Why My Goodreads Challenge is Lower This Year

It's January, so that means it's time to set this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. And this year, I'm aiming low. Two years ago, I was substitute teaching, and I read 80 books. This past year, I was teaching full time, and I managed to read 50 books. This year, I'll still be teaching full …

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The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

This was an excellent conclusion to Kelsea's story. The pacing was good, and I felt like the flashback scenes to the original settlement made more sense than the flashback scenes in The Invasion of the Tearling. I loved being able to rejoin this cast of characters, and I loved that the world was expanded even further.

The Lost Door by Steen Jones

Seven years after Eden learned the truth about her family and her heritage, she is preparing to let her daughter in on the secret. The plan was always to tell Gabby on her eighteenth birthday - but fate has other plans. When Eden goes missing after investigating some damage at the door to Palus in Brazil, it is up to Gabby to find her mother while learning the unbelievable - that this world is not the only one.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When ROZZUM unit 7134 is activated on the island, she has no way of knowing that she does not belong there. She's been programmed to learn, so she immediately begins to learn. She learns to find shelter and how to survive in the wild. But none of the things living on the island, Roz included, expected her to thrive in the wild.