2015 Reading Challenge Update [2]

The 2015 Reading Challenge that I am attempting to complete was originally posted on PopSugar. You can find my original post on it here. There are 50 books in total on the reading challenge, if you are a fast reader there is still plenty of time to join me!

Below you can find the last nine books that I have read for the list with links to the reviews that I have posted. You can find my post on the first eleven books here.

A Mystery or Thriller

As White As Snow

A Book Set In A Different Country

As Black As Ebony

A Non-Fiction Book

Despite the Best Intentions

A Book Based Entirely On Its Cover

loving day

A Book That You Can Read In A Day

Everything Everything

A Book You Own But Have Never Read

Every Day

A Trilogy

Legend Trilogy




A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book

The Color Purple

A Book Set Somewhere You Have Always Wanted To Visit

Drowning is Inevitable

I will post a review for this book closer to the date of publication.

I need your help! There are a few books on my list that I am having a hard time with. If you have any suggestions for any of them it would be greatly appreciated!

  • A Book With Non-Human Characters- Most of the books that I know with non-human characters are children’s books. I would really like an awesome book that I will enjoy.
  • A Book That Scares You- I don’t usually read scary books so I would love some suggestions.
  • A Book With Antonyms In The Title- This is just a tricky one.
  • A Graphic Novel- I have never read a comic book or graphic novel so I am not sure where to start.
  • A Book Set During Christmas- The only ones that I can think of are classics like A Christmas Carol. I am hoping to find something a little more modern, preferably young adult.
  • A Book Written By An Author With Your Same Initials- My initials are B.M.H. I am having an impossible time finding an author with the same initials. At this point I will take an author with any variation of my initials.

Are you participating in any reading challenges? Do you have any suggestions for me to read as part of my reading challenge? Let us know in the comments!

The Color Purple

The Color PurpleThe Color Purple

Written By: Alice Walker

Published By: Open Road

Read: July 17-18, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to Mister, a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

The Color Purple is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning book. It is on just about every list of books you must read in your lifetime. How do I review a book like that? How can I sit here and pretend that I am qualified enough to dissect and critique this book? The answer is easy, I can’t and I won’t. All I can do is tell you about my experience reading this book.

I decided to read this book for two reasons. I am doing the 2015 Reading Challenge and I needed to read a Pulitzer Prize winning book. The list to choose from is, obviously, limited. The Color Black stood out because I had seen in mentioned many times before. I have also been browsing lists of 100 books to read in your lifetime and this book was on every single list. As popular as this book seemed, I wasn’t sure that I would like it. I have found that sometimes the books on these lists can be boring and hard to read. This was not one of those books.

The story revolves around Celie, a poor, uneducated black woman in the 1930’s. Her story is heartbreaking. What makes it even worse is that it rings with so much truth. Her painful story is the story of so many woman of that time.

The book is written in letter format which really enhanced the reading experience. Each letter that Celie wrote showed a snapshot of her life. She originally wrote her letters to God and then after a turn of events that made her question her faith she began writing her letters to her sister Nettie. (A small portion of the letters are written from Nettie to Celie.) Since each letter told it’s own story I felt like not a single page was wasted. There was no filler and each word held meaning.

The Color Purple is so full of emotion. It tears your heart out and there isn’t a damn thing that you can do about it. It is so real and authentic and raw. This book easily makes the list of my favorite books of all time. I can not recommend that you read this book enough.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book

Recommended for Fans of: Historical Fiction and Classics

Suggested to Read Next: The Invention of Wings

Two Months

2 Months

brittanymariereads is two months old!

I have now been blogging for two months! Every day is more amazing than the last. The blogging community is by far the most welcoming group of people that I have come across. Never before have I been surrounded by so many like minded people. I feel so lucky to have met so many people who share my love of reading! You all inspire me with your passion for what you do. You push me to want to continue doing what I love and love what I am doing.

Thank You

Below are the blog stats for the second month of brittanymariereads.

In parenthesis are the total stats for brittanymariereads. 

  • 7 books reviewed (25 total)
  • 29 posts (59 total)
  • 159 comments (249 total)
  • 173 followers (366 total)
  • 534 likes (939 total)
  • 520 visitors (932 total)
  • 1,301 views (2220 total)

Life was crazy this month and I didn’t make reading and the blog as much of a priority as I would have liked to. But life happens and that’s okay. I will continue doing what I love and bringing you guys new posts as often as I can. As always, let me know if you have any suggestions for brittanymariereads. Feel free to comment or contact me directly at brittanymariereads@gmail.com!



Written By: Marie Lu

Published By: Putnam Juvenile

Read: July 11-14, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥

You can buy this book here.

Goodreads Synopsis

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

I have mixed feelings about Champion and the Legend series as a whole. In the never ending list of Dystopian novels these just sort of get lost somewhere in the middle. It was a good series, but it wasn’t amazing. The characters were well developed but I don’t feel attached to them. The author did a good job of world building but it didn’t feel new or unique. My final thoughts on the series are meh, it’s okay.

As far as Champion goes, it was a quick read. It was fast paced and laced with quite a bit of action. There was a lot going on with planning and strategy of the war. There were some new developments with the virus that also added to the plot. Everything seemed to lead right up to the end of the book which unfortunately felt anti-climatic. The ending seemed a bit rushed and as if she glazed right over all of the action. I was not a fan of the ending of the book. I was so disappointed with the direction that she took it. I was stunned! I kept thinking “Why are you doing this to me Marie?? You cruel, cruel woman.”. (Don’t worry she made up for it a little in the Epilogue.)

Reading this series won’t make your life any better or any worse. It is just another Dystopian series that falls in the middle of the pack. Marie Lu is a talented writer and I do plan to read her next series with the hope that it is a little more original and exciting.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Trilogy

Recommended for Fans of: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy and Science Fiction

Suggested to Read Next: The Young Elites

Top Ten Tuesday [7]

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession



Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Dreams of Gods and mOnsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You

All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places

The Color Purple

 The Color Purple

The Sister Pact

The Sister Pact

Readers of Broken Wheel

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Children's Home

The Children’s Home

What books have recently come into your possession? Have you read any of the books in my TTT list? Are you looking forward to any of them? Let us know in the comments!