2016 Reading Challenge Update: April Part 1


“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As promised early this week in the middle of a coffee date, here are first half of the seven awesome books I have read last April. (YES! I finally read Harry Potter!)

22nd – A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


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

What is it about: Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s trademark of easy, light read. The email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer are my favorite parts. They are packed with wit and friendship-love in between.

What I Don’t Love Much: There are some a bit boring parts.

Wise Words: 

23rd – An autobiography – When a Good God Allows Rape by Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza

When a Good God Allows Rape

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

What is it about: There are a lot of horrible things that happen in this world. But one of the worst is when an innocent gets violated. Why does God allow such things to happen?

What Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza went through when she was 15 has been a very public and strong statement of pain, healing, and grace. She has now put her story into a book that she hopes will show people that there is hope, healing, and wholeness for those who have experienced abuse and this kind of pain. What Satan meant for harm, God meant for good.

What I Love: This book is a blessing. It is empowering and eye-opening. The author and her family’s unrelenting faith is strengthening.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing. 🙂

Wise Words: 

“We don’t question the purpose of suffering when we think someone deservers it… But we find it irreconcilable, hard to understand, when bad things happen to good people. The math doesn’t add up; it just doesn’t make sense to us.”

“Would I allow this tragedy to define my faith? Or, would I allow faith to define this tragedy?”

“The reality is we live in a fallen world where we are victims of people’s sinful choices, including our own.”

24th – The first book you see in a bookstore – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖(GREAT READ!)

Why only now: I replaced What is it About? to Why Only Now? because I am sure EVERYONE knows what this book is about.

You know I’ve been a reader for years but I am not really fond of magic and fantasy (because I think my imagination is limited), thus, I really have no plans on reading Harry Potter books neither watching its films. Then for my 2016 Resolutions, I wrote that this year I will (finally) give this series I try. And so I did!

I will not say this because I fear of being mobbed by the millions (or maybe billions) of Potterheads but I am really glad that I finally read it. It is indeed a GREAT READ. ❤

What I Love: Everything. The opening chapter is engrossing.

I love the poetic mystical notes in between action-packed and witty paragraphs.

I love how a complicated world (for me) was explained beautifully.

I love that it is endearing, and then it’s also funny, and then it’s also exciting, and then it’s also creepy and then it’s also wise.

I love the twist!!!

I love its wholeness and everything in  between. Rowling truly has a great gift with words.<3

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words: 

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

25th – A book written by a comedian – Bossypants by Tina Fey


Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read!)

What is it about: From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

What I Love: It’s a wise read. A fun read, too. Fey is blatantly honest and I like it.

What I Don’t Love Much: The explicit words.

Wise Words: 

“But the Rule of Agreement reminds you to “respect what your partner has created” and to at least start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.”

“People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”

“Sometimes if you have a difficult decision to make, just stall until the answer presents itself.”

“When it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”

“…the best thing a mom can do to be a better mom is to carve out a little time for herself.”

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

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Story Summary: Goodreads

What are you favorite reads this month?

Have you read any of this?

Do you agree with me?


Let’s talk!

P.S. Part two next week! 😀

23 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge Update: April Part 1”

  1. Wow! I too have just started reading the Harry Potter series. So glad I am not the only one reading the series now 🙂
    Those sound like a great list and I shall be picking books from the list. Looking forward to part 2.

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  2. This is an amazing list and review post!

    -As a fellow Potterhead, I am very proud of you for finally starting the series ❤
    -I loved the quotes you highlighted as your "Wise Words". They really help to give another perspective on the respective stories.
    -I am a huge fan of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Attachments sounds like another super fun book to be devoured in a weekend or so. *Proceeds to add to reading list*
    -I've wanted to read Bossypants for ages, but I just never got around to it. (So many books and not enough hours!) Your review just solidified again why I wanted to read that book in the first place.
    -When A Good God allows rape sounds like a powerful book and I am intrigued. *proceeds to add to reading list as well*

    I hope you continue the rest of the Harry potter series, slowly by surely :)!

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    1. Geez! Thank you for taking you time writing this lovely comment! 😀 😀 😀
      – Thank you!! I am not sure if I am a Potterhead now, but I can feel I will be soon. 😀 I now know why you love it so much. 😀
      – Thank you for noticing the Wise Words. I am quote junkie, hence that part. 😀
      – GEEZ! I looooove Rainbow Rowell! Have you read Eleanor and Park? It is still my fave from her! 😀
      – I believe you will love Bossypants because I believe you watch Tina Fey? 😀
      – Yes dear. When A Good God Allows Rape is a powerful piece. It will move you and your soul. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      – YES! I will continue reading Harry Potter. I just have to finish my reading challenge and then I will proceed, slowly but surely! ❤ ❤ ❤

      Thanks again, JAde!! I am so loving this book discussion we are having right now! 😀 😀 😀

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      1. I have not read Eleanor & Park but I want tooooo. You know the dilemma I’m sure. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME. I’m currently on a Stephen King discovery. I’m reading Mr. Mercedes right now after finishing Doctor Sleep last week.

        Don’t feel any obligation to become a Potterhead. It’s just a label, after all. Just enjoy the story and let J.K.Rowling sweep you away into a magical fantasy ❤

        P.S. I am a quote junkie as well. I think all writers are quote junkies. After all, who better than a writer to understand the magic and power and comfort of a great quote ❤

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    2. – A Stephen King discovery sounds awesome!!! I have read only two from Him, On Writing and 11/22/63 (am not sure if I remember it right. HAHA). Nonetheless, I loooove him! I have his Needful Things on my TBR for the year. I am taking my time on reading his works because his book are extra looong! 😀
      And please read Eleanor and Park. It is my fave from Rowell. 😀

      – I think I will really enjoy the ride, Jade. 🙂 I think I really will. 😀

      I would agreeeeeee! 😀

      Thanks, Jade! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Omg no kidding on how long his books are! And it’s not just length, but it’s how intense his books are and how much depth they have. They require you to give 110% of yourself into the pages. Not a quick, lighthearted read by any means lol

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      1. Thanks Jade. Lol. I can’t help it I love HP. When they do marathons of it on TV during holidays, guess what I do lol. But the books I think, have those details so important, that you couldn’t fit in the books. Such as all that information about Dumbledore and his past in the end book 🙂

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