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Challenge Update, May 2016

2 Jun

My book giants have fallen this month! I got through two long titles I’ve been chipping away at for months and I’m finally going to start tearing through some summer books (I hope). You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in May:

A Clash of Kings // George R.R. Martin
The Virgin Blue // Tracy Chevalier
The Art of Asking // Amanda Palmer
Harry Potter y el misterio del principe // J.K. Rowling (review coming next week)

Only one behind on reviews is pretty good for me! I’ll have it up next Monday so look out for that. Though, if you’ve been here more than a week, you know how much I love Potter.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is my challenge to read a book from 13 different time periods. You can read about it here. Half of The Virgin Blue was set in the 1500s so I counted it and crossed that one off of my list. I think I’ll have some 1800s books come up soon, but I’m getting concerned about the 1600s book. I might have to take a look at my list for some options, that can be a hard time period. I’m sure I’ll find something for ‘the future.’ I’ve never struggled with that era before so no sweat there.

Goodreads Challenge

I’m still two ahead of pace. With the big two giants down, I’m feeling like this one will be no sweat at all. Yay!

Book of the Month

PrincipeNo question for me this month because Potter wins everything. It’s got to be Harry Potter y el misterio del principe by J.K. Rowling. I’d forgotten a lot of the details of the book, such as why Snape calls himself the Half-Blood Prince and how Harry and Ginny really dated for a few weeks. It was so fun to revisit.

Added to my TBR

OK, so I added three. I’m not taking the list down any faster with this, but two of them are for book club so they were coming one way or another.

  • Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. Watkins was part of the Midwest Literary Walk that I went to with my friend Amy and I bought her book and had it signed. I’m so proud of myself for keeping this to one book!
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. When I worked at a bookstore in college, we had hundreds of copies of this book for a Freshman class at the local college. I didn’t read it then and it will be fun to go through it with the book club now.
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Another book club pick, I’m excited to compare this one to the movie!

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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