Challenge Update, October 2015

2 Nov

I feel like I read a lot in October. I get through a lot of audiobooks when I road-trip and I had a solo trip and some longer car rides to get through audio plus having some determination to get through some physical books. You can decide how I’ve done. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in October:

Everything I Never Told You // Celeste Ng (actually finished in September, oops)  3
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running // Haruki Murakami 4
The Samurai’s Garden // Gail Tsukiyama 3
Made in America // Bill Bryson 3
Out Stealing Horses // Per Petterson 3

And I’m doing pretty well on reviews! Out Stealing Horses will be out this week.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

13/13
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.
Challenge Completed!

Goodreads Challenge

48/50

I will finish this next month, I’m so determined! I think 50 was a good number for me this year. With school, I’m not able to read as much and it felt like I still accomplished something great with this number. I’m 8 books ahead of schedule now so I’m getting farther and farther ahead of pace.

Book of the Month

Out Stealing HorsesMaybe it’s because it’s fresh in my mind, but I’d have to say Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. The writing was beautiful and there were passages I had to underline and read twice because they were so beautiful.

Added to my TBR

I missed one book for September which was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. But this month, the list exploded. I blame going to a bookstore.

  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (She’s coming to our area on a book tour and this selection will be read in my book club)
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (see (ha!) above note)
  • The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel (She’s the Great Michigan Reads author for this year so will be doing a tour. I didn’t know she had other titles out!)
  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Found a hardcover on clearance for $6 at Meijer so I had to.)
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (I’m going to have to read this eventually.)
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (I’m super curious to see what someone else did with this series!)
  • Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle (My husband told me about another YA 1920s book, so I had to.)

So I’m still under 150, but just by a nose at 144. I’m trying to keep it down.

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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5 Responses to “Challenge Update, October 2015”

  1. Yvo November 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM #

    Congrats on finishing your When Are You Reading? challenge! I still have to fill the last two (1500-1599 and 1600-1699)…

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    • Sam November 2, 2015 at 7:22 PM #

      The early ones are hard! Best of luck and thanks for participating in the challenge!

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      • Yvo November 3, 2015 at 6:36 PM #

        Thanks and thank you for hosting! It’s a fun challenge. 🙂

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  2. siderealday November 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM #

    You’re doing so much better than me at the When Are You Reading? Challenge. I’m hoping I’ll get through at least seven by the end of the year. My trek up north in December (when someone else will be driving!) should help.

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    • Sam November 4, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

      That always helps as long as you don’t get carsick. Have fun!

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