Reading Challenge Update {Vol. 3}


I’ve been taking some time for my health (not that it’s helping, but I think the pressure to write would make it worse), but I thought I could take time to update my reading challenges! [I did grab a “summer” picture from after I cut my hair last year to update my profile. Spring cleaning?]
Reading Challenge Update Vol 3

A few weeks ago, I updated my audiobook challenge, which I already surpassed. I’ve listened to a few more, but you can see which ones I had listened to here.

You can read my last 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
Cousin Kate, Georgette Heyer
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

That’s two more book since last month!

For reading 52 Books in 52 weeks, I surpassed the challenge. At the time of writing, I’ve read 62 books this year! Finished!


 

Audiobook Challenge:

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

Update: As of June 2015, I’ve listened to almost 70 audiobooks this year!


 

For the I Love Library Books challenge, I am aiming to read at least 24 books from the library. So far, I’ve read 27 library books. My last update, I was only at 8 books. I’m definitely making progress because I FINISHED!

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 32! 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
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
The Professor, Charlotte Bronte
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Cousin Kate, Georgette Heyer
The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre
Venentia, Georgette Heyer
Charity Girl, Georgette Heyer
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
The American, Henry James
The House of Mirth, Edith Warton
The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor
The King’s General, Daphne Du Maurier
Sprig Muslin, Georgette Heyer

You can read a round up of a some of my reviews here! I’ll be updating again in a few months.

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

A 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899: The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (1859).

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 Nonfiction Classic. A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1965).

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 by a Woman Author: The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton (1905).

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. Seven down and five 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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10 Comments

  • Chelsea | April 22, 2015 | Reply

    You are KILLING it!


  • Stacia | April 22, 2015 | Reply

    I’m so impressed! You’re doing so well!


  • TheJessaOlsonBlog | April 22, 2015 | Reply

    I am so impressed. I have barely read one book this month!


  • socalledhomemaker | April 22, 2015 | Reply

    You are so awesome! But where is Love in the Time of Cholera?! PS: I’m loving it so far!!!


    • Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah? | April 22, 2015 | Reply

      You are right!!! I thought I added it to my classics list (it only has to be 25+ years old to make that list)! Wooo one more. Good catch 🙂 I think it’s like 28 years old or something. I have 100 Years of Solitude waiting on me. I’ll definitely read it this year, but I just need a break from the author.


  • Jess Fets | April 26, 2015 | Reply

    Awesome! You are kicking butt with all these reading challenges!!


  • Victoria | April 27, 2015 | Reply

    You power through books!!!! I’ve been amazed at watching your classics get checked off on goodreads! I’ve marked several as “to read” that I’ve never even heard of!!! I’ve got one of them on my list for June and I can’t wait to read it! 🙂


  • Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah? | April 28, 2015 | Reply

    I haven’t read Sharp Objects. I really love crime/mystery novels, so my friends who do too, told me not to bother! I bet I will one day, though, because I like to see the evolution of an author (like how they improve).


  • Loupe Duffy | June 26, 2015 | Reply

    Excellent work!! YAY! How interesting, I’m very curious about the Talented Mr. Ripley and a lot others in your list. I’ve spend the last 4 years listening to romance (all genres) but now I have stated to look some where else, and I bet I can find a lot great listens on your list 🙂
    Congrats!! And thank you for participating in the challenge.


    • Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah? | June 26, 2015 | Reply

      I was surprised at what a cliff hanger The Talented Mr. Ripley was. I think you have to listen to the entire series (maybe 4 books?) to get the whole story, like the movie.
      I almost exclusively listen to books since the tremor in my hand makes books hard, but I can handle e-books on my iPad now and then for advanced copy reviews or if I absolutely can’t find the audio!
      I rarely listen to romance, so you should find plenty of other genres on site 🙂 I started breaking out classics from contemporary, since I’m counting my classic books for another reading challenge!


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