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Popsugar Book Challenge Update Part Another

Popsugar Book Challenge so far….

A book with more than 500 pages  — Can You Forgive Her? By Anthony Trollope

A classic romance – The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

A mystery or thriller – A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer

A popular author’s first book —  Looking for Alaska by John Green

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

A book at the bottom of your to-read list — The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A book you can finish in a day — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

A book with antonyms in the name — The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

A book with a color in the title — Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

A banned book – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A book of man-cheese – Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

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Classic Novel a Month Goal

January –  Can You Forgive Her? By Anthony Trollope, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

February –  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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I’m currently reading The Grapes of Wrath.  It was a hard choice what to read as far as Pulitzer Prize Winner’s go and I’m thinking very seriously of reading Lonesome Dove and The Caine Mutiny simply because I was shocked that they were in the list.

It’s somewhat weird to read books not by what I would randomly choose to read next but to narrow down to some arbitrary category and then find something I think I could tolerate.  For example, the Pulitzer Prize choice was pretty difficult choice to make–given that my reading time is so limited.  The only books I’ve been reading in print lately are board books for my toddlers.  They’re big fans of the superhero ones (my son) and the tiny 3 inch by 3 inch ones (my daughter).  She likes the size more than what is in there, but she’s got some pony ones coming simply because I love her and she loves them.  My son has Superman Fights for Truth! coming for the same reason.  And more importantly, I love how each of them curls up on either side and loves it when I read whatever they bring me to read them.

Anyhoosen.

I’m working through my Snow White edits.  I find with each rewrite that I love the story more.  And the act of writing ever more.  I always told myself stories and worked out little worlds and characters in my head.  Sometimes when I go to sleep, I sink into one of those stories and when I am very lucky, dream in that world.

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There is a magic in stories whether you’re tiny, like my son, and telling me stories of laser sharks that shoot down airplanes for breakfast or my daughter whose imagination is set running by Elsa and magic and Olaf.

I love the magical new worlds and the joy of reading and writing

~Amanda

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