Challenge Update, March 2018

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There was a long stretch of the month when I thought I’d have nothing to report in this monthly update. I was in the middle of six books and was worried I’d never finish any of them. Thankfully, the spell broke right at the end of the month and I had an avalanche of books finished and I’m delighted to share my progress here. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in March:

Pigs in Heaven//Barbara Kingsolver (5/5)
Son of a Witch//Gregory Maguire (1/5)
The Circle//Dave Eggars (4/5)
History of Wolves//Emily Fridlund (4/5)

One of these is coming this week and the other two will wait for next week. I’m not too far behind on reviews!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

I added only one this month with The Circle counting for my future-setting book. It never said definitively what year it was, but it was clearly a near future where we were all beyond Facebook. I’ll take it and happily sit with half of my books read at a quarter of the way through the year. Yay!

Goodreads Challenge

I’m one book behind now. I’m not that worried, I think I can catch up. I had two books partially finished that I’m jumping back into now that I’ve finished a few book club picks. I’m going to hope I catch up quickly in April.

Cover image via Goodreads

Book of the Month

It’s clear to me that I have to pick Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. This book blew me away and I kept wondering how Kingsolver was going to wrap it up. It was great to see Taylor, Alice, and Jax again and how their lives revolve around the adorable Turtle. I recommend it but suggest reading the first in the series first, The Bean Trees.

Added to my TBR

For the THIRD MONTH, I’ve added nothing! My TBR is standing steady at 97. I may have some book club picks to add to it soon so I’m not sure how much more it will drop, but I’m counting on some great progress in the coming months. Woo!

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- So far, so good in this class. I’m turning a big paper in now so we’ll see how that grade comes back. Fingers crossed!
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- I booked all the transportation, now it’s time to book the fun things! Tours and tickets are the goals for this next month! I’m looking forward to this more and more every day.
  • Complete a race per month- I did a 5K early in the month. A short distance to me but I was able to set a PR! I also ran into my high school English teacher which was a delight.
  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- I found a way to knit while I watch my online lectures which is helping me keep up. I’m in early March right now but I’m not feeling much pressure to hurry up. This is one where it’s easy to fall behind and catch up in one weekend.

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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4 Responses to “Challenge Update, March 2018”

  1. Sheila April 2, 2018 at 1:16 PM #

    I loved Pigs in Heaven too. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’m glad you enjoyed it too!


    • Sam April 2, 2018 at 2:03 PM #

      Yes! This is my third of her books and I’ve enjoyed them each time. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Laila@BigReadingLife April 2, 2018 at 3:13 PM #

    I don’t know how you don’t add anything to your TBR for three months! Wow! I can’t go three days! 🙂

    Kingsolver has a new book coming out later this year and I’m so looking forward to it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam April 2, 2018 at 5:13 PM #

      It was years of adding that made it so long! I’m finally slowing down haha.

      I’m glad Kingsolver is still putting books out! It’s wonderful she’s made such a good career of it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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