After every five books I read for the Book Riot Reading Challenge, I plan to post an overview of them. This will be part mini-review and part discussion of why I chose the books, along with a quote from each book. If you’d like to read my full reviews, click on the book titles. If you’d like to see the reading challenge, click here.
Task: Read a Self-Improvement Book
Why I chose this: I struggle with mornings. Getting up at a certain time without fail is hard, and what’s even tougher is to be productive right away. And morning exercise? Thanks, but no thanks. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew I needed to read it.
Mini-review: The three-minute morning routine in this book is a simple idea, but it’s made a little complicated by the book’s wordiness. Still, this is a helpful book, and I plan to try the method. It gives me a plan and techniques to try, and I expect it will help me a lot.
Quote from the book: Small, simple things make the big things possible.
Task: Read a Book Published in 2017
Why I chose this: I’ve heard Brant Hansen on the radio before, and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor, so I was excited to read a book by him.
Mini-review: This is an excellent book! The writing is engaging and genuine, and it spoke to me and the things I face in life. This book is one of the best books I’ve read that deals partly with the subject of introversion.
Quote from the book: Jesus is exactly what I would hope God would be: a blunt-speaking, underdog-loving, field-leveling, jaw-droppingly brilliant, authority-challenging, short-story-telling, self-sacrificing, bring-the-children-to-Me…healer.
Task: Read a Book That Was Originally Published in Another Language
Choice: The Little Red Wolf
Why I chose this: This was the first book I received from Netgalley, and the cover intrigued me. I always love retellings, and this one promised to be a good one.
Mini-review: The artwork in this book is stunning. The story, on the other hand, is okay, but not great. It’s an interesting take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but I feel it could have been much better.
Quote from the book: Once upon a time, there was a family of wolves who lived in a deep and mysterious forest.
Task: Read a Romance Novel
Choice: The Captive Imposter
Why I chose this: I won this book in a giveaway! I love historical fiction, and the description of this book sounded interesting.
Mini-review: This is a wonderful historical romance with a unique and beautiful use of language.
Quote from the book: “The broken hearts and lives, the tragic losses our families have suffered…it all somehow led to our meeting in the stagecoach that night.”
Task: Read a Book Under 100 Pages
Why I chose this: The paintings on the cover of this book are beautiful, and when I read the description of the book, I was surprised to learn that a 17th-century woman would travel to the other side of the world to study and paint insects and animals.
Mini-review: This is a fascinating biography, and I love that it includes so many colorful paintings.
Quote from the book: They (Maria and her daughter) were the first people to journey to the Americas for purely scientific reasons, and they planned to study and paint pictures of every new animal and insect they found.
Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, how is it going? I’d love to hear your answer in the comments!