2015 Reading Challenge: May and June

When I first saw the list of 52 books, I figured I could do it in a year. Averaging one book per week – pretty simple, right? As I began to work my way through the list, I began to see that I couldn’t just start at #1 and work my way through in numerical order. For starters, I wanted to save the book set during Christmas for, well, December. I read the books that were difficult to obtain or more specific first, and now I’m left with an interesting mix of literature to cross off my list: a book based entirely on its cover, a book with bad reviews… and that Christmas book I will end up reading sometime in August.

I am very nearly finished with the reading list I’ve adopted – I’m averaging 1.4 books per week! – only time will tell if and how I choose books will change forever. But I probably won’t write any more haiku reviews about them, so enjoy them while they last.

2015 Reading Challenge

Published by Riverhead Books, January 2015

Published by Riverhead Books, January 2015

A book recommended by a friend: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.

I love books that have

A flawed, human narrator

Like alcoholics.

If you see something

But you’re not sure what it means,

How much of it’s real?

This thrilling new book

Will become a hot movie,

Predicting this now.


Published by Dorling Kindersley, September 1992

Published by Dorling Kindersley, September 1992

A book with nonhuman characters: Dinotopia, by James Gurney.

I adored this book;

Humans coexisting with

Dinosaurs in peace.

Formatted like an

Explorer’s journal with notes:

Flora and fauna.

A great adventure,

The gorgeous illustrations

Won that year’s Hugo.


Published by Gotham, September 2012

Published by Gotham, September 2012

A book you own but have never read: Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown.

Gifted by my mom,

It sat on my shelves for years

through two or three moves.

Based on Brown’s TED Talk:

Dare to be vulnerable,

It’s how we grow bold.

I should have read this

As soon as I received it!

You were right, mother.


Published by Scribner, September 1996

Published by Scribner, September 1996

A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Dancing At the Rascal Fair, by Ivan Doig.

This beige-covered book

Spans several decades of life,

Thought it would be dull.

The homesteading life

Of Scottish immigrant friends

In harsh Montana.

Symbol on page six

Comes back around at the end,

So satisfying!


About lgaylord

Louisa believes in expanding horizons and learning - anything that broadens our minds beyond the here and now, allowing us to learn from the past and innovate for the future. She is particularly interested new and inventive methods of sustainability: city planning and green buildings, creating new objects from old trash, and ways that nature can provide examples for new materials and construction. She is also curious about new scientific breakthroughs, technology and discoveries, and how they will shape the future of consumerism and marketing. While science is important to advancing society, Louisa believes that music, education, art and culture are equally necessary, especially on a local community level.
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