Surprise Me Challenge: April ’16

Update: A good friend and colleague who was excited about this book pointed out to me that it will not be published until 6/28/16. Oops! That’s what happens when the random number is so high, I guess. I still intend to read it, of course, but I think I’ll choose another one for this month in a few days.

In 2016, I am continuing to let choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. I still have to read March’s book, but that didn’t stop April from coming…so…my randomly generated number is 352 (out of 358 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin.


Here is the Goodreads description:

From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers.

Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day—until a plane struck the World Trade Center.

But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Nadira has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Amy is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business.

These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day—the day our world changed forever.

2016 Challenges: March Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 9 this month, 40 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, three total
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): One this month, seven total – category 9
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): Three this month, four total – categories 3, 17, 18
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, two total



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