.

February - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - Cute novel about misfits in a beauty pageant and finding comfort in your own skin. I heard about this one and my March book from Grace at Camp Patton and I am so so glad.

March - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (audiobook) - Fun fact: soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston. You can be one of those people who has already read the book.

April - The Soul of a Lion by Dietrich Von Hildebrand (in progress) - I am a huge fan of Dietrich and Alice von Hildebrand, but this book is a little harder to work through than I imagined. It's full of details on his life and insights on how he became the great man and philosopher he was, but it's not nearly as entertaining as the other books I've been reading. I'll get through it though... hopefully.

May - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer (audiobook) - WWII England friends make a book club. Sounds lame when I sum it up, but good read. Loved the story, the life of the group, and made me want to drink tea.

June - The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (in progress) - If you like Downton Abbey, you might like this book. Set in England at the start of WWI, this one is witty and full of snobbery and gossip and banter. Yes please.

July - With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin - I'm on a wartime love story kick right now and I'm 100% ok with that. Haven't picked this one up yet (I need to finish my June book by Saturday!).

August - Divergent by Veronica Roth- I'm told if I liked the Maze Runner books (yes) and The Hunger Games series (YES) then I'll like these...

September - Insurgent by Veronica Roth

October - Allegiant by Veronica Roth

November - Persuasion? Maybe? by Jane Austen - I've had this book for at least 10 years and in said decade I haven't been able to work past maaaaaybe 100 pages. I love the story (which I know from seeing the movie) but I'm not too big to say I don't like her writing style. I know it's a classic, I know she's amazing and her love stories are perfect (I love all of the movies!!) but I just can't read it. So sue me (don't please).

December - ____(fill in the blank)_____

What are you reading this year? Anything worth sharing? If you're up for the challenge (even this late in the game) or you'd like to connect, make sure to use the hashtag #12in12bookchallege :)


  1. Northanger Abby is better than Persuasion. It's by far my fav Jane Austen. :)

    1. Thanks Lins? Does it read a little easier? I want to like Jane Austen SO BAD; I hate that it just hasn't clicked with me so far. :/