Challenge Update, First Quarter 2023

17 Apr

Whoops, a little late to the game. I realized over the weekend I forgot to do a Q1 post so my apologies for the delay! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January, February, and March:

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (4/5)
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (3/5)
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (3/5)
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui (3/5)
Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña (3/5)
The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo (3/5)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (5/5)

I’m honestly surprised by how long this list is. I feel like I’ve ready very slow so seeing such a long list is making me feel great! It’s even more surprising that I’ve got a good mix of formats here with two ebooks, two audiobooks, and three print books. Shoot!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

It’s not the blistering start out of the gate that I often do, but I’ll take it. It’s keeping pace with the year so I’m still on pace to finish by December. I might have to get onto a bigger historical fiction kick to get this going!

Goodreads Challenge

I was hesitant to up my goal this year, but I’m doing pretty well! I know this will slow down in Q2 because I took on some long books but I can afford to slow down a bit after such a fast start at the beginning of this year.


Book of the Quarter

My reading buddy and I just adored Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. We were not ready for his sarcastic adventure in space and we both found ourselves reading faster than we anticipated and flying through this story. We’re really excited to see it become a movie next year!

Added to my TBR

So… it blew up this quarter. I’m not sure how it got so bad, but it’s bad. I’m up net four after reading seven books. Yeah, it’s bad.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // Taylor Jenkins Reid. A coworker recommended it and I don’t get a ton of book recommendations lately so I latched onto it.
  • Something in the Water // Catherine Stedman. Same coworker, same conversation.
  • Then She Was Gone // Lisa Jewell. Ditto from above.
  • The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks // Mackenzi Lee. I thought I might have had this one on my list but did not! I heard Lee speak live and got a signed copy of this.
  • A Study in Charlotte // Brittany Cavallaro. Cavallaro spoke with Lee at the same event and this book sounded like fun!
  • If the Fates Allow // Rainbow Rowell. I realized I was missing Rowell books from my TBR and decided that needed to be immediately rectified.
  • Kindred Spirits // Rainbow Rowell. See above.
  • Upgrade // Blake Crouch. I was thinking of authors who’ve never let me down and Crouch came to mind. I was happy to see he had a new book out!
  • A Feast for Crows // George R.R. Martin. Another book I was surprised wasn’t on my TBR! I’ve got to keep pushing forward.
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed // John Green. I found myself watching Vlog Brothers videos and realized I’d been resisting this one for too long, and I needed to just bite the bullet and add it.
  • Never Split the Difference // Chris Voss. This was recommended twice in a week. I can’t ignore the universe when something like that happens!
  • The Armor of Light // Ken Follett. Not yet released, but I won’t get to this for years. Looking forward to another Kingsbridge book!
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue // V.E. Schwab. My mom does not often recommend books to me, but this is one she did. I’ve got to respect a mother’s recommendation!

How did your challenges go? I hope to not push it so close to the end next year! 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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One Response to “Challenge Update, First Quarter 2023”

  1. Janette April 17, 2023 at 10:25 AM #

    Addie La Rue is a brilliant book so hope that you get round to reading it before too long

    Liked by 1 person

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