Reading Challenges Update {Vol. 2}


Recently, I gave an update on my reading challenges. I fear that I signed up for so many that I can’t completely keep track of them or link up my progress.

Reading Challenges Update Vol. 2: February

 

You can read my first update from last month here. I noted the changes below!

reading challenges update

For the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, I’ve read 4 out of 12 books:

Dark Places: A Novel, Gillian Flynn
Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
Lady Chatterly’s Lover, DH Lawrence

I didn’t make any progress in February! 🙁

For reading 52 Books in 52 weeks, I am way ahead of schedule. I have read 31 books so far this year (at the time of writing)!

For the Audiobook challenge, I said that I would aim for 30-50 this year. So far, I’ve read/listened to 23 audiobooks. Almost there!

For the I Love Library Books challenge, I am aiming to read at least 24 books from the library. The majority of the books I read are from the library, used, free on Kindle in the public domain, or from publishers for reviews. So far, I’ve read 8 books! I only had 2 last time, so I’m making progress.

And finally for my Classics Reading Membership Challenge, which I started on December 24, 2014, and gave myself 2 years to read 50 books, I’ve read 17! My anticipated list is here, but it is definitely subject to change!

So far, I’ve read:

The Awakening, Kate Chopin
Little Men, Louisa May Alcott
Daisy Miller, Henry James
Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lady Chatterly’s Lover, DH Lawrence
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Adam Bede, George Eliot
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Convenient Marriage, Georgette Heyer
The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Wessex Tales, Thomas Hardy

Finally, for this year’s Back to the Classics Challenge, I’ve read the following books for the following categories:

A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965. Just like last year, all books must have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify as a classic. The only exception is books that were published posthumously but written at least 50 years ago.): The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (1929).
A Classic in Translation. As in last year’s category, this can be any classic book originally written or a published in a language that is not your first language. Feel free to read it in its original form if you are comfortable reading in another language: Madam Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (1857).
A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title. First name, last name, or both, it doesn’t matter, but it must have the name of a character. David Copperfield, The B rothers Karamazov, Don Quixote — something like that. It’s amazing how many books are named after people: Adam Bede, George Eliot (1859).
A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages.  The End of an Affair, Graham Greene (1951).

So, I added one more category. Four down and eight to go!

Don’t forget that you can add me as a friend on Goodreads or read short reviews of what I’ve read every month here!

 

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  • You are killing it on books. I haven’t read as many as you have. I love reading!! I haven’t tried audiobooks yet.

    • I listen at 2x speed. It really helps me get through more books. (24 hour novels only take 12, 10 hour novels only take 5, etc.) I have a hard time holding paperbacks, but when I’m trying to read memoirs or things where the writing is really good–because I kind of want to mimic it to be a better writer, I will read the paperback. I’m slower there!

  • You are doing fabulously! Reading challenges are fun but they can overwhelm me, I like to read what I want to read.

    • I probably decided to participate in too many! I like how they push me out of my comfort zone a little bit, thought. I’m indecisive about what to read next, so sometimes checking what I need for a challenge helps.
      Some, like the classics challenge, I chose books I was already planning on reading!

  • So many reading challenges! One year I’ll have to join in one, I feel like there was one that involved reading a book from a variety of different genres! I’d want to join one like that, I feel like I need to branch out more often with my book choices!

    • Megan at http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ has a winter (almost over) and then a summer challenge! The winter one this year was my first one and it really pushed me. The categories are flexible, but you can be as adventurous as you want! If you like classic books, you can join the classic book club at any time. They also have a 2015 one with 12 categories that you could probably finish, even if you started now!
      If you remember, next year, I actually found a bunch of the challenges by looking on back in December. Then people who were in one challenge would sometimes be in other challenges.

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