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Four Reading Challenge Reads for the Rest of April


Four Reads for the Remainder of April……


In my post for The Blood Strand, I indicated that I have currently read 18 books on a goal of 60 books. So to stay on pace I only need to read two more books before the end of the month. That should be doable! Here are four books that I am currently reading or plan to read over the next few weeks


Exit West - Mohsin Hamid


Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

One of my individual Reading Challenges is to read the Literature Reading Challenge. This challenge is to move me a little out of my comfort zone and challenges me to read books that I just don’t read. Knowing that I am not going to read a lot of general fiction the goal is to only read six books of this type. I have already read one All That Man Is by David Szalay.

One of the things that I always do when I do read literature is that I go and look at the Book Club questions regarding the book. I find that I seldom think about the book enough to answer the questions. I tend to read for the story itself and not the meaning behind the words. Maybe this time I will look at the book club questions before and while I am reading. Maybe that will work out a little better. Ya think!

Anyway, here is some info about the book, even though I believe it needs no introduction to most readers….

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Read More

The Lives of Tao - Wesley ChuThe Lives of Tao – Wesley Chu

Another of my Reading Challenges  is my Science Fiction Challenge. The goal of that challenge is also six books. I created this challenge a few years ago because I enjoy SciFi and often don’t read books from that genre.So the challenge is a way to encourage me to read more of science fiction books…

I have looked at this series for a while now and never started it. But I used some Christmas money to buy the Kindle version and have been enjoying it!

From Goodreads….

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes. Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…More 


The Nowhere Man - Gregg HurwitzThe Nowhere Man – Gregg Hurwitz

This is book two in the Orphan X series from Gregg Hurwitz. In Orphan X Hurwitz introduced Evan Smoak aka Orphan X. Taken from a group home at twelve Evan was trained to be a highly skilled off the books operative i.e. and assassin. But he left the program, disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man. As the Nowhere Man he helps save the truly desperate. His only charge is that they pass his name onto someone who is also truly desperate!

In Orphan X Evan is marked for elimination hunted by a  follow Orphan. In this installment Evan is captured drugged and held captive in a remote location in Switzerland. Can Evan escape from his virtual cage? or are the opposing numbers and resources too much even for Evan! I’ll put my money on Evan! But maybe he’ll need some help??? I don’t know!


The Fifth Element - Jorgen BrekkeThe Fifth Element (Odd Singsaker #3) – Jorgen Brekke

The Fifth Element is the third book in the Odd Singsker series from Jorgen Brekke. It was not on my pile of books to be read this month until I saw it at the library last week! Brekke;’s first two books Where Monsters Dwell and Dreamless were both terrific and I couldn’t pass up this latest when I saw it!

From Goodreads:

Police Inspector Odd Singsaker has been captured, imprisoned on an island off the Northern coast of Norway. He wakes to find himself holding a shotgun. Next to him is a corpse. But what events led him to this point? And how did he get here?

A few weeks earlier, Felicia, his wife, disappeared. Though he didn’t know it, she was trying to find her way back to Odd to reconcile, but then she vanished into a snowstorm. Possibly involved is a corrupt, coldblooded cop from Oslo, a devious college student who’s stolen a great deal of cocaine from drug dealers, and a hit man hired by the drug dealers who have been robbed. All of these lives intersect with Odd’s as he searches for Felicia. More

It’s been almost two years since I read Dreamless book two in this series. I had forgotten that Dreamless left meI wanting to know what was going to happen between Odd and Felicia! Looks like a book or two is going to take a back seat to this one!!