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Challenge Update, February 2020

12 Mar

This is a bit late because of my vacation but it’s helping me fill in some posting time before I actually finish a book. That’s not going so well right now. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in February:

The Dutch House // Ann Patchett
Sarah’s Quilt // Nancy E. Turner
Finding Gobi // Dion Leonard
Wild Ink // Victoria Hanley
What the Eyes Don’t See // Mona Hanna Attisha

I’m actually caught up on reviews! This also means I haven’t finished a book in a while. But I’m going to look at it in a positive way.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

4/12
Still going strong! I was able to use The Dutch House to check off 1960-1979 and Sarah’s Quilt to get 1900-1919. What I’m reading now should get me at least one more so I’m sitting pretty in this challenge for a while.

Goodreads Challenge

9/55
Goodreads says I’m one behind. I’ll take it! I think I can catch up quickly, especially if I’m going to start tri training in the next month. That always gives me a lot of audiobook time while I’m on the bike.

Book of the Month

I’ve been dwelling on The Dutch House for a while since I finished it and I’m still in love with it. The characters were great and I had a blast doing a Buddy Read of it with my best friend.

Added to my TBR

I’m down to 62! Though I could be doing better if I wasn’t in book clubs. And my only add this month is because of book clubs.

  • A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold. I think this will be a really good book for discussion. Klebold’s son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine High School shooters. I’ve wondered how the parents of criminals deal with the crimes their children commit and this will be very insightful.

Personal Challenge

I’m gearing up again to track personal goals here. This is a great way to keep me accountable and to tell you about me outside the wide world of books.

  • Triathlon Age Group National Championships: I start training early next month. I’m still coming off some vacation lethargy but my goal is to get a few double days worked into my schedule so I’m ready for six 2-a-days per week when I start.
  • Submit my novel: I’ve submitted to five and been rejected by them all so far. Five more to go before I reevaluate what I’m submitting a bit.

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 this year, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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