2018 Reading Challenge

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” (33)

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About the book:

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling was the commencement address that she gave at Harvard in 2009.  She focuses on two main topics the importance of imagination and the benefits of failure.  As a writer, imagination is obviously close to Rowling’s heart but she uses her speech to show imagination as important for everyone, from stockbrokers to playwrights.  She highlights imaginations ability to increase empathy and understanding, something that is needed more and more in this world.  Rowling also emphasized how failure is what pushed her to achieve her goals.  She does this while acknowledging the privilege that she has as an educated white woman.  Her words are well thought out, inspiring and relatable.

Category

A book you can read in a day

Reading Next:

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

 

Happy Reading,

Lexi

 

Rowling, J.K. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination . Little Brown and Company, 2015.

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2018 Reading Challenge

Year of Yes

“Making it through the glass ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints” (173).

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About the book:

I have been a fan of Shonda Rhimes for quite a few years.  Her company, Shondaland creates Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, and Scandal, all three of which are on my top five television show list.  Her shows have normalized television, or made the characters look like real life people.  She is known for writing female characters who are strong and independent women of all races and body types.  Year of Yes is an account of her life as a shy child creating stories and growing up and coming to the realization that she never says yes to anything.  Thus begins her challenge to say yes to what scares her, parties, appearing on TV, and giving a commencement speech to name a few.  This allows her to become confident in herself and realize her importance as a FOD “First, only, different” television writer/creator.

Category:

Celebrity Memoir

Reading next:

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

 

Happy reading,

Lexi

 

Rhimes, Shonda. Year of Yes. Thorndike Press, 2016.

2018 Reading Challenge

The Hate U Give

“That’s why people are speaking out, huh? Because it won’t change if we don’t say something” (171).

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About the book:

There are so many hard hitting quotes in this book that it was difficult to narrow it down to only one.  I chose to read Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give to start off the challenge because I wanted to read something that contained a different perspective than that I am used to.  This book centers around a young woman named Starr who is witness to the police shooting death of her unarmed friend.  She struggles to find her voice to speak out against the brutality that took the life of her friend and become an activist for those who can no longer speak.

Category:

Any book from the 2017 Goodreads choice awards.  It won in the category of Best Young Adult Fiction with a total of 59, 571 votes.

Reading next:

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

 

Happy reading,

Lexi

 

Thomas, Angie. The Hate u Give. Balzer Bray, 2017.

 

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge

I Have never been the one to make New Years resolutions but this year I wanted to change that.  When deciding what I wanted to work on I glanced at my overflowing bookshelf, many of the books having been left unread.  For the past five years I have been an education student with an English major, being an English major meant that the only books that I read were those necessary for my classes.  My love of reading had burned out which I talk about here.

Then I came across the 2018 reading challenge posted by Liz Mannegren on her blog Mommy Mannegren.  I love the variety of book types listed in this challenge and feel that this may bring me out of my YA fiction bubble.  The 52 books in 52 weeks will be a challenge but reasonable enough for me to complete by the end of 2018.  As a way of keeping myself accountable I have brought my blog back from the dead and will be posting as I complete books.

You can keep up with my progress via this blog, Twitter, or on Goodreads

Happy Reading,

Lexi