I have found myself falling back into setting small monthly TBRs. I attribute this mostly to my decision to join a reading challenge this year, and my desire to actually make a dent in my increasing pile of books here at the house. I have also discovered that sharing these lists and discussing them encourages me to see them through. So I will probably be including updates when able.
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes
By Atia Abawi
(Ok, technically I finished this after drawing up this post.)
Synopsis: In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.
In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s
family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.
But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.
Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.
An award-winning author and journalist–and a refugee herself–Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.
Challenge Prompt: A book set in a country that fascinates you.
By William F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
Synopsis: It’s the 23rd Century and at age 21… your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he’s got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they’re both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die… or run!
Challenge Prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.
Links to Goodreads info in the titles.
Like Water for Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel
This is a planned buddy read with Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond that we decided on as part of our efforts to read more translated works.
Challenge Prompt: A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you.
By Leni Zumas
This has been on my radar since I first read the synopsis in an article discussing upcoming releases. I was thrilled to see it was a BotM option and quickly selected it!
Challenge Prompt: A book about feminism or A book that’s published in 2018 (I will decided after I read it).
My goal for this month was to attempt 5 books towards the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I have already completed 2:
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title.
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you have never read.
I am feeling pretty confident at this point as long as my eyesight holds out and time management is not an issue. We do have what looks to be a busy time ahead at work, so we will see how that factors in. I always finder harder to stay up and read on busier days.
What are you reading this month? Do you have any books selected for a reading challenge? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?