I read fewer books for the read harder challenge in the second quarter of the year, mostly because I read so many books for the challenge in the first quarter. I'm still glad that I am doing the challenge as it continues to push me to read books that I might not have read otherwise and as a lover of lists, it's fun to track what I've read and what I plan to read for this challenge. Here's a recap of what I read for the challenge in the second quarter of the year!
Tasks Completed in the Second Quarter:
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - After
reading and loving The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, I
don't know if any other John Green books can live up to my expectations.
That said this was a fun read with the typical intellectual high school
kids with insight beyond their years and ridiculous vocabularies. It
wasn't as good as his other books but it was still good.
A book that was originally published in another language: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl - This book was written by the survivor of several Nazi concentration camps. The first half of the book is about his experiences in the concentration camp as well as his reflections on what it takes to survive and thrive despite horrible circumstances. The second half of the book discussion his approach to therapy, which focuses on patients finding meaning in their life. It was a heavy, difficult read at times but I am glad that I read it. It made me think about my life and how I've handled hardships.
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind: French Milk by Lucy Knisley - I bought this book years ago after reading about it on the blog, A Cup of Jo. It's a delightful read about the author's 5 week trip to Paris with her mom. It was fun to see her illustrations of places I had visited in Paris. It was a light, fun, delightful read!
A book that someone else has recommended to you: Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankel - This a memoir about friendship that was recommended and gifted to me by my friend Heidi. The author talks about the friendships that have developed over the course of her life and how they have changed. It made me nostalgic for my college years and the friendships I formed during that stage of my life!
A book that takes place in Asia: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner - This was a heavy book to read as it's set in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge uprising. It was so sad to read about the way the Cambodians were treated by their fellow countrymen. It's based on the author's experiences so is part-memoir, part-fiction.
Tasks completed = 20
Tasks Completed in Prior Quarter:
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25: Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65: Runaway by Alice Munro
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
A book by an author from Africa: Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
A YA novel: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A sci-fi novel: The Martian by Andy Weir
An audiobook: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
A collection of poetry: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A microhistory: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
A book published this year: Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins
A book published by an indie press: The Empathy Exam by Leslie Jamison
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure: Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
A collection of short stories: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade: Redeployment by Phil Klay
Tasks To Be Completed:
A romance novel
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
A book published before 1850
A self-improvement book
What is the best book you have read so far this year?