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Book 27 Inkheart

Inkheart by Connie Funke fulfilled the “Book that passes the Bechdel test” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It was probably not a great choice for this category. But I’ve been wanting to read it for years, so… The Bechdel test is a measure of gender equality in literature. The women must engage in dialog …

Book 26 Emily Goes to Exeter

Emily Goes to Exeter by Marion Chesney (aka MC Beaton) fulfills the category “Book Published in the Twentieth Century” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. I cheated a bit here. I read the eBook which was published in 2018 by Rosetta Books. The original publication date (all paper) was September 1991 by St. Martin’s Press. …

Book 25 Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost fulfilled the “Book Recommended by a Blogger” category for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Blogger Shelly Lazar of Sexy Book Reviews by Shelly and April recommended the story to me. You can visit them here on Facebook for more great recommendations. Thank you so much, Shelly, for putting …

Book 24 Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero fulfills the category “A Book with a Pink Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It is a graphic novel adaptation of Little Women. I want to confess now that I have not read the original nor seen any version on-screen of Little Women. I know…But sometimes, …

Book 23 The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini fulfilled the “Book that is a bildungsroman” category for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age book. It focuses on the spiritual, moral, and/or psychological growth of a person. The Kite Runner is an excellent example of this genre. The novel takes place in Afghanistan in …

Book 22 Hatchet

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen fulfills the category “Book Set in a Country that Begins with the Letter C” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The story takes place in the wilds of northern Canada. This novel was my second choice for the category. I’ve had Hatchet in my To-Be-Read pile for eons. My kids read …

Book 21 The King of Crows

The King of Crows by Libba Bray fulfills the category “Book Set in the 1920s” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It is the fifth in the Diviners series and takes place in the Summer of 1927. (See the previous blog) I love it when I do things by accident. I’d planned to read this …

Book 20 One Summer: America, 1927

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson fulfills the “Book on a Subject I Know Nothing About” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. I felt the category called for non-fiction. I usually go to my favorite Erik Larson for historic books. But for this one, I hit up Bill Bryson and I’m so glad I …

Book 19 Less

Less by Andrew Sean Greer fulfills the category “Book with an Upside-Down Image on the Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The cover has our hero, Less, plummeting from the sky while writing and wearing his iconic suit. The novels won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2018. A satirical comedy about being a …

Book 18 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley fulfills the category “Book with a Bird on the Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The cover is a muted green featuring a dead Jack snipe bird with a stamp on his beak. The novel is a cozy mystery featuring amateur detective Flavia …