2013 Reading Challenges – First Update

Three months into the year already?  Really?  Must be time for an update on reading challenges…

All links go to reviews, and if you’re curious about any unreviewed books, just ask!

The Chunkster Challenge

In my efforts to overcome my fear of long books, I’m trying to read some of the LOOONG books I’ve been putting off…

1) Walden by Henry David Thoreau–on audio, but I’m counting it

2) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (reviews Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)

My March Chunkster plans went awry when I discovered Good Omens is not nearly as long as I always thought!  I’m set up for more chunksters though, as I read The Hobbit as a prelude to Lord of the Rings.  I’m also midway through The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett, which comes in at nearly 700 pages.


Finishing the Series

I’m continuing to work through series, after great efforts last year to reduce my number of partially-read series.  I’m making a more reduced attempt in 2013, and have made some progress…

1) The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig
Total books: 9 (to date)
When I began the series: February, 2011
Read prior to 2013: 7
Read in 2013: The Orchid Affair
Still to read: One book, though another’s due out in August

2) Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card
Total books: 6
When I began the series: February, 2012
Read prior to 2013: 1
Read in 2013: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide
Still to read: Three books

3) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Total books: 2 (to date)
When I began the series: June, 2012
Read prior to 2013: 1
Read in 2013: Scarlet
Status: Up to date!

Books to Reread

Revisiting Old Friends

I have also been resolving to reread some beloved books, and have raided my own bookshelves here and there.  Some revisited favorites include:

1) Pat of Silver Bush and Mistress Pat by L. M. Montgomery

2) A Voice from the Border by Pamela Smith Hill

3) Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

4) Star Trek: Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

5) Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

6) Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

7) Chalice by Robin McKinley

Stainless Steel Droppings: Carl’s “Experiences”

I had an excellent time with the January-February Sci Fi Experience, and went through a big stack of books.  Read my wrap-up post here.  In late March we launched the Once Upon a Time “Challenge,” and I’m already making my way through multitudes of fantasy.  I’ll post a complete list at the end of the challenge.

So far, it’s been a more low-key year in challenges…but I’ve been reading some excellent books in the process!

6 thoughts on “2013 Reading Challenges – First Update

  1. Well done Cheryl you really have made excellent progress. This year I am also making more time for re-reads. Here’s hoping the next 3 months will be good for you too. Happy reading 🙂

  2. I’m amused that your mid-series list has all series that I, too, haven’t finished. I might have more series that I’ve started and not finished, though – I seem to do that.

  3. Really interested by your Chunkster Challenge – have you ever read Moby Dick? Our reading group has just chosen it and I can’t bring myself to start reading!

    1. I have not read Moby Dick, and must admit I have no plans to…my Mom had to read it twice in school and hated it, so I’ve been raised in the fear of Moby Dick! 🙂 Your reading group is obviously very ambitious. I do know it has a good opening paragraph…I had a college professor who used to recite it with great emotion.

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