Challenge Update, January 2016

1 Feb

January went a lot better than expected. Being off of school afforded me a lot of time to read and I took it! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January:

Yes Please // Amy Poehler
I Am Malala // Malala Yousafzai
One Hundred Years of Solitude // Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Darker Shade of Magic // V.E. Schwab
Carry On // Rainbow Rowell
Dead Wake // Erik Larson

I’ve written all the remaining reviews and you’ll see them come up over the next two weeks.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is my challenge to read a book from 13 different time periods. You can read about it here. I’m off to a good start but I’m not getting cocky about it. My first few books of the year tend to fill in a couple different categories. I know I’ve got a 1920-1939 book and a 1980-1999 book coming up, but I’m not sure about the rest of them. It’s way too early to plan but I’m feeling really confident about this challenge this year.

Goodreads Challenge

Maybe going down was a bad idea. I’m still doing awesome with these and am currently three books ahead of schedule. It’s true I have less commuting time to listen to audio and it’s very likely this will change when school starts up again. We’ll see how this goes.

Book of the Month

Carry OnI have to pick Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. By all logic, I shouldn’t have finished this book as quickly as I did but it was so fun! I love Rowell’s books and I should stop hesitating from reading the copy of Landline on my shelf.

Added to my TBR

I’m down to 141 books! This is great progress for me (1 book fewer) and I’m going to bask in this accomplishment for a while. Woo! But of course, I added some things.

  • Norwegian by Night // Derek Miller (a book club selection coming up in a few months. I think in the summer)
  • The Art of Asking // Amanda Palmer (another book club selection, also for the summer)
  • The Golden Rules // Bob Bowman (Bob Bowman is a legendary swim coach best known for coaching Michael Phelps. I’m a big swimming fan and so, obviously, I want to read this book.)

I’m glad I’m finally getting better at keeping this under control! Maybe I’ll get below 100 some day. (Yes, that was a joke.)

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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4 Responses to “Challenge Update, January 2016”

  1. charliegirlteachergirl February 1, 2016 at 11:04 AM #

    Congratulations on your progress! I am still in my slump, so not going anywhere.


    • Sam February 1, 2016 at 1:22 PM #

      Don’t give up! I find rereading something I love helps me out of a slump. Happy reading!


  2. siderealday February 2, 2016 at 1:06 PM #

    Yeah, good luck with that ‘below 100’ goal. Even if I just count new reads and not ‘want to rereads’ that get added to my TBR, I don’t think I’ll ever end up below 100.


    • Sam February 2, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

      Haha, it’s a stretch goal. The biggest part of this is convincing my book clubs to read books already on my list instead of adding new ones. I’m only moderately successful as this. I try to exert my influence, haha. Happy reading!


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