What I’m Reading: Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl

My first post for my 2016 Reading Challenge.  Yes, I am off to a very slow start.  I’ve had some issues with my eye glasses and reading has been pretty laborious for me.  Things seem to be slightly better.

This year’s reading challenge comes from PopSugar.  You can find it here.   This one is fewer books that last year’s, but I do see some categories that I am just not looking forward to reading!  But, I suppose that’s the point, isn’t it?  To read things other than what you’d normally pull off the shelf.  Once again, I try to do these with spending as little money as possible and making my way through the tons of books I already own.   I’ll let you know with each book how I obtained the book.   Last year I used Oyster quite a bit.  They have since shut down.   Any suggestions you have for a book lender, please let me know!

YA Bestseller: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – borrowed from library

This is a book that has been made in to a film.   I haven’t seen the film, but I can imagine that it’s a really good set up from book to film.

This book deals with a lot of struggles of the high school life.  It also deals with things no high schooler should have to experience (hence: the dying girl).   It is powerful and emotional, but done in a way that does not offend the reader.   As a teacher, I am glad a book like this exists.  As a reader who enjoys a good book, I’m glad this book exists.

I am not sure if I will watch the movie; I assume I’ll catch it on Netflix at some point.  But, I am glad I read the book.


Reading Challenge 2016 (with some possible thoughts of what I may read):





  • A book based on a fairy tale: The Sleeper and the Spindle
  • A National Book Award winner
  • A book you haven’t read since high school: Fahrenheit 451
  • A book set in your home state
  • A book translated into English: The Alchemist (currently reading)
  • A romance set in the future
  • A book set in Europe: I think I’ll do something by Maeve Binchy
  • A book that’s under 150 pages
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Pride + Prejudice + Zombies
  • A book recommendation by someone you just met
  • A self-improvement book: Scary Close
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book written by a celebrity
  • A political memoir (yuck!)
  • A book at least 100 years older than you: I have a few I’m thinking about here
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages
  • A book from Oprah’s Book Club: She’s Come Undone (currently reading)
  • A science-fiction novel
  • A book recommended by a family member
  • A graphic novel
  • A book that is published in 2016
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
  • A book that takes place during summer
  • A book that takes place on an island
  • A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy
  • A book and its prequel
  • A murder mystery
  • A book written by a comedian: Furiously Happy
  • A dystopian novel
  • A book with a blue cover
  • A book of poetry: The Night (currently reading)
  • The first book you see in a bookstore: After Alice
  • A classic from the 20th Century
  • A book from the library
  • An autobiography
  • A book about a road trip
  • A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  • A satirical book

Are you trying a reading challenge this year?  Tell me about it.  Do you have any book recommendations for any of these categories?

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