Challenge Update, July 2016

1 Aug

I was finally able to pick it up in July! Woo. I’m hoping to carry this through August because after that it will be back to school and hard for me to fit too much reading in again. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in July:

Truth & Beauty // Ann Patchett
In the Hand of Dante // Nick Tosches
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated) // J.K. Rowling and John Kay
The Drunken Botanist // Amy Stewart
The Invention of Wings // Sue Monk Kidd
10% Happier // Dan Harris
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // J.K. Rowling

Reviews are up for all except the last two, both of which I finished Sunday. I’ll get to them soon. You can tell I’ve been writing reviews pretty soon after finishing books lately. I think my reading has slowed down since I got my new job about a year ago but I’m still reading as much as I can and I’m much happier in the new role.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

11/12
This is my challenge to read a book from 13 different time periods. You can read about it here. I’m glad to say I added TWO this month! I filled in 1800-1899 with The Invention of Wings, set during American slavery. I decided to count Cursed Child for the future. If you do the math, it starts 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts (1997+19=2016) but a lot of the action takes place three years later (2016+3=2019) so I’m counting it in the future. One more to go! I’ll have to see about finding a book set in the 1600s, it was a challenge last year as well.

Goodreads Challenge

30/45
Four ahead! I’m feeling a lot better about this. For a while, I didn’t think I was going to make it. I’m out of the woods now and we’ll have to see how I finish out the year. This is a good time for me to feel like I can start a long audiobook.

Book of the Month

626F6F78747265616D=7474747474727576707<7473This probably seems obvious, doesn’t it? A big Potterhead like me, picking a book of the month. Yes, I’m going to pick Harry every time and this month, my favorite book was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. I’ll be posting more about the book in the coming days so look out for more about how amazing this book was.

Added to my TBR

I only added three! And one of these I’ve already started so ha! I’m really proud of this because, for a while, it seemed my TBR would never go down but I’m knocking it apart bit by bit now.

  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I’m not sure how this wasn’t on my list before. I’m a bit ashamed of that.
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. This got great reviews when it came out and I got it from the library sale for $1. What’s not to love?
  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I needed a short audiobook to listen to while waiting for a hold to come in and this seemed a good filler for the time I have. I started it yesterday and I hope to finish it soon.

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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9 Responses to “Challenge Update, July 2016”

  1. Sally Allen August 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    As soon as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrived in my Nook, I started reading and read just about straight through. 🙂 I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
    I hope you enjoy Where’d You Go, Bernadette!

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    • Sam August 1, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

      I hope you liked it!! I’m not sure how long it will be before I get to Bernadette but I’m looking forward to it. Happy reading!

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  2. Random Reads August 1, 2016 at 1:41 PM #

    You’re doing great with your challenges!! I can’t wait to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m excited to hear what others think about it 🙂

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    • Sam August 1, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

      It was really enjoyable! I hope you can get it soon. Happy reading!

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      • Random Reads August 1, 2016 at 10:53 PM #

        I’m glad! I hope so too 🙂 Happy Reading to you too!!

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  3. charliegirlteachergirl August 2, 2016 at 1:41 AM #

    You’re doing so well on your challenges! You’ll see which one I am failing hardcore at. That one in particular is like a thorn in my side.

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    • Sam August 2, 2016 at 7:44 PM #

      Ah, some are so hard! I’ve dropped the challenges that stress me out more than motivate me over the years. I appreciate the flexibility to read what I want, too. Happy reading! Don’t let it stress you out too much.

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  4. Julianne August 3, 2016 at 6:16 AM #

    Hi! I like your blog. I am now following by Bloglovin’ 🙂

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    • Sam August 3, 2016 at 5:50 PM #

      Great! Thanks for the follow and happy reading.

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