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Challenge Update, May 2021

1 Jun

Some of these reading goals are looking further and further away. I’ve slowed down more than I thought I would and with a baby coming, I’m not expecting it to get much better. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in May:

Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Only one review behind and it should be up next week! I’m happy with that progress, if I’m being honest. I wish I was doing better on finishing books. This is much slower than normal for me.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

7/12
One more this month with Lady’s Guide fulfilling the 1700-1799 time period. This may be the only challenge I finish and that’s fine. I have time to start targeting my books a bit more as my book clubs drop off in the summer and with the baby.

Goodreads Challenge

15/45
And now I’m three books behind and still not feeling good about catching up on this one. I guess I need some shorter books to make it happen. Though that feels like cheating. Is it cheating? I’m going to try to stick to ones on my TBR but I might have to deviate a bit to catch up on this. I’d love to not be too far behind when Baby arrives.

PetticoatsBook of the Month

Even with a long stop in the middle of it, it’s easy to say that The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee was my book of the month. It was a fun story and though it wasn’t as good as the first in the series, it was still really fun. I’ll probably finish the trilogy eventually but I’m not in any rush.

Added to my TBR

I’m still at 41 but I think it’s a good place to be. I’d like to get to 40 so it fits on two pages, but I’ll live. Only one new book this month!

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 2021, 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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Challenge Update, April 2021

3 May

Well, April wasn’t exactly the windfall I wanted, but it was better. I’m in a good place and if I can keep this pace going for the rest of the year, I’ll be fine. Not a strong possibility, but I can hope. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in April:

Expecting Better by Emily Oster
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Mil veces hasta siempre (Turtles All The Way Down) by John Green
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

This was a pretty good mix and I’m happy with that. Two print, two audio. I’ll be caught up on reviews by the end of the week, too, which is a great feeling. Overall, April has been pretty good for reading.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

6/12
Nothing new again which I’m still fine with. For being only 1/3 of the way through the year, having half the time periods finished is pretty great. I plan on starting a book to finish one more off soon. The earlier time periods can be a bit more of a challenge, but I feel up to it.

Goodreads Challenge

12/45
I’m still two books behind but feeling a bit better. I have a few books I’m close to finishing already in early May so May should be a steady reading month for me. One a week will get me through the end of the challenge. Let’s just hope Baby doesn’t mess that up too much. But I can’t count on anything with a baby coming, can I?

Book of the Month

mil veces

Cover image via Amazon

It’s a hard pick this month, but I’m going to go with Mil veces hasta siempre (Turtles All The Way Down) by John Green. I sped through this book and loved how the main character was portrayed. It was my favorite Green, but it was still a solid read.

Added to my TBR

It had to come eventually but I’ve added a few titles this month. I’m at 41 currently, which isn’t overwhelming and I’ll say I’m still happy with that length TBR versus where I’ve been.

  • How To Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller. When one of your favorite authors drops a new title, it goes on our TBR. Seems pretty straight forward to me.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. One of my new coworkers recommended this one and I’ve seen it around enough that I put it on my TBR. Sounds like a solid SciFi read and I haven’t had many of those lately so I’m game.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Strangely, Towles came up while reading Recursion and it got me thinking about how much I liked my first Towles read. I’ve convinced my reading buddy that we should read this one next so here it is on the TBR for a short time before we pick it up.

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 2021, 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.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Challenge Update, March 2021

1 Apr

I have so many books going at once right now that it’s hard to feel like I made any progress this month. Two ain’t bad, but I’m hoping for a windfall in April to make me feel better about it all. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in March:

Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Two physical books! What a change from other months. And I’m caught up on reviews. I’m almost proud. I just wish that list was longer.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

6/12
Nothing new this month, but I’m not concerned. Being half way through a challenge after a quarter of the year has passed is pretty good and I’ll take it.

Goodreads Challenge

8/45
Hm. I’m now two books behind schedule. I’m not a fan of this, I’ll be honest. Between not running and being at home a lot due to an injury, I’m not getting in a lot of audiobook time, which is usually my fastest read. It doesn’t help that my current audiobook is 22 hours. I’ll keep my fingers crossed about finishing some other books here in the near future.

HalfBook of the Month

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was just brilliant and I’d be remiss not to include it as my Book of the Month. My reading buddy and I loved this one and we met much more often than we ever have before, even with the craziness of life getting in our way at times.

Added to my TBR

I’m down a bit to 38, and nothing new added this month! I’ll be adding a few in the near future so I know that won’t last, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

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 2021, 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.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Challenge Update, February 2021

1 Mar

This month was a bit rough, but we’re coming through it with flying colors. And it’s even warm outside today! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in February:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Two long audiobooks this time around. I’ve been slow in my physical reading. And I should be caught up with reviews by tomorrow!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

6/12
I’m on a roll here! Every book I’ve read this year has fulfilled a different time period. I know this luck can’t hold forever but I’m going to love it while I’m at it. The time periods I have left are a bit harder to land so I know this will slow down a bit but I’m in a good place to deal with it.

Goodreads Challenge

6/45
I’m a little bit behind here but I’m OK with this. I had some long audiobooks recently and a lot of non-fiction which tend to be slower reads for me. I’m about to get into some fiction that I think will flow a lot faster and it will be fun to see how soon I can catch up.

Book of the Month

Even with only two books, there was a clear winner. Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in ages. I can’t wait to talk to my book club about it and see what they thought. I think this will be a good discussion piece.

Added to my TBR

I’m down overall to 39, but I did add a book this month.

  • The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett. This is my next book with my reading buddy and I should be starting it soon. So many people have had good things to say that I’m stoked to get started and see if I agree.

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 2021, 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.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Challenge Update, January 2021

1 Feb

2021 is off to a great start so far! Yes, it’s bitterly cold and I still can’t see my friends, but my expectations have been tempered so I still think it’s great. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January:

Hum If You Don’t Now the Words // Bianca Marais (4/5)
A Pale View of Hills // Kazuo Ishiguro (3/5)
The Bear // Andrew Krivak (3/5)
Kindred // Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

I’m honestly shocked to say that these are all physical books! I didn’t finish a single audiobook in January.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

4/12
So far, each book I’ve read this year has fulfilled a different time period! I didn’t even try to do this yet so I’m really happy about it. We’ll see if I can get to halfway next month. I’m in the middle of two books that could fulfill a fifth, maybe I’ll snag a 6th as well.

Goodreads Challenge

4/45
I tempered my expectations in 2021 a bit because of some big life changes we have going on. I’m glad to be slightly ahead of schedule so far and I hope I can maintain it!

Book of the Month

Hum If You Don’t Know the Lyrics by Bianca Marais wins out this month. There were some parts I disliked but overall this book was a great insight into apartheid in South Africa. My book club had some opinions I’ll be sharing later this week so check back for more on this one.

Added to my TBR

I’m down for the third month in a row, clocking in at 41. I still haven’t added any! That’s two months in a row. Wow!

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 2021, 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.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Challenge Update, December 2020

4 Jan

I’m so thankful that 2020 is over. Let’s hope that 2021 doesn’t have similar surprises in store for us. At least it was a good year for reading. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page. I’m also starting a monthly mailing list. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

Books finished in December:

Golden Glow // Kaitlin Sandeno and Dan D’Addona (3/5)
The Cather in the Rye // J.D. Salinger (3/5)
A Burnable Book // Bruce Holsinger (3/5)

Not a lot, but it was enough. I cut it really close, too. Only starting the year one review behind.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

12/12
I finished the final book at 7:30pm on New Year’s Eve. Nothing like cutting it close, right? I was cooking dinner and wrapped up A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger to fill the 1300-1499 time period, my last one remaining for the year. I’ll have to be a bit more diligent next year, I don’t want to cut it this close again!

Goodreads Challenge

59/55
I’d finished last month, so this was just extra icing on a delicious cake.

Book of the Month

Yikes, all three of the books got 3 Stars from me this month. I guess I’d pick A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger. I waffled between Three and Four Stars for this one, so it could really be 3.5 if I did halves. It wasn’t bad, I think it just dragged more than I’d hoped it would.

Added to my TBR

I’m down again to 43 and I didn’t add any this time! I’m shocked with myself.

How did your challenges go? I hope you finished the year well. If you’re interested in the When Are You Reading? Challenge for 2021, 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.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Announcing the 2021 When Are You Reading? Challenge

31 Dec

It’s back again! I’ll be running the When Are You Reading? Challenge yet again in 2021. Hopefully, I’m not scrambling to finish it on New Year’s Eve next year (less than two hours left in the final audiobook as I type this!). I think the set up worked well last year so I’m going to run with it again.

The premise of the challenge is to read one book from each of twelve time periods. It’s up to the reader where a book lies. You can do it based on publication date or setting, whatever you want. Feel free to switch it up, too.

The challenge page will be set up today. If you’d like to participate, leave me a comment somewhere on the blog letting me know and giving me a link to your challenge page or post. I’ll add a link to my challenge page so other readers can visit you and see what you’ve been reading. 

The time periods are:

  • Pre 1300
  • 1300-1499
  • 1500-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

I do hope you’ll consider joining me. I’ve had a lot of fun with this challenge over the past several years and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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Goodreads Challenge Complete!

7 Dec

I’m so excited to say that I finished my Goodreads reading challenge! I was doing pretty well at it all year so it’s nice to have it finished and not have to worry about it as we get into the holidays. I’ll exceed it a bit, but I’m not sure I’ll be 10 over my goal like I was last year.

29 out of 55 books were audiobooks
4 out of 55 were ebooks
22 out of 55 were physical books

This is a much better portion of physical books than I normally get! I’m really excited about that. I know I’ll get a much better breakdown of my reading when I get to the beginning of January so I’ll share more then and will include the books I read this final month of the year as well.

Until next time, write on.

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Challenge Update, November 2020

1 Dec

This month was slow. It wasn’t until I went to write this post that I realize how slow it was. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page. I’m also starting a monthly mailing list. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

Books finished in November:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond // Elizabeth George Speare (4/5)
Knitting Yarns // Ann Hood (3/5)

And that’s it. Yikes. At least I’m caught up on reviews?

When Are You Reading? Challenge

11/12
I’m going to hold on to the win that I finished one more book for this challenge. I’ve got a plan in place to finish it up, I just have to execute. I see the end in sight!

Goodreads Challenge

55/55
Again, the silver lining to a slow month. This was just enough to get me through my annual reading challenge and I’m so glad to have finished!

Book of the Month

Not much of a choice this month, huh? I’m going to pick The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It was a quick and fun read and I think it would be perfect for middle school audiences to read and learn about early America.

Added to my TBR

I’m back up again at 47 books. I don’t remember adding so many but I took so few off that it’s no wonder I’m not moving fast.

  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. I can’t be the only one who’s pumped for this book to come out, right? I can’t wait to read this one and I’m hoping Cline’s kept his page-turning pacing because it’s my favorite.
  • Malorie by Josh Malerman. I went to a virtual author event with Malerman and loved every second of it. It convinced me to add his new book to my list so I can revisit the terrifying world of Bird Box.
  • Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui. With my love for the water, is it any wonder I added this? I saw the book on the Goodreads 2020 polls and added it right away.
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is an upcoming book club selection that I’m getting excited about.
  • The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites. I read an essay by this author that I really enjoyed and decided to give his fiction a try as well.

How are your challenges going so far? I hope you’re closing in on the end of a successful year. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, give my challenge a try next year and join the fun.

Until next time, write on.

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Challenge Update, October 2020

2 Nov

The month started out slow but I was able to pick up the pace at the very end of the month to finish strong. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page. I’m also starting a monthly mailing list. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

Books finished in October:

The Ghost Bride // Yangsze Choo (3/5) [and Book Club Reflection]
Lipstick Jihad // Azadeh Moaveni (3/5)
The Rise of Wolf 8 // Rick McIntyre (3/5)
Running with a Police Escort // Jill Grunenwald (4/5)
The Millionaires // Brad Meltzer (4/5)

I’ve got two reviews to do and I should have them done by early next week.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

10/12
Nothing new but I’m in progress with one and I have plans for the last one so I’m feeling great about wrapping this challenge up before the end of the year.

Goodreads Challenge

53/55
I’m keeping strong with eight books ahead. This one seems to be wrapping up and I should be able to say I’m done with it next month.

Cover image via Amazon

Book of the Month

I didn’t expect this pick. There wasn’t really a book that stood out to me this month and upon reviewing, I think I can say that I enjoyed The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo best this month. It was a fun ride and I loved the historical and cultural elements.

Added to my TBR

I’m down one to 43 books now. I felt like I added a lot so I’m very happy with that.

  • A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger. I was looking for a book to fulfill the last time period of my When Are You Reading? Challenge. This one looks like a fun one to wrap up the challenge.
  • The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (Kingsbridge #0). I found out there was a prequel to the Kingsbridge books and didn’t hesitate a second in adding this to my TBR. I’ve loved Follett’s books in this series and I’m excited to visit again. He makes me fall in love with his characters so quickly.

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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