ABC Reads // Third Update

The end of the year is quickly approaching and we only have a few months to finish out the ABC Reads challenge hosted by my friend Mia. I’m doing fairly well with the challenge, so I’m sure I’ll be able to finish by the end of the year. For most of the year I was able to just read and check letters off the alphabet. Last month I knew I needed to be a little more intentional, so I checked what letters I still needed to complete when picking out a new book to read. Now, I need to plan things out a bit more as I’m getting to the XYZ’s. Well, mostly the X. I think I know what I’ll be reading for that one, but I’m definitely open for suggestions if you have them!

An update on the ABC Reads Challenge. //

I’m able to cross two letters off the list for this update!

F // Fracture, by Megan Miranda [Completed October 2016]

Delaney defies the odds and doctor’s expectations after being trapped under ice without oxygen for eleven minutes by walking out of the hospital alive and well… and with the ability to foretell a death.

I’ve wanted to read this for a while, ever since I read Hysteria. I don’t know why it took me this long to get to it, because it’s been sitting on my Kindle since then too, but when I was looking for a quick book to read and I needed to get to read a book that starts with “F” for this challenge I knew this would be the one.

And, of course, I loved it. As with Hysteria, it’s not on my list of favorites, but whenever I see a new book by Megan Miranda I always take note and I’d definitely recommend it if it’s a book that sounds interesting to you.

I thought Fracture was a little slow at the beginning and I didn’t always like Delaney, but I definitely felt for her and the implications of her new ability. I’d say the last half of the novel is where I really fell in love. The pacing was good, there was a lot of tension and I was riveted. I also read the short story told from Delaney’s best friend’s point of view, about the eleven minutes that she was underwater and I absolutely loved that as well!

I saw that there’s a second book and that one sounds even better, so as soon as I finish a few books that I need to read right away I’ll check that one out.

N // Natchez Burning, by Greg Iles [Completed September 2016]

I received this one for review and wrote a blog post about it, so if you haven’t read it yet and are interested in what I thought, you can check it out!

And here are the letters that I still need to get to in order to complete the challenge: J, Q, U, V, X, Y, Z. Obviously, this will require a little more planning now, but I think I know what I’m reading for the rest of the letters now. I’m not attached to my ideas for Q and X, though, so you can definitely recommend any good books you have that would fit those letters. I’m always willing to take recommendations for the others as well. 🙂

What have you read recently?

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  • Reply
    Sarah Prince
    October 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Wow, what a tough goal, bu awesome! Right now I’m reading The Compound Effect and Ultimate Power, two great self-help books. I’m just eating them up.

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      October 13, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Yeah, it’s been fun, but definitely requires more thought now that I’m nearing the harder letters of the alphabet. 🙂 I should look into those. That’s a genre I haven’t explored much.

  • Reply
    October 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    You had me at quick read 🙂 Actually all of the books I’ve been picking up lately are anything but, making my 1 book a week quite a challenge! Will look for Fracture; thanks for the recommendation! XOXO

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      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      October 13, 2016 at 8:08 am

      I’ve read some hefty books recently, too! Good ones… but still quite big. 🙂 Fast reads are always appreciated, especially when mixed in with longer ones. I hope you enjoy it if you read it! 🙂

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    October 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Yay, thanks so much for joining us, Crystal!

    • Reply
      Crystal // Dreams, etc.
      October 13, 2016 at 8:07 am

      It’s been fun! 🙂

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