Challenge Update, July 2015

3 Aug

Summer road trips are helping my reading progress immensely. I love it. I feel like I’m coasting into the end of the year flying high on books read. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in July:

Harry, A History// Melissa Anelli (4)
Hollow City// Ransom Riggs (2)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet// Jamie Ford (5)
Every Man for Himself// Beryl Bainbridge (4)
The Martian//Andy Weir (4/5)

Some reviews to come, but most are ready for your consideration.

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 will track all of my books and show which time period they fall into, but it’s a little behind on the updates. Every Man for Himself filled the 1900-1919 period for me so I’ve got the 1500s and 1600s left. I’ve picked books for them, one of which I own and the other of which I’ll have to get from the library. I see the end!

Goodreads Challenge


Four books ahead! I’m kicking butt at this. I was afraid how it would go with the shorter commute, but I’m doing fine. This one should be no problem to finish by December.

Book of the Month

Even though I gave it four stars, I would say for this month it’s Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge. She’s so unique and I think the book should be more widely appreciated. That and it made me want to watch Titanic which was awesome.

Added to my TBR

I’ve stopped posting about books I add but I thought it would be fun to wrap these up once a month and talk about them.What a perfect time! I realize this list gets longer faster than I read so we can see the perpetual problem I have.  All links lead to Goodreads.

  • Library of Souls// Ransom Riggs (I’ve got to know how the series ends!)
  • The Nick Adams Stories// Ernest Hemingway (Library book sale find. Many take place in Michigan!)
  • A Pale View of Hills// Kazuo Ishiguro (Book sale and I like Ishiguro.)
  • A Virgin Blue// Tracy Chevalier (Book sale and a favorite author. This is one I haven’t read.)
  • Yes Please// Amy Poehler (Love her in Park & Recreation and was finally convinced from WWW Wednesday to add it.)

How are your challenges going? I hope you’re doing better than me! If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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2 Responses to “Challenge Update, July 2015”

  1. curiousdaisies August 3, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

    I already completed the 100 book challenge by reading 20 books in July. Here’s my Wrap up if you want to see it
    You’ll definitely be able to complete the 50 book challenge by December. I’m looking forward to your review of The Martian. Happy reading!


    • Sam August 3, 2015 at 3:31 PM #

      Wow, 100 is awesome! I don’t know if I’ve ever read that much in a year. If I can keep this pace, 50 should be no problem. Happy reading!


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