Books 1-5 (2018 Reading Challenge)

1) Playing For Keeps by R.L. Mathewson


I started this on December 31, and finished it on January 2. I was looking for some light chick-lit to read over the holidays, and this is what I landed on.

I’ve read my fair share of chick-lit and contemporary romance, but I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. It’s funny, silly, and perfect light summer reading. I breezed through it in under a week, while just lying in my backyard and trying not to fall asleep in the sun.

I rated it 4 stars. Chick-lit is a fun genre, I like to pick it up every now and then. It’s light and easy to read. Perfect light reading, but I don’t think I’d ever pick it up again.

2) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


I read this from January 1 to January 9. It was recommended to me by Goodreads.

I have so many thoughts about this book. My mind was just swirling thoughts, and I went through so many emotions. The main character, Starr, is written so well. Her character goes through so much, and like the quote says, her voice is her weapon in this situation. This is one of those books that you have to read, it’s so relevant in this current time, and so well-written.

I rated it 5 stars. It was a really powerful read, and at times, I felt the need to put it down just to process what was happening.

3) Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham


I read this from January 9 to January 16. Another book that was recommended to me from Goodreads.

I’m a huge fan of Lauren Graham. Mostly because of Gilmore Girls. I love that show, and the more I ‘researched’ into Lauren Graham, the more I was convinced she really was Lorelei in real life. A big part of the book talks about her time during Gilmore Girls, including the revival, so that alone made me love the book. The rest were anecdotal little stories and advice, that just made me happy. The book is fighting for the spot of my favourite biography, alongside Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.

I rated 5 stars. Lauren Graham is awesome! I still pick it up every now and then to read snippets, just for a pick me up!

4) One Of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus


I read this from January 17- 19. I’d heard about this through other blogger’s recommendation.

I had seen this book floating around, and after reading about the general plot, I was intrigued. It’s like The Breakfast Club but with murder. The book is written well, it’s fun, easy to read, but still filled with intrigue. The books jump perspectives from each of the four main characters. I love that the characters are each given time to grow, and to see what’s happening. As the story went on, the twists kept coming, and I couldn’t put the book down.

I rated 5 stars. Any book that is almost read in one day, will be given a 5 star rating. I was so hooked! I hope she does another book, as I would love to read more from her.

5) Astrophysics for People in A Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson


This took me the longest out of the five books. I read it from January 19, and finished it a month later on February 19.

I love Neil deGrasse Tyson in general, he’s cool. Space and the universe in general fascinates me, but it also confuses me. In this book, Neil discusses things from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. It was a lot to process for me, and I had to read parts multiple times. I’ve read it once, but I think I’ll need to read it a few more times to really start to wrap my head around this. If you have a love of Astrophysics, definitely give this a read!

I rated this 4 stars. Don’t get me wrong,  I loved this book. But it’s just hard for me to wrap my head around, so I can’t give it that perfect 5 star rating.

Those are the first five books I’ve read as part of the 2018 Reading Challenge. My end goal is 30 books, so I’m already well on the way!

Have you read any of these books? What books have you read lately?


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  1. Oohhh l love book reviews!! Can’t wait to read some of these!

    1. Me too! They always give me some great recommendations of future books to read 😀

  2. Such great books and I love how different they all are! Happy reading beauty! <3

    1. Thanks Kate! I do like to jump around with book genres 😀

  3. I didn’t read any of these, I have to say. I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s Inferno, I read it more than year ago and decided to read it again, because I love Dan Brown. Lately I read Nelson DeMille – The Quest, was super impressed with a book, totally enjoyed it. xx

    1. That’s alright! I’ve heard of Inferno, but I haven’t read it before. Is it part of the Angels & Demons series, or was it Da Vinci Code? I know he’s done those too 😀

      1. This one isn’t part of any series, it’s independent story. He did many amazing books, but Angels and Demons and Da Vinci code series are the most popular. xx

        1. Oh cool, I didn’t know it was an independent one! I’ll add it to my to be read list 😀

  4. I saved The Hate U Give after seeing it on your goodreads. I can’t wait to dive in to it! xx

    1. Ooh yes! It’s such a good book! I hope you get to read it soon 🙂

  5. I haven’t read any of these, but they all sound intriguing (: great job with this post!

    1. Thank you! They’re all great books, I recommend them 🙂

  6. I haven’t read any of these books but I am for sure going to read The Hate U Give as soon as I get my hands on it! Then name of it already sounds so relevant and makes me want to read it ☺️ Great reviews!!

    1. The Hate U Give is definitely one to read! It’s so relevant and powerful!
      Thanks Jasmin! 😀

  7. Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what everyone is reading 🙂 xo

    1. I’m glad you liked it! I always like knowing what others are reading too! ?

  8. The Hate U Give and One Of Us Is Lying is on my reading list. Every time I go to the bookstore I eye them. But I pick others over them. I’m interested in One Of Us Is Lying because it kind of reminds me of Pretty Little Liars which I loved. I also enjoyed The Breakfast Club so I think I’ll like it when I do get around to reading it.✨

    1. One of Us is Lying was so goood! It definitely has a Pretty Little Liars vibe with all the lying and twists and turns. Also, the characters are so reminiscent of The Breakfast Club. It’s also written so well! I really recommend it 😀

  9. I might check out that Astrophysics book 🙂

    1. Ooh you should! It was so interesting!

  10. One of us is lying sounds very intriguing because i love the breakfast club lmao. And astrophysics for people in a hurry is a book I’ve been wanting to buy since he promoted it when he was on a podcast I listen to from time to time. I’ve also taken 3 terms of astronomy in college so I remember a lot of what I learned and would be interesting to see if he goes more in depth.

    1. I loved One of Us is Lying! It was so much fun to read, I always love a good mystery!
      The Astrophysics book was really interesting! I don’t know much about astronomy, so I felt like I was learning so much just from reading the book! 😀

      1. Learning about the universe is such an awesome thing. It doesn’t make you feel small and insignificant, in fact, I feel like it almost makes you feel like you didn’t happen by accident, like there’s more to life than what we are doing right here right now. I love the night sky, the stars and everything, so I personally cannot help but contemplate on how grand life is and what all could be out there at this very moment. And how fast the universe is expanding. Just the greatest thing ever lol. As you can tell I’m pretty passionate about it lol. It really opened my mind to many things ?

  11. Aw YAY I’m so happy you gave both The Hate U Give and One Of Us Is Lying 5 stars! I haven’t read THUG yet but I plan to very soon. It’s such an important read and it’s been on the NYT bestseller list for the entire year it has been published—very well deserved imo! I hope you read some more awesome books next <3

    1. They were both such amazing books! I’m so glad I decided to read both. THUG was incredible, as definitely so relevant. I’ve slowed down on reading a little recently but there’s still so many books I want to read ?

  12. They all sound like interesting reads, will definitely give them a read, thank you for sharing.
    Came across these books the other day and they look like fantastic reads even though they are non-fiction.

    1. I’m glad you liked the post! Non-fiction can be a really fun read as well if you’re really interested in the topic 🙂

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