• Ryanne Harper

Reading Challenge - Halfway Point


My goal was to read forty books this year. I just finished my thirty-second so I'm well on my way. Next

year, I'll set a loftier goal.

I started out the year making really great choices, then I hit a slump. Most of the books I've read had been mediocre and have not left much of a lasting impression. One of the exceptions being Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I chose the audio version for this one. I'm so glad I did. The story is told through interviews, journal entries, and news articles; it's a full-cast production, which is so fun with this type of book.

Sleeping Giants is about a little girl who finds a giant hand. Seventeen years later, a group of scientists and government agencies are working in secret trying to find out where the hand, and the other body parts they've found since, came from, what they mean, and what to do with them. Turns out, it's book one of a series so I have something to look forward to.

One of the more difficult and conflicting books I've read is All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. Ugly and wonderful is pretty much the best description ever. This is a love story between two broken people who find each other and make it work. The issue is, when the physical relationship begins, he's in his twenties and she is twelve. So, it's creepy and disgusting. The story is so beautifully written, though, that you sometimes forget the age difference between the two. Wavy, the girl, is so mature and has had to grow up so fast that you forget she's a child. Then the author reminds you and you're jolted back to reality. Then, if you're like me, you feel a little queasy and sort of hate the guy.

It's a great read. It will make you feel...lots of things. I don't think I'll forget this one anytime soon.

I also read these books. None of them were bad, they were just okay.

I'm currently reading:

Strangers Drowning

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking and

Origins: Fourteen Billions Years of Cosmic Evolution

Randomly, I'm reading three non-fiction, which is really strange for me.

Unless I stop reading entirely, I'm sure to hit my goal.

Any suggestions on what I should read next?


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