2015 Reading Challenge: March and April

I found a list online of 50 types of books – 52 books in total (a trilogy only counts as one) – designed to get readers out of their comfort zones. I had the bright idea to read 1 book every week and check off every criteria on the list by the end of December 31, 2015. As someone who usually gravitates towards mysteries and memoirs, I was excited to try out genres like graphic novels, a book originally written in another language, or a book with magic or nonhuman characters.

So far, I am ahead of schedule: I’m working on book #28 – a book that became a movie. I’ve crafted more responses and reviews in haiku form, because, as the old chatterbox Polonius said, “brevity is the soul of wit.”

Published by Bantam, October 1980
Published by Bantam, October 1980

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Still Life With Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins.

Trapped by blackberries,

A post-modern fairy tale:

Redheads and outlaws.

Poetic language

Found in all Robbins’ novels,

And life’s mysteries.

Pyramids, the moon,

Royalty and Camel cigs.

I adore Robbins.


Published by Gallery Books, April 2015
Published by Gallery Books, April 2015

A book by an author with your same initials: Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova.

A family, caught

The unknowing of disease,

Three generations.

A strong cop, broken

As his grown children adjust

Their lives differently.

Beautifully written,

Powerfully emotive,

Recommend to all.

Published by Harper, May 2015
Published by Harper, May 2015

A book with a color in the title: Love is Red, by Sophie Jaff.

Serial killer

Stalks Katharine’s ancient soul,

Hunter v. hunted.

Such poetic prose:

Every color has a taste,

Feeling, emotion.

Student in New York,

Expected love triangle,

Unexpected end.

Published by Tor Fantasy, August 1996
Published by Tor Fantasy, June 1996

A book with more than 500 pages: Stone of Tears, by Terry Goodkind.

Part of a series,

The Seeker of Truth embarks

On an epic quest.

Wizards, swords, dragons,

Everyone’s jaw is chiseled.

Tale of adventure.

Not the best writing,

Almost a thousand pages,

A light summer read.

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