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