Book Challenge update!

So, it has been a week since I started my personal book challenge and to be honest…it’s not going as well as I would like. So far, I have only read 3 of the 9 books in my challenge. Not for sure if that is going to be enough to finish my challenge by the end of July. With that being said, here is the low-down on 3 of my books.

First, I finished my “book with pictures”. That was an easy one! I chose The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom and it is definitely a book I will purchase for my library this school year. The kids will love the bright colors and simple text. The plot of the monkey trying to get the bananas from a near-by island while outsmarting a shark, is very well done. It seems to be a new updated spin on the  Crocodile and the Monkey folktale. I think this book will engage children and make them predict what the monkey will do next. It also has great examples of cause and effect. I would recommend it for all ages since it is a fun read!

Next, I finished The Giver by Lois Lowry. This was the first book in The Giver trilogy. I read this book A LONG TIME AGO, but with the new movie coming out in August, I thought it was worth a re-read. I think this is a beautifully written book and for the right age child, it is thought provoking. I worry that children too young will read the book and not truly understand the complex nature of Lowry’s words. The thought of a “perfect” society is so scary and yet  Lowry does not shy away from the underlying evil that a society such as this, would bring to those that live there. Her characters are strong and vulnerable all at the same time. It is in their innocence that evil thrives. After watching the trailer for the upcoming movie, I will NOT be seeing it. I feel they strayed WAY off from Lowry’s vision and changed too much for the sake of cinema. So sad!

My third book was the one with the color red on the cover. I chose and finished, Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones. This is the third book in the Charley Davidson Series and I love these books! They are just fun! Charley is the Grim Reaper, yep I said the Grim Reaper. She has a HOTT on again off again relationship with the Son of Satan, a sassy best friend, a cranky uncle, and a Rottweiler as a spiritual guardian…Too much! A quick fun read for anyone that loves the paranormal genre. Personally, I can’t wait to start book four in the series but I have to finish this challenge first!

Whew! I am currently pushing on to In the Woods by Tana French ( haven’t read much genre) and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry(second book in my trilogy) Wish me luck! I have one week and 6 books to go!

So have you read any of these books? I would love to hear your comments!

Happy reading!


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