Thursday, July 2, 2009

Reading challenges update

As some of you may remember, I’ve signed up for five reading challenges this year: War Through the Generations, 9 Books for 2009, the Essay Challenge, the LibraryThing Author Challenge and the New Author Challenge. I thought it was about time I updated you on my progress so far. (Note that numbered books are reviewed; clicking on those links will take you to my review.)

War Through the Generations Challenge button

Hosts: Anna from Diary of an Eccentric and Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
Challenge blog: War Through the Generations
Goal: 5 books
Number of books read: 2
Number of books reviewed: 0

What I’ve read so far:
The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home by Erin Einhorn
Coventry by Helen Humphreys

What’s left to read:
Berlin Solstice by Sylvia Fraser
Resistance by Anita Shreve
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Essay Challenge button

(I know I’ve got an extra book on this list; I intend to read three of these four.)

LibraryThing Author Challenge button

(Again, I have an extra book on this list; I intend to read at least four of these five.)

New Authors Challenge button

Host: Jackie at Literary Escapism
Challenge blog: Literary Escapism
Goal: 25 books
Number of books read: 17
Number of books reviewed: 8

What I’ve read so far:
1. Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas
2. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
3. The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash
4. In the Woods by Tana French
5. Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
6. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
7. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
8. Katherine’s Wish by Linda Lappin
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
Skin Deep by E. M. Crane
The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards
The Local News by Miriam Gershow
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
In Summer Light by Zibby Oneal
Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber

What’s left to read:

In total, I signed up to read 55 books, of which I’ve read 24 (with 5 books that count twice) and reviewed 9 (with 3 books that count twice). So I’m on track for reading the books, but not so much for reviewing them!


  1. Looks like you're making great progress, especially on the New Author Challenge..keep on reading!!

  2. Congrats on being halfway done with the Essay Challenge - perfect place to be halfway through the year!

  3. I'm so behind on mine that I'm actually afraid to do a post like this :P You're doing well with yours! Good luck with the rest of them :)

  4. I really need to update my challenge list too. Fortunately, I have been tagging them, so it shouldn't be too hard.

  5. Thanks, Staci!

    Thanks, Carrie! It doesn't feel like I'm halfway through though because I haven't reviewed two out of the three books yet...

    Nymeth, I was afraid to write up this post too (and then I kept having to correct it because I'd screwed up the numbers), but I was actually pleasantly surprised at how many books I'd read. And also a little shocked that I need to read so many books for these challenges, considering that I only read 61 books last year!

    Lenore, I don't tag them, but I do indicate at the end of each review which challenge I've read the book for, so that helped!

  6. You're doing great on all your challenges! Congrats!

    Diary of an Eccentric