Challenge Update, January 2017

2 Feb

New year, new books! It was a good month for me as far as reading is concerned. I’m actually pretty proud of this and I know a lot is due to how much I was running this month. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January:

Trap // Robert K. Tanenbaum
States of Confusion // Paul Jury
South of Broad // Pat Conroy
The Birthday Boys // Beryl Bainbridge
World Without End // Ken Follett
Mrs. Dalloway // Virginia Woolf

A few long ones this month and a few I’ve been working on for quite a while.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is my challenge to read a book from 12 different time periods. You can read about it here. With my historical fiction love, this is off to a great start. The five books already filled 4 time periods! I think I’ll continue to struggle with the 1600s this year, but that’s a problem for November (again).

Goodreads Challenge

Ahead of schedule already! This is a good start for me. I was nervous about the 50 goal but I’m feeling good about it now. I’m flying through audiobooks and I’m looking forward to knocking a few off of my TBR shelf.

WithoutEndBook of the Month

World Without End by Ken Follett is a clear choice for me. I adored this book and I just found out that there’s a sequel that I’m beyond pumped to read! If you’re up for super-long books, this series is highly recommended.

Added to my TBR

So, I added four but my TBR went down by one to 119! I guess that’s some kind of progress? A bit?

  • You Are An Ironman by Jacques Steinberg. I was volunteering at the library sale and I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything. I have enough books, I didn’t need anymore! Well, then I saw this one. Many of you know I’m a triathlete so it seemed like fate that this book was on top of the first box I moved. I caved, I bought it.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. Does this need any explanation? I didn’t think so.
  • The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller. I adored Miller’s first work, Norwegian by Night, and can’t wait to see what else he can cook up.
  • A Column of Fire by Ken Follett. The third in the series. As I said, I have to. I adore Follett’s books.

Personal Challenge

I mentioned in my challenge announcement post that I had some non-reading goals set for myself in 2017. I figured this would be a good place to keep myself accountable to those as well. Here goes!

  • Keep my 4.0 GPA: I don’t start classes until next week so we’ll see!
  • Knit blankets:  I finished two this month and already sent one out. My cousins’ wife is pregnant so I’ll be sending another out soon! I post pictures of my blankets on Instagram regularly so check there for updates.
  • One race per month: I did my first indoor triathlon in January with a friend. I tied for second amongst women!
  • Get my novel out to beta readers: Done! I sent it to four wonderful friends and asked for it back by May. That should give me time to get school out of the way for a bit.

How were your challenges? I hope you made it. If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge for 2017, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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9 Responses to “Challenge Update, January 2017”

  1. Janet MacLeod Trotter February 2, 2017 at 11:30 AM #

    Well done! 🙂


    • Sam February 2, 2017 at 12:50 PM #

      Thanks! I’m pretty proud of it. Happy reading!


  2. Random Reads February 2, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    You’ve already made great progress! 119 is a ton of books. Good luck with getting through them 😀


    • Sam February 2, 2017 at 5:36 PM #

      Haha, it will be a few years to get them all finished. Oh well! I’m up for the challenge. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads February 6, 2017 at 1:13 AM #

        At least you won’t have a shortage of books to read for a few years 😀 Good luck! Thank you, Happy Reading to you too!


  3. charliegirl February 2, 2017 at 10:08 PM #

    Good luck with your challenges! Looks like you’re making great progress.


    • Sam February 3, 2017 at 4:47 AM #

      Thanks! I think this is one of my most productive Januarys. Happy reading!


  4. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer February 5, 2017 at 1:21 PM #

    Only 119 to go, that’s very doable! You’re making great progress on all accounts !


    • Sam February 5, 2017 at 3:32 PM #

      Thank you. I’ll get there someday haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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