February 2019 Reading Challenge Update: Weeks 6-9

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Two months into 2019, and our reading challenge is going strong. From the four books Rachael choose this month, find out what she loved, and what she couldn’t finish.

Is today really the last day of February? Where has the month gone? Oh, yeah. I was sick.

Being sick for a few weeks did not help me with my February reading challenge. This year, I set the goal to read one book a week – in order –  from the categories of my 2019 reading challenge.

Yet, I have no qualms at all admitting that I only read 3 of the 4 books I choose for February. Like I keep telling people, our reading challenge is supposed to be fun.

Missed a book. No worries! Hate a category. Change it anyway you want! Don’t have time to read 52 books – only read a set number of categories, or double count categories.

It’s all about fun. I hope you have been enjoying the reading challenge as much as I.

So, here is my February update. If you have a chance, I’d love to hear what you read this month.

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February: Books 6-9

6. Recommended by a Friend

Book cover for The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
DNF

Looking through my to-read list on Goodreads, Chris Bohjalian’s book immediately jumped out at meet. It had been sitting on my list for far too many years, and my friend who recommended it has excellent taste. However, I just couldn’t seem to get into it. Granted, I’ve been very sick this month, and have only read the first chapter. I think I might come back and try it again in a few months.

7. Book That Will Make You Cry

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
★★★★

Whenever I started reading a book described as a tear-jerker, I always assume that knowing it is going to be sad will stop me from crying. Well that didn’t work out for me. Jeff Zentner does an excellent job of writing coming into adulthood teen dramas In this tear-jerker, a high school senior deals with the death of his three best friends who died in a car accident because they were replying to his text.  

Related: Books That Will Make You Cry

8. Book Published in 2009

Book cover for Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
★★★★

My ski instructor recommended this book to me, so I figured I would try it out. While I don’t ever anticipate being a manager, much less a manager of a gigantic company like Pixar, I really enjoyed Ed Catmull’s book. The first part is more biographical – about Catmull’s background and the history of Pixar. The second half is classic managerial advice – more big ideas than concrete steps. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, but if you like business books, it’s worth a read.  

9. Book Becoming Movie in 2019

Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime

Go Like Hell by A. J. Baime
★★★★

I wrote a whole post about books becoming movies this year, so I was incredibly psyched about this category. At first, I was going to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but then it got pushed to a 2020 release date.  Finally, I decided to try the nonfiction account of Ford and Ferrari’s battle to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race in the 1960s. Even though I am not at all a car person, I find this account fascinating. 

Related: 20 Books Becoming Movies in 2019: Read It Before You See It

Up Next in March

10. A Genre You Don’t Usually Read

11. Children’s Classic

12. Cover with Your Favorite Color

13. Bought at the Thrift Store

What books did you read this month for your 2019 reading challenge?

February 2019 Reading Challenge Update: Two months into 2019, and our reading challenge is going strong. From the four books Rachael choose this month, find out what she loved, and what she couldn't finish.

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  • Reply Kelly March 1, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Heading into March I am now ahead of pace, but I know there are some upcoming weeks where I won’t have to same amount of time to read. I have also stopped reading the books in order for several reasons, the main one being I like to choose which books I’ll read for the month and then assign them a prompt, not the other way around. Here’s a look back at February (in the order I read them).

    ~ A Book About a Difficult Topic – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (3 stars)
    ~ A 2018 Bestseller – Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (4 stars)
    ~ An Audiobook – Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (3 stars)
    ~ The First Book in a Series – Still Life by Louise Penny (4 stars)
    ~ A Book Set in Another Country – Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (3 stars)
    ~ A Book that Made You Cry – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (4 stars)
    ~ A Book Becoming a Movie in 2019 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (3 stars)

    I am quite pleased with how my month went and have picked out 6 books (I may be a tad optimistic) for March. Happy Reading!

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