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2021 Reading Goals and Plans

I usually wait until mid to late January before posting my reading plans or goals. Mainly because I'm very optimistic about my superhuman capabilities during the start of a new year but much of that enthusiasm fades over the next couple of weeks. I tend to believe I can read more than ever but reality is usually closer to how much I averaged in previous years. So, to allow myself the opportunity to dream big and then plan well, I take the ambitious goals for a road test during the first couple of weeks of the year. If they still look achievable, great! If not, I will part ways with those that are a stretch.  The numbers I have an arbitrary number set in Goodreads for this year but it's not a number I will quote as I tend to change it often and it is intended to factor in the many picture books I read with my kids. But that said, there are three numbers I would like to improve this year (last year's stats in parentheses) - total number of pages read (approx. 11k), average n

Light reading: Wimpy Kid's Third Wheel and Hard Luck


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I love the Wimpy Kid series. They are laugh-out-loud reads that will lead to serious laughing tears even in public. I remember reading the fifth book when it first came out and laughing so much that I had to share snippets with whoever was around me. And soon after, I went and grabbed the previous books from the library and finished them within a couple of days. They are insane, in a very good way.

They are all "diaries" written by our favorite wimpy kid, Greg Heffley, who seem to be naughty deliberately but carries it off with an innocent air. These diaries list his many misadventures - quite a lot of them involving his brother, Rodrick, and his best friend Rowley Jefferson.

In The Third Wheel, a Valentine's Day dance has been planned at Greg's school and that starts a scrambling among the students for dates. After a lot of searching, manipulation, and failures, Greg finally gets a date but by the end of the night, a lot of things change in strange directions.

That strange twist is the meat of the plot for the next book, Hard Luck. It has driven Greg and Rowley apart, and in his new friendless state, Greg finds that nothing seems to quite work well for him. He finds that not having Rowley to walk in front of him to school meant he would end up stepping on dog poo more often, not having Rowley to carry his bag meant he would have to resort to taking a trolley bag to school. In short, his life sucked and he spends most of year depending on a Magic 8 ball to decide whether he should eat breakfast or if a certain question's answer was true or false.




As usual, both books were very enjoyable and as hilarious as I had come to expect the Wimpy Kid books to be. I had heard that Hard Luck was probably the last in the series and I surely hope not. It would be fun to follow Greg's personality through more books.

I borrowed these books from the good old library.

Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I adore these books too!!
Athira / Aths said…
They are so delightful!