Emma PopSugar

With less than four months left in 2016, I am finally ready to devote my reading challenge attention to PopSugar’s 2016 Ultimate Reading Challenge. The good thing is that if I retroactively add books I’ve already read this year, I’m at 24 out of 40 categories. The bad thing is that I just realized that in addition to the Ultimate Reading Challenge, PopSugar also has smaller, seasonal challenges – like Ultimate Fall Reading Challenge. *sigh* Being the book-masochist that I am, I now need to participate in both. And if/when their Ultimate Winter Reading Challenge appears, I will have to do that one as well.

Favorites So Far

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*Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – This book had me with it’s basic description: Jane, a recently fired, and now intoxicated, children’s librarian gets mistaken for a deer on the side of a dark road, is shot and turned into a vampire. Jane is funny, a bit clumsy, and lives on the sassy side of the fence. She has to navigate being newly undead with an oblivious Southern, micromanaging mama, a “well, bless your heart!” vampire real estate agent, and being framed for (attempted) murder. I absolutely love this series, and Amanda Ronconi is an awesome narrator.

*Bryony and Roses – One of the most original retellings of Beauty and the Beast. It is my current favorite. The curse is utterly creepy; a nice imagining of the general B&B mythology. Bryony is sarcastic and self-reliant, and the resolution once the curse is broken makes sense.

Notable Reads: A Court of Mist and Fury, Armada, Eligible, Modern Romance

Completed Tasks

1.) Fairy tale – Bryony and Roses
3.) YA bestseller – The Girl at Midnight
5.) Set in home state – The Dirt on the Ninth Grave (I am also an ABQ girl transplanted in NY)
8.) Set in Europe – Naughty in Nice
9.) Under 150 pages – Reader Abduction
14.) Finish in a day – Agent to the Stars (audiobook at 1.5x while doing chores on a Saturday)
15.) Celebrity author – I’ll Never Write My Memoirs
18.) 600+ pages – A Court of Mist and Fury
20.) Sci-fi – Armada
21.) Family member recommendation – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library (step-mom)
22.) Graphic novel – Delilah Dirk & the King’s Shilling
23.) Published in 2016 – Homegoing
24.) Protagonist same occupation – Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (former children’s librarians)
26a.) A book… – Her Royal Spyness
26b.) …and its prequel – Masked Ball at Broxley Manor
27.) Murder mystery – And Then There Were None
28.) Comedian author – Modern Romance
30.) Blue cover – The Rest of Us Just Live Here
33.) 20th century classic – Murder on the Orient Express
34.) Library book – Eligible
35.) Autobiography – Life
37.) Unfamiliar culture – Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back
38.) Satire – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
39.) Takes place on an island – Into the Dim
40.) Guaranteed to bring you joy – As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

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