Challenge Update, July 2018

6 Aug

I’m back! After spending the last two weeks of July on vacation, this seems like the perfect way to dive back into blogging and catch up a bit on what I missed while I was gone. Probably not my best reading month since I was gone for so much of it, but I’m excited to report what I can. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in July:

Critical Chain // Eliyahu Goldratt
The Fifth Assassin // Brad Meltzer
The Post-Birthday World // Lionel Shriver

Honestly, I thought it would be worse. I knew I was going to fall a bit behind on books while I was gone but finishing three was better than I hoped for. I’ve finished one more so far in August and I think I’ll wrap up another two in short order. I can still do this!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

7/12
Again, no change. I’ll have to start targeting specific books soon so I can finish this with no major issues before the end of the year. I’ll have to look into a new audiobook for my car to fill some in.

Goodreads Challenge

27/55
Now I’m five books behind, yikes! Like I said, I’ve got a few that will finish up shortly but I’ve really got to start reading a bit more to make this challenge work. Is it cheating to read shorter books? I might read some shorter books to make this work out for me in a reasonable time.

Book of the Month

Easily, the winner is The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. This book kept me entertained while traveling and I loved the premise of it once I got a bit into it. The idea of one night that can change the course of your life so drastically is awesome. Shriver did great work with this one and I’ll have to look and see what else of her’s I can enjoy soon.

Added to my TBR

I’m down to 93! Nothing new was added this month which is incredible for me. I’ll keep chipping away at the pile. I’d be most comfortable with it below 50 but we’ll see what I can do.

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- No change during the summer. My next (AND LAST) class starts at the beginning of September so we’ll see then.
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- DONE! It was an amazing adventure and I’d love to go again. I’ll be posting about it in my ‘Off Topic Thursday’ at the end of the month.
  • Complete a race per month- I thought we were doing a charity bike ride in July but I had the wrong dates and we’ve moved it to September. In a scramble, my husband found us a race a few hours away called the Swinging Bridge 5K. It was a really small but fun race and we both had pretty good times. Hopefully there’s no more scrambling like that for us again!
  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- I haven’t touched it so I’ve got the whole summer to do. Maybe I’ll get started on that soon, it could take me a few days to catch up.

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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15 Responses to “Challenge Update, July 2018”

  1. Colleen's Conclusions August 6, 2018 at 10:49 AM #

    Welcome back! And honestly, reading on vacation is a hit and miss. You’re supposed to be taking in all the sights and whatever while traveling. You’re allowed a bad reading month. 😉

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    • Sam August 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM #

      Thank you! I just hope for a good one soon so I can catch up. Happy reading!

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      • Colleen's Conclusions August 6, 2018 at 7:04 PM #

        Happy reading! Try a reread if you can’t get into it right away!

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      • Sam August 7, 2018 at 5:52 AM #

        Harry Potter comes to mind! I have an illustrated edition I’ve been pecking at. Maybe I need to focus there. Happy reading!

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  2. Whimsically Meghan August 6, 2018 at 6:19 PM #

    Welcome back! I’m glad to hear you had a great vacation! I can’t wait to hear all about it in your off topic Thursday! 😀 3 books is better than no books, I’m sure you’ll be back on track in no time! 🙂 and no reading shorter books isn’t cheating! 😛

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    • Sam August 7, 2018 at 5:51 AM #

      Thanks for reassuring me! I want to read another long one next but I’m also thinking that could drag me down too much. Happy reading!

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      • Whimsically Meghan August 7, 2018 at 5:14 PM #

        You’re welcome! Oh I know the feeling; I always find that with longer books I feel l’m making no progress with them. It’s probably best to start with smaller books and make your way up!

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  3. Hunida August 7, 2018 at 5:11 AM #

    That’s impressive that you were able to read 3 books while on vacay! So excited to hear all about your trip. 😀 I don’t think it’s cheating if you read a few books to complete your reading challenge! I set my goal for 60 books this year and I’m at 37 which is 2 books ahead of schedule – hope you can beat your goal! ❤

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    • Sam August 7, 2018 at 5:53 AM #

      Thank you! I didn’t think 55 would be such a challenge. Maybe I need to reconsider my goal for 2019. Happy reading!

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  4. Myndi @ madbooklove August 7, 2018 at 1:17 PM #

    Glad to hear you got to enjoy a wonderful European vacation!

    I’ve only read one Lionel Shriver, though I intend to read more. If you like dark, emotionally challenging books, We Need to Talk About Kevin is amazing.

    As for challenges, other than my Goodreads challenge (I’m 5 behind), everything else has gone by the wayside, thanks to the longest reading slump ever. Lesson learned though. Next year, I think I’m going to take it easy and only do the Goodreads Challenge.

    Finally, are you knitting the weather blanket or crocheting? 😀

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    • Sam August 7, 2018 at 2:54 PM #

      I loved We Need to Talk About Kevin. The movie is wonderfully creepy as well. I’m knitting the blanket, I’ve never gotten the knack for crochet. Happy reading!

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  5. Rae Longest August 11, 2018 at 9:25 PM #

    You’re inspiring me to take on a challenge, which I have rarely done. As a matter of fact, I’ve left one challenge unfinished, The Alphabet Challenge, where you read a title beginning with every letter of the alphabet. I got as far as “L” and decided to break until school started again, or maybe even the first of 2019 in order to whittle down my TBR shelf. (which I haven’t done either!) School starts for me the 29th of August, and summer is over for me. I think I will start with the letter “M” that week! Thanks for the idea and the prompt to finish what I started.

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    • Sam August 11, 2018 at 10:24 PM #

      That’s so wonderful. Good luck with school and your reading challenge. Do you have to do the letters in order? That sounds infinitely harder. Happy reading!

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      • Rae Longest August 17, 2018 at 7:37 AM #

        I decided to do the letters in order. I never thought of going out of order! How much simpler that would be!!! I guess at the age of 74, I require teaching as to how to think outside the box. In my day, kids HAD to color within the lines!!! LOL

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      • Sam August 17, 2018 at 8:02 AM #

        Good luck with the challenge no matter how you attack it. Happy reading!

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