2017 Reading Challenge Update VI

I am currently participating in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Throughout the year, I am hoping to do monthly(-ish) updates on my progress. Our little boy put me on a hiatus from updates the last few months so this is update SIX for the year so far. Obviously my reading has continued to be a bit slow since Asa's arrival, but I have finally been cleared to start exercising again so HELLO all the audiobooks again! I better start to hustle if I'm going to complete this challenge...

2017 Reading Challenge
A book recommended by a librarian (thanks Kate!): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
A book of letters: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Completed in May; 2/5 stars)
An audiobook: Prodigal God by Tim Keller (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book by a person of color: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (In Progress)
A book with one of the four seasons in the title: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
A book that is a story within a story:
A book with multiple authors:
An espionage thriller:
A book with a cat on the cover: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (Completed in March;  4/5 stars)
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling
A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read (horror): The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
A book by or about a person who has a disability: El Deafo by Cece Bell
A book involving travel:
A book with a subtitle: Banished: Surviving my years in Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book that's published in 2017: Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber 
A book involving a mythical creature:
A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile:
A book about food: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
A book with career advice: Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (In Progress)
A book from a nonhuman perspective:
A steampunk novel:
A book with a red spine: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set in the wilderness: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Completed in February; 3/5 stars)
A book you loved as a child: Chasing Rebird by Sharon Creech
A book by an author from a country you've never visited:
A book with a title that's a character's name:
A novel set during wartime:
A book with an unreliable narrator: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book with pictures: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Completed in March; 1/5 stars)
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Completed in February; 5/5 stars)
A book about an interesting woman: Handle with Care by Jodi Picot (Completed in April; 3/5 stars)
A book set in two different time periods:
A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (Completed in March; 3/5 stars)
A book set in a hotel:
A book written by someone you admire: Adnan's Story by Rabia Chadry 
A book that's becoming a movie in 2017: All the Bright Places (Completed in January; 2/5 stars)
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Completed in January; 4/5 stars)
The first book in a series you haven't read before: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
A book you bought on a trip:

A book recommended by an author you love: Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, recommended by Jodi Picoult
A bestseller from 2016:
A book with a family-member term in the title:
A book that takes place over a character's life span:
A book about an immigrant or refugee:
A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of:
A book with an eccentric character:
A book that's more than 800 pages:
A book you got from a used book sale:
A book that's been mentioned in another book: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (Completed in July; 2/5 stars)
A book about a difficult topic: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Completed in April; 2/5 stars)
A book based on mythology:

Books read in 2017: 20
Progress towards reading goal for the year: 20/50 (40%)
Progress towards reading challenge completion (excluding "Advanced"): 14/40 (35%)

I am still looking for recommendations for some of the prompts! You all have given me some great ones so far (and I'm still deciding which books to choose for a few of the prompts). I would love more recommendations!

Get a printout of the challenge HERE

P.S. You can always find my reviews by following along with me on Goodreads.



Our son Asa Wilder made his debut one week late on June 20th at 9:16pm weighing in at 7 pounds 4.7 ounces. Our family of three is doing great so far.

As I've mentioned before, I won't be sharing about him here, but I wanted to stop by and at least let you all know he arrived. Nearly a year ago we suffered a miscarriage, and this year we are feeling immensely grateful for this miracle babe. Thank you to all who prayed for us throughout this journey, we cannot be more thankful.


Adidas Ultra Boost X Running Shoes Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X Running Shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ladies, this one is for you.

Although there hasn't been much running happening on these fronts lately (hello, super pregnant), I have been able to walk a lot. The Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes have been a complete lifesaver. I'm not quite sure how to describe them, because they're unlike any other running shoe I have tried. There are two features that are particularly noteworthy: (1) the boost technology cushioning material and (2) the stretch web technology. Together, these produce a super responsive and lightweight shoe that I have become a pretty big fan of.

The shoes are a little strange the first time you wear them because they're kind of like compression shoes. They can be a little tough to get on because the fit so snugly (a feature I love). The stretch web technology means they grip your feet in all the right places but also offer a lot of comfort and air flow which is super important this time of year. The one thing I find tricky about these shoes is that when I take them off, the insoles tend to slip out because my foot was in there so tight. It isn't hard just to put the insole back in, but it can get slightly annoying.

I must also say that these shoes have been so kind to my swollen pregnant feet. Because of the mesh and their responsiveness, they work really well with how unpredictable my feet are lately. They're also great for a range of activities besides running, so if that isn't your thing, don't count yourself out. I can't wait to actually start running in them in a few months when I'm back to running again. 

Overall, I highly recommend these shoes. I would encourage you to head out to your nearest Dick's Sporting Goods store to try on a pair today. You want to make sure these shoes are right for you as they are a little unique!