Amber Can Read : June 2018

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This month is a 2-for-1 special where I’m sharing what I read last month and my picks for the Book Challenge by Erin 9.0!

Books read this month : 4 

1. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody


This one was okay. The premise was realistic enough, but it kind of dragged on and on during some parts. Recommended for anyone who likes YA fiction with some heavy themes (death being the primary one).

2. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

I’ve read her blog on occasion, so when I was browsing my public library’s eBooks app and saw this one, I decided to give it a go. It had some interesting insights about travelling the world with children, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was an avid fan of hers. Recommended for those who love to travel or enjoy reading about others’ self-discovery.

3. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


I enjoyed this one a lot! It was funny but had a couple of good underlying messages, plus I was satisfied with the ending, which can make or break a book for me. Recommended for anyone who enjoys light reads or feels like the way we represent ourselves on social media is all a lie.

4. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

I’ve only watched their show a few times (#nocablelife), but I find them funny and likable. I enjoyed reading about their life before the show, including how they met and how they started to grow their business. Recommended for fans of the show or nerds like me who just love biographies/autobiographies.
And now for my Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 picks! I’ve written about the challenge before, and I encourage you to join the Facebook group if you’re interested in participating. This challenge starts on July 1 and will end on October 31!

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages – The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N” – Newsworthy : The Supreme Court Battle over Privacy and Press Freedom by Samantha Barbas

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover – The Martian by Andy Weir


• 15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character  – Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy


• 20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


• 20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro


• 25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet (or that has been on your goodreads “to read” list the longest, or has been sitting in your kindle the longest)…basically, read a book you’ve been meaning to read the longest but haven’t got to it yet. – The Shadow Scholar by Dave Tomar


• 30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc.  – A Little Something Different : Fourteen Viewpoints, One Love Story by Sandy Hall

• 30 points: Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter – Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

• 35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one – The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Lots of good books in my future!

Linking up with Steph and Jana

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0

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I have been writing this post for about a week now! Christmas (and the FIVE different celebrations we went to) has gotten me all thrown off of my schedule!

I can’t remember how I first heard about the Book Challenge by Erin, but I participated in the last one and am really excited about the upcoming challenge that starts January 1! I think it helped me read more because I was determined to finish the challenge, so I read instead of playing games on my phone…or cleaning…whatever.

Here are some of the rules for the challenge, straight from the Book Challenge by Erin Facebook group.

• First and foremost, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome.

• The challenge will run from JANUARY 1, 2018 to APRIL 30, 2018. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on January 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on April 30 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)

• Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.

• A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.

• You can read your books in any order you choose.

• Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.

• There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!

• The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!

• Lastly, have fun. Don’t stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it’s an accomplishment for you, then that’s awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!

I didn’t finish first or get a wild card prize last time, but I still had a lot of fun participating! I also read a few things that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise!

Here are the categories and points for this round, along with my selections for each category.

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0 – Categories:

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages

My pick : In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

Why I chose this one : Karen Kingsbury is totally my guilty pleasure author. If I’m going to read one of her books, I might as well get some reading challenge credit for it!

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”

My pick : A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

Why I chose this one : I’ve had it checked out from work for a ridiculously long time, so I need to read it. Plus, I’m a sucker for celebrity autobiographies/biographies.

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover

My pick : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Why I chose this one : I had a hard time with this one because I did a search for “books with red covers” and then couldn’t find anything my library had (I got all of my challenge books from the library I work at since it was easy to get them in one trip and so I know when things are placed on hold). This was the first red cover book that I found that my library had. Such a precise system, right?

• 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title (i.e. Jane Eyre, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, We Need to Talk about Kevin, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Harry Potter books, etc.)

My pick : Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Why I chose this one : This one has been on my “to read” list for a while, so when I saw it at work and realized I could use it as a challenge selection, I was sold!

• 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists https://bookriot.com/2017/04/11/100-books-with-plot-twists/

My pick : The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Why I chose this one : It was the first one on the list that I found at work! 😉

• 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title

My pick : Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Why I chose this one : I had originally chosen another book with house/home in the title, but my library didn’t have it. I found another one that my library had, but when I read the description, I was completely uninterested in it. I browsed our new purchases shelf and found this one.

• 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter (i.e. Cassandra Clare, Melina Marchetta, Ransom Riggs, Chris Cleave, etc.)

My pick : Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Why I chose this one : I had a hard time figuring out one for this prompt, so when I saw this one on the new purchases shelf at work, I grabbed it!

• 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own

My pick : A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

Why I chose this one : As I shared in my last book review post, I really enjoyed Beartown, also written by Backman, so I wanted to read another one of his books and see if I like his writing.

• 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc.

My pick : The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Why I chose this one : This has been on my “to-read” list for a while, so since it fit the prompt, I decided it was a good time to read it!

• 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness

My pick : Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Why I chose this one : I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and have been wanting to read it.

Are any of you planning to participate in this challenge or another reading challenge in the new year? Let me know if you are!