Reading Challenges Update

I’m taking part in a few reading challenges and as we’re now in the second half of the year I thought I’d take stock of where I’m up to in each one.

Back to the Classics

There are 12 categories and I have read books from 4 categories. Still a long way to go:

  1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899 – Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens 1857. Not yet reviewed.
  2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 – Checkmate to Murder by E C R Lorac – 1944
  3. A classic by a woman author – Orlando by Virginia Woolf – 1928.
  4. A children’s classic – The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.

Mount TBR 2021

I aiming to read 36 books and so far I’ve read 25, although I haven’t reviewed all of them, so I’m more than halfway there:

  1. The Measure of Malice edited by Martin Edwards
  2. Exit by Belinda Bauer
  3. The One I Was by Eliza Graham
  4. Cruel Acts by Jane Casey
  5. The Cutting Place by Jane Casey
  6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  7. English Pastoral by James Rebanks
  8. The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood
  9. Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
  10. For the Record by David Cameron
  11. The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  12. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  13. We Are Not In The World by Conor O’Callaghan
  14. A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville
  15. Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen
  16. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
  17. The Mirror Dance by Catriona McPherson
  18. Inland by Tea Obreht
  19. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  20. Coming Up For Air by Sarah Leipciger
  21. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  22. Katheryn Howard: the Tainted Queen by Alison Weir
  23. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
  24. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  25. The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge

Wanderlust Bingo

Complete the Wanderlust Bingo card containing 25 categories. Any type of book counts – crime, fiction, science fiction, non-fiction. A country can only appear once. I’ve read books that qualify for 8 squares, so I need to get reading more widely as so many of the books I read are located in the UK or the USA.

What’s in a Name?

I’ve read 3 of the 6 categories – so I’m doing OK:

  1. One’ or ‘1‘: The One I Was by Eliza Graham
  2. Repeated word:
  3. Reference to outer spaceThe Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  4. Possessive noun:
  5. Botanical word:
  6. Article of clothing: The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge

20 Books of Summer

This is a challenge I don’t usually complete. This year I’ve substituted two of the books I initially chose (which is allowed in the rules) and have read 9 of them and have reviewed 5. This challenge runs from 1 June to 1 September, so I’m doing OK.

  1. The Railway Children by E Nesbit read
  2. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
  3. The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge
  4. The Killing Kind by Jane Casey
  5. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  6. Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger
  7. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  8. Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir
  9. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Classics Club

This is 5 year challenge to read 50 classics books. I have just 3 books left to read!

10 thoughts on “Reading Challenges Update

  1. You’re doing well with your challenges, Margaret. I admire the way you’ve kept track of your reading and all of those challenges – that’s more than I can say about my own reading! I hope you enjoy the rest of your reads.

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  2. I like the look of the Wanderlust Bingo challenge so if that happens again next year I might have a go at that. I’ve read seven of my Books for Summer and also substituted several books for one reason or another. Unlikely I’ll read all twenty I’m sure but I feel like I’m doing ok. And you’re doing very well with all of your challenges. (I sound like Young Mr. Grace…)

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    1. Thank you Young Mr Grace! 🙂 Cath, I’m pleased you’ve substituted several books for the Books of Summer as it makes me feel better. I know it’s ‘allowed’ but I don’t feel comfortable about it – sad, I know. But there it is …

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  3. You’re doing great! I’ve had to do a bit of thinking ahead for the Wanderlust challenge too – I seem to have been stuck in the UK for most of my reading year this year. Will you be doing the Classics Club again when you finish this one?

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    1. Thanks, FF. I’m not sure about doing the Classics Club challenge again, still thinking about it. I’ve been doing this one too long – I began it in 2013!!! I’ll start a list and see how I get on.

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