Wow, look at where March went. My favorite month always ends too soon.
However, that means it’s time for another Required Reading post. :) Once again, here are the rules (one day I will make a separate page for this):
- The books should be read within the specified month
- These books should be in my TBR and not yet to be acquired
- These books cannot be used for any other reading challenges I am participating in.
But first, how did I do for March?
Despite my busy-ness for March (you would not believe how much we raaaaageeeed! at work the past month), I was able to do a bit better for this mini-challenge. I think I was more than determined to get through all the books? That, and I find that I had a lot of waiting time during the past month, especially when you had to sit for six hours straight in the salon chair for a hair rebond treatment). Here are the books I finished and reviewed:
- The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell – such a fun read. :) I love Damien.
- Storm Front by Jim Butcher – another book with such a fun hero voice. Finished this one real quick while waiting for my hair to dry before my birthday party. :D
- Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram – not exactly what I expected, but still enjoyable.
I still didn’t get to finish all four books for March, but I’m halfway through the last book (A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly) now and that’s so much better than how I did last February. :)
I think my problem with the books I pick for this challenge is I always pick books in print. I can usually juggle reading two books at a time if one of them is an ebook. However, 3 out of 4 books I chose are in print, and I find it hard to read two print books at the same time. That, and March had two releases I was really excited about, books that made me drop everything else I was reading just so I can read them. But still, it’s a pretty good month, IMHO.
Now for my Required Reading for April!
The month of April usually means two things for me: the start of summer and Holy Week. Last year’s Holy Week barely touched April, but this year, Holy Week is right smack in the middle of the month. I usually go offline during that week and pick a slightly difficult book to read because not being online means I have more time to tackle a hard-to-read book.
I would pick summery books this month, but Holy Week has more bearing for me than that, so this month’s Required Reading theme is all about faith.
- BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
- Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
- Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa, edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk
This is a pretty varied selection of books. Ted Dekker is usually a pretty fast (although far from light) read. I was browsing through The Screwtape Letters and it’s a short book, but knowing Lewis, it’s not going to be an easy read, either. Losing Faith is YA Contemporary, which should be a welcome break, and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now. The hardest, I think, would be Mother Teresa’s book. It’s my first non-fiction for a while, and I have a feeling I will cry with this book. I think I’ll reserve this one for Holy Week, when I’m offline.
I’m actually quite excited to tackle these books. :) I’m sure it won’t be easy, but if there was anything I learned about my faith in the past years, I know it’s been anything but. :)
What about you? Any specific books you’ve lined up for this month?
I like this idea of setting required reading. I tend to choose purely by whim, but I have a few books I really should have prioritised by now.
I always enjoy Ted dekker books but haven’t read that one yet.
I didn;t really like Losing Faith but kept reading until the end as it has so many great reviews. And I still didn;t like it by the end. Although I think I am the only person I know who didn;t like it, so, yeah :D
Good luck with getting through them :)
I realized that I haven’t been paying attention to the older books in TBR that’s why i set this up. I tend to go for the newer books first because of my excitement. :D
Ted Dekker is one of my favorites, but he writes faster than I can read! This is one of his “newer” ones, and by that I mean he wrote this within the last two years. He has 2 books after this, 2 more coming out this year. That man is a writing machine.
I bought Losing Faith because I heard it was a NaNoWriMo novel, so I got curious. :)
The Screwtape Letters!!! Do you have this in print copy? I have long been hunting for this at Booksale. No such luck as of now yet, though. I have a Ted Dekker on my TBR too (forgot the title, sorry) but it is not included in my to-read for this year, so…:(
I love this required reading challenge. I’m not doing pretty well in my own reading challenge but I think I have done fairly well compared to last year where I didn’t have any goals at all.
Always looking forward to your reviews. :)
Aw I have the ebook version of Screwtape. :) I remember seeing some copies of that in NBS in Galleria, but Lewis books are expensive — around P600+ each. The ebook version is cheaper by a little bit. :)
Thanks, Lynai! :)
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