2018 Reading Challenge

In 2017, I read a total of 22 books and ended up reviewing 17 of those. Some of the books I read were chunky textbooks while others were short enough to read in one sitting. My goal for 2018 is to not only surpass the total of books I read last year but to also read more lengthy novels. Ultimately, within 12 months I would like to read at least 25 novels.

Challenge yourself and read more this year!


The Norton Introduction to Literature: Shorter 12th Edition

4 out of 5 stars

The Norton Introduction to Literature with 2016 MLA Update: Shorter 12th Edition

By: Kelly J. Mays

the norton introduction to literature  Synopsis: The shorter twelfth edition of this book by Kelly J Mays covered fiction, poetry, drama, how to wrote a research paper, and historical contexts.

Pro: Numerous examples of different types of genres of literature were given in this edition. If you are wanting an entire collection of great examples this may be the book for you or your class. The format of this book was easy to follow and understand. The sections within this book labeled as “suggestions for writing” had thought-provoking questions related to the text for students or other readers for which they could draw ideas. This is a rather lengthy book to get through for a one-semester class, but it is possible to read the entire collection in that timespan. I would definitely recommend this book for college English classes.

Con: Prepare for tons of gloomy stories about divorce, abortion, death, outdated gender roles, being a prisoner like in “The House of Asterion”, and arson like in “Barn Burning”. The majority of the stories I read in my English II class were on these topics.

Foundations of College Chemistry: 15th Edition

4 out of 5 stars

Foundations of College Chemistry Fifteenth Edition with Wiley Plus

By: Hein, Arena, Willard

foundations of college chemistry 15th edition  Synopsis: This college chemistry book has 20 chapters; significant figures, converting measurements, naming of elements and compounds, properties of matter, early and modern atomic theory and structure, writing formulas for various compounds, finding molar mass and percent composition of compounds, writing and calculating chemical equations, and gas laws are a few of the many topics covered.

Pro: This is a very comprehensive book for an intro course in chemistry. Every chapter is full of practice problems along with a chapter review full of more practice. If you buy WileyPlus, more examples are given for each type of problem you need. WileyPlus also has a personalized learning dashboard that will keep track of your progress for every chapter.

Con: This book dives straight into practice problems and ignores the conceptual side of chemistry. Only selected practice problems in the review have answers to them and some answers for the problems within the chapters only can be found in Wiley. So, if a student does not buy Wiley, many of these practice problems are useless.

Ours Brun Dis-Moi

2 out of 5 stars

Ours Brun Dis-Moi 

By: Eric Carle

ours brun, dis moi  Pro: This is a simple book that helps children learn their colors and some animals. I would recommend this book to much younger children maybe 2 or 3-year-olds. There is an English and French version.

Con: The illustrations were somewhat mediocre. The book is extremely repetitive and is not meant for children much older than toddlers.

La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous

4 out of 5 stars

La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous

By Eric Carle

La chenille qui fait des trous  Pro: The illustrations are nice and help kids and/or language learners follow along. This book can be educational in the sense that it goes through the caterpillar’s life cycle.

Con: If you enjoy; twists, conflict, or lengthy novels, then, this probably isn’t the book for you. It has a very simple storyline which depending on the reader can be good or bad.


The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

2 out of 5 stars

the secrets of people who never get sick cover  Pro: This book contains some recipes that some might want to try out for themselves.

Con: I didn’t get anything out of this book as most of it was either common sense or stories of people experimenting with different techniques to stay healthy. I believe readers can learn more from credible articles online if they are wanting to be healthier.