Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)

Hello all!

My second book of The Challenge was another joy to read. It’s always difficult for different generations to understand each other. What’s frustrating is when the two people (mother-daughter in the case of Divine Secrets) literally shared each other’s body at one point. It feels like that understanding should come easier. That’s the complexity of mother-daughter relationships that this book explores, to a maddening, heart-wrenching, lovely, exquisite degree. So, without further ado, here is my second selection for my Fifty Book Challenge:

Title: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Author: Rebecca Wells

Page count: 449

The two main characters in this book are Sidda and her mom Vivi. The “present time” in this book is the early 1990s, when Sidda is a middle-aged adult. The title comes from a scrapbook that Vivi lends Sidda, entitled “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” The Ya-Yas are Vivi and her three best girlfriends (Teensy, Caro, and Necie) from childhood.

Divine Secrets takes its reader into the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, brimming with poetic descriptions Continue reading “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (#2/50)”

The Invasion of the Tearling (#1/50)

So I did end up reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but I started it right after I put up my last post. And seeing as it is the shortest in the series, I finished it before the end of 2015. Then, I realized I still had a couple books I’d picked up from the library and decided those were a more pressing priority. Because due dates. The rest of HP will come later, but for now, here is my first selection for my 50 Book Challenge:

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Page count: 511

This book is actually the second in a trilogy. It follows The Queen of the Tearling, which was also fabulous. Go read it. Like The Queen, Continue reading “The Invasion of the Tearling (#1/50)”

The One With the Fifty Book Challenge

I heard from a couple of my favorite Youtube vloggers – Rosianna Halse Rojas and Hannah Witton – about this thing called the “Fifty Book Challenge.” And I’m not usually one to do New Year’s Resolutions, but the timing was just so perfect. So…let it commence! On January 1st, 2016, I will begin this Challenge and let you know how it goes. Here are The Rules:

  1. No more than half of the books can be re-reads. While there are some books that need only be read once, I firmly believe there are other books that must be read more than once to properly absorb the message. At the same time, this is a Challenge, and what is more challenging to one’s mind than introducing it to new ideas?
  2. At least half of the books should be by women, and at least a quarter of the books should be by people of color. (Obviously, there will end up being some overlap when the author is a woman of color.) Telling stories about and from diverse perspectives matters; this is how you come to know and understand people who are different from yourself. (WNDB) In the United States, at least, the literature that populates our school curriculums, award lists, and “Top 10” lists is largely male and white. I am going to be intentional about expanding beyond that.


There it is. I’ve put the commitment into published words for the world to see, so there’s no backing out now.

I may change this as I go along, but I think I’ll structure each post into three parts: Overview/Summary, My Opinion, and a Favorite Quote. I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers, but if there’s anything I must include for my commentary to make sense, I’ll clearly mark it (SPOILER ALERT!!!).

My first book is going to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling). I know it’s probably not a new one for you, but it’s been SO long since I’ve read them, that it’s high time for a refresher. Prepare yourselves for plenty of puns. This selection will help me with Rule #2 but put quite a dent in Rule #1, seeing as there are seven books, and I’ve read them all. (If you have not read the Harry Potter books, you need to climb out from under your rock, and go do that now. I’ll wait right here until you’re done…)