The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
It’s been a year since Dash and Lily met and fell in love throughout Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. They have had some tough times. Lily’s beloved grandfather had a heart attack and taking care of him has taken a toll on Lily’s usually optimistic attitude. Now, at Christmas, Lily’s favorite time of year, it’s up to Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their friends to stage an intervention in order to get Lily into the holiday spirit. Again Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have woven a memorable cast of characters into an unconventional yet comforting tale. I recommend pouring some hot chocolate and settling into this story of warm, holiday feels.
Ahh… part of me still can’t believe I finished this. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions and encouragement! This project started out as just a motivation tool for myself but it turned into something with a life of its own. Not only did this exercise force me to read more, it also expanded my horizons. I discovered some really great books that I wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up and learned a lot of different fascinating things. Many people have asked me what I’m going to do next and if I’m going to do another 52 in 52. Well, while I haven’t ruled doing another book a week, I’m not planning on it just yet. I will admit that at some points during the past year it was a struggle to keep up pace and a few times I sacrificed other entertainment and/or sleep in order to finish a book. That being said, I wholeheartedly enjoyed the entire journey and feel an immense sense of accomplishment. I will, of course, continue to read. Reading has, and always will be, one of my favorite pastimes.
If anyone would like to discuss anything from my last year of reading or what I’m reading or planning to read, please don’t hesitate to ask. I assure you that I’ve thoroughly overthought & obsessively documented these 52 books.
- Total pages read: 17,938
- Total hours read: 209
- Average pages per book: 344.96
- Average hours per book: 4.02
- Average pages per hour: 85.83
MY TOP FIFTEEN (couldn’t pick just ten):
- The Disenchantments
- The Mark of Athena
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
- Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
- The Night Circus
- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
- Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
- The Martian Chronicles
- The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus
- The Boys of Summer
- The Woman Who Died A Lot
- The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
- Peril in Paperback
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Total Reading Time: 3.25 hours
Review: From the authors of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” comes another erudite and fun teen “meet cute” story. At one point early in the novel, Dash describes himself as “horribly bookish” which made me smile. Also, the other main character, Lily, describes herself as “the weird girl.” So of course I was going to relate to them and like this one!