Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

April/May 2018 reading - books 16 through 20

16. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll – classic childhood favorite(s) that have been adapted to death but still hold strong – I preferred the second book over the first simply because it wasn’t quite as thoroughly familiar
17. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler – dark mystery/thriller about a stolen photograph, a Finnish police investigator, and some despicable human beings – the mystery book club consensus was that we liked the main character but nobody is going to read any of the others in the series – for my part it was well written but had some unnecessary elements/dropped threads as well as a central clue that rested on a rather large coincidence
18. The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Raymond Kelsey Moore – a follow-up to The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat set five years later – also works as a standalone – I enjoyed catching up with these characters and meeting a few new ones – some hard times but also some LOL moments – themes of friendship and family, small towns and acceptance (or lack of it)
19. Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front by Mary Jennings Hegar – I expected dry and boring but got fascinating and compelling – the author faced family issues, implicit and explicit sexism, and injuries to become a successful helicopter pilot and then later lobbied for changes in the military’s policies about opening combat positions to women applicants
20. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – a dark and moody fairy tale set in 14th Century Russia in which a young girl with special abilities tries to save her family and village from larger powers
Tags: classic, fairy tales, family saga, mystery, thriller, women's studies

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