June Reading Challenge Recap

2016 Reading Challenge

This month marks the halfway point of this year’s reading challenge! I wish I could high-five each and every one of you! I hope you’re finding this challenge to be rewarding and fun – I know I sure am!

The challenge this month was to read a book you have no interest in reading that, either, everyone around you seems to love (i.e. Harry Potter, Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.) or that someone has recommended to you.

My pick


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Even though this book has amazing reviews and over 4,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, I had no desire to read it. Have you ever wondered what your pets were thinking? The Art of Racing in the Rain answers that question. The story is told through the eyes of a dog, as he reflects on his life. He tells stories about his owner’s life: the man gets married, has a daughter, has marital issues, health issues, success in his career and some low times, too. The book definitely has a melancholy feeling to it. The dog narrator was very lovable, though, and it made me look at my own dog with fresh appreciation and love. In my opinion, the story itself was just ok, but the ending had a huge payoff and might have been one of the sweetest endings that I’ve ever read. Overall, even though I didn’t love it, I’m glad I read it.

Your Turn: Tell us in the comments below about your pick and your thoughts on it! Did you love it? Hate it? Are you glad you read it? Did it live up to the hype?

7 thoughts on “June Reading Challenge Recap

  1. Well, I switched my original choice and read Night by Elie Wiesel. I have heard too much hype about this book so I just assumed it couldn’t live up to that reputation. I hate to say this about such a harrowing experience, but it wasn’t my favorite WWII story. Similar to you, I didn’t love it but I guess I’m glad I at least read it.

    Also, I had a similar experience with The Art of Racing in the Rain. The ending made up for any low points throughout the story.

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    • Funny, I’ve NEVER heard of Night. I looked it up on Amazon and -wow- sounds like an intense story. Maybe something was lost in translation? I know that happens sometimes when books are translated into English.


  2. I ended up switching to A Game of Thrones… Long story. I’m still only on page 45. I can not get into it. But I am going to soldier on and finish it, however, it might take a while…hahaha. I’m not a fantasy fan at all and this is just to much for me. I also don’t like how each chapter is about a character. I have to keep going back to see who this person was or what they were doing last time we met…sigh… I don’t get all the excitement… Guess I have to find a way to watch the show some time…hahaha


    • I used to power through books but now I give them until page 50 to “grab” me and, if not, I stop reading. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there. I applaud your efforts though!

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      • Yeah, I’m not sure I’ll make it, but we shall see. I said the same thing about Twilight and I ended up reading them all… why? I have no idea!! Sigh… hahaha… Last night I looked at the book and decided to do my nails instead… ha! Maybe I’ll give it a go tonight 😉


  3. I read The Maze Runner and Son of Hamas and enjoyed them both. I had heard people talking about The Maze Runner and they made the movies, but for some reason it never appealed to me. This is surprising, because I generally love dystopian future books. So it seemed this series was made for this challenge. Overall I enjoyed it and am half way done with the second book, but it isn’t my favorite of the genre by any means. Still good though if you want an easy read. My second book, Son of Hamas was recommended to me by a friend a few years ago and although it sounded interesting I could never quite make my way to reading it. I’m glad I did though. It was very interesting and provided a unique perspective to the Israel / Palestine conflict. Again overall two good books that I’m glad to have read.


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