Although I missed the book club discussion (and it is not yet posted online), I did finish the February book for the Simple Scrapper Book Club last week. (So I'm doing great reading the books for this online book club!) Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits by Gretchen Rubin was an interesting read. I like the idea that sparked the book title: "Perfection may be an impossible goal, but habits help us to do better. Making headway toward a good habit, doing better than before, saves us from facing the end of another year with the mournful wish, once again, that we'd done things differently." The author claims that we each fall into one of four categories: Upholders, who meet outer and inner expectations, Questioners, who resist outer, but meet inner expectations, Obligers, who meet outer, but resist inner expectations, and Rebels, who resist all expectations. I'm pretty sure I fall into the Upholder category, and I find that the pillars of habits (monitoring, foundation, scheduling, accountability) work well for me.
I've read four more books in the Trixie Belden series. In all four of them, Trixie and her friends are traveling (to New York or Cobbett's Island or Williamsburg, Virginia, or St. Louis) and find themselves in the midst of a mystery . . . and some rather dangerous situations, which are not quite as believable as the first books in the series. All four of these books are part of my children's/young adult collection that I'm reading through and count for The Lady Detectives 2016 Reading Challenge, qualifying me for the middle level: Jane 4-6 books (You’re quite the clever old bird, but the local constabulary really wish you’d keep out of it.)
I have not started the Anne of Green Gables books yet, so no progress towards the 2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge. I've not read any steampunk yet, so no credit for the Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2016 either. And I did not complete any bingos for the Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015 challenge, which ended on February 29.
I read The 5th Wave after Robbie finished it early this year and highly recommended it. I enjoyed it, although some of the middle parts really slowed down the pace of the story. We both thought the movie that debuted in January was an excellent adaptation and that most of the changes from the book to the screen play eliminated those slow parts of the story. I have the second book in the series in my to-read pile!
Are you working on any reading goals or challenges this year? How are you doing?