Challenge Update, January 2018

1 Feb

Well, January is starting off stronger than I expected. That’s good because the rest of my year is looking very busy! I’m going to remain hopeful that I can finish the goals I set for myself but I might be playing catch up in December. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January:

The Marriage Plot // Jeffrey Eugenides (4/5)
Please Look After Mom // Kyung-Sook Shin (3/5)
How to Win Friends and Influence People // Dale Carnegie (3/5)
The Elements of Style // William Strunk Jr. (4/5)
The Color Purple // Alice Walker (4/5)

I’ll have my review of Purple up early next week and then I’ll be completely caught up! I like this feeling.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is a strong start for me! I’m very pleased with it. All of my books except The Elements of Style were put in a time period. I could have stretched it a bit and included that one, but it didn’t feel as if it belonged in a specific time period as much as the others did. It’s great to have a few of these checked off already!

Goodreads Challenge

Starting off one book ahead of schedule! I’m feeling good but I know I’m going to have to keep pushing myself to maintain this pace and finish 55 books this year. It’s a stretch goal for myself and I’m a bit nervous about accomplishing it.

Book of the Month

I’m going to have to pick The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides this month. The book started slow but ended up being really fun for me to read. I’m excited to get to another Eugenides novel, possibly this year!

Added to my TBR

Are you ready for some crazy news? Not only am I down to 101 (I can hardly believe it) but I didn’t add any books to my shelf this month! I know, I’m probably living under a rock to be able to accomplish that, but I’m super excited. Getting below 100 seems so much more viable now.

Personal Challenge

I used these monthly posts to keep myself accountable to my personal goals for 2017 and I’m excited to do that again this year. You all were so supportive before.

  • Graduate and keep my 4.0- We’ll see. I start my first class on Monday and I’m a bit intimidated by it so far. Has anyone ever heard of an online class where you have to take the quizzes during a set 90 minutes on Thursday nights? This seems unreasonable to me in an online class!
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- We’re getting there! I have a place to stay in Amsterdam and I’m hoping to meet up with a friend in Scandinavia so travel plans are still in the works here.
  • Complete a race per month- I did the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon again, the second year in a row. I didn’t swim as far this year but I did place well! I was third in my age category (women 39 and under) and fifth amongst all women. I’ve got to get myself running faster to get a better place next year, haha.
  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- I’ve started and got through the first two weeks of January. I’ve set it aside to work on a baby blanket but I plan to get back to it and catch up again as soon as that’s over.

How are your challenges going so far? I hope you’re off to a good start If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge for 2018, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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10 Responses to “Challenge Update, January 2018”

  1. bevbaird February 1, 2018 at 1:48 PM #

    Congratulations on achieving all those goals.
    For the first time I created a Reading Round-up – made me see where I was lacking in genre reading.


    • Sam February 1, 2018 at 4:31 PM #

      Thanks! I’ll keep working on them all year and see if I can hit the long-term numbers. Happy reading!


  2. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted February 1, 2018 at 2:22 PM #

    I had a friend make a weather blanket last year! It’s a wonderful idea, though I don’t know what I would do with it after I finished. And Europe! It sounds beautiful. We are staying close to home this year, just bought a new car so there goes all our “fun” money for now!


    • Sam February 1, 2018 at 4:32 PM #

      I have mine as a throw blanket on my armchair. It adds a lot of color to the room haha. Enjoy your new car!


  3. Aislynn d'Merricksson February 1, 2018 at 8:35 PM #



  4. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders February 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM #

    You’re making great progress on your goals!!


    • Sam February 4, 2018 at 7:12 PM #

      Thank you! We’ll see how it goes when school starts tomorrow. Happy reading!


  5. Sue Featherstone February 14, 2018 at 9:39 AM #

    Another busy week – but at least I managed to finish one book…


    • Sam February 14, 2018 at 12:13 PM #

      Awesome! I’m jealous haha. Happy reading!


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