Snark with a Side of Cheeky (silentrequiem) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
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Books #89-92

89) The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien (Fantasy, 563 pages)
Finally done! Oddly enough, I liked the last bits of the book best, when everything was wrapping up. LOVED the battle for the Shire. I'm glad I read the entire book, but I didn't find myself blown away by it. I still find Fellowship entirely underwhelming, as well as half of The Two Towers. I liked the third volume the best, where you really see how the hobbits have grown. 4/5

90) Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (Current Events, 320 pages)
This is an absolutely amazing book that outlined various injustices around the world towards women, from sex trafficking/slavery, to inequity in education, to lack of maternal and infant health care. The authors stage these issues not solely as women issues, but as human rights issues, and then offers stories of how individual women have risen out of oppression on their own or through the help of others. A very inspiring book. You can find out more about the movement here. 4.5/5

91) Heat Wave by Richard Castle (Mystery/Media Tie-in, 320 pages)
If you're a fan of the TV show Castle, then you know that the show's main character has been working on a mystery novel. ABC has actually published it. This has to be the neatest promotional tie-in to a TV show I've ever seen. I loved this. Lots of fun to draw similarities between the book and the show, plus it's a good read to boot! Major kudos to the ghost writer for a fantastic job. Less kudos for the copy editors who allowed a number of mistakes through, but "Richard Castle" explains on Twitter that his publisher ex-wife sent the book to print without copyediting. 4/5

92) Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita (YA Chick-Lit, 256 pages)
Teen Hollywood star Kaitlin Burke is burned out and wants to be normal. So while her TV show is on hiatus, she disguises herself and enrolls into high school. I started reading this because it seemed it would be a nice, quick diversion after the more serious stuff I've been reading. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. It's not very deep (it's YA chick-lit, so not surprising) but still very enjoyable. I really enjoyed the divergence from normal "celeb" novels by having the celebrity be the POV character. (I read the entire book online for free at the publisher's website.) 3.5/5

Tags: chicklit, current events, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, young adult

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