2016 Reading Challenge Update: Part 2


Before the year ‘leaped’, I was able to read four more books for this month. (My first update for February is here.)

So here are the awesome novels that I have read on and before the 29th. ❤

13th – A classic from the 20th century – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

What is it about: Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

What I Love: The depth of the the topic told in an innocent view is just flawless. Now I know the meaning of ‘classic’

What I Don’t Love Much: Honestly, the pace of the first few chapters are a bit slooooow for me.

Wise Words: 

“I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  💖 (Good read, definitely!)

14th – A YA bestseller – Ten Thousand Truths by Susan White

Ten Thousand Truths

What is it about: “Thirteen-year-old Rachel is bad news, or so her foster care worker tells her. She’s been shuttled from one rotten foster family to another ever since her mother and brother died in a car accident five years ago, and she’s running out of options. So when she gets caught shoplifting and is kicked out of her latest home, the only place left to send her is the last resort for kids like her; a farm in the middle of nowhere run by a disfigured recluse named Amelia Walton, whom Rachel names ‘Warty’ because of the strange lumps covering her face and neck.

Rachel settles into life on the farm, losing herself in daily chores and Amelia’s endless trivia and trying to forget her past and the secret she’s holding inside. But when a letter arrives for her out of the blue, Rachel soon realizes that you can’t hide from your past – or your future.”

What I Love: The descriptions of the lovely farm is just so vivid that it felt I was also there.

The literal ten thousand truths are both entertaining and informative.

What I Don’t Love Much: It is a bit short of that ‘oomph’. That feeling which give readers a book hangover.

Wise Words:

“Most of the beliefs in our shortcomings are spoken much louder from within than from anyone else.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

15th – A satirical book – Macarthur by Bob Ong


What is it about: A group of four boys with lives ‘destroyed’ in different ways but are united in ‘drugs’ and in a strong friendship bond.

What I Love: Powerfully written. The language used are explicit yet so real. The twists are jaw-dropping and saddening. The subtle way of tackling friendship within a group of ‘addict’ boys are heartwarming.

What I Don’t Love Much: None.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

16th – A science-fiction novel – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

What is it about: Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

What I Love: I am no fan of fantasy and the ‘unplanned’ reading of this novel showed me I can love that genre, too.

Neil Gaiman is indeed a skill-full storyteller who can make you angry and scared. His words in this novel are short yet alive.

What I Don’t Love Much: None. 🙂

Wise Words: 

“Books were safe than other people anyway.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop SugarGoodreads, Quote Fancy, Board of Wisdom and Like Success

Story Summary: Goodreads

What are you favorite reads last month?

Have you read any of this?

Do you agree with me?


Let’s talk!


51 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge Update: Part 2”

      1. When I reread it I will tell you. I can remember reading it but I can’t remember anything about it except you’re not suppose to kill a mockingbird. The story: There is a young black man that is accused of killing someone and that the people are outraged. That’s all I remember. Did I remember “that” much right?

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  1. Like with your other reviews, I love the way it’s organized. The quotes add such a great touch. The only one I’ve read on your list is To Kill a Mockingbird but I’ve been interested with Neil Gaiman’s work recently. A lot of other writers and bloggers really like his work.

    Currently, I’m reading Perks of Being a Wallflower. I loved the movie and I’ve had the book on my to-read list for ages. Finally getting around to it 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jade!:)
      How do you find To Kill a Mockingbird?

      Oh. Yes. Read Gaiman. He is indeed an author worth reading. 🙂

      I haven’t read The Perks yet. But I watched the movie. I have a habit of mot reading the novel version once I watched the film already. 😉

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  2. I read the novel by Neil Gaiman recently. Then I listened to the author read the story as an audiobook. There is a depth of feeling here, I find, even if the main conflict is more cosmic in the battle of good versus evil. Obviously, I’m happy that you’ve read this, too.

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      1. I have a friend who’s an avid fan of audiobooks. He loans them to me. Not all authors read well, and mostly I think narrators are hired. But Neil Gaiman is an especially fine reader. So far, I haven’t paid for an audiobook. Libraries have audiobooks to borrow, too, I understand.

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  3. Great collection, Rosema. As always! 😀 Now that you mentioned it, I wont hesitate with Macarthur anymore. Thank you!
    Hmm… I’ve been trying not to read Neil Gaiman for some personal/complicated reason but the one in this post has a gorgeous cover and interesting story. Geez.

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      1. YEY! Will be reading it real soon. I haven’t tried any of our local book pa. :\ And Juan Miguel’s spoken word poetry book is finally out! I’m so excited to get a copy of it, too. 😀
        Hmm… it’s not a trauma. It’s just, Gaiman reminds me of someone who love the author very much. Haha.

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      2. Oooh… But Bob Ong books are actually affordable. 🙂 Around Php 100 lang. 🙂
        Ooooh. Juan Miguel poetry book will surely be awesome! (hugot pa more!)

        Uh oh… ‘HE’ loves Gaiman? (whoever HE is.) 😀

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      3. Yeah, but whenever I go to NBS I always end up buying other books. Maybe it’s the hesitation. BUT now that I got the assurance, I’ll definitely opt for Macarthur! 😀
        Yeah! Been waiting for his book, I love his hugot eh. Haha
        Well… “SHE” loves Gaiman. The one he chose. (hindi naman halatang bitter noh?) 😀

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      4. Ooooh! Not really fond of explicit words but yeah I’ll read it. 😀
        Haha. And I agree with that. Still, I guess I need to give Gaiman’s book a chance. It’s not his fault anyway. 😀 😀 😀

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      5. Yeah. Me too. I actually put it down because it felt like I am cursing as well! HAHA. But when you read the story as in the ‘story’, it will be a nice surprise.
        Yes. True! Don’t let ‘her’ stop you. Whoever ‘she’ is. (BTW, sila pa? -tsismosa ko lang! HAHA)

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      6. Ha! I better put that in mind to focus on the story when I read it. 😀
        I won’t let do that! Haha. Oo, sila. Pero malabo na daw the last time I check. 😀

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  4. I haven’t read any of these (yet) .
    What I read this month was Jojo’s Me Before You , and I liked it very very much 🙂 ; wondering if I should read After You or if it will be a bit of a let down ?
    Turtle Hugs

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  5. I have read TKAM more than 10 times (I ahve been teaching it for 5 years now 🙂 ) and I can say with full confidence that I would marry Atticus Finch in a heartbeat! 🙂

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