Challenge Update, September

2 Oct

I have a plan to complete my challenges and it seems to be working well. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in September:

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (2/5)
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (5/5)
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (4/5)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (3/5)
Canada by Richard Ford (3/5)
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory (3/5)

And for the record, this is me caught up on reviews. Just saying.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is my challenge to read a book from 13 different time periods. You can read about it here. My timeline tracks when my books take place and it’s pretty obvious I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary. BUT WAIT! I filled in two time periods this month. Yes, I was a rock star. Under the Wide and Starry Sky filled in the 1800-1889 period, and The Lady of the Rivers filled in the 1400-1499. Fourteen hundreds were a lot harder than I expected, but Gregory is always good for some solid British monarchy stories.

Where Are You Reading? Challenge

17/50 (+17)
Hosted by Sheila. In the challenge to read a book from every state, I’m not focusing enough on American settings. My map shows some clusters, but I’m trying to spread it out.

I added three whole states! I guess I’m making bigger strides on this than I thought. I added Minnesota (Orphan Train), Vermont (We Have Always Lived in the Castle, per a website about Jackson that she based all her stories on her hometown), and Montana (Canada, it makes sense when you read it). Not bad at all!

I’ve also added one new foreign country, Samoa (Beneath the Wide and Starry Sky). It was a struggle to pick a place for this one, but I think this makes the most sense.

Goodreads Challenge


DONE! I’m so awesome.

How are your challenges going? I hope you’re not too far off pace just yet! If you want any more information about the challenges I’m doing or you’d like to join me, leave a comment and check out the links. There’s also information in my Challenges tab.

Until next time, write on.

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2 Responses to “Challenge Update, September”

  1. TheSkepticalReader October 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

    The state challenge looks interesting, I might try that next year myself. A fantastic way to experience different American cultures. Congratulations on surpassing your goal!! 😀


    • Sam October 4, 2014 at 6:49 AM #

      The state one is really fun but it’s hard to figure out where some books take place. Not all of them are so straight forward.


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