2012 Reading Challenges – March Update

It’s the end of March, and time for a check-in on reading challenges for the year!  I spent most of the first two months focused on the Sci Fi Experience–and it was an excellent experience.  🙂  But I did make some progress on others as well.  I’ve linked to reviews, and starred titles have a review coming soon.

Here’s where we are so far:

Finishing the Series Challenge at Socrates Book Reviews

Official goal: Finish three series
Personal goal: Make a sizable dent in my list of 19 unfinished series!

I finished one series, and made a progress on a few others.  This one is something of a process!

1) Fairy Haven series by Gail Carson Levine
Total books: 3
When I began the series: Nov, 2006
Read prior to 2012: 2
Read in 2012: Fairies and the Quest for Neverland*
Status: Finished!

2) Horatio Hornblower Series by C. S. Forester
Total books: 11
When I began the series: Dec, 2007
Read prior to 2012: 9
Read in 2012: Lord Hornblower (#10)
Still to go: Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

3) The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Total books: 4
When I began the series: Dec, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices
Still to go: A Darkling Plain

4) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Total books: 3 (as of May, 2012)
When I began the series: May, 2011
Read prior to 2012: 1
Read in 2012: Throne of Fire
Still to go: The Serpent’s Shadow (due out in May)

I Want More Challenge at Teatime with Marce

Goal: 2-4 books

By the strictest interpretation of this challenge, I haven’t read any yet.  The strict interpretation is to read a new book by an author I had previously read only one book by, and not a book that’s part of a series with the first book.  I haven’t actually done that yet, though I have identified a few authors I want to read.  In the spirit of the challenge, reading something new by an author I haven’t read much by, I read a new book by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (Journey Between Worlds) and one by Jane Austen (Persuasion).  I had previously read two books by each of them, and enjoyed both of their new-to-me books.

The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge at Books: A True Story

Goal: Dust Bunny, 5-10 books

I made good progress on this one in March.  Somehow I wasn’t getting enough books from the library–I didn’t have enough on reserve, or they weren’t coming in quickly enough–so that forced me to read my own shelves!

1) Five-Odd edited by Groff Conklin

2) Contested Will by James Shapiro

3) White Fang by Jack London*

4) Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monty Schultz

5) Tarzan’s Quest by Edgar Rice Burroughs*

6) Imagining Anne by Elizabeth Rollins Epperly

7) Enchantment by Orson Scott Card*

Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Challenge at My Book Retreat

Goal: Elementary Level, 5 books

I made progress here too–having a couple of dusty nonfiction books on my shelves helped, and then my book club chose a nonfiction book (#3) in March.  My original goal was to read biographies, though, and that hasn’t happened yet…so still work to do here!

1) Contested Will by James Shapiro

2) Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monty Schultz

3) The Guinea Pig Diaries by A. J. Jacobs

The Science Fiction Experience at Stainless Steel Droppings

This experience ended at the end of February.  See my wrap-up here!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to 2012 Reading Challenges – March Update

  1. Well done, you’re juggling quite a few challenges here. I have the Kane Chronicles first book on my tbr pile, really looking forward to it 🙂

  2. dianem57 says:

    Interesting how you got fewer books from the library so you prioritized reading what you have on your shelves. It’s like the deadline of returning library books trumps the fact that your own books are always there to read “sometime.” You are certainly a prolific reader!

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