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2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #8 & Mini Reviews

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing my eighth progress update and set of mini reviews for the 6 books I've completed since my last update for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge.  I read 42 of 50 books for this challenge so far with only two more to go. Without further ado, here we go in the order I read them in:


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She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor is absolutely fascinating look into the lives of royal women in English history.  It took me a little bit to get into the style of this book, but once I did I realized just how intriguing and gripping each segment was.  My favorite section was the first part on Matilda.  I knew a little about the other women going in, but I knew nothing at all about her.  As it turns out that what we know about her life was quite interesting.  How her life ties into all of the other figures presented in one way or another is something else.  Finally, I'm glad there were family trees at the beginning of each section so we could see how they're all connected and that we got to see how they and their families were represented in art at the time.  If you enjoyed Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I have a feeling you'll want to pick up She-Wolves as well.

My review is also on Goodreads.



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It's always a good day when I get to read a Discworld novel.  Equal Rites (Discoworld #3) by Terry Pratchett does a fantastic job of breaking up fantasy and gender stereotypes in such a fun fashion.  I always enjoy seeing Granny Weatherwax and the Librarian.

My review is also on Goodreads.



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I think I was just expecting too much from One World Kill (Impossible Times #1) by Mark Lawrence. I mean, it's compared to Stranger Things meets Ready Player One after all and that's a big order to fill.  It just didn't come anywhere close to my expectations.  I don't think I'll be coming back for the rest of this series.

My review is also on Goodreads.



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Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh is a a brilliant sci-fi character study and is an absolute must-read.  I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters, their relationships, and seeing them grow over the course of the story.  It's also a pretty good as an alternate history read as well.  My only issue with the novel overall is that the middle drags a little too much.  I also wish we got to see more after the ending as well.  If you liked The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, I have a feeling you'll want to give this a try.  I'm looking forward to whatever Temi Oh writes in the future.

My review is also on Goodreads.



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It's been a while since I've started this series, but it was easy to jump right into Scott Pilgrim, Volume 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O'Malley.  I will admit that I'm glad I rewatched the movie recently.  It definitely helped get me in the spirit for the story.  It's fun to see how some scenes were adapted and changed, but how others almost exact replicas. Chris Evans was the perfect choice to bring Lucas Lee to life!


My review is also on Goodreads.



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I've been putting off Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown for quite awhile now. I was very nervous considering how much I loved the original trilogy. I'm glad I continued it though because Pierce Brown is back in style here. I didn't quite enjoy this as much but it still pulled me right in. This is also the first installment of the series that I've listened to on audiobook. I'll admit that the characters don't sound at all like what I was expecting, but the narrators still gave great performances.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Have your read any of these books?  Are you taking part in this challenge?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

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  1. Terra-Two is still one of my favorite SF books ever. I'm glad you loved it too😁

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    1. I can't wait to see what more the author will do in the future. Thanks for coming over, Tammy.

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  2. I feel you on Iron Gold. It took me a while to actually read it especially because I was also a bit worried at first with the new perspectives. But somehow it worked out well.

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