Challenge Update, April 2016

2 May

April was the month of plodding through long books. Not a ton of progress, but I’m predicting a lot of these giants will fall in the next month. Look out! I’m going to get through these challenges, just you watch! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in April:

Norwegian by Night // Derek B. Miller
Texts from Jane Eyre // Mallory Ortberg
The Tales of Beedle the Bard // J.K. Rowling
Child 44 // Tom Rob Smith
Silver Sparrow // Tayari Jones

Two more big ones I’m hoping to topple next month! And my only missing review will be up tomorrow so look out for Child 44!

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 only crossed one off of the list this month, Pre-1500 with The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Yes, I know, it’s a bit of a stretch to count it but I’m at peace with this. If I end up reading something that fits it better, I’ll swap them out, but I’m going to count it until then.

Goodreads Challenge

I’m two ahead of where I should be! I feel like I’m slogging through books now, but I’m doing alright for the year. I keep forgetting it’s still early in the year! I’ll be fine on this one, I’m 99% sure.

Book of the Month

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Hm. It’s for sure between Silver Sparrow and Norwegian by Night, but I have to go with Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. This book caught me completely by surprise and I just loved it. My book club enjoyed it too and we all had a great discussion.

Added to my TBR

I’m down two! Two of the books I read weren’t on my TBR and I added just one. It’s slowly coming down…

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowing. Is anyone surprised I added this? I still need to figure out where I’m going for a release party but I have a good idea. So excited for it!

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

Until next time, write on.

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11 Responses to “Challenge Update, April 2016”

  1. Brigid Gorry-Hines May 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    Nice progress!! I’m also a couple books ahead on my Goodreads yearly challenge, which I’m very happy about. 😀 And I have a bunch of other personal challenges for the year (i.e. reading more graphic novels, re-reading some of my favorite series, etc.) which I continued to work on in April. Good luck on your reading challenges this month!


    • Sam May 2, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

      It feels so good to be ahead! Glad you’re enjoying a little cushion going into the summer. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Cathy746books May 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM #

    I really enjoyed Child 44 and am looking forward to the movie adaptation.


    • Sam May 2, 2016 at 7:52 PM #

      The movie was good. Noomi Rapace did a great job with Raisa. My movie review goes up Thursday. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. jabrush1213 May 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    I loved J.K. Rowlings Tales of the Beadle the Bard!


    • Sam May 2, 2016 at 7:52 PM #

      It was a really fun book. Glad you enjoyed it! Happy reading!


  4. charliegirlteachergirl May 2, 2016 at 9:10 PM #

    Congrats on all your progress! I am making headway with some of my challenges, while others are looking very sad at this point.


    • Sam May 2, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

      I reduced how many challenges I do because I found too many very hard to keep up with. Happy reading and good luck on your challenges!


  5. readersandmore May 2, 2016 at 11:07 PM #

    Nice progress! I’m only doing one challenge and I’m very far behind! Good luck with your challenges 🙂


    • Sam May 3, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

      I hope you’re able to catch up soon! Summer is a good time to play catch up. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • readersandmore May 3, 2016 at 10:50 PM #

        I hope so too! I’ve read quite a bit but keep forgetting to input the books. I’ll definitely catch up this summer 🙂 Happy reading to you too!!

        Liked by 1 person

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