Challenge Update, October, November, December 2021

20 Jan

With how slow reading has been for me, quarterly updates might make the most sense for a while. I hope to get back to reading near the level I was before Baby, but I’m not going to count on it. With how late this update is, you can tell I’ve got a lot going on! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in October, November, and December.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (4/5)
The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (4/5)
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (4/5)

All audiobooks this time. That feels about right with how slowly I’ve been getting through books. I’m a little sad at how short this list is. I used to read this much in a month and now it’s taking three times as long. I hope I can find a new pattern for reading soon.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

8/12
In the end, I didn’t finish the challenge. None of these three added to the time periods I was missing. I’m hoping to try this again in 2022 and be MUCH more purposeful about the books I read to fill up the missing periods.

Goodreads Challenge

23/45
In the end, I only finished 51% of my goal. With Baby coming about half way through the year, that doesn’t surprise me. I thought I went low with 45, but not quite low enough. I’m aiming for only 15 in 2022 and I think I can make that.

RunningBook of the Quarter

I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The projections about the future of reality television, rich/poor divide, and healthcare hit home win this book and it was sick and twisted, but still a fun read. The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) was a great dystopian thriller, a genre I haven’t visited in a while but was glad I did.

Added to my TBR

37, a new record low! I did add a few through the holidays, though, or I’d be even lower.

  • The Perfect Mother // Aimee Molloy. My sister in law thought this title was a funny fit for my new title as Mom. It’s a psychological thriller so I’m sure the title is sarcastic but I’m still hoping to enjoy this one.
  • Running is a Kind of Dreaming // J.M. Thompson. I’ve enjoyed a lot of running memoirs and combining that with the mental health benefits of the sport seems like a win to me!

How are your challenges going? I hope your year is starting off well. If you’re interested in the When Are You Reading? Challenge for 2022, I’m hosting again so you can click here to learn more and let me know if you want in.

Until next time, write on.

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