Challenge Update, September 2018

1 Oct

It’s not been a great month for reading, that’s to be sure. But it hasn’t been bad, either. I think I’m setting myself up for a good October. There’s some positive thinking. It’s a rebuilding month. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in September:

The Hate U Give // Angie Thomas
The World We Found // Thrity Umrigar
The Lowland // Jhumpa Lahiri
The Children’s Home // Charles Lambert

It’s been a bad spell of slow months of reading. I have a few half-read books now and I’ll be happy if I can get to them soon and consider them finished. Like I said, I’m building to an awesome October. It’s been a bit too slow, though. I’m worried about making my reading goal for the year.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

I hate having to say I’ve made no progress again. I’m in the middle of two books that will count toward this challenge. I’ve got the last two picked out, too. I really do feel I’m making progress on this one even though the numbers don’t show it.

Goodreads Challenge

Six books behind. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning in this one! Finishing more than a book a week is a tall order and I’m not living up to it. I think shorter books are in order but I really like long-winded writers.

Book of the Month

Another win for a book club selection. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was amazing and is a clear winner for Book of the Month for September.

Added to my TBR

Down one is still down so I’ll take it. I’m at 88 for this month. Safely under 100 and inching down. It’s slow, but it’s happening. And I only added one this month, but it was one I had to add.

  • Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith. If anyone thought I wouldn’t add this, you’re silly. I’m a huge Rowling fan, even when she’s Galbraith. I’ll probably do the audiobook of this again as the rest of the series has been incredible.

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 class. I’ve gotten a few grades back and I’ve only lost one point so far. Woo!
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- Not only done but my photo frame is up as well. Check it out!

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Photo frame done! #europetravel

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  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- Falling behind again so I can make an epic comeback when it gets cold and knitting is a bigger comfort.

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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8 Responses to “Challenge Update, September 2018”

  1. Cozynookbks October 1, 2018 at 10:59 AM #

    I didn’t set any challenges for myself this year. I just wanted to take my time reading and enjoying whatever came my way that I felt like reading, and at my own pace. It really took the pressure off. I might not set any reading goals for 2019. I sort of like the freestyling. But I am trying to participate in some memes. Those will be challenging enough. 😊


    • Sam October 1, 2018 at 12:27 PM #

      That sounds liberating haha. I do like the push, though. I’d probably smack without it. Happy reading!

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  2. lorrs33 October 1, 2018 at 12:26 PM #

    Don’t put so pressure on yourself, you may risk taking the fun out of reading. But you’re certainly way ahead of me in terms of books read so far!


    • Sam October 1, 2018 at 12:28 PM #

      I don’t think I could take the fun out of it but it does make me neglect other things. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Aymee October 1, 2018 at 2:04 PM #

    You’re doing great! It seems like everyone has been having slow reading months lately, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Happy to hear you enjoyed The Hate U Give. Currently, I’m listening to The Cuckoo’s Calling and loving it.


    • Sam October 1, 2018 at 2:37 PM #

      Loved that one! I hope to get to her newest release soon. Happy reading!


  4. Rae Longest October 8, 2018 at 3:59 PM #

    Impressive progress, Hon. How do you do it? I never set goals because life so often gets in the way of the things I plan. BUT, the things that get in the way are often the most spectacular things, often far outshining anything I had planned that I would have really regretted it if I hadn’t stopped, changed directions and plans and gone for it!


    • Sam October 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM #

      Thanks! I always try to plan but stay open to new changes if they come at me. I can always read, though! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

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