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Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - September Update: The Bluest Eye & A Million Little Pieces

It's already the end of September- meaning 18 of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read an assigned book you hated (or never finished) and an Oprah Book Club selection.  For the tasks, I selected The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and A Million Little Pieces by James Frey respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for October:

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This was the first Toni Morrison I read for 10th grade English while I was in high school. I couldn't get into at the time - and I think a good chunk of that had to do with how the story and it's difficult subjects were handled in a classroom setting. Now that I can say I've read it again for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge (an assigned book you hated or never finished), I could definitely appreciate it more. Since I read this novel the first time around, I've had more experience with Morrison, even on a college level, so I was more prepared for the novel this time around. I wouldn't quite say I liked it, but I still found it worthwhile.

I read this novel from September 8 - 9, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Going into James Frey's A Million Little Pieces I thought I'd be prepared - I remember what happened with him on Oprah and all that. By reading it now rather than back then I wasn't bothered so much by the fact that this "memoir" is fictionalized. Knowing about the fact that details and major parts were "embellished" didn't bother me. Though I was really irritated while reading the entire book - to be honest I skimmed it - and some of that has to do with the situations the "author" has gotten himself into in general. A good chunk of it though comes from the style. I mean, I like the idea of stream of consciousness inside the head of an addict, but I didn't actually like how it turned out. There's a lot of repetition, random capitalization of nouns, few chapter or section breaks, and there are no quotation marks. It's kind of difficult to follow, especially if you're just trying to keep track of who is supposed to be speaking and when. Overall, I'm glad I didn't read this a decade ago or I would have been really upset!

I read this book from September 5 - 6, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For October:

A book of genre fiction in translation 

My choice: Handling the Dead by John Ajvide Lindqvist - I've been meaning to read this zombie novel from the author of Let the Right One In for ages.  Better late than never!

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series 

My choice: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers - I have no idea why I haven't already started in on this series, but it sounds exactly like the kind of historical fantasy I'd enjoy.

Have you read any of these books?  If so, what did you think of them.  As always, thanks for visiting and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. I commend you for revisiting a book you did not enjoy the first time. I guess it's good that you could look at it with a little different perspective. I have heard good things about His Fair Assassin. I hope your next two challenge books are better.

  2. I really enjoyed Handling the Undead! Not quite as much as Let the Right One In, but still really good 😀

    1. Good to know - Let the Right One In is one of my favorites. :)

  3. Oh my gosh! You're so close to finishing this challenge! Congrats!!

  4. Oh, oh, oh... Dancing with glee!! You must read the His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin LaFevers!! I've read and reviewed all three novels on my book blog and they are all phenomenal... I've heard that Robin LaFevers is coming out with new duology in February 2019.

    1. I'll be starting in on it soon! I can't wait to try it. :)


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