No. 4 An audiobook Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
No. 10 cat on cover Abarat by Clive Barker
No. 11 pseudonym The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
No. 15 subtitle Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker (Abarat book 2)
No. 17 mythical creature Tithe by Holly Black
No. 39 first book in series you haven’t read yet Divergent by Veronica Roth
No. 35 set in a hotel Lost Girls by Alan Moore, illustrated by Melinda Gebbie
No. 29 unreliable narrator Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files book 7)
No. 28 a novel set during war time Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent book 2)
No. 13 a book by or about a person who has a disability Cinder by Marissa Meyer
No. 14 a book involving travel Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent book 3)
No. 47 a book with an eccentric character Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files book 8)
No. 51 a book about a difficult topic Autonomy and Rigid Character by David Shapiro
No. 17 mythical creature White Night (Dresden Files book 9)
No. 46 genre you’ve never heard of (“men’s adventure”) The Destroyer #46: Next of Kin by Warren Murphy
No. 16 book published in 2017 Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
No. 27 a book with a title that’s a character’s name Ash by Malinda Lo
No. 52 a book based on mythology Small Favor by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files book 10)
Book Date Read What You Buy 8 of 23 or 35%, which keeps me in the Making Inroads category. This is the hardest challenge to make progress on because I can’t stop buying books, so even when I’m reading books I’ve bought I’m still just keeping afloat in the lowest categories. I decided that if I buy a book after I’ve read it—but in the same year—then I can count it as bought and read. That’s fair, right? Possibly the most fun aside from buying the books and reading them has been organizing all my purchases with a shelf on 50bookpledge.ca.
The Cutest Blog on the Block Memoirs ZERO! I agreed that if I hadn’t read any memoirs by the midway point then I would drop this challenge. Sad to say goodbye but I wasn’t doing it justice. Memoirs just wasn’t in the cards for me this year.
The Worm Hole What’s In a Name#whatsinaname2017 3 of 6
Halfway through the year and halfway through the challenge. Pretty good since I have yet to choose a title based on one of these categories specifically (which I imagine I will have to do before the year is up.) Are you having better luck than I am?
Reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is going to be tiring and distracting—because you won’t be able to put it down, and when you do, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it!! This book is absolutely fantastic. It’s a fast read, but that doesn’t detract at all from the beautiful moments of raw humanity, compassion, and sincerity. This book isn’t about flawless heroes; it’s about characters with histories and secrets and struggles and fears. Put another way, this book is about people, and you will fall in love with them, believe in them, and mourn for them. Sullivan has created an entire world within the lives of just a few characters. In addition to telling the story of the characters, this book is a love letter to its city of setting: Denver. Walk its streets, feel its chill, be glad to duck into your bookstore and feel the warmth of home, here in the pages of Sullivan’s debut novel.
She noticed that his windshield was growing little laces of ice, the night outside working its way in.
My latest read was Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (review to follow soon). If I set out to record every author or author’s characters mentioned in these pages, I’d be at it a long while. The main character is a bookseller and a librarian’s daughter, after all. There’s even a character named Plath. But what I can do is provide a list of “books mentioned in another book,” No. 50 on the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. In the opening before the book starts, there are two book quotes, from We Others: New and Selected Stories by Steven Millhauser and The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, respectively.
Here are the titles mentioned in these pages, in order of appearance:
One Hundred Years of Solitude C Plus Plus Madeline The Birds and the Beakers: Forty Years in a Biology Classroom Child’s Story Primer The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Open Secrets by Alice Munro Resuscitation of a Hanged Man by Denis Johnson Geek Love by Katherine Dunn The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster A Universal History of the Destruction of Books The Osmond Family Story The Bed-Wetter’s Almanac: Folklore, Wives’ Tales, and Cures from Around the Globe Where the Wild Things Are Crime and Punishment The Metamorphosis Alice in Wonderland A History of the Sect of the Hasidim Emergers (a book about fly-fishing) The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Rosemary’s Baby The Devil’s Tour (poetry) Sula The Jew in the Lotus Hindu Proverbs Care of the Soul Signs and Symbols in Christian Art The Madonna of 115th Street God: A Biography Who Will Run the Frog Hospital Wise Blood The Crying of Lot 49 The Black Book The Secret History Finnegan’s Wake The Ursonate To The Lighthouse Gravity’s Rainbow Slaughterhouse-Five Poems of Nazim Hikmet