Hi everyone! Welcome back to the ABC Reads link up! We're linking up to share the books we've read in July and the letters we can check off our lists.
Need a refresher on what the ABC Reads challenge is all about? Never fear, we've got you covered:
What does the challenge entail? Well, I'm glad you asked. There are 26 letters of the alphabet and we challenge you, during the course of 2016, to read a book that starts with each letter. For example, Atonement (A), The Bell Jar (B), Catching Fire (C), and so on. Makes sense, right? You don't need to go in order - if you want to start with S, go for it. We're easy to please around these parts. On the last day of each month, we'll host a link-up for you to share your ABC Reads.
We will award one point for each letter you review AND a bonus point for linking up with us! At the end of the year (or when the first participant reviews a book beginning with each of the 26 letters), the winner will be awarded a $30 Amazon gift card.Congratulations to Jessica at Frikken Duckie for completing the challenge and winning the gift card! Go visit her and say congrats! :)
If you didn't get a chance to link up last month - no worries at all. Feel free to jump in with Andrea and me any time!
OK, so let's get to it. What did you guys read this month? How many letters did you check off? Here's my progress (July books in blue):
A: (The) Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Completed March 2016.
B: Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin. Completed February 2016.
C: (The) City of Mirrors, by Justin Cronin. Completed May 2016.
D: Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts. Completed April 2016.
E: Europe on 5 Wrong Turns A Day, by Doug Mack. Completed April 2016.
F: Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. Completed January 2016.
G: (The) Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Completed January 2016.
H: (The) Hereafter, by Jessica Bucher. Completed April 2016.
I: I Will Find You, by Joanna Connors. Completed June 2016.
J: Julia, by Peter Straub. Completed July 2016.
K: Keeping Faith. Completed July 2016.
L: (The) Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks. Completed January 2016.
M: (The) Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom. Completed February 2016.
N: Night Film, by Marisha Pessl. Completed June 2016.
O: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Completed January 2016.
R: (The) Revenant, by Michael Punke. Completed March 2016.
S: Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce. Completed June 2016.
T: Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed. Completed April 2016.
W: Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion. Completed February 2016.
Z: Zone One, by Colson Whitehead. Completed May 2016.
I normally enjoy books by Peter Straub, but this one was not my favorite. I think the premise was good. A woman whose daughter just died decides to leave her husband and moves to a new house. The previous owner was put in an insane asylum for killing her daughter several years before. So, you'd think that it would be a good, creepy, haunted house story. But then there's a seance and other possibly coincidental deaths to further complicate the plot and a weird sister-in-law who just wants her money and a weird brother-in-law that she wants to sleep with... just general weirdness all around. And the end result was that it was a good premise, but failed to deliver. I gave it 2 stars out of 5.
I really enjoyed this story about a young girl who starts showing signs of stigmata after she and her mother walk in on her father and his mistress and her parents decide to divorce. News vans camp outside of her house to catch glimpses of her and ill people come to the house because they want her to heal them. Several miracle-like incidents occur, and some people believe it's because of God and others are skeptical that it's some kind of hoax or coincidence. And while you never truly find out which it was, it certainly makes you think about those things in life that you just can't explain. It's a good, quick read and I gave it 4 stars.
So, there you have it! What letters did you check off this month? Come link up and share with us! See you back here next month. Ciao!