The library in the town I work offered a summer reading program for adults. I usually don't need to be encouraged to read, but I signed up anyway. The challenge of this program was to read books that are not usually something I would pick up. Here's what I have read so far.
1. The Wilder Life by W. McClure - This is a book about the author's obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder. She traveled to all the places Laura lived and reported on what she found. Who doesn't love Laura? The author has a sense of humor, and a fun way of describing this. I really enjoyed this book.
2. Jane Eyre by C. Bronte - I may have been one of the few adults on the planet who have not read Jane Eyre. Once is enough for me with this book. I found I skimmed through much of it because of the style of writing and those endlessly long sentences. I don't know what all the fuss is about with this book, but it was a good read; and now I can say I've read Jane Eyre.
3. The Secret Between Us by B. Delinsky - I probably would have read Barbara Delinksy's books even without the summer challenge. This book was really good, and it kept me wondering how it would end. It's about a mother and daughter and a lie about a car accident in which someone was killed.
4. An Accidental Woman by B. Delinksy - I thought after reading Book #3 that this book would be equally as good. Wrong. It is a good read, but not as attention grabbing as #3.
5. Does the Noise in My Head bother You by S. Tyler - Two words for this book, and they are HOLY SMOKES! I really enjoyed Steven Tyler as an American Idoll judge with his hilarious one-liners. I never thought the library would spend money on his book, but there it was; and I couldn't resist. I learned more about his sex life than I really cared to; some things should be left unsaid. I quit reading this book before I could get halfway through; the pictures were interesting though.
6. Pray for Silence by L. Castillo - I usually don't care for mystery books or murder stories; this book is one reason why. The graphic writing in this book concerning the rape and murders of an Amish girl and her family was more than I wanted to see. However, it was an interesting read concerning how a crime could be solved. I've got another one of Linda Castillo's books in my car, and it's about another murder in Amish country. I'm not sure if I'll read it or put it in the book drop at the library.
Looking back, I felt I did meet the challenge of reading something out of my norm. I'm always looking for a good book, but I think I'll go back to my easy-to-read and kind of mindless-escape reading that I usually look for.