CRAZY4READING 2024 CATEGORY CHALLENGE ATTEMPTS AGAIN

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CRAZY4READING 2024 CATEGORY CHALLENGE ATTEMPTS AGAIN

1crazy4reading
Editado: Abr 3, 3:36 pm

Am I a glutton for punishment, I am still attempting a few challenges again this year. Here is a list so far. I have the right to add or dismiss a challenge:

2024 Book Hoarders Challenge
PopSugar Challenge: trying to complete past ones too
1001 books to read before I die - I need to attempt at least one this year

So far that is all I can think of besides this challenge

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75 BOOKS CHALLENGE:

2crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:46 pm

2024 Book Hoarders Challenge

3crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:46 pm

PopSugar Challenges

4crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:46 pm

1001 books to read before I dies

5crazy4reading
Editado: Jan 16, 4:40 pm

Book club reads:

January - It's Not all Downhill from here by Terry Mc Millan (finished in December 2023)

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

6crazy4reading
Editado: Jan 16, 4:40 pm

Books I own Physical

1. Look at Us by T. L. Toma

7crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:47 pm

Books I own eBooks

8crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:47 pm

Not sure what I will attempt next Non Fiction books?

9crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:47 pm

50 states challenge

10crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:48 pm

Alphabet Challenge Title

11crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:48 pm

Alphabet Challenge Author

12crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:49 pm

I think that might be all for now saving this space for something

13crazy4reading
Dez 27, 2023, 12:50 pm

Let the fun begin!!

I do not do a lot of planning for my reading. I just pick up a book and try to read it and sometimes it will draw me in and other times it won't.

Here is a list of books I received for Christmas:

I will be back to to post them once I am home.

14DeltaQueen50
Dez 27, 2023, 1:02 pm

2024 looks like a fun reading year and you've set your challenge to be able to cover all of your reads. I am a challenge lover as well but I am trying not to do so many this year that they become a chore.

15majkia
Dez 27, 2023, 1:10 pm

Good luck and have fun!

16Tess_W
Dez 27, 2023, 8:13 pm

Have fun with your 2024 reading!

17dudes22
Dez 28, 2023, 6:46 am

I'll be waiting to see some of your reading this year. I love seeing what challenges people attempt and the books that fit in.

18crazy4reading
Dez 28, 2023, 9:32 am

>14 DeltaQueen50: Sometimes they do become a chore. My goal is to read more of my physical books this year. I belong to a book club through our library and those books I usually do not own so only about 10 books a year that are not my own. I just want to read more this year. I feel like I let other things such as work, money, tv and socializing take away from my reading time.

>15 majkia: Thank you! I wish you luck and fun also!

>16 Tess_W: Thank you! You too!

>17 dudes22: I have some books already set aside to read. I have some books that I probably won't finish until the new year. I need to share them in here.

Thank you everyone for stopping by!!

19hailelib
Dez 28, 2023, 3:04 pm

Looks like an interesting reading year ahead for you.

20pamelad
Dez 28, 2023, 3:33 pm

Happy reading in 2024!

21rabbitprincess
Dez 28, 2023, 5:27 pm

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

22lowelibrary
Dez 28, 2023, 6:49 pm

Good luck with your reading in 2024.

23crazy4reading
Jan 16, 3:47 pm

>19 hailelib: Thanks! I hope it is interesting.

>20 pamelad: Thanks!
>21 rabbitprincess: Thanks hope you have a great year of reading!
>22 lowelibrary: Thanks.

24crazy4reading
Jan 16, 3:55 pm

I finished my first book of the year today! I had a snow day and was able to finish my current read. Here is my review:

1. Look at us by T. L. Toma

I won this book in 2021 and I never got around to reading it. That was the year my father passed and just dealing with life I forgot all about it. This is my goal is to read books that I own more then library books. I am not sure how I feel about this book. It was different and sometimes interesting. You have a family that hires a nanny from Ireland and the dynamic in the house changes. There is sexual tensions and parts that could be trigger warnings for some.

I did enjoy the characters but also felt at times that they were lacking something. You have Lily and Martin, the au pair Maive and the twin boys. Lily and Martin and two people that seem to be in their own worlds at times. He is in finance and she is a lawyer. Maeve is more of a mother to the children then Lily is at times.

3 stars

I am currently reading: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

I will be starting my new ER book Pushing Back the Desert Operation Ajax by Gordon Zuckerman

I will also be starting Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling My sister and I are hoping to go on a bus trip to New York to see the play in May. I have to go purchase tickets this week.

25crazy4reading
Fev 27, 3:45 pm

2. Undead & Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

I seem to have read this book before. Here is my review. Well I seem to be on binge of reading series and vampires. I bought this book because the cover interested me along with the title.

Undead and Unwed was a funny book. I found myself laughing or cracking a smile while reading. Elizabeth Taylor or Betsy as she likes to be called gets hit by a car saving her cat one night and wakes up in the funeral home wondering what happened.

Once she finally figures out what happened she sees her father and stepmom then visits her mother. Her best friend is thrilled to see her up and walking even if she is a vampire. The abilities that she has make her a very unique vampire and the possible Queen.

This book would probably still be sitting on my TBR pile if not for the SOS Bingo game. I look forward to reading the next books in this series.

5 stars

3. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this book for book club. The consensus of the book was not good. Most of the members felt the book could have been shorter. They didn't care for the language and some of the promiscuity. I enjoyed the book but it wasn't a 5 star read for me. I enjoyed Vivian and seeing her life after failing out of Vassar. I think if I had more time to read it and actually take my time I could enjoy it more. My book club books can sometimes be ones that are hard to read in 4 to 6 weeks.

4 stars

4. When I'm Dead by Hannah Morrissey

This is my first book by Hanna Morrissey and I did not realize it was part of a series. I loved this book and will go back and read the previous 2 of the Black Harbor series. I was gifted this book and as soon as I read the synopsis I was interested in reading it.

When I'm Dead is the 3rd book in the Black Harbor series. You have a murder of a girl and one girl is missing. Chloe goes missing after leaving the local high school after her performance in the play. Her mother and father are out investigating the murder of her daughter's best friend.

The emotions that Rowan and her husband go through are nerve racking. I found myself getting upset because they wouldn't talk to each other about what they were thinking. Is their daughter the murderer or is their daughter the next victim of the killer?

You have Libby the neighbor who is friends with Chloe and is a very peculiar person. She practices taxidermy and is a little larger than most of the girls in her school. One of my fave reads so far this year.

5 stars

26crazy4reading
Abr 3, 2:21 pm

It has been awhile since I stopped in to post an update or reviews. Life is being stressful. My heater broke Easter Weekend, I am just glad it is at the end of winter so my space heaters will work until I work out the finances to replace it. I have to replace my heater, air conditioner and my hot water heater. I also have to get a new roof, gutters, door and windows. So a little stressful right now. Reading is my escape.

I also am playing American Mahjong every week at the library on Wednesday evenings. This week we are canceling because of the weather forecast of flooding. I love the game. We lost one of our new players because she cannot play on Wednesday anymore.

My granddaugther will be turing 4 in May and she just keeps getting cuter and cuter. She has read 1,000 books through our county library system!! She is now picking up books and pretending to read them just by looking at the pictures and she also knows when you skip words or change the story. I am so happy that the love of reading is being passed down. I really thought my children did not like reading. I am glad I was wrong.

I will be posting reviews later today.

Happy April!!

27crazy4reading
Abr 3, 2:23 pm

Reviews:

#5 Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

This book was for our Library Book Club March meeting. I listened to the book while following along in the actual book. This book got my interest from the beginning. While I was listening to it, I actually went back to re-read something because I couldn't believe what I had just heard/read!

It was nice to read a book in a setting that I am familiar with. This book is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hearing and reading about the area in the 1930's was interesting. You have this Jewish family who has a business and two adult girls. Living their lives and tragedy hits the family.

4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#6 The Night I spent with Aubrey Fisher by Christopher M. Tantillo

I have seen this book all over TikTok and decided to purchase the book. I enjoy YA books. This is a coming of age story with some trigger warnings. This deals with death, suicide and mental health. I love books that can make a reader think about things. This book made me think about life and how precious it is and how quickly life can change. Life can change from the choices we make, the choices others make and even just natural events.

The Night I spent with Aubrey Fisher is about Grayson dealing with his life after his brother dies. The emotions he keeps bottled up and how a strange person sees him and steps in to help him. The things that both Grayson and Aubrey learn about each other and themselves is one that brought tears to my eyes. I felt for all the characters in this book.

This book is the debut novel by Christopher M. Tantillo. I am glad I took the plunge into this somewhat dark book. I had an array of feelings after reading this book. Having lost friends and co-workders to suicide and not even realizing what someone is going through for them to make that decision and seeing how most of us do not even notice how people act could be away of them asking indirectly for help. I look forward to more books by Christopher M. Tantillo.

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#7 We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

I love historical fiction books about World War II. I picked this book up because of a monthly challenge for a book with Luck or Lucky in the title. And finding out that it is also becoming a show on one of the streaming services.

I enjoyed this book based on real people and how they survived one of the darkets moments in world history. This is the story of the Kurcs. You have the mother, father, sisters, brothers, cousins etc. They mostly live in Radom in Polind in 1939. Some of the family live in other areas. One lives in France and comes home for Passover and heads back to France right after the celebrarion.

To loose touch with your family and not know where they are or even if they are still alive, is something we don't think we could survive. This book shows just how resilient people can be when it matters. This family endured beating, starvation, work conditions that were horrendous. One member had a young child and was hiding her while she worked. She finally places her in a catholic convent to hopefully save her.

As the war ended and seeing the family slowly find each other was a heartwarming moment. I am so glad I took the time to read this book.

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#8 Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

I am going to see this play in May of 2024 in New York, so I decided I needed to read this book before seeing the performance. I love Harry Potter and reading this book was a different feel. I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to seeing the performance.

This book is differrent in the fact that it is written as a screen play and not like the other HP books in long chapters. I loved that because it made the book move faster. Meeting some of the characters from the previous books was great, now they are adults, I tried picturing the actual actors from the movies playing these roles. Not sure I can picture them as adults and with families.

So excited to see the play in almost a month!!

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

28crazy4reading
Abr 16, 9:06 am

#9 One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

I thought I had read this book before but I did not remember it. I love Stephanie Plum. I have read a few of the books that stand-alone.

We are introduced to Stephanie Plum. She needs a job and decided to work for her cousin Vinnie, as a bounty hunter. I love meeting Ranger and Morelli.

Stephanie decides to take on the Morelli case since that has the largest payout. This book was entertaining and the fact that it takes place in nearby New Jersey is nice.

5 stars