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Book 47 True Grit

True Grit by Charles Portis fulfills the category “A Western” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The novel takes place in 1878 in Western Arkansas and the Indian Territories to the west (eventually, Oklahoma). Mattie Ross plots to avenge her pa, killed by a farmhand at Fort Smith. How’s that for an elevator pitch (short …

Book 46 Divided in Death

  Divided in Death by J.D. Robb fulfilled the “Favorite Prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge” category for this year’s challenge. This novel also fits the categories: series with more than twenty books, and author who has written more than twenty books. I chose the Audio Book prompt as it’s my favorite. I read …

Book 45 Roughing It

  Roughing It by Mark Twain fulfilled the category “Book by or about a Journalist” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The book is a chronicle of Mark Twain’s adventures in the new West in the 1860s. I’m not sure how much is autobiographical, just plain fiction, or something in-between. It’s Twain, after all. The …

Book 44 If It Bleeds

  If It Bleeds by Stephen King fulfills the category “Book by an Author Who Has Written Twenty or More Books” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. To date, Mr. King has approximately eighty-six books. I have read almost all of them. I began reading the man at age eleven when I asked my mom …

Book 43 Frankenstein

  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley fulfilled the category “Book Written by an author in their 20s” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Yes, I’m aware Ms. Shelley wrote the novel at nineteen, and it was published when she was twenty. That’s close enough for government work. It took me thirty years to read the tale. …

Book 42 The Screaming Staircase

  Book 42 The Screaming Staircase The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Co Book 1 by Jonathan Stroud fulfilled the category “Book with a Character with a Vision Impairment or Enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Wow, that sentence was a mouthful. The Screaming Staircase is a post-apocalyptic middle grade/young …

Book 41 A Clockwork Orange

  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess fulfilled the category “Book with a Made-Up Language.” All I can say is I am so glad I listened to this title on audio. A Clockwork Orange, a novella about a bleak future full of ultra-violence perpetrated by the very young, explored some serious societal issues. Topics mentioned …

Book 40 House

  House by Frank E. Peretti and Ted Dekker fulfills the category “Book with the Same Title as a Movie or TV show but is unrelated to it” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The novel is a haunted house adventure while the TV show is a fanfic of Sherlock Holmes and very awesome. It’s …

Book 39 Drama

  Drama by Raina Telgemeier fulfilled the prompt “Read a Banned Book During Banned Book Week Sept. 20-26” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The graphic novel was banned for three years in Texas for being explicitly sexual, and “promoting the homosexual agenda.” (Quotes from the Wiki article that quoted the ACLU of Texas.) Drama …

Book 38 Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami fulfills the category “Book Set in Japan” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. The book takes place in Tokyo. I have some things about this book. But starting with the prompt is best. The novel was a great choice for the prompt. Toru lives in Tokyo as a student. He …