Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Reading Challenge

Auntie's 2016 Challenge:
* A book published in 2016: Death of a Nurse: M.C. Beaton
* A book you can finish in 1 day: World Food: Italy, Linda Doesser
* A book you've been meaning to read: Chomp, Carl Hiaasen  ★ ★ ★ ★
* A book recommended to you by a Librarian or Bookseller (not an online bookseller)
* A book you should have read in school, but didn't: The Little Prince,
* A book recommended by a spouse, partner, friend, relative, child, or sibling: French for Cats,
* A book published before you were born: Three Blind Mice & Other Stories, Christie
* A book that was banned at some point
* A book you put down & have never finished:

Shroud for a Nightingale: P.D. James ★ ★

Now I remember why I put this book down...  The opening was boring and I just didn't care but I needed a book for the challenge.....

Two young nursing students are murdered...  They were not particularly well liked and one was a self-righteous petty blackmailer.  Called in to  investigate Inspector Dagliesh has his work cut out for him..... for there are many other victims besides the two poisoned nurses and many people jousting for positions of power.

I couldn't keep the characters straight as many were on the peripheral and mentioned in passing and for the most part, I didn't care about the rest. They were not nice or likable people and I found Inspector Dagliesh tedious as well.

* A book  you've been meaning to read:

Chomp, Carl Hiaasen  ★ ★ ★ ★

What an enchanting read.....

I ♥ most all of Hiaasen's work: he's honest, irreverent, funny, and takes a look at real environmental issues.

Wahoo & his father have a wildlife rescue center in their backyard....  His father has recently suffered a concussion from a frozen iguana that fell out of a tree, and now has headaches & sees double.....

They are approached by a reality t.v. show that wants  to hire them & their alligator for an Everglades episode.

The star of the t.v. show is a total egotistical fake with ideas of grandeur.  While filming w/ Alice the tame alligator, the star decides to hop on Alice's back and ends up going for a wild ride...

Soon all are on their way to an Everglades tour site, with the addition of Tuna, a run-away schoolmate of Wahoo's whose father has blackened her eye.

When her father shows up, even more  madcap madness abounds.

Well written, fast  paced , and entertaining... a good read for pre-teens.
* A book you own but have yet to read
* A book that intimidates you
* A book you're already read at least onceA

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