Can you believe we just wrapped up our second week of the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults?
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I just returned from a semi-vacation in Louisiana (staying with the parents). I had a tough time putting in my 15 minutes a day at first. We had family time during daylight hours and then the glow of my laptop screen kept me up while I worked (and binged watched Betas). I was in between books and my brain just didn’t want to start a new one. Instead, I organized my e-galleys and e-books on my Kindle by publication date. That means I’m truly a book nerd, doesn’t it?
After organizing my e-books, I rediscovered my galley of The Pearl that Broke Its Shell a novel by Nadia Hashimi. Stories like this make it so hard to stop reading. Luckily I had plenty of time at the airport yesterday to finish it. The novel is about an Afghani girl who becomes a boy through the tradition of “bacha posh” because her family has no sons. For years Rahima is dressed like a boy, played like a boy, and goes to school as a boy. Soon “he” is returned to a girl and forced into marriage. The novel is powerful and heartbreaking but I never stopped rooting for Rahima. I highly recommend it. In fact, the Kindle version of the The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is currently $1.99 so you have no excuse not to read it!
Next up is a re-read of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It’s the From Left to Write book club pick for this month. If you’re a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, make sure to enter the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes for an awesome prize. All in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary.
Enough about me. I love reading your updates and seeing your tweets and Instagrams throughout the challenge. Keep them coming and make sure to tag them #FL2WSummer! Looking for a book recommendation? Nancy at The Real Nani shares why she’s now an Ann Patchett fan.
It’s your turn! Share in the comments how you’re doing. Then enter this week’s giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This week you have a chance to win One Plus One by Jojo Moyes or Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans by David Barrie.
Due to being on vacation, I was late notifying the winners of last week’s giveaway. I just sent the emails this morning. Once the winners have confirmed, I’ll announce it.