Challenge Update, February 2018

1 Mar

I went through a long draught in February. For a long time, I wasn’t finishing anything and just starting more and more books! It wasn’t until the end of the month when things finally started coming together. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in February:

A Widow for One Year // John Irving (4/5)
My Brilliant Friend // Elena Ferrante (4/5)
X // Ilyasah Shabazz (4/5)

Yes, I know I owe you reviews for all of them. I’ll be working on it this weekend, I promise!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

Not too much more this month, but I was able to add one more. X by Ilyasah Shabazz took place in the 1930s and 1940s but a large chunk of it was set in the 1940s so I’m going to count it for that time period.

Goodreads Challenge

Well, I’m on track, but barely. I’m a bit nervous about keeping up with this when I think about how much school and travel is going to eat into my reading time in the coming months. I’ll have to pick some shorter books so I can stay on top of this!

Book of the Month

I’ll have to pick A Widow for One Year by John Irving for this month. I’ve given all my reads 4 out of 5 Stars but this would be my favorite if I had to pick. I adore Irving and I liked that no one died at the end! Is that a spoiler? Sorry if it is!

Added to my TBR

For the second month in a row, I’ve added nothing! This is absolutely crazy. What’s even crazier is that my TBR is down to 98 books. I’m under 100! I can’t remember the last time my list was that low. I’m feeling great about this.

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- I haven’t gotten any grades back in my class yet so this is still TBD. I think I’m doing alright but I’ll know more next month.
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- It’s all booked! We’re going in July and will be gone for two and a half weeks. I’m so excited. Amsterdam, Belfast, Barcelona, Brussels, and Reykjavik.
  • Complete a race per month- I had my first swim meet in ten years in February. I’m really enjoying Masters Swimming and I think I’ll keep it up for a long time. It’s not hard on my knees or back, either! I swam three events and placed first in two and second in one. While that might seem good, there was only me in one event where I got first, two of us in another, and there were three people in the one where I placed second. So I did have to beat some people, but not many!
  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- I finished January’s rows, but I’ve put it aside to work on a few baby blankets which have proved quite frustrating. I’ll see when I get back to it but I’m not worried yet.

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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19 Responses to “Challenge Update, February 2018”

  1. lilisblissfulpages March 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM #

    Awww, great job Sam. 🙂 🙂 Since you start reading A widow for One Year, i already added it on my TBR… Glad that you liked it. 🙂


    • Sam March 1, 2018 at 11:52 AM #

      Awesome! I do love Irving and this one was enjoyable. I’d say it’s in my top 50% of his books if I ranked them linearly. Happy reading!

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  2. Becky March 1, 2018 at 12:21 PM #

    Good luck for your grades😄

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    • Sam March 1, 2018 at 12:41 PM #

      Thanks! I’ve got my fingers crossed. Happy reading!


  3. Vera March 1, 2018 at 1:32 PM #

    Good job! 👍👏👏👏
    I must admit the reading challenge also stresses me out a bit. It’s going ok so far though (on track) and I am definitely reading more because of it. Hope yours continues well. 🍀

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    • Sam March 1, 2018 at 4:36 PM #

      Thanks! I did a bit of a stretch goal this year. Fingers crossed I make it! I’m pretty close so far. Happy reading!

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  4. Laila@BigReadingLife March 1, 2018 at 2:28 PM #

    Oh wow – two months not adding anything to the TBR?? I can’t even last one week! 🙂 Congrats on your upcoming travel plans – sounds awesome!

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    • Sam March 1, 2018 at 4:37 PM #

      Thanks! My shelf at home is finally thinning out haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Whimsically Meghan March 1, 2018 at 2:53 PM #

    It sounds like you had an excellent month. I can’t wait to hear all about your travels! 🙂
    I also have to tell you that since we spoke about knitting and corking, I have taught myself how to knit (since I didn’t know how to knit with needles as I was using a corker) and I’m on my way to making my first scarf! I just have to say thank you for inspiring me to start! I stopped corking a little bit ago, and I really missed doing something while I watched TV so I took my brother’s needles and I still have a lot of yarn from my corking days and it was after that conversation that I started teaching myself… I am addicted! So thank you again! 🙂

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    • Sam March 1, 2018 at 4:38 PM #

      That’s such great news! What a good time of year for knitting, too! We got a sudden snow storm in Michigan today and I wish I had a scarf! Knitting has been a real joy for me and I hope it can be one for you, too. Happy knitting!

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      • Whimsically Meghan March 1, 2018 at 5:06 PM #

        We’re supposed to get snow here in Toronto, I just hope it’s not as bad as they say, so my scarf may come in handy, although I think I might be finished it by the time the snow melts! So far I’m totally loving it! Happy knitting to you as well! 🙂

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  6. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders March 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM #

    You’re doing pretty good on your challenges! Good luck with everything this month.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam March 2, 2018 at 4:48 AM #

      Thank you. I think I’ll finish a few this month but I know it will be hard with everything going on. Happy reading!


  7. Hunida March 2, 2018 at 5:26 PM #

    Oh my gosh, the trip to Europe! Hope you have so much fun! ♡


    • Sam March 2, 2018 at 11:13 PM #

      Thank you! We’re really looking forward to it. Happy travels!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Andie March 3, 2018 at 4:56 PM #

    Good luck on all of your personal goals! I relate to the things you’ve said on the reading challenge; it can be a bit difficult and I’m barely on track but I am reading and that’s good!
    Ooh, traveling through Europe!! Hope you’ll have lots of fun 💛
    Great post!!


    • Sam March 4, 2018 at 8:32 AM #

      Thank you! I’m being optimistic about the reading challenge but I know I set a stretch goal for myself. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it pans out. Maybe all the travel time between cities in Europe will give me more time than I anticipated, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Andie March 4, 2018 at 8:45 AM #

        Definitely hope so as well! Thanks a lot ❤


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