Reading Challenges 2106: Quarterly Update

Writing my last post on the Mount TBR Reading Challenge: Check Point made me think it would be a good time to see where I’m up to with the other reading challenges I’m doing. They are:

Mount TBR 2016Mount TBR 2016 – target: to read as many of my own books as I can. There are eight levels and I’m aiming first of all for Mt Ararat, which is 48 books. Progress – I’ve read 15 books, taking me on to the second level, Mont Blanc (24 books) so well on track to meet my target and hopefully go beyond it – maybe even to Mt Kilimanjaro (60 books).

Read Scotland 2016Read Scotland 2016 – target: to read and review Scottish books ‘“ any genre, any form ‘“ written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration) or about or set in Scotland. There are 5 levels, the last being 21+ books.  I didn’t set myself a specific target and so far I’ve read 5 books, completing the first level.

Whats in a name16What’s in a Name? 2016 Challenge – target: to read books with titles that match six  different categories. Progress: two categories completed

  • A country
  • An item of clothing
  • An item of furniture
  • A profession: Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  • A month of the year: The Madness of July by James Naughtie
  • A title with the word ‘˜tree’ in it

Vintage coversVintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt – I’m taking part in both the Golden and the Silver Age Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunts. The aim: to find as many objects on the Scavenger Hunt list as possible on the covers of the mystery books you read. The minimum number of items to complete the challenge is six items from the covers of books read from a single Vintage Mystery Era. The Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960 and the Silver Age any time from 1960 to 1989 (inclusive).

My Progress: Five books read from the Golden Age and one from the Silver Age.

agatha_christie_rcAgatha Christie Reading Challenge: an ongoing challenge – to read Agatha Christie’s books. I have read all 66 of her books, but still have three to review and many of her short stories to read. And there are also the books she wrote under the pen name, Mary Westmacott.

Virginia WoolfI haven’t even started on Heavenali’s Virginia Woolf read-a-long but I would like to read some of Virginia Woolf’s short stories/essays and The Voyage Out, her first novel.

7 thoughts on “Reading Challenges 2106: Quarterly Update

  1. You seem to be doing well with your challenges this year, Margaret. I’m pleased to report that I am too… definitely much improved on last year.


  2. Well done for making progress on all these challenges. I have also finished 2 books for the What’s in a Name 2016 challenge. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (a profession) and The Villa in Italy (a country). I have books lined up for most categories except a month of the year – I am really struggling with that one!


  3. Wow — you’re rocking the challenges! I really should do the Mount TBR challenge; when I buy a book, I basically doom it to being unread, because: library books have deadlines.


  4. Well done!

    Until I started reviewing I didn’t really own any books I hadn’t read (apart from a couple of non-fiction things people had given me or a couple of books I’d bought cos I thought I should!) but now I get so many new arrivals each week I’m struggling to keep up.

    It sounds like you’ve got your challenges under control though, so well done!


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