WHAT I READ: Winter 2018 + Book Challenge by Erin 8.0

One of the things I have most been looking forward to this year is getting back into doing reading challenges. More specifically, getting back into Erin's Book Challenge. I read a pretty decent amount this winter (an improvement from last year!). I kept the book challenge in mind when selecting my books, but I definitely read several that didn't fit a category, just because I wanted to.

So for starters, let's talk about how I'm doing in my book challenge. Book Challenge by Erin 8.0 runs from January 1-April 30, 2018, and this is what I've managed to check off my list so far:


5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages (February 9, 2018) | THE ACTOR'S LIFE by Jenna Fischer (★★★★)

This book was quick and entertaining, though not what I expected. I anticipated more of a memoir, instead it really was a how-to guide for actors just starting out with Jenna’s personal anecdotes sprinkled throughout.I enjoyed it and would recommend for anyone you wants to get into acting or those who are interested in a behind-the-scenes look into show business.

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L” (January 6, 2018) | LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor (★★★)

A sweet, epistolary novel about World War I. So many people raved about this book, but for some reason it just didn’t affect me the same way. I didn’t feel satisfied by the ending and felt that I had too many unanswered questions.

10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover | SHRILL by Lindy West (different cover)


15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title | HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by JK Rowling

20 points: Read a book from this list: BOOK RIOT’S 100 MUST-READ BOOKS WITH PLOT TWISTS | CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein

20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title | HAPPIER AT HOME by Gretchen Rubin

25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter (February 22, 2018) | THE DIRTY LIFE by Kristin Kimball 

I LOVED this memoir. The author shares the nitty gritty of her first year as a farmer and it’s just so interesting. Well-written and perfect for anyone who loves food or farming! 


30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own | A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation (February 10, 2018) | PAPER TOWNS by John Green 

It’s becoming harder for me to read and relate to teenaged characters in YA. So much angst and self-absorption! I also echo the sentiments of others that this book felt much too similar to Looking for Alaska. That being said, I read it in just about one sitting. It hooked me in and kept me in suspense. I just wasn’t crazy about the ending at all.

35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness | TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom


As I mentioned, I also read a few books that were just for fun:


Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (★★★) I received this book months ago through a Goodreads giveaway. For a debut author who is still an undergraduate, this book was impressive. I think Davis shows tremendous potential and promise as a YA author. That being said, there was so much of this book that was over-the-top. I loved Quare- it seemed like a place I would be made for, but the ending left a lot to be desired.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★) TJR has become one of my all-time favorite authors. This was not my favorite of hers, but it still garnered a 4-star rating from me, so you know she's good.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★) This was the last of TJR's books that I had left to read and I'm so sad that I now have to wait until her next one comes out. I need her to write 10 more ASAP! The book poses a unique question and makes you think about how relationships grow and change over time. 

Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig (★★★) A helpful resource for anyone wanting to change their relationship with food. There was so much truth and it was a really good follow-up to the Whole30. It did drag a little and felt redundant in places, so it took me almost 3 months to get through.

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Currently, I'm reading another non-challenge book. I'm really in a chick lit/novel phase right now, so that's where all my attention has been going! What was your favorite winter read?

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