February Popsugar and Classic Book Challenge Update

So this month, I read:

Looking for Alaska by John Green which was A Popular Author’s First Book.  Five stars!

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck which was my February Classic and Pulitzer Prize Winning Book.  5 Stars!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley which was my A Book Set in a Different Country.  5 Stars!


The Pearl by John Steinbeck which was a second classic challenge and A Book that Became a Movie. 5 Stars!


The Pearl and The Grapes of Wrath are difficult and powerful books.  Damn it!  Both books have SPOILERS dead babies.  I freaking hate that.  But man he was an amazing writer.  He knocks my writer and reader socks off.  And he is POWERFUL with how me puts his stories together.  I’d love to have lunch with the man.  Talk about writer crush.  So looking forward to reading more by him.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley which was the Book Set Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted to Visit.  4 Stars!


The Weed is the second of the Flavia de Luce books which I heart.  I had been reading them each time the new one came out.  Then an event occurred in the series which I wasn’t excited about and I didn’t read that one.  The reviews of that particular book are good, so I’ve decided to jump back in, re-read the first and carry through to the end. You’ll be seeing the rest of the series (probably) as I plan to plow through, at the minimum, the book I hesitated to read.  I don’t want to spoiler it for anyone if you’re interested in the series.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin which was the Book I Was Supposed to Read in School but Didn’t.  2 Stars!  This is a rebellious little and I didn’t really care for it in the end, but neither did I care for it in the beginning or middle. (It also ruined my good run of excellent, excellent books.  😦 )


I chased the above with Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome.  I chose it for my book A Funny Book which I assumed I’d love based off of the review that it was like Wodehouse–who is hilarious and I heart that writer to pieces.  Plus Martin K. Jarvis read it and he’s my favorite book reader.  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Still reading that one.  🙂

It’s been fun, oddly, to choose books with a random reason to read them.  I have enjoyed it so much I’m thinking of continuing in the same style and making my continued “Popsugar Challenge.”  We’ll see.  First let’s accomplish this one.  Things that are likely ahead but who the heck knows….

More Flave!

Travels with Charley by Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick



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